RESEARCH | Moira A. Kyweluk


ONGOING RESEARCH

  • 2016-Present | Doctoral dissertation research exploring the cultural and social dimensions of ovarian reserve or “egg timer” fertility testing. Investigates role of private clinics that offer fertility testing for low out-of-pocket costs, direct-to-consumer online companies, and research hospital fertility clinics where testing is often a part of family planning using reproductive technologies including egg “freezing” and in vitro fertilization. 

  • 2016- Present | Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital Gender & Sex Development Program. Performed ongoing qualitative data analysis for the Trans Youth Fertility Study (now Project AFFIRMED), an semi-structured interview project with two cohorts of trans* youth (ages 9-13 | ages 14-24) considering medical fertility preservation (egg and sperm “freezing”) prior to gender affirming hormone treatment or GnRH agonists (puberty “blockers”) | Chicago, IL

  • 2018-Present | Exploration of state-specific insurance mandates and regulations in the United States affecting trans* individuals seeking medical fertility preservation (egg and sperm “freezing”) due to gender-affirming treatments | Chicago, IL


PREVIOUS RESEARCH                                                

  • 2016 | National Science Foundation (NSF) Health Equity Alliance of Tallahassee (HEAT) Ethnographic Field School (EFS) | Eight-week field school for qualitative methods training using a community-based participatory research (CBPR) framework to investigate health equity in Tallahassee. Methods training including participant observation, semi-structured interview design and execution, focus groups, free listing, social network analysis, PhotoVoice and digital video/visual storytelling | Tallahassee, FL.                                                                                 

  • 2015 | Masters of Public Health (MPH) Field Experience | Chicago Youth ProgramsCoordinated community health assessment and parent focus groups aimed at combatting childhood obesity among at-risk youth ages 5-18. Completed data analysis, community report and intervention design | Chicago, IL.                                                                                               

  • 2013-2014 | Clinical Research Coordinator, University of Pennsylvania Reproductive Research Unit. Coordinated patient recruitment, IRB correspondence and human tissue collection for several studies including Studies on the Epigenetic Regulation of Pregnancy in Fertile and Infertile Couples (NIH RO1 HD-048730) and Peri-conception and Antepartum Nutrition, Developmental Outcomes and Reproductive Ability (PANDORA) for Principal Investigators Dr. Christos Coutifaris and Dr. Samantha Butts | Philadelphia, PA.

  • 2011-2013 | Clinical Research Coordinator, University of Pennsylvania Women’s Health Clinical Research Center. Primary research coordinator and FDA liaison for MsFLASH03 a double-blind clinical trial of medication for menopausal hot flashes under Principal Investigator Dr. Ellen Freeman. Conducted intake interviews, coordinated medical assessments and all patient correspondence | Philadelphia, PA.