Yasamin Kusunoki, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor
Department of Systems, Populations and Leadership
Room 4156 400NIB
University of Michigan School of Nursing
400 North Ingalls Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5482

Institute for Social Research
Population Studies Center and Survey Research Center
426 Thompson St., Room 2254
Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1248
(734) 615-3536
fax: (734) 763-1428
Telephone: 734-764-3847
Fax: 734-647-2416


  • Intimate partner violence and reproductive coercion
  • Sexual and reproductive health
  • Gender, racial/ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities
  • Neighborhood contextual influences
  • Population health

Dr. Kusunoki’s research focuses on understanding sources of gender, racial/ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities in reproductive health behaviors and outcomes during adolescence and emerging adulthood, particularly the role of young people’s social contexts such as their intimate relationships, families, neighborhoods, and schools. She is Co-I on the NICHD-funded, longitudinal study, the Relationship Dynamics and Social Life (RDSL), which investigates the dynamic factors that contribute to the risk of unintended pregnancy during emerging adulthood. She is PI on an NICHD-funded R03 and several internal grants from the Population Studies Center and the Institute for Research on Women and Gender using these data to examine the correlates and consequences of intimate partner violence. She is a Co-I on an NICHD-funded R03 that investigates trajectories of sexual violence victimization and perpetration among adolescents in middle and high school and a Co-PI on an Injury Center pilot grant studying attitudes and behaviors related to sexual violence perpetration among emerging adults. She is also conducting translational research funded by MICHR and the Injury Center that is collecting pilot data on intimate partner violence and reproductive coercion experiences among women in reproductive health clinic settings in order to inform the development of an intimate partner violence and reproductive coercion intervention.

Current Research Grants and Programs

  • The Dynamics of Intimate Partner Violence. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), PI.
  • Adapting a Life Skills Application to Address Interpersonal Relationships in College and in the Community, UMOR and Population Dynamics and Health Program (PDHP), PI.
  • Arab American Women’s Reproductive Health Project. Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MICHR) and Population Studies Center (PSC), PI.
  • Integrating Reproductive Health Services into Substance Use Treatment: A Feasibility Study, UMSN, PI.
  • Leveraging Social Media to Inform Prevention and Intervention Efforts to Reduce Sexual Violence among Adolescents & Emerging Adults. University of Michigan Injury Prevention Center (UMIPC), Co-PI.
  • Understanding Adolescent Sexual Violence: A Longitudinal Examination of Gender and Associated Risk Factors. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), Co-I.
  • Distal Determinants of Variation in Unintended Fertility. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), Co-I.
  • Contraceptive Discovery, Development and Behavioral Research Center. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). Co-I.


Dr. Kusunoki’s teaching philosophy is grounded in her experiences as a student, teacher, and mentor. She has trained and mentored undergraduate and graduate students on both survey research methods and substantive topics. Her main goals for student learning are the acquisition of information and the development of three key skills: critical thinking, problem-solving, and the ability to articulate ideas both verbally and in writing. These skills are not only necessary to learn the information being taught but will also help students realize their career and life-long objectives. She is currently teaching Research Synthesis for DNP students in the School of Nursing and guest lecturing on topics that include adolescent development, adolescent sexual and reproductive health, unintended pregnancy, and intimate partner violence in a number of courses in the School of Public Health.

Affiliations / Service

  • Member, Population Association of America, 2000-present (service roles in 2010, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2018)
  • Member, Society of Family Planning, 2014-present
  • Member, CAsCAid, 2016-present
  • Member, Center for Sexuality and Health Disparities, 2017-present

Notable Awards / Honors

  • PTSP Scholar, Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research and the Injury Center, University of Michigan, 2014-2016
  • NICHD Postdoctoral Fellow, Population Studies Center, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, 2007-2010


  • PhD, University of California at Los Angeles, 2007
  • MPH, University of California at Los Angeles, 1999
  • BS, University of California at San Diego, 1996

Publication Highlights

  • Shen, S., & Kusunoki, Y. (In press). Intimate partner violence and psychological distress among emerging adult women: A bi-directional relationship. Journal of Women’s Health.

  • Barber, J.S., Miller, W., Kusunoki, Y., Hayford, S.R., & Guzzo, K.B. (In press). Intimate relationship dynamics and changing desire for pregnancy among young women. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health.

  • Gultekin, L., Kusunoki, Y., Abramoski, K., Cannon, L.M., Kahn, A.G., Sinko, L., & Seng, J.S. (In press). The Eco-Social Trauma Intervention Model. Public Health Nursing.

  • Larance, L.Y., Armstrong, E.A., Munro-Kramer, M., Sheridan-Fulton, E., Kusunoki, Y., Ngo, Q., Fincher, S., & Denson, N. (In press). Feminist praxis: The Michigan Meeting on Ending Gender-Based Violence. Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work.

  • Guzzo, K.B., Hayford, S.R., Lang, V.W., Wu, H., Barber, J.S., & Kusunoki, Y. (2019). Dimensions of reproductive attitudes and knowledge related to unintended childbearing among U.S. adolescents and young adults. Demography, 56(1): 201-228.

  • Ngo, Q., Veliz, P., Kusunoki, Y., & Boyd, C. (2018). Adolescent sexual violence: Prevalence, adolescent risks, and violence characteristics. Preventive Medicine, 116: 68-74.

  • Gatny, H.H., Kusunoki, Y., & Barber, J.S. (2018). Pregnancy scares and change in contraceptive use. Contraception, 98(4): 260-265.

  • Barber, J.S., Kusunoki, Y., Gatny, H.H., & Budnick, J. (2018). Intimate partner violence and early pregnancy. American Sociological Review, 83(5): 1020-1047.

  • Kusunoki, Y., Barber, J.S., Gatny, H.H., & Melendez, R. (2018). Physical intimate partner violence and contraceptive behaviors among young women. Journal of Women’s Health, 27(8): 1016-1025.

  • Barber, J., Kusunoki, Y., Gatny, H., & Melendez, R. (2017). The relationship context of early pregnancy. Law & Inequality: A Journal of Theory and Practice, 35(2): 175-197.

  • Weitzman, A., Barber, J.S., Kusunoki, Y., & England, P. (2017). Desire for and to avoid pregnancy during the transition to adulthood. Journal of Marriage and Family, 79(4), 1060-1075.

  • Kusunoki, Y., Barber, J.S., Ela, E.J., & Bucek, A. (2016). Black-white differences in sex and contraceptive use among young women. Demography, 53(5): 1399–1428.

  • Barber, J.S., Kusunoki, Y., Gatny, H., & Schulz, P. (2016). Participation in an intensive longitudinal study with weekly web surveys over 2.5 years. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 18(6): e105.

  • Wu, J.P., Kusunoki, Y., Ela, E.J., & Barber, J.S. (2016). Patterns of contraceptive consistency among young adult women in southeastern Michigan: Longitudinal findings based upon journal data. Women’s Health Issues, 26(3): 305-312.

  • Barber, J.S., Gatny, H.H., Kusunoki, Y., & Schulz, P. (2016). Effects of intensive longitudinal data collection on pregnancy and contraceptive use. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 19(2): 205-222.