Julia R. Steinberg
Assistant Professor, Family Science
Campus: UMD | Building: School of Public Health | Room: 1142
Phone: (301) 314-1404 |
CV / Resume
PDF icon Steinberg CV March 2016.pdf

Julia R. Steinberg is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Science. She has a background in social and quantitative psychology, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in reproductive health. Before coming to Maryland, she was a faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. Her research is at the intersection of psychology and reproductive health, and has focused on unintended pregnancy and mental health. Much of her research has sought to understand the relationship between abortion and subsequent mental health, in part for the policy implications. More recently, she has turned to investigating the role of mental health in unintended pregnancy. Her research is supported by NIH and private foundation grants.

Education and Training

PhD in Social Psychology & Postdoctoral fellowship in Reproductive Health

Honors and Awards

2014-present: NIH Early Career Reviewer program, Center for Scientific Review

2013: Winner of the Daniel R. Mishell, Jr., MD, Outstanding Article Award from the journal Contraception

2013: Winner of the Distinguished Publication Award from the Association for Women in Psychology

2011-2013: NIH Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) K12 Scholar, University of California, San Francisco

2008-2011: Ellertson Postdoctoral Fellow in Abortion and Reproductive Health, University of California, San Francisco

2008: Graduate Completion Fellowship, Arizona State University



Steinberg  JR, Laursen  TM, Adler  NE, Gasse  C, Agerbo  E, Munk-Olsen  T.  Examining the association of antidepressant prescriptions with first abortion and first childbirth.  JAMA Psychiatry. 2018;75(8):828-834. 

Steinberg, J. R. & Rubin, L. R. (2014). Psychological aspects of contraception, unintended pregnancy, and abortion. Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 1(1), 239-247.

Biggs, M. A., Upadhyay, U. D., Steinberg, J. R., & Foster, D. G. (2014). Does abortion reduce self-esteem and life satisfaction? Quality of Life Research, 23(9), 2505-2513.

Steinberg, J. R., McCulloch, C. E., & Adler, N. E. (2014). Abortion and mental health:Findings from the National Comorbidity Survey-Replication. Obstetrics & Gynecology, 123 (2), 263-270.

Steinberg, J. R., Tschann, J. M., Henderson, J. T., Drey, E. A., Steinauer, J. E., & Harper, C. C.(2013). Psychological distress and post-abortion contraceptive method effectiveness level chosen at an urban clinic. Contraception, 88, 717-724.

Deardorff, J., Tschann, J. M., de Groat, C., Flores, E., Steinberg, J. R., & Ozer, E. (2013). Latino youth’s sexual values and condom negotiation strategies. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 45 (4), 182-190.

Steinberg, J. R. (2013). Does existing research inform policies authorizing abortion for mental health reasons? Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 47(9), 798-801.

Steinberg, J. R. & Tschann, J. M. (2013). Childhood adversities and subsequent risk of one or multiple abortions. Social Science & Medicine, 81, 53-59.

Steinberg, J. R., Okun, M. A, & Aiken, L. S. (2012). Calculus GPA and math identification as moderators of stereotype threat in highly persistent women. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 34 (6), 534-543.

*Steinberg, J. R., Trussell, J., Hall, K. S., & Guthrie, K. (2012). Fatal flaws in a recent meta-analysis on abortion and mental health. Contraception, 86 (5), 430-437.

*Winner of the 2012-2013 Daniel R. Mishell Outstanding Article Award in Contraception.

Steinberg, J. R., & Finer, L. B. (2012). Coleman, Coyle, Shuping, and Rue make false statements and draw erroneous conclusions in analyses of abortion and mental health using the National Comorbidity Survey. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 46 (3), 407-408.