Monica McLemore, RN, PhD, FAAN

Associate Professor

Monica R. McLemore, PhD, MPH, RN
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. She retired from clinical practice as a public health and staff nurse after a 28-year clinical nursing career. Her program of research is focused on understanding reproductive health and justice. She has 49 peer reviewed articles, OpEds and commentaries and her research has been cited in the Huffington Post, Lavender Health, two amicus briefs to the Supreme Court of the United States, and a National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine report. Her work has appeared in publications such as Dame Magazine, Politico, ProPublica/NPR and she made a voice appearance in Terrance Nance’s HBO series Random Acts of Flyness. Her 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. She is an elected member of the governing council for Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) section of the American Public Health Association and is incoming chair-elect of the SRH section. She is the recipient of numerous awards and will be inducted into the American Academy of Nursing in October, 2019. Twitter: @mclemoremr
Ph.D., 2010 - Nursing, University of California, San Francisco
MPH, 2002 - Health Education, San Francisco State University
BSN, 1993 - Nursing, The College of New Jersey
Honors and Awards
  • CTSI - RAP grant (Tober PI), University of California, San Francisco, 2020-2021
  • 2020 UCSF Campaign Alumni Award - Category-Audacious, University of California, San Francisco, 2020
  • Fellow, American Academy of Nursing, 2019
  • Excellence in Leadership, Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses, 2019
  • Thomas N. Burnbridge Public Service Award, UCSF Office of the Chancellor, 2019
  • Person of the Year, Abortion Care Network, 2018
  • Agent - Provocateur of the Year Award, The Association for Wholistic Maternal and Newborn Health, 2017
  • Amazing Women in Reproductive Health, Association for Reproductive Health Professionals, 2017
  • Margretta Madden Styles Award, Sigma Theta Tau International - The Honor Society in Nursing, 2017
  • PTBi - RAP grant, University of California, San Francisco, 2016-2018
  • Hellman Family Awards for Early Career Faculty, Hellman Family Fellows Fund, 2015-2017
  • Speaking Race to Power Fellow, CoreAlign, 2015-2016
  • School of Nursing Intramural Research Award, University of California, San Francisco, 2015-2016
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, American College of Nurse Midwifery, 2015
  • Research Grant, Anonymous Funder, 2015
  • Culture of Health: Breakthrough Leaders in Nursing Award, Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, 2015
  • CTSI - RAP grant (McLemore PI), University of California, San Francisco, 2014-2015
  • Leadership Hall of Fame Inductee, Sigma Theta Tau International - The Honor Society in Nursing, Alpha Eta Chapter, 2014
  • Innovations in Reentry Grantee, Alameda County Public Health Department, 2013-2015
  • Research Grant, Sigma Theta Tau International - The Honor Society in Nursing, 2013-2014
  • Dean's Initiative, University of California San Francisco, 2013-2014
  • CTSI - RAP grant (McLemore PI), University of California, San Francisco, 2013-2014
  • Research Grant, Anonymous Funder, 2013
  1. Mexican-Born Women’s Experiences of Perinatal Care in the United States
  2. Risk and Protective Factors for Preterm Birth Among Black Women in Oakland, California.
  3. Preterm birth and nativity among Black women with gestational diabetes in California, 2013-2017: a population-based retrospective cohort study.
  4. American Journal of Nursing
  5. Attitudes of California Registered Nurses About Abortion.
  6. Reflecting on Equity in Perinatal Care During a Pandemic.
  7. On Racism: A New Standard For Publishing On Racial Health Inequities
  8. Pregnant Women's Acceptability of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drug Use Screening and Willingness to Disclose Use in Prenatal Care.
  9. Listening to Women: Recommendations from Women of Color to Improve Experiences in Pregnancy and Birth Care.
  10. Interest in Medication and Aspiration Abortion Training among Colorado Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Midwives, and Physician Assistants.
  11. First, Do No Harm: Why Philanthropy Needs to Re-Examine Its Role in Reproductive Equity and Racial Justice.
  12. What about the men? Perinatal experiences of men of color whose partners were at risk for preterm birth, a qualitative study.
  13. CE: An Evidence-Based Update on Contraception.
  14. Exposures to Structural Racism and Racial Discrimination among Pregnant and Early Postpartum Black Women living in Oakland, California.
