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. Trainor L, Frickberg-Middleton E, McLemore MR, Franck LS. Mexican-Born Women’s Experiences of Perinatal Care in the United States 2020. PMID:

  2. McLemore MR, Berkowitz RL, Oltman SP, Baer RJ, Franck L, Fuchs J, Karasek DA, Kuppermann M, McKenzie-Sampson S, Melbourne D, Taylor B, Williams S, Rand L, Chambers BD, Scott K, Jelliffe-Pawlowski LL. Risk and Protective Factors for Preterm Birth Among Black Women in Oakland, California. 2020. PMID: 33034878

  3. Scott KA, Chambers BD, Baer RJ, Ryckman KK, McLemore MR, Jelliffe-Pawlowski LL. Preterm birth and nativity among Black women with gestational diabetes in California, 2013-2017: a population-based retrospective cohort study. 2020. PMID: 33023524

  4. McSpedon, C. American Journal of Nursing 2020. PMID:

  5. Swartz A, Hoffmann TJ, Cretti E, Burton CW, Eagen-Torkko M, Levi AJ, Aztlan EA, McLemore MR. Attitudes of California Registered Nurses About Abortion. 2020. PMID: 32783889

  6. Niles PM, Asiodu IV, Crear-Perry J, Julian Z, Lyndon A, McLemore MR, Planey AM, Scott KA, Vedam S. Reflecting on Equity in Perinatal Care During a Pandemic. 2020. PMID: 32775943

  7. Boyd RW, Lindo EG, Weeks LD, McLemore MR. On Racism: A New Standard For Publishing On Racial Health Inequities 2020. PMID:

  8. Toquinto SM, Berglas NF, McLemore MR, Delgado A, Roberts SCM. Pregnant Women's Acceptability of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drug Use Screening and Willingness to Disclose Use in Prenatal Care. 2020. PMID: 32622582

  9. Altman MR, McLemore MR, Oseguera T, Lyndon A, Franck LS. Listening to Women: Recommendations from Women of Color to Improve Experiences in Pregnancy and Birth Care. 2020. PMID: 32558179

  10. Edwards BN, McLemore MR, Baltzell K, Hodgkin A, Nunez O, Franck LS. What about the men? Perinatal experiences of men of color whose partners were at risk for preterm birth, a qualitative study. 2020. PMID: 32041561

  11. Britton LE, Alspaugh A, Greene MZ, McLemore MR. CE: An Evidence-Based Update on Contraception. 2020. PMID: 31977414

  12. Chambers BD, Arabia SE, Arega HA, Altman MR, Berkowitz R, Feuer SK, Franck LS, Gomez AM, Kober K, Pacheco-Werner T, Paynter RA, Prather AA, Spellen SA, Stanley D, Jelliffe-Pawlowski LL, McLemore MR. Exposures to Structural Racism and Racial Discrimination among Pregnant and Early Postpartum Black Women living in Oakland, California. 2020. PMID: 31919987

  13. Franck LS, McLemore MR, Williams S, Millar K, Gordon AY, Williams S, Woods N, Edwards L, Pacheco T, Padilla A, Nelson F, Rand L. Research priorities of women at risk for preterm birth: findings and a call to action. 2020. PMID: 31928534

  14. McLemore MR, Choo EK. The right decisions need the right voices. 2019. PMID: 31571595

  15. Altman MR, Oseguera T, McLemore MR, Kantrowitz-Gordon I, Franck LS, Lyndon A. Information and power: Women of color's experiences interacting with health care providers in pregnancy and birth. Volume 238. 2019. PMID: 31434029

  16. McLemore MR, Asiodu I, Crear-Perry J, Davis DA, Drew M, Hardeman RR, Mendez DD, Roberts L, Scott KA. Race, Research, and Women's Health: Best Practice Guidelines for Investigators. Volume 134 of Issue 2. 2019. PMID: 31348216

  17. Ross KM, Dunkel Schetter C, McLemore MR, Chambers BD, Paynter RA, Baer R, Feuer SK, Flowers E, Karasek D, Pantell M, Prather AA, Ryckman K, Jelliffe-Pawlowski L. Socioeconomic Status, Preeclampsia Risk and Gestational Length in Black and White Women. 2019. PMID: 31368002

  18. Vedam S, Stoll K, Taiwo TK, Rubashkin N, Cheyney M, Strauss N, McLemore M, Cadena M, Nethery E, Rushton E, Schummers L, Declercq E. The Giving Voice to Mothers study: inequity and mistreatment during pregnancy and childbirth in the United States. Volume 16 of Issue 1. 2019. PMID: 31182118

