About Us

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Dr. Anu Manchikanti Gómez (CV)

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Director, Sexual Health and Reproductive Equity (SHARE) Program

Associate Professor, Berkeley Social Welfare

For nearly 20 years, Dr. Gómez has worked as a health equity researcher with a focus on reproduction and sexuality throughout the life course. She has conducted research both in the US and globally on diverse topics, including contraceptive use, abortion, HIV prevention, gender equity, transgender health, and violence against women and children. Dr. Gómez's current research focuses on three areas: (1) the measurement and meaning of pregnancy planning; (2) understanding contraceptive

decision-making within social, relational and structural contexts; and (3) evaluatingthe impact of and evidence base for policies related to reproductive health. She also serves as a co-PI on SOLARS, a prospective, longitudinal cohort study funded by UCSF's Preterm Birth Initiative. SOLARS aims to describe the relationship between psychosocial stress and preterm birth in Black and Hispanic/Latina women in Oakland and Fresno, California. She currently collaborates with researchers at the University of California, San Francisco; the Guttmacher Institute; Planned Parenthood Northern California; and California Latinas for Reproductive Justice. Dr. Gómez's work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Society for Family Planning Research Fund, the Berkeley Population Center, the Institute for Research on Labor and Education at UCB, and the Resource Allocation Program of UCSF. 

Dr. Gómez earned her PhD in Maternal and Child Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2010. She also received an MSc in Health, Population and Society from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a BA in Journalism and Mass Communications from New York University.

Many of Dr. Gómez's full-text publications can be found on the University of California's eScholarship platform.

Jennet Arcara, PhD, MPH, MPP

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Research Data Analyst

Jennet Arcara is a multi-method reproductive health researcher whose research focuses on structural inequities and reproductive health, including the roles of gender, autonomy, and power in reproductive and maternal health decision-making, access, and experiences. At SHARE, she collaborates on several mixed methods projects. Currently, she focuses on a process and outcome evaluation of the SisterWeb San Francisco Community Doula Network and a project to develop a person-centered measure of contraceptive need that can be used to track contraceptive access and help re-envision contraceptive access initiatives.

She has also worked on a project assessing the implementation of pharmacist-prescribed contraception in California’s Central Valley, the SOLARS project, and SHARE’s projects to develop new measures of pregnancy intention and test their relationship to contraceptive use, relational factors, and structural inequities. 

Jennet received her PhD in Maternal and Child Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also received an MPH in Global Health with a concentration in Reproductive Health and Population Studies from Emory University; an MPP with a concentration in Gender and International Development from the University of Minnesota; and a BA in Anthropology and Foreign Languages from Syracuse University

Stephanie Arteaga, MPH

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Research Associate

Stephanie Arteaga is a qualitative researcher on the Sexual Health and Reproductive Equity (SHARE) team at the School of Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley. For nearly ten years, Stephanie has worked in health research with a focus on reproductive justice, health equity, and improving health outcomes for communities of color. Stephanie has experience in a wide array of research processes, including research project coordination, participant recruitment, qualitative interviewing and analysis, and manuscript

preparation. Her interests include the impacts of structural racism on the health of Black, Indigenous, and people of color throughout their lifetime, as well as interventions to address inequitable health outcomes. Currently, Stephanie is focusing on the evaluation of the Abundant Birth Project, an unconditional income supplement pilot program for pregnant Black and Pacific Islander people in San Francisco.

Stephanie earned an MPH in Maternal and Child Health at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health in 2016, and a BA in Sociology from San Francisco State University in 2013. In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys baking and reading.


Ashley Nguyen, MPH

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Research Coordinator

Ashley Nguyen is a research coordinator for SHARE’s community doula research projects. Through public health and journalism, Ashley has focused on coverage of doula services through Medicaid, employer benefits, and private insurance. She was a 2020-2021 fellow with the O’Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism program at Marquette University and a former multiplatform editor at The Washington Post. From 2012 to 2014, she was a Peace Corps volunteer in the Kyrgyz Republic. Ashley has a master’s degree in public health from the University of Washington and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Temple University.

