Andrea DeMaria

Andrea DeMaria

Assistant Professor
Matthews Hall, Room 214G
Phone: (765) 494-8300

Research Interests:

Dr. Andrea DeMaria is an Assistant Professor who joined the Purdue University faculty in August 2016. Her research has encompassed an interdisciplinary approach to understanding women's reproductive and sexual health behaviors and issues, including (but not limited to): genital hygiene and menstruation management, pubic hair grooming and body image, contraception decision-making and healthcare access, and sexual violence. She is committed to a comprehensive approach to women’s health research, drawing from the behavioral, social, and clinical science fields. 

Her 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. She has developed and implemented policy, advocated for various women’s health issues and rights, and served as a superior mentor to her students and colleagues. As a 2018-2019 March of Dimes Advocacy Fellow, Dr. DeMaria translated her research into action through developing and implementing reproductive health policies in Indiana and advocating for women’s health issues and rights locally and nationally. Her efforts contributed to the passing of IN-SB416, which allows women to use Medicaid funding to support Doula services during pregnancy and beyond. Dr. DeMaria was recently (September 2019) named as one of the top 120 under 40 family planning leaders in the world by the Bill and Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health, where she has expanded her work in sexual and reproductive health to a global scale. 

Dr. DeMaria founded and 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 student research assistants, faculty collaborators, and community partners interested in improving the lives of women and girls locally, nationally, and internationally. 

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.


Postdoctoral Fellow; Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Women’s HealthDepartment of Obstetrics & Gynecology, School of Medicine; University of Texas Medical Branch; Galveston, Texas; 5T32HD055163-04 

PhD, Health Education, Certificate in Advanced Research Methods; Department of Health & Kinesiology, College of Education and Human Development; Texas A&M University; College Station, Texas; 2011 

MS, Kinesiology, Concentration in Sport & Exercise Psychology; Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion, and Recreation, College of Education; University of North Texas; Denton, Texas; 2008 

BA, Behavioral Neuroscience; Department of Psychological Sciences, College of Liberal Arts; Purdue University; West Lafayette, Indiana; 2006

Selected Publications: 

A complete list of Dr. DeMaria’s publications can be found HERE

Genital Hygiene and Menstruation Management

  • DeMaria AL, Delay C, Sundstrom B, Wakefield AL, Naoum Z, Ramos-Ortiz J, Meier S, Brig K. “My mama told me it would happen”: menarche and menstruation experiences across generations. Women Health. April 2019:1-12.
  • DeMaria AL, Sundstrom B, Meier S, Wiseley A. The myth of menstruation: how menstrual regulation and suppression impact contraceptive choice. BMC Womens Health. 2019;19(1):125.
  • DeMaria AL, Delay C, Sundstrom B, Wakefield AL, Avina A, Meier S. Understanding women’s postpartum sexual experiences. Cult Health Sex. 2019:1-15. 

Pubic Hair Grooming and Body Image

  • DeMaria AL, Sundstrom B, McInnis SM, Rogers E. Perceptions and correlates of pubic hair removal and grooming among college-aged women: A mixed methods approach. Sex Health. 2016;13(3):248-256.
  • DeMaria AL, Flores M, Hirth JM, Berenson AB. Complications related to pubic hair removal. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2014;210(6):528.e1-5.
  • DeMaria AL, Berenson AB. Prevalence and correlates of pubic hair grooming among low-income Hispanic, Black, and White women. Body Image. 2013;10(2):226-231. 

Contraception Decision-Making and Healthcare Access

  • Ruiz Y, Riciputi S, Alexander SC, DeMaria AL, Guilamo-Ramos V. Examining dual method contraceptive use among Midwestern parenting Latinx teens: Perspectives from adolescent parents, caretakers, and nurses. Public Health Nurs. 2020; 0(0):1–8. [online ahead of print]
  • Sundstrom B, Smith E, Vyge K, Miletich A, Benigni G, Delay C, Mann E, DeMaria AL. Moving oral contraceptives over the counter: Theory-based formative research to design communication strategy. J Health Commun. 2020;0(0):1-10. [online ahead of print]
  • DeMaria AL, Lugo JM, Rahman M, Pyles RB, Berenson AB. Association between body mass index, sexually transmitted infections, and contraceptive compliance. J Womens Health. 2013;22(12):1062-1068.

Sexual Violence

  • Meier S, Brig K, Delay C, Sundstrom B, Schwab-Reese L, DeMaria AL. “I’m more open to talking about it:” Women’s experiences with sexual abuse and reproductive health. J Interpers Violence. 2020. [epub ahead of print]
  • DeMaria AL, Sundstrom B, Grzejdziak M, Booth K, Adams H, Gabel C, Cabot J. It’s not my place: Formative evaluation research to design a bystander intervention campaign. J Interpers Violence. 2018;33(3):468-490. 

Italy Study Abroad Program

  • Ramos-Ortiz J, Strube O, Kinman N, Meier S, DeMaria AL. Condom vending machines in Italy: A qualitative exploration of gender differences to improve promotion and use. In press at Eur J Contracept Reprod Health Care. 2020.
  • Ramos-Ortiz J, Meier S, Rossi M, Heyrman H, Reddy M, DeMaria AL. La Bella Figura: The role of a cultural philosophy on Italian consumerism. J Consumer Behav. 2020;0(0):1-10. [online ahead of print]
  • DeMaria AL, Rivera S, Meier S, Wakefield AL, Long LF, Miller AR. “You have to be clean:” Pubic hair grooming behaviors among women living in Italy. Cult Health Sex. 2020;0(0):1-15. [epub ahead of print]
  • DeMaria AL, Meier S, Dykstra C. “It’s not perfect but it’s mine”: Genital self-image among women living in Italy. Body Image. 2019;29:140-14. 


PUBH 590 Human Sexuality & Sexual Health

PUBH 606 Design & Analysis of Public Health Interventions

PUBH 490/590 Independent Research