Claire Brindis, DrPH

Director Professor of Pediatrics and Health Policy

Claire D. Brindis, Dr. P.H., is Professor of Pediatrics and Health Policy, Department of Pediatrics and the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Health Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She is Director of the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies (IHPS) at UCSF ( and holds the Caldwell B. Esselstyn Chair in Health Policy. Dr. Brindis is also Executive Director of the National Adolescent and Young Adult Health Resource Center ( She is also a Director of the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences and IHPS, UCSF. In 2016, Dr. Brindis received the UCSF Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award for her commitment to mentoring across the academic lifecourse, from students through senior faculty and researchers across disciplines.

Incorporating a variety of quantitative and qualitative methodologies, as well as community participatory research, Dr. Brindis’ research focuses on program evaluation and the translation of research into policy at the local, state, and national level. Dr. Brindis’ specific content expertise is in the areas of: adolescent and child health policy, adolescent pregnancy and pregnancy prevention, reproductive health services for men and women, school-based health services, and analyses of a wide-ranging array of health policies, including health care access for under-served communities, including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACAs), and the impact of federal and state health care reform on adolescents, young adults, and women. In the area of reproductive health, Dr. Brindis has led a multidisciplinary evaluation team evaluating California’s Office of Family Planning’s Family PACT program, a Federal 1115 Medicaid waiver. Evaluation findings indicate that this program has successfully served annually nearly 1.3 million women and men, helping to avert approximately 300,000 pregnancies per year annually. For every dollar spent on the program, an estimated savings of $5.83 in medical and social costs is realized through the prevention of unintended pregnancies up to five years after birth. Other research projects include evaluations of the state of California’s comprehensive teenage pregnancy prevention programs, the impact of health care reform on adolescents and young adults’ access to health care, including the barriers encountered in enrolling young adults and marginalized populations in the ACA, including the challenges of assuring confidential care in an era of electronic health care records, the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Journalism’s Health Disparities Media Fellowship Program, and the effectiveness of water policies in California schools.

Dr. Brindis co-authored a statewide comprehensive strategic plan for California, “Investing in Adolescent Health: A Social Imperative for California’s Future” ( and a “Guidebook for Evaluating School-Based Health Centers” ( She has also co-authored a monograph on implementing the Healthy People 2010 Adolescent Health Objectives, with the CDC and the Federal Bureau of Maternal and Child Health, “Improving Adolescent Health: A Guidebook for States and Communities” ( Along with the UCSF Center on Social Disparities in Health and the Bixby Center, Dr. Brindis completed research and developed a film aimed at policy makers and communities, entitled, “A Question of Hope: Reducing Latina Teen Childbearing in California” ( In addition, she co-authored a report “Creating a Health Research and Policy Agenda for Im/migration Between Mexico and California”.

Dr. Brindis is past chair of the Population, Family Planning and Reproductive Health Section of the American Public Health Association (2003-2004) and the Board of Directors for Advocates for Youth, Washington D.C. (2003-2005). Dr. Brindis has served on many expert panels, including the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee on Pediatric Health and Health Care Quality Measures, the Committee on Preventive Services for Women, and the Committee on the Health and Well-Being of Young Adults. At UCSF, she is past chair of the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on the Status of Women. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the California Department of Health Services with the 2000 Beverlee A. Myers Award for Excellence in Public Health, the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs, Washington, DC, with the annual 2001 John C. MacQueen Lecture Award, the 2005 Federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau Director's Award: “In recognition of Contributions Made to the Health of Infants, Mothers, Children, Adolescents & Children with Special Needs”, the UCSF’s Chancellor’s Award for the Advancement of Women in 2009, election to the IOM in 2010, the selection in 2012 as Alumni Hall of Fame awardee from the UCLA School of Public Health, and the 2014 Carl Schultz Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Public Health Association.


