Monica McLemore, RN, PhD

Associate Professor
School of Nursing
2 Koret Way
San Francisco, CA 94143
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Education and Training

The College of New Jersey, BSN - 1993 Nursing

San Francisco State University, MPH - 2002 Health Education

University of California, San Francisco, Ph.D. - 2010 Nursing

Awards and Honors

Research Grant, Anonymous Funder, 2013

CTSI - RAP grant (McLemore PI), University of California, San Francisco, 2013-2014

Dean's Initiative, University of California San Francisco, 2013-2014

Research Grant, Sigma Theta Tau International - The Honor Society in Nursing, 2013-2014

Innovations in Reentry Grantee, Alameda County Public Health Department, 2013-2015

Leadership Hall of Fame Inductee, Sigma Theta Tau International - The Honor Society in Nursing, Alpha Eta Chapter, 2014

CTSI - RAP grant (McLemore PI), University of California, San Francisco, 2014-2015

Culture of Health: Breakthrough Leaders in Nursing Award, Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, 2015

Research Grant, Anonymous Funder, 2015

Excellence in Teaching Award, American College of Nurse Midwifery, 2015

School of Nursing Intramural Research Award, University of California, San Francisco, 2015-2016

Speaking Race to Power Fellow, CoreAlign, 2015-2016

Hellman Family Awards for Early Career Faculty, Hellman Family Fellows Fund, 2015-2017

PTBi - RAP grant, University of California, San Francisco, 2016-2018

Margretta Madden Styles Award, Sigma Theta Tau International - The Honor Society in Nursing, 2017

Amazing Women in Reproductive Health, Association for Reproductive Health Professionals, 2017

Agent - Provocateur of the Year Award, The Association for Wholistic Maternal and Newborn Health, 2017

Person of the Year, Abortion Care Network, 2018

Thomas N. Burnbridge Public Service Award, UCSF Office of the Chancellor, 2019

Excellence in Leadership, Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses, 2019

Fellow, American Academy of Nursing, 2019

2020 UCSF Campaign Alumni Award - Category-Audacious, University of California, San Francisco, 2020

Distinguished Leadership Award, The College of New Jersey - 50th year anniversary gala, 2020

CTSI - RAP grant (Tober PI), University of California, San Francisco, 2020-2021

Best Research Article of the Year, American College of Nurse Midwives, 2020-2021

Co-Director of the Birth Equity Research Scholars Program, National Birth Equity Collaborative, 2021

2021 MCH Section Outstanding Leadership/Advocacy Award, American Public Health Association, 2021

Thelma Shobe Endowed Chair, University of California, San Francisco, 2021-now

Partner, Social Venture Partners, 2022-2024
At the University of California, San Francisco, Monica McLemore is a tenured associate professor in the Family Health Care Nursing Department, an affiliated scientist with Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health, and a member of the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health. I retired from clinical practice as a public health and staff nurse after a 28-year clinical nursing career. My program of research is grounded in reproductive justice, a lens I use to understand reproductive health and rights for people with the capacity for pregnancy. My work is grounded in the hypothesis that if we center the most marginalized people, care improves for everyone.

I conduct research across the reproductive spectrum including abortion, birth, cancer risk, contraception, family planning, and healthy sexuality, pleasure, and consent. My work exemplifies the combination of nursing, public health, and policy research using community engaged and embedded methods to develop programs to test and deliver interventions.

I am fortunate to lead many learners at the masters, PhD, MD, postdoctoral and early career faculty development levels. The program I lead is geared toward rigorous science and translation of that work to the public. We maintain a commitment to social media and science communication as well as open source access of community members to conduct research analyses important to them. I currently am leading or collaborating on 8 funded studies from anonymous donors to PCORI to Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and believe that public scholarship is essential for authentic community engagement.

I currently have 81 peer reviewed articles, OpEds and commentaries and my research has been cited in the Huffington Post, Lavender Health, four amicus briefs to the Supreme Court of the United States, and a National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine report. My work has appeared in publications such as Dame Magazine, Politico, ProPublica/NPR and I made a voice appearance in Terrance Nance’s HBO series Random Acts of Flyness. My work was published in the 2019 Future of Medicine edition of Scientific American as a data visualization project entitled How To Fix Maternal Mortality: The First Step is to stop blaming women. I am an elected member of the governing council for Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) section of the American Public Health Association and am current chair of the SRH section (2020-2022). Finally, I am the recipient of numerous awards and was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing in October, 2019.