  19. Baer RJ, Berghella V, Muglia LJ, Norton ME, Rand L, Ryckman KK, Jelliffe-Pawlowski LL, McLemore MR. Previous Adverse Outcome of Term Pregnancy and Risk of Preterm Birth in Subsequent Pregnancy. Volume 23 of Issue 4. 2019. PMID: 30539421

  20. Scott KA, Britton L, McLemore MR. The Ethics of Perinatal Care for Black Women: Dismantling the Structural Racism in "Mother Blame" Narratives. Volume 33 of Issue 2. 2019. PMID: 31021935

  21. Baer RJ, McLemore MR, Adler N, Oltman SP, Chambers BD, Kuppermann M, Pantell MS, Rogers EE, Ryckman KK, Sirota M, Rand L, Jelliffe-Pawlowski LL. Pre-pregnancy or first-trimester risk scoring to identify women at high risk of preterm birth. Volume 231. 2018. PMID: 30439652

  22. Scott, KA, Bray, SRM, Asiodu, IV, McLemore, MR. An inconvenient truth: You have no answer that Black women don’t already possess 2018. PMID:

  23. Rebecca J. Baer, Lauren Lessard, Marta Jankowska, James G. Anderson, Jessica Block, Christina D. Chambers, Jonathan Fuchs, Miriam Kuppermann, Monica R. McLemore, Gail Newel, Scott P. Oltman, Elizabeth E. Rogers, Kelli K. Ryckman, Martina A. Steurer, Jiue-An Yang, Linda S. Franck, Larry Rand, Laura L. Jelliffe-Pawlowski. Comparison of risk and protective factors for preterm birth in rural, suburban, and urban Fresno County, California 2018. PMID:

  24. McLemore MR, Altman MR, Cooper N, Williams S, Rand L, Franck L. Health care experiences of pregnant, birthing and postnatal women of color at risk for preterm birth. Volume 201. 2018. PMID: 29494846

  25. Franck LS, McLemore MR, Cooper N, De Castro B, Gordon AY, Williams S, Williams S, Rand L. A Novel Method for Involving Women of Color at High Risk for Preterm Birth in Research Priority Setting. of Issue 131. 2018. PMID: 29364217

  26. Sarp Aksel MD Montefiore Medical Center, Lauren Broussard MSW, MPH DrPH(c) Columbia University, Meghan Eagen-Torkko PhD, CNM University of Washington, Bothell, Cynthia Greenlee PhD Independent scholar, Grace Howard PhD University of Southern Indiana, Frances E. Likis DrPH, NP, CNM Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health and Vanderbilt University, Monica McLemore PhD, MPH, RN University of California, San Francisco, Ghazaleh Moayedi, DO University of Hawai?i, Ashish Premkumar MD Northwestern University, Jessica Roach MPH(c) Independent scholar, Mona Shattell PhD, RN, FAAN Rush University and Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, Jenna Shaw-Battista PhD, CNM University of California, Davis, Diane Tober PhD University of California, San Francisco and Michelle Wright PhD, RN Emory University.. The Structure Of Scientific Devolutions: An Open Letter From Concerned Scholars 2017. PMID:

  27. Roach, J, Wingard, DL, McLemore, M.. Ohio Religious Coalition For Reproductive Choice 2017. PMID:

  28. Dr. Ifeyinwa Asiodu (University of California at San Francisco); Dr. Sarp Aksel (Montefiore Medical Center, New York); Dr. Jessica Draughon Moret (Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at University of California at Davis); Dr. Meghan Eagen-Torkko (University of Washington at Bothell); Yonah EtShalom, clinician and public health advocate (MSN, FNP); Dr. Monica R. McLemore (University of California at San Francisco); Dr. Ashish Premkumar (Northwestern University); Jessica Roach (MPH and public health advocate); Dr. Mona Shattell (Rush University); and Dr. Stephanie Tillman (University of Illinois at Chicago).. Who is the ‘Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act’ Protecting? 2017. PMID:

  29. Asiodu, I., Baltzell, K., Chen, A., Eagen-Torkko, M., Fuentes, L., Ghedi-Ehrlich, E., Greenlee, C., McLemore, M., Shattell, M., & Taylor, D.. Why Graham-Cassidy is a disaster for reproductive health and an assault on reproductive justice 2017. PMID:

  30. Taylor, D. Olshansky, EF, Johnson Mallard, V, Woods, NF, McLemore, MR, Shattell, M. (2017 July 23).. How Repealing the Affordable Care Act Threatens Women, Families, and Health 2017. PMID:

  31. McLemore MR, Aztlan EA. Retrospective Evaluation of the Procedural Sedation Practices of Expert Nurses During Abortion Care. Volume 46 of Issue 5. 2017. PMID: 28727994

  32. Baltzell K, McLemore M, Shattell M, Rankin S. Impacts on Global Health from Nursing Research. Volume 96 of Issue 4. 2017. PMID: 28219991