Gardner A, Geierstanger S, Brindis CD, McConnel C. Clinic Consortia Media Advocacy Capacity: Partnering With the Media and Increasing Policymaker Awareness. Journal of Health Communication. 15: No. 3, 293-306.Online. DOI: 10.1080/10810731003686606

Brindis CD. Lost Opportunities in Accessing Reproductive Health Care—Can Pediatricians still make a Difference? Journal of Adolescent Health. Editorial. (46) No. 4, 305-306.

Ralph L, Brindis CB. Access to Reproductive Health Care for Adolescents: Establishing Health Behaviors at a Critical Juncture in the Lifecourse. Current Opinion in Obstetrics and Gynecology. 22: No. 5, 369-374.

Cubbins C, Brindis CD, Jain S, Santelli J, Braveman P. Neighborhood poverty, aspirations and expectations, and initiation of sex. Journal of Adolescent Health. Vol. 47 No. 4, 399-406.

Soleimanpour S, Geierstanger S, Kaller, S, McCarter V, Brindis CD. The Role of School Health Centers in Health Care Access and Client Outcomes. American Journal of Public Health, Vol. 100, No. 9, 1597-1603.

Curtis A, Waters C, Brindis CD. Rural Adolescent Health: The Importance of Prevention Services in the Rural Community. Journal of Rural Health. Vol. 27, No. 1, 60-71.

Gilliam M, Brindis CB. Virtual Sex Ed: Youth, Race, Sex and New Media. Sexuality Research and Social Policy. Vol. 8, No. 1, 1-4.

Ralph L, Berglas N, Schwartz S, Brindis CD. Finding Teens in TheirSpace: Using Social Networking Sites to Connect Youth to Sexual Health Services. Sexuality Research and Social Policy. Vol. 8, No. 1, 38-49.

Amaral G, Geierstanger S, Soleimanpour S, Brindis CD. Mental Health Characteristics and Health-Seeking Behaviors of Adolescent School-Based Health Center Users and Nonusers. Journal of School Health. Vol. 81, No. 3, 138-145.

Guendelman S, Fernandez A, Thornton D, Brindis CD. Birthplace, Language Use, and Body Size Among Mexican American Women and Men: Findings from NHANES 2001-2006. Journal of the Poor and Underserved. Vol. 22, No. 2, 590–605.

Jiang N, Kolbe L, Dong-Chul S, Noy K, Brindis CD. Health of adolescents and young adults: Trends in achieving the 21 Critical National Health

Objectives by 2010. Journal of Adolescent Health (49) 124-132.

Saleeby E, Brindis CD. Women Reproductive Health and Health Reform. JAMA. 2011, 306 (11):1256-1257.

Dehlendorf C, Foster DG, Thiel de Bocanegra H, Brindis CD, Bradsberry M, Darney P. Race, Ethnicity and Differences in Contraception Among Low-Income Women: Methods Received by Family PACT Clients, California, 2001-2007. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health. Vol.43, No 3. 181-187.

Gee RE, Brindis CD, Diaz A, Garcia F, Gregory K, Peck MG, Reece EA. Recommendations of the IOM Clinical Preventive Services for Women Committee: implications for obstetricians and gynecologists. Current Opinion in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Vol. 23. 471-480.

Kreger M, Sargent K, Arons A, Standish M, Brindis CD. Creating an Environmental Justice Framework for Policy Change in Childhood Asthma: A Grassroots to Treetops Approach. American Journal of Public Health. Vol. 101, S1 208-216.

Schwartz S, Brindis CD, Ralph L, Biggs MA. Latina Adolescents’ Perceptions of their Male Partners’ Influences on Childbearing: Findings from a Qualitative Study in California. Culture, Health and Sexuality. Volume 13, (8) 873-886.

Foster, D, Higgins JA, Biggs MA, McCain C, Holtby S, Biggs A, Brindis CD. Willingness to Have Unprotected Sex. Journal of Sex Research. Vol. 49, Issue 1.


Foster DG, Biggs MA, Rostovtseva D, Thiel de Bocanegra H, Darney PD, Brindis CD. Estimating the Fertility Effect of Expansions of Publicly Funded Family Planning Services in California. Women’s Health Issues. Vol. 21 (6) 418-424.

