Suzanne Bell
Suzanne Bell

Suzanne Bell, PhD

  • Assistant Scientist

Departmental Affiliations

  • Population, Family and Reproductive Health (Primary)

Center & Institute Affiliations

  • Bill and Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health

Contact Information

615 N. Wolfe Street
Room E4039
Baltimore, Maryland 21205

E: suzannebell@jhu.edu


Education

PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2018
MPH, University of California, Berkeley, 2011
BA, University of California, Los Angeles, 2007

Overview

Dr. Suzanne Bell has a PhD from the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with a focus in demography and a Master's in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley. She studies patterns of contraceptive use and its association with unwanted pregnancy and abortion, particularly in the context of population-based surveys. Dr. Bell leads PMA2020's abortion work and provides programmatic and technical support for PMA2020 at large. Through her work, Dr. Bell seeks to provide the evidence necessary to highlight inequities in access to primary and secondary means of fertility control in the United States and internationally.

Honors and honors

2017 – Laurie Schwab Zabin Award

2017 – Edward J. Dehne Award in Population Dynamics

2015, 2016 – Endowed Fellowship in Family Planning and Reproductive Health

2015 – Bill and Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health Travel Scholarship

2015 – JHSPH Center for Global Public Health Research Scholarship

2014, 2015 – Robertson Scholarship

2010 – UC Berkeley Bixby Center for Population Health and Sustainability Practicum Fellowship

2009, 2010 – US Department of Education Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship

Research Interests

  • Contraception
  • Abortion
  • Fertility
  • Family planning
  • Survey research
  • Measurement
  • Demography
  • Epidemiology

Publications

Select publications from last three years:

  • Bell S, Bishai D (2019). Can a list experiment improve validity of abortion measurement? Studies in Family Planning. https://doi.org/10.1111/sifp.12082.
  • Bell S, Zimmerman L, Choi Y, Hindin M (2018). Legal but Limited? Abortion Service Availability and Readiness Assessment in Nepal. Health Policy and Planning. Jan 1;33(1):99-106.
  • Bell S, Bishai D (2017). Unmet need and sex: Investigating the role of coital frequency in fertility control. Studies in Family Planning, Mar;48(1):39-53. doi: 10.1111/sifp.12012. Epub 2017 Feb 1.
  • Weidert K, Gessessew A, Bell S, Godefay H, Prata N (2017). Community Health Workers as Social Marketers of Injectable Contraceptives: A Case Study from Ethiopia. Global Health: Science and Practice, https://doi.org/10.9745/GHSP-D-16-00344.
  • Prata N, Downing J, Bell S, Weidert K, Godefay H, Gessessew A (2016). Cost of providing injectable contraceptives through a community-based social marketing program in Tigray, Ethiopia. Contraception, 93(6);485-491.