  33. McLemore MR, Levi AJ. Expanding Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health Services Through Nursing Education. Volume 46 of Issue 5. 2017. PMID: 28499751

  34. Burton CW, McLemore MR, Perry L, Carrick J, Shattell M. Social Media Awareness and Implications in Nursing Leadership. Volume 17 of Issue 4. 2017. PMID: 28558603

  35. Aztlan-James EA, McLemore M, Taylor D. Multiple Unintended Pregnancies in U.S. Women: A Systematic Review. Volume 27 of Issue 4. 2017. PMID: 28284587

  36. Dubbin L, McLemore M, Shim JK. Illness Narratives of African Americans Living With Coronary Heart Disease: A Critical Interactionist Analysis. Volume 27 of Issue 4. 2016. PMID: 27117961

  37. Taylor, D, McLemore M, Burton C, Hagan, T, Shattell, M.. Nurses Oppose Political Interference in Reproductive Health Care 2016. PMID:

  38. McLemore, M., Baltzell, K., Burton, C., Shattell, M., Taylor, D.. 'Mid-Level and Primary Care 'Providers': Nomenclature that Stings 2016. PMID:

  39. Perry, L., Carrick, J., McLemore, M., Burton, C., Apold, S., & Shattell, M.. How to infuse social media into a conference of tech-naive attendees 2015. PMID:

  40. Taylor, D., McLemore, M., Burton, C., Olshansky, E., Berg, J., Levi, A., Woods, N., & Shattell, M.. Missouri shreds academic freedom 2015. PMID:

  41. Shattell, M., McLemore, M.R., Burton, C.. Scientists Should Contribute to, Not Shun, Social Media 2015. PMID:

  42. Freedman L, Battistelli MF, Gerdts C, McLemore M. Radical or routine? Nurse practitioners, nurse-midwives, and physician assistants as abortion providers. Volume 23 of Issue 45. 2015. PMID: 26278836

  43. McLemore, M., Burton, C., & Shattell, M.. What’s sexual orientation got to do with it? LGBTQI reproductive health 2015. PMID:

  44. Shattell, M., McLemore, M., & Burton, C.. Twitter basics: Five simple steps to get you started 2015. PMID:

  45. McLemore, M., Burton, C., & Shattell, M.. What are the five best practices for tweeting from conferences 2015. PMID:

  46. Burton, C., McLemore, M., Shattell, M. Why Nurses Need Twitter. Huffington Post Tech 2015. PMID:

  47. McLemore MR, Kools S, Levi AJ. Calculus formation: nurses' decision-making in abortion-related care. Volume 38 of Issue 3. 2015. PMID: 25820100

  48. McLemore MR, Levi A, James EA. Recruitment and retention strategies for expert nurses in abortion care provision. Volume 91 of Issue 6. 2015. PMID: 25708505

  49. McLemore MR, Miaskowski C, Lee K, Chen LM, Aouizerat BE. Differences in the Molecular Species of CA125 Across the Phases of the Menstrual Cycle. Volume 18 of Issue 1. 2015. PMID: 25566791

  50. McLemore MR, Desai S, Freedman L, James EA, Taylor D. Women know best--findings from a thematic analysis of 5,214 surveys of abortion care experience. Volume 24 of Issue 6. 2014. PMID: 25442704

  51. McLemore M, Levi A. Nurses and care of women seeking abortions, 1971 to 2011. Volume 40 of Issue 6. 2011. PMID: 22273447

  52. McLemore MR, Aouizerat BE, Lee KA, Chen LM, Cooper B, Tozzi M, Miaskowski C. A comparison of the cyclic variation in serum levels of CA125 across the menstrual cycle using two commercial assays. Volume 14 of Issue 3. 2011. PMID: 21765119

  53. McLemore MR, Miaskowski C, Aouizerat BE, Chen LM, Dodd MJ. Epidemiological and genetic factors associated with ovarian cancer. Volume 32 of Issue 4. 2009. PMID: 19444085

  54. McLemore MR, Miaskowski C, Aouizerat BE, Chen LM, Dodd M. Rules of tumor cell development and their application to biomarkers for ovarian cancer. Volume 35 of Issue 3. 2008. PMID: 18467290

  55. McLemore MR. Gardasil: Introducing the new human papillomavirus vaccine. Volume 10 of Issue 5. 2006. PMID: 17063609

  56. McLemore MR. Workplace aggression: beginning a dialogue. Volume 10 of Issue 4. 2006. PMID: 16927896

  57. McLemore MR, Aouizerat B. Introducing the MUC16 gene: implications for prevention and early detection in epithelial ovarian cancer. Volume 6 of Issue 4. 2005. PMID: 15788735