Blair G. Darney, Ph.D., M.P.H.

  • Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, School of Medicine
  • Assistant Professor, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health


Blair is a reproductive health services researcher and Assistant Professor in the OHSU Dept of OB/Gyn, Family Planning Section and OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, Health Systems Management & Policy. Her work focuses on obstetric outcomes, maternal mortality, contraception, and abortion. She primarily engages in secondary analyses of existing data but also has experience with intervention and feasibility studies. Her areas of expertise include working with survey, census, claims, and medical chart data, improving causal inference in non-randomized designs, measuring quality of care, and health insurance. Dr. Darney has domestic and global projects and partnerships. Global partners have included: WHO, the Instituto Nacional de Salud Publica/National Institute of Public Health, Cuernavaca, Mexico (where she was based for 3 years and holds an appointment), Ipas, and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington. Her work and collaborations have been supported by WHO, the Society of Family Planning Research Fund, The Medical Research Foundation, HRSA, NIH, the MacArthur Foundation, and the Mexican Agency for Science and Technology (CONACYT). She also has long-term community-based program experience in Francophone West Africa, where she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal and worked for the Population Council in Burkina Faso. Dr. Darney is committed to building research capacity in Mexico and globally; she works with junior researchers and graduate students in Mexico and the US. The overarching goal of her work is to  inform evidence-based provision of reproductive health services to poor women around the globe, and ultimately, support all women to be the primary decision-makers about their reproductive lives, improve the quality of public health services, and reduce morbidity and mortality.  Dr. Darney's publications can be viewed here:


  • B.A., 1994, Sarah Lawrence College
  • M.P.H., 2002, Yale University
  • Ph.D., 2012, University of Washington School of Public Health
  • Internship:

    • US Peace Corps Volunteer, Senegal, 1996-1999
    • Directora de Area, Instituto Nacional de Salud Publica, Cuernavaca, Mexico, 2014-2017
  • Fellowship:

    • AHRQ post-doctoral fellow 2012-2014, OHSU

Memberships and associations

  • Population Association of America (PAA), Society of Family Planning (SFP), International Federation of Contraception and Abortion Professionals (FIAPAC)

Areas of interest

  • health services research, impact evaluation, maternal mortality and morbidity, contraception, abortion



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