Lisa Colarossi

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Lisa Colarossi
Lisa Colarossi




Associate Vice President for Research
Planned Parenthood Of New York City

Professional Bio

Lisa Colarossi is the director of research and evaluation at Planned Parenthood of New York City. She is a licensed clinical social worker and developmental psychologist and received her Ph.D. from The University of Michigan. Her training and background involves interdisciplinary research collaborations between social service, medical and legal systems. She has received research awards from the National Association of Social Workers and the Interdisciplinary Center for Research on Women and Gender at The University of Michigan; and was a Robert Wood Johnson Senior Research Consultant. She has conducted and published research studies using a variety of methods from experimental and evaluative research to longitudinal survey research and qualitative exploratory research. She has been an associate professor of social work and her research is in the area of adolescent and early adult development, violence against women and mental and reproductive health.

My New Connections Experience

I applied to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for a New Connections Grant to support an evaluation study of an intimate partner violence screening tool and policy used by three comprehensive reproductive health centers in New York City serving a diverse population with vulnerability to both partner violence and negative reproductive health outcomes. Further, the research will document the impact of partner violence on a variety of sexual and reproductive health outcomes.

Obtaining a Senior Consultant New Connections award for the study, A Mixed-Method Study of Partner Violence Screening Effectiveness and Related Social and Health Factors, has given me opportunities to work closely with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on an important health care issue, which will help ensure that the study will influence policy and practice to improve health care for vulnerable populations. RWJF provides an invaluable network of health professionals for me to work with and learn from, as well as resources to improve my research and enhance my career.

Research Interests

My research interests are: the impact of partner violence on sexual and reproductive health outcomes; adolescent and adult attitudes, knowledge and behavior regarding contraception and other sexual and reproductive health practices; and program/intervention evaluation for improving sexual and reproductive health outcomes.

The Details
  • New Connections Status: Mid-Career Consultant
  • Award Year: 2008
  • RWJF Team/Portfolio: Vulnerable Populations
  • Project Name: A Mixed-Method Study of Partner Violence Screening Effectiveness and Related Social and Health Factors.

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