Cynthia Beavin

Cynthia Lynn Beavin

Graduate Assistant

Professional Summary

Cynthia is a PhD student in the Sociology department at the University of Cincinnati. She earned a BARSC degree from the University of South Carolina in 2017, focusing on global sexual and reproductive health and rights. Following graduation, they worked for the Guttmacher Institute as a research assistant, contributing to work on estimating global abortion and unintended pregnancy rates and qualitative analysis of barriers to SRH care for family planning patients in Iowa and Arizona. She currently serves as a research assistant within OPEN on the Abortion Clinic Closures and Care Churn project.

Their current research interests include medical sociology of abortion, non-academic conceptualizations of hard-to-measure indicators like unmet need and unintended pregnancy, and individual control over sexual and reproductive health outcomes within social and medical systems. Cynthia has published in the Lancet Global Health, BMJ Global Health, BMJ Sexual and Reproductive Health, Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters, and Contraception: X. 


BARSC: University of South Carolina Columbia, SC, 2017 (Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Developing Countries )

Research and Practice Interests

Medical sociology; abortion; gender; sexual and reproductive health

Positions and Work Experience

2018 -2022 Research Assistant/Senior Research Assistant, Guttmacher Institute, New York,NY

2022 -To Present Graduate Research Assistant, Ohio Policy Evaluation Network, Cincinnati, OH


Peer Reviewed Publications

Jonathan Bearak, Anna Popinchalk, Bela Ganatra, Ann-Beth Moller, Özge Tunçalp, Cynthia Beavin, Lorraine Kwok, Leontine Alkema (2020. ) Unintended pregnancy and abortion by income, region, and the legal status of abortion: estimates from a comprehensive model for 1990–2019 .Lancet Global Health, , 8 (9 ) ,e1152

Laura D Lindberg, Lauren Firestein, Cynthia Beavin (2021. ) Trends in US adolescent sexual behavior and contraceptive use, 2006-2019 .Contraception: X, , 3 ,100064

Emily S Mann, Ashley L White, Cynthia Beavin, Gabrielle Dys (2020. ) Foreign objects in college bodies: young women’s feelings about long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) .Women & Health, , 60 (6 ) ,719

Jonathan Marc Bearak, Anna Popinchalk, Cynthia Beavin, Bela Ganatra, Ann-Beth Moller, Özge Tunçalp, Leontine Alkema (2022. ) Country-specific estimates of unintended pregnancy and abortion incidence: a global comparative analysis of levels in 2015–2019 .BMJ Global Health, , 7 (3 ) ,

Anna Popinchalk, Cynthia Beavin, Jonathan Bearak (2022. ) The state of global abortion data: an overview and call to action .BMJ Sexual & Reproductive Health, , 48 (1 ) ,3

Cynthia Beavin, Deborah L Billings, Susana Chávez (2019. ) Activist framing of abortion and use for policy change in Peru .Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters, , 27 (1 ) ,160

Lori Frohwirth, Megan L. Kavanaugh, Ayana Douglas-Hall, Katrina MacFarlane, Cynthia Beavin (2022. ) Access to Preferred Contraceptive Strategies in Iowa: A Longitudinal Qualitative Study of Effects of Shifts in Policy and Healthcare Contexts .Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, , 33 (3 ) ,1494