Gardner A, Geierstanger S, Miller-Nascimento L, Brindis CD. Expanding Organizational Advocacy Capacity: Reflections from the Field. The Foundation Review. Vol. 3 (1&2). 23-42.

Brindis CD, Ralph L. Critical Junctures: Assuring Healthy Outcomes for Adolescents in the New Millenium. Adolescent Medicine Vol. 022, 341-366. In Adolescent Medicine: State of the Art Reviews. (AM:STARs).American Academy of Pediatrics, Vol. 22, No.3 Alwyn Cohall, Michael Resnick, Editors.

Lustig R Schmidt L, Brindis CD. The Toxic Truth About Sugar. Nature. Vol. 482, 27-29.

Ozer EM, Urquart J, Brindis CD, Park JM, Irwin CE, Jr. Young Adult Preventive Healthcare Guidelines: There But Can’t Be Found. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. 166(3) 240-247.

Keeton V, Soleimanpour S, Brindis CD. School Based Health Centers in an Era of Health Care Reform: Building on History. Current Problems in Pediatric and Adolescent Health Care. Vol. 42, (6), 132-162.

Patel AI, Chandran K, Hampton K, Hecht K, Grumbach J, Kimura A, Braff-Guajardo E, Brindis CD. Observations of Drinking Water Access in School Food Service Areas Before Implementation of Federal and State School Water Policy 2011. Preventing Chronic Disease. 9:110315. DOI:

Minnis AM, Marchi K, Ralph L, Biggs A, Schwartz S, Arons A, Brindis CD, Braveman P. Limited socioeconomic opportunities and Latina teen childbearing: a qualitative study of family and structural factors affecting future expectations.  Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. Online. DOI 10.1007/s10903-012-9653-z.

Thiel de Bocanegra H, Maguire F, Horsley K, Puffer MJ, Brindis CD. Enhancing Service Delivery Through Title X Funding: Findings from California. Perspectives on Reproductive and Sexual Health 44 (4) 262-269

Hughes D, Docto L, Peters J, Lamb AK, Brindis CD. Swimming Upstream: The Challenges and Rewards of Evaluating Efforts to Address Inequities and Reduce Health Disparities. Evaluation and Program Planning. (38). 1-12. DOI:10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2013.01.004.

Biggs MA, Combellick S, Arons A, Brindis CD. Educational barriers, social isolation, and stable romantic relationships among pregnant immigrant Latina teens. Hispanic Health Care International. Vol. 11(1). 38-46.

Schapiro NA, Kools SM, Weiss SJ, Brindis CD. Separation and Reunification: The Experience of Adolescents Living in Transnational Families. Current Problems in Pediatric and Adolescent Health. 43(3):48-68. doi: 10.1016/j.cppeds.2012.12.001.

Thompson KMJ,  Raine TR, Foster Greene D, Speidel JJ, Darney PD, Brindis CD, Harper CC.  Access to Levonorgestrel Emergency Contraception:  Science v. Federal Politics.  Women’s Health 9(2) 139-143.

Adams S, Newacheck P, Park J, Brindis CD, Irwin CE, Jr. Medical Home for Adolescents: Low Attainment Rates for Those with Mental Health Problems and Other Vulnerable Groups. Academic Pediatrics. 13(2): 113-21. Doi:10.1016/j.acap.2012.11.004.

Brody CD, Frecero J, Brindis CD, Bellows B. Redeeming Qualities: Exploring Factors That Affect Women’s Use of Reproductive Health Vouchers in Cambodia. BMC International Health and Human Rights. 2013.13:13. doi:10.1186/1472-698X-13-13.

Foster DG, Biggs MA, Malvin, J, Bradsberry M, Darney PD, Brindis CD. Cost-Savings from the Provision of Specific Contraceptive Methods in 2009. Women’s Health Issues. Vol. 23 (4) e265-e271.

Ozer EM, Scott, JT, Brindis CD. Seizing the Opportunity: Improving Young Adult Preventive Health Care. Adolescent Medicine State of the Art Reviews. 24(3)507-525.

