Dr. DeMaria has developed and implemented policy, advocated for various women’s health issues and rights, and served as a superior mentor to her students. Her research has encompassed an interdisciplinary approach to understanding women's sexual and reproductive health behaviors and issues. She is committed to a comprehensive approach to women’s health research, drawing from the behavioral, social, and clinical science fields. Dr. DeMaria’s research methodology has largely focused on the importance of incorporating qualitative and quantitative methods, specifically to inform program development, implementation, and evaluation in community and clinical settings.
Dr. DeMaria’s scholarship on the topic of pubic hair removal, including a widely referenced piece on clinical implications of the behavior, has drawn much attention nationally and internationally. Other recent projects have included exploring women’s reproductive and sexual health issues in Italy; investigating contraceptive choice, access and compliance (including developing, implementing, and evaluating a comprehensive long-acting reversible contraception health communication campaign); and increasing access to women’s health care through telehealth programming. Her work has been published in top tier journals, including the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Women and Birth, and Health Communication.
Ph.D. in Health Education, Texas A&M University, 2011
M.S. in Kinesiology, University of North Texas, 2008
B.A. in Behavioral Neuroscience, Purdue University, 2006
- Women’s Reproductive and Sexual Health Issues
- Increasing health care access through telehealth programming
- Natural labor induction methodologies
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