Andrea DeMaria

Dr. DeMaria is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Consumer Science and Public Health Graduate Program. Her research has encompassed an interdisciplinary approach to understanding women's sexual and reproductive health behaviors and issues. She is committed to a comprehensive approach to women’s health research, drawing from the behavioral, social, and clinical science fields. Dr. DeMaria’s research methodology has largely focused on the importance of incorporating qualitative and quantitative methods, specifically to inform program development, implementation, and evaluation in community and clinical settings.

Dr. DeMaria’s scholarship on the topic of pubic hair removal, including a widely-referenced piece on clinical implications of the behavior, has drawn much attention nationally and internationally. Other recent projects have included exploring women’s reproductive and sexual health issues in Italy, investigating contraceptive choice, access, and compliance (including developing, implementing, and evaluating a comprehensive long-acting reversible contraception (e.g., IUD, Implant) health communication campaign), and increasing access to women’s health care through telehealth programming. Her work has been published in top tier journals, including the American Journal of Obstetrics & GynecologyWomen and Birth, and Health Communication.

She has developed and implemented policy, advocated for various women’s health issues and rights, and served as a superior mentor to her students. She is currently a March of Dimes Gretchen Carlson Advocacy Fellow.

Dr. DeMaria directs the Interdisciplinary Women’s Reproductive Collaborative and is looking to build her research agenda and lab at Purdue University. She is actively seeking graduate and undergraduate students, faculty collaborators, and community partners interested in women’s health issues.

Dr. DeMaria leads a 7-week women’s health research-focused summer study abroad program to Florence, Italy. Check out Purdue University’s Study Abroad page for more details.



Assistant Professor

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