  15. Research priorities of women at risk for preterm birth: findings and a call to action.
  16. A Transdisciplinary Conceptual Framework of Contextualized Resilience for Reducing Adverse Birth Outcomes.
  17. The right decisions need the right voices.
  18. Establishing an Evidence Base for Meeting the Reproductive Health Needs of Immigrants.
  19. Information and power: Women of color's experiences interacting with health care providers in pregnancy and birth.
  20. Race, Research, and Women's Health: Best Practice Guidelines for Investigators.
  21. Socioeconomic Status, Preeclampsia Risk and Gestational Length in Black and White Women.
  22. The Giving Voice to Mothers study: inequity and mistreatment during pregnancy and childbirth in the United States.
  23. To Prevent Women from Dying in Childbirth, First Stop Blaming Them
  24. Previous Adverse Outcome of Term Pregnancy and Risk of Preterm Birth in Subsequent Pregnancy.
  25. The Ethics of Perinatal Care for Black Women: Dismantling the Structural Racism in "Mother Blame" Narratives.
  26. Using Index of Concentration at the Extremes as Indicators of Structural Racism to Evaluate the Association with Preterm Birth and Infant Mortality-California, 2011-2012.
  27. Pre-pregnancy or first-trimester risk scoring to identify women at high risk of preterm birth.
  28. An inconvenient truth: You have no answer that Black women don’t already possess
  29. Comparison of risk and protective factors for preterm birth in rural, suburban, and urban Fresno County, California
  30. Health care experiences of pregnant, birthing and postnatal women of color at risk for preterm birth.
  31. A Novel Method for Involving Women of Color at High Risk for Preterm Birth in Research Priority Setting.
  32. The Structure Of Scientific Devolutions: An Open Letter From Concerned Scholars
  33. The CDC’s Language Ban Is More Than an Attack on Words—It’s an Attack on Basic Public Health Values
  34. Ohio Religious Coalition For Reproductive Choice
  35. Who is the ‘Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act’ Protecting?
  36. Why Graham-Cassidy is a disaster for reproductive health and an assault on reproductive justice
  37. Making the case for innovative reentry employment programs: previously incarcerated women as birth doulas - a case study.
  38. How Repealing the Affordable Care Act Threatens Women, Families, and Health
  39. Retrospective Evaluation of the Procedural Sedation Practices of Expert Nurses During Abortion Care.
  40. Impacts on Global Health from Nursing Research.
  41. Expanding Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health Services Through Nursing Education.
  42. Social Media Awareness and Implications in Nursing Leadership.
  43. Multiple Unintended Pregnancies in U.S. Women: A Systematic Review.
  44. Illness Narratives of African Americans Living With Coronary Heart Disease: A Critical Interactionist Analysis.
  45. Letter to the Editor, re: article "Factors influencing women's satisfaction with surgical abortion" by Tilles, Denny, Cansino and Creinin.
  46. Nurses Oppose Political Interference in Reproductive Health Care
  47. 'Mid-Level and Primary Care 'Providers': Nomenclature that Stings
  48. How to infuse social media into a conference of tech-naive attendees
  49. Missouri shreds academic freedom
  50. Evaluation of the East Bay Community Birth Support Project, a Community-Based Program to Decrease Recidivism in Previously Incarcerated Women.
  51. Scientists Should Contribute to, Not Shun, Social Media
  52. Radical or routine? Nurse practitioners, nurse-midwives, and physician assistants as abortion providers.
  53. What’s sexual orientation got to do with it? LGBTQI reproductive health
  54. Trans-health in practice simple ways to be welcoming supporting and caring with the non binary community
  55. Twitter basics: Five simple steps to get you started
  56. What are the five best practices for tweeting from conferences
  57. Huffington Post Tech
  58. Calculus formation: nurses' decision-making in abortion-related care.
  59. Recruitment and retention strategies for expert nurses in abortion care provision.
  60. Differences in the Molecular Species of CA125 Across the Phases of the Menstrual Cycle.
  61. Women know best--findings from a thematic analysis of 5,214 surveys of abortion care experience.
  62. Nurses and care of women seeking abortions, 1971 to 2011.
  63. A comparison of the cyclic variation in serum levels of CA125 across the menstrual cycle using two commercial assays.
  64. An evaluation of the molecular species of CA125 across the three phases of the menstrual cycle
  65. Epidemiological and genetic factors associated with ovarian cancer.
  66. Rules of tumor cell development and their application to biomarkers for ovarian cancer.
  67. Gardasil: Introducing the new human papillomavirus vaccine.
  68. Workplace aggression: beginning a dialogue.
  69. The role of the data safety monitoring board: why was the Avastin phase III clinical trial stopped?
  70. Introducing the MUC16 gene: implications for prevention and early detection in epithelial ovarian cancer.