About Us


Dr. Anu Manchikanti Gómez

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Director of the Sexual Health and Reproductive Equity (SHARE) Program

Associate Professor at the UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare

For more than 15 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) evaluating

the 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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Postdoctoral Researcher
Email: jarcara@berkeley.edu

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 an extensive process and outcome evaluation of San Francisco’s community doula initiative and a project assessing the implementation of pharmacist-prescribed contraception in the Central Valley of California. She has also

worked on SHARE’s projects to develop new measures of pregnancy intention and test their relationship to contraceptive use, relational factors, and structural inequities. Her dissertation research examined abortion in urban North India, addressing self-managed abortion, women’s autonomy, and pregnancy outcomes from a multilevel perspective. 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 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 Research Associate on the Sexual Health and Reproductive Equity (SHARE) team at the School of Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley. Stephanie earned a MPH in Maternal and Child Health at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health in 2016. Over the past three years, she has worked in sexual and reproductive health research focusing on gay men, women of color, and adolescents, funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Society for Family Planning Research Fund. She is fluent in Spanish (written and oral), and has experience in many aspects of the research process, including coordination of

all aspects of data collection, including IRB protocol preparation and submission, participant recruitment, qualitative interviewing, quantitative and qualitative analysis, and manuscript preparation. 

Dougie Zubizarreta, BA

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Dougie Zubizarreta is an Intern on the Sexual Health and Reproductive Equity (SHARE) team. Dougie received their BA in Sociology from Boston College. Dougie concurrently works with two other research teams. The first team is conducting a research study funded by a Brazilian governmental agency examining Wi-Fi radiation and (in)fertility. The second team is engaging in a cross-national, comparative research study examining aid-in-dying legislation, aid-in-dying as a medical process, and how access to aid-in-dying impacts the patient-provider

relationship. Dougie has also worked with organizations providing services to youth experiencing marginalization – LGBQ/T youth, youth of color, youth experiencing homelessness, and youth at the intersections of these identities – where they conducted street outreach, facilitated programming and support groups, and provided support and resources, including sexual and reproductive health and safer drug use materials and information.

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 her 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 include identifying and implementing interventions and policies that broadly ameliorate family poverty.

Margaret Mary Downey, MSW

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Doctoral Student Researcher

Margaret Mary Downey, MSW, is a Doctoral Candidate in the School of Social Welfare, where she also completed her Masters of Social Work. She received her BA from Temple University in 2010. Prior to attending graduate school, she practiced as a birth and abortion doula in Philadelphia, PA with the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania, respectively. During this time she also served as a research specialist with the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine on several NIH-funded projects in partnership with the Philadelphia Departments of Education and Public

Welfare, supporting teachers and community-based clinicians in implementing evidence-based mental health services. Her current research interests are reproductive health and justice and the political economy of health. In addition to health-focused social welfare practice and research, she is a labor and community organizer and an advocate for the intersections of class struggle and reproductive justice. 

Candice Moses, BS

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MPH Candidate

Candice is a second-year MPH student at UC Berkeley's School of Public Health. Her MPH concentration is in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Candice received her B.S. in Public Health Sciences from Xavier University of Louisiana. As an undergraduate student, she was a UC-HBCU Summer Research Fellow at UC Berkeley where she examined the effect of adverse childhood experiences on postpartum weight retention in women of childbearing age. At SHARE, Candice is an interviewer supporting the evaluation of SisterWeb, the organization implementing San Francisco’s community doula initiative. She is also a Graduate

Student Instructor for an introductory public health seminar course.Candice is interested in addressing barriers to accessing mental health services within the adolescent and young adult population.

G. Allen Ratliff, MSW, LCSW

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Doctoral Student Researcher

G. Allen Ratliff, MSW, LCSW is a doctoral candidate in the School of Social Welfare. He received his Master of Social Work from the University of Illinois at Chicago and his BA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Allen has worked in sexual health for more than fifteen years as an HIV testing counselor, sexual health educator, clinical social worker, and researcher at an array of sexual, reproductive, and mental health care providers and research centers, mostly with young people in Chicago and the San Francisco Bay Area. His research is centered on understanding structural forces interacting with children and adolescents, with

particular attention to the health needs of marginalized youth populations, including queer and transgender youth, system-involved youth, and youth experiencing homelessness and other basic needs deficits.

Camille Stanton, BS

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MPH Candidate

Camille Stanton is a second-year Master of Public Health student in the U.C. Berkeley School of Public Health. Her study concentration is Epidemiology and Biostatistics. She received her BS in Chemistry from Howard University in Washington, DC. Prior to entering the School of Public Health, Camille worked at a biotechnology company where she developed interests in evaluation studies. At SHARE, Camille is a Research Assistant and Interviewer for the evaluation of SisterWeb- San Francisco’s first community doula program. Camille is passionate about researching racial disparities in Maternal and Child Health.

Ilhaam Burny

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Undergraduate Research Assistant

Ilhaam is a current undergraduate who intends to major in Public Health. She has worked with the SHARE program for three semesters and helps with literature reviews and background research. Ilhaam is interested in learning about how research can advocate for women's health in disadvantaged communities.


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



Sexual Health and Reproductive Equity Program

University of California, Berkeley






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