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Ariana Bennett, DrPH, MPH

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Postdoctoral Scholar

Ariana Bennett earned her DrPH at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. She received her Master of Public Health with a concentration in Sexuality and Health from the Mailman School of Public Health and her BA from the University of California, Berkeley. Before returning to school, Ariana conducted mixed methods research with family doctors working to integrate abortion and contraception into primary care through the Fellowship in Family Planning in Family Medicine. Her research interests include abortion access, sexual and reproductive health and health  care, and reproductive justice.

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Monica De La Cruz, MPH

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Doctoral Student Researcher

Monica De La Cruz, MPH is a doctoral student in the School of Social Welfare. She received her Master of Public Health from the University of San Francisco and her BS from San Francisco State University. Prior to beginning the doctorate program, Monica worked as a social science researcher at the Pediatric Advocacy Program at the Stanford School of Medicine. Monica has experience developing, implementing, and evaluating community-based programs and conducting qualitative research studies. Her current research interests broadly include identifying and implementing interventions and policies that ameliorate family poverty.

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Brenda Mathias, MSW

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Doctoral Student Researcher

Brenda Mathias is a PhD Candidate in Social Welfare at UC Berkeley. Her research focuses on the impact of urban institutions on youth well-being, positive youth development, CBPR, and asset-based community development. Prior to attending UC Berkeley, Brenda managed several studies evaluating youth summer jobs in Philadelphia. She has worked on community-led revitalization efforts in Cleveland, and previously conducted service coordination in low-income urban public schools. Brenda holds a BSW from Temple University and a Master of Science in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University.


Mariah Jiles

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Graduate Student Researcher

Mariah Jiles is a Master of Public Health student at UC Berkeley, concentrating in Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health. Prior to coming to UC Berkeley, she served as a research assistant on a NIH-funded project examining the history of eugenic sterilization abuse within the United States. Her current research interests center around the health of birthing people from minoritized communities, enabling ease of access to the support of community birth workers and stimulating systems-level change in women’s health infrastructure.

Mariah holds a BA in Global Studies from the University of Illinois. Outside of her academic interests, Mariah enjoys practicing yoga and is  currently enrolled in a yoga teacher training program. She hopes to utilize her training in this borrowed practice to make wellness more accessible to BIPOC communities.

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Jessica Allen

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Undergraduate Student Researcher

Jessica Allen is a Black-Latinx, Mother, queer femme, doula, artist, and visionary with a relentless determination to ignite black families towards large-scale revolution and intergenerational healing. As a first-generation college student, she is studying Human Geography and African-American studies at UC Berkeley with a commitment to researching black genealogies, the science of epigenetics, and the racialization of poverty and location. Jessica Allen’s leadership has been immense in the UC Berkeley community and the local Bay Area. Currently, she is an executive board member of nonprofit (SFWAR) San Francisco Women Against

Rape and a Peter E. Haas Service Leader, which includes her community service project of leading pregnancy and parenting support groups to local Bay Area communities. Through offering community love and care in her doula work, she has proudly supported over a hundred births in her community and addressed chronic stress, social isolation, and emotional hardship within her practice. She has been in service to San Francisco Bay Area’s most disenfranchised populations (LGBTQ youth, formerly incarcerated people, and women’s reproductive health) for over a decade. She lives in Berkeley with her 17-year-old daughter and dog.

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Riha Prasad

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Undergraduate Student Researcher

Riha Prasad is an undergraduate student in the College of Letters and Science at UC Berkeley. Her focus is on Integrative Biology, with an emphasis on Human Biology, and a minor in South Asian studies. She is also currently working on nanostructure-based devices that have applications in monitoring human health such as in-situ detection of multiple biomarkers at UC Berkeley. She is currently focusing on the public health and policy portion of these technologies. Her interest lies in orthopedics and reproductive health, more so focusing on minority communities such as Pacific Islanders and African Americans. She hopes to

further her interest and work in combing her passion for these communities and healthcare by pursuing medical school. 


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Sexual Health and Reproductive Equity Program

University of California, Berkeley

Sexual Health and Reproductive Equity Program
University of California, Berkeley
UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare
113B Haviland Hall, MC 7400
Berkeley, CA 94720-7400







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