• Affiliate Associate Professor, Global Health
Jennifer Unger

University of Washington
Box 359909
Seattle, WA 98195
United States

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Jennifer Unger, MD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor, Obstetrician-Gynecologist and clinical researcher focusing on the utilization of novel technologies and behavioral interventions to improve global maternal child health (MCH) and family planning. With collaborators from computer science and global health at the University of Washington and University of Nairobi, Dr. Unger designed Mobile WACh (Mobile Solutions for Women’s and Children’s Health) a unique mobile platform harnessing the capability of the computer-human interaction to send and receive personalized, tailored and novel messaging with pregnant and post-partum women in Kenya. She has done reproductive health research and programmatic work in Mexico, Nicaragua and most recently in Kenya. She has clinical expertise in maternal health and family planning as well as design of mHealth behavioral interventions to impact reproductive health. Dr. Unger is Associate Director of the UW Global WACh Center and co-instructor of the Global Perspectives in Reproductive Health course at the University of Washington.

  • MD (University of Connecticut)
  • MPH (University of Connecticut)
  • BA (Mount Holyoke College (Ma))
Country Affiliations 
  • Spanish
Health Topics 
  • Child and Adolescent Health (incl. Pediatrics)
  • Family Planning
  • Health Technologies
  • Implementation Science
  • Maternal Child Health (incl. Reproductive Health)
  • Maternal Mortality
  • Metrics and Evaluation
  • Mobile Health (mHealth)
  • Research
  • Sociobehavioral

Unger JA, Richardson BA, Otieno PA, Farquhar C, Wamalwa D, John-Stewart, GC. Mode of delivery and postpartum HIV-1 disease progression and mortality in a Kenyan cohort. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 2014;14:257. PMID:25086834; PMCID:PMC4133616.

Unger JA, Matemo D, Pintye J, Drake A, Kinuthia J, McClelland RS, John-Stewart G. Patient-delivered partner treatment (PDPT) for chlamydia, gonorrhea and trichomonas infection among pregnant and postpartum women in Kenya. Sex Transm Dis 2015 Nov;42(11):637-42. PMID:26462189; PMCID:PMC4758370.

Perrier T, Dell N, DeRenzi B, Anderson R, Kinuthia J, John-Stewart G, Unger JA. Engaging pregnant women in Kenya with a hybrid computer-human SMS communication system. CHI 2015 Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing System; 1429-143. DOI: 10.1145/2702123.2702124. (no PMID)

Nie J, Unger JA, Thompson S, Hofstee M, Gu J, Mercer MA. Does mobile phone ownership predict better utilization of maternal and newborn health services? A cross-sectional study in Timor-Leste. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 2016 Jul 23:16(1):183. PMID:27448798; PMCID:PMC4958409.

Drake AL, Unger JA, Ronen K, Matemo D, Perrier T, DeRenzi B, Richardson BA, Kinuthia K, John-Stewart G. Evaluation of mHealth strategies to optimize adherence and efficacy of Option B+ prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission: rationale, design and methods of a 3-armed randomized controlled trial. Contemp Clin Trials. 2017 Mar 14. [Epub ahead of print]