Fellows may choose from a broad range of topics on which to conduct research, including contraceptive development, early pregnancy loss, 1st-trimester abortion analgesia, 2nd-trimester abortion safety and access, abortion training and education, post-abortion contraception, adolescent contraception and decision-making, international family planning, and family planning program evaluation. The project may be completed in collaboration with faculty in the School of Medicine, the School of Public Health, or an established UW research program.

Interdisciplinary collaboration is an important feature of the program. Complex Family Planning Fellowship faculty are able to connect fellows with mentors from a variety of disciplines, including family medicine, epidemiology, health services, global health, infectious disease, demography, and other social scientists. Primary research mentors provide bi-weekly meetings to support fellows in the design and implementation of their research projects.

The Complex Family Planning Director of Research is Elizabeth Micks, MD, MPH.