Okumura, M, Ong, T, DawsonD, Nielson, D, Lewis, N, Richards, M, D. Brindis, CD, Kleinhenz, ME. Improving Transition from Pediatric to Adult Cystic Fibrosis Care: Program Implementation and Evaluation. Quality & Safety, CF Supplement. Epub 1014

Biggs MA, Arons A, Turner R, Brindis CD. Same-day LARC insertion attitudes and practices. Contraception. 2013 Nov;88(5):629-35. doi: 10.1016/j.contraception. 2013.05.012. Epub 2013 May 29.

Brindis, CD, Moore, K. Improving Adolescent Health Policy: Incorporating a Framework for Assessing State-level Policies. Annual Review of Public Health. 2014: 35:343-61. doi: 10.1146/annurev-publhealth-032013-182455.

Suleiman, A, Brindis C. Adolescent School-Based Sex Education: Using Developmental Neuroscience to Guide New Directions for Policy and Practice. Theoretical/Conceptual Papers. NY, Sexuality Research and Social Policy. Epub:

Biggs MA, Harper CC, Malvin J, Brindis CD. Factors influencing the provision of long-acting reversible contraception in California. Obstet Gynecol. Mar; 123(3):593-602

Thiel de Bocanegra H, Cross Riedel J, Menz M, Darney PD, Brindis CD. Onsite Provision of Specialized Contraceptive Services: Does Title X Funding Enhance Access? Journal of Womens Health (Larchmt). 2014 May; 23(5):428-33. doi: 10.1089/jwh.2013.4511. Epub 2014 Jan 9.

Park MJ, Scott JT, Adams SH, Brindis CD, Irwin CE. Adolescent and Young Adult Health in the US in the Past Decade: Little Improvement and Young Adults Remain Worse Off Than Adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Health. July; 55(1): 3-16.

Raymond-Flesch M, Siemons R, Pourat N, Jacobs K, Brindis CD. “There Is No Help Out There and If There Is, It's Really Hard to Find”: A Qualitative Study of the Health Concerns and Health Care Access of Latino “DREAMers.” Journal of Adolescent Health, Sept. 55(3): 323–328.

Maternowska C, Withers M, Brindis, C. Gender, Masculinity and Migration: Mexican Men and Reproductive Health in the California Context. Culture, Health and Sexuality, 16(8):989-1002. DOI:10.1080/13691058.2014.920529

Patel AI, Hecht K, Hampton KE. Grumbach KJ, Braff-Guajardo E. Brindis CD. Tapping Into Water: Key Considerations for Achieving Excellence in School Drinking Water Access. American Journal of Public Health: July 2014, Vol. 104, No. 7, pp. 1314-1319.

Blum A, Giordano A, Park J, Rosenbaum S, Brindis CD. Implementing Health Reform in an Era of Semi-Cooperative Federalism, Lessons from the Age 26 Expansion. Journal of Health & Biomedical Law. (In press)

Lewis, C., Soleimanpour, S., Sakashita, K., Brindis, C. High School Students’ Experiences of Bullying and Victimization and the Association with School Health Center Use. Journal of School Health. (In press).

Sedlander, E, Brindis, CD, Bausch, S, Tebb, K. Options for Assuring Access to Confidential Care for Adolescents and Young Adults in an Explanation of Benefits Environment. Journal of Adolescent Health. January 2015, 56(1):  7-9. DOI:

Biggs MA, Rocca CH, Brindis CD, Hirsch H, Grossman D. Did increasing use of highly effective contraception contribute to declining abortions in Iowa? Contraception. On-line. doi:10.1016/j.contraception.2014.10.009

Lewis C, Deardorff J, Lahiff M, Soleimanpour S, Sakashita K, Brindis CD. High school students’ experiences of bullying and victimization and the association with school health center use. Journal of School Health. 2015; 85: 319-327

Schapiro NA, Kools SM, Weiss SJ, Brindis CD. Impact of gender on separation-reunification experiences of Latino immigrant adolescents, FACTS Reports (In press)