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Laura Ferguson, PhD

Title(s)Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine
SchoolKeck School of Medicine of USC
Phone+1 323 442 7235
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    Laura Ferguson is an Assistant Professor at the Institute for Global Health and Associate Director of the Program on Global Health & Human Rights at the Keck School of Medicine. She is also on the faculty of USC Dornsife's Spatial Sciences Institute. Dr. Ferguson earned her MSc in Population and International Health from the Harvard School of Public Health and her PhD from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Her work focuses on understanding and addressing health system and societal factors affecting health, and developing the evidence base of how attention to human rights can improve health outcomes.

    Dr. Ferguson has spent extended periods of time in low-income countries, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa, collaborating with local partners to design and manage research and programs to tackle a broad range of issues including HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health, and child health.

    Dr. Ferguson serves on a range of expert advisory groups to the World Health Organization and UNAIDS. She is also adjunct faculty at AMREF International University in Nairobi, Kenya and an Associate Editor for Reproductive Health Matters.

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    1. Carvalho PGC, Cabral CDS, Ferguson L, Gruskin S, Diniz CSG. 'We are not infertile': challenges and limitations faced by women in same-sex relationships when seeking conception services in São Paulo, Brazil. Cult Health Sex. 2019 Jan 11; 1-16. PMID: 30633635.
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    2. Ferguson L. Interpersonal Violence in Afghanistan-Beyond a Strictly Public Health Approach. Am J Public Health. 2018 Dec; 108(12):1584-1585. PMID: 30403504.
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    3. Footer K, Windle M, Ferguson L, Hatcher J, Lyons C, Gorin E, Stangl AL, Golub S, Gruskin S, Baral S. A Meta-Narrative Literature Synthesis and Framework to Guide Future Evaluation of Legal Empowerment Interventions. Health Hum Rights. 2018 Dec; 20(2):65-84. PMID: 30568403.
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    4. Ferguson L, Desai S. Sexual and reproductive health and rights for all: translating the Guttmacher-Lancet Commission's global report to local action. Reprod Health Matters. 2018 12; 26(52):1487621. PMID: 29966496.
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    5. Gruskin S, Everhart A, Olivia DF, Baral S, Reisner SL, Kismödi E, Cruz D, Klemmer C, Reich MR, Ferguson L. "In transition: ensuring the sexual and reproductive health and rights of transgender populations." A roundtable discussion. Reprod Health Matters. 2018 Dec; 26(52):1490624. PMID: 30070172.
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    6. Yi S, Tuot S, Pal K, Khol V, Sok S, Chhoun P, Ferguson L, Mburu G. Characteristics of adolescents living with HIV receiving care and treatment services in antiretroviral therapy clinics in Cambodia: descriptive findings from a cross-sectional study. BMC Health Serv Res. 2018 Oct 16; 18(1):781. PMID: 30326882.
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    7. Ferguson L, Nicholson A, Henry I, Saha A, Sellers T, Gruskin S. Assessing changes in HIV-related legal and policy environments: Lessons learned from a multi-country evaluation. PLoS One. 2018; 13(2):e0192765. PMID: 29474486.
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    8. Gruskin S, Ferguson L, Kumar S, Nicholson A, Ali M, Khosla R. A novel methodology for strengthening human rights based monitoring in public health: Family planning indicators as an illustrative example. PLoS One. 2017; 12(12):e0186330. PMID: 29220365.
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    9. Pugh S, Desai S, Ferguson L, Stöckl H, Heidari S. Not without a fight: standing up against the Global Gag Rule. Reprod Health Matters. 2017; 25(49):1303250. PMID: 28784079.
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    10. Ferguson L, Tarantola D, Hoffmann M, Gruskin S. Non-communicable diseases and human rights: Global synergies, gaps and opportunities. Glob Public Health. 2017 10; 12(10):1200-1227. PMID: 28278754.
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    11. MacCarthy S, Hoffmann M, Ferguson L, Nunn A, Irvin R, Bangsberg D, Gruskin S, Dourado I. The HIV care cascade: models, measures and moving forward. J Int AIDS Soc. 2015; 18:19395. PMID: 25735869; PMCID: PMC4348400.
    12. Ferguson L, Grant AD, Lewis J, Kielmann K, Watson-Jones D, Vusha S, Ong'ech JO, Ross DA. Linking women who test HIV-positive in pregnancy-related services to HIV care and treatment services in Kenya: a mixed methods prospective cohort study. PLoS One. 2014; 9(3):e89764. PMID: 24646492; PMCID: PMC3960101.
    13. Gruskin S, Ferguson L, Tarantola D, Beaglehole R. Noncommunicable diseases and human rights: a promising synergy. Am J Public Health. 2014 May; 104(5):773-5. PMID: 24625165; PMCID: PMC3987606.
    14. Gruskin S, Pierce GW, Ferguson L. Realigning government action with public health evidence: the legal and policy environment affecting sex work and HIV in Asia. Cult Health Sex. 2014; 16(1):14-29. PMID: 23947573.
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    15. Gruskin S, Ferguson L, Alfven T, Rugg D, Peersman G. Identifying structural barriers to an effective HIV response: using the National Composite Policy Index data to evaluate the human rights, legal and policy environment. J Int AIDS Soc. 2013 Apr 26; 16:18000. PMID: 23621903; PMCID: PMC3638120.
    16. Roura M, Watson-Jones D, Kahawita TM, Ferguson L, Ross DA. Provider-initiated testing and counselling programmes in sub-Saharan Africa: a systematic review of their operational implementation. AIDS. 2013 Feb 20; 27(4):617-26. PMID: 23364442.
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    17. MacCarthy S, Rasanathan JJ, Ferguson L, Gruskin S. The pregnancy decisions of HIV-positive women: the state of knowledge and way forward. Reprod Health Matters. 2012 Dec; 20(39 Suppl):119-40. PMID: 23177686.
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    18. Ferguson L, Lewis J, Grant AD, Watson-Jones D, Vusha S, Ong'ech JO, Ross DA. Patient attrition between diagnosis with HIV in pregnancy-related services and long-term HIV care and treatment services in Kenya: a retrospective study. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2012 Jul 01; 60(3):e90-7. PMID: 22421747.
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    19. Ferguson L, Grant AD, Watson-Jones D, Kahawita T, Ong'ech JO, Ross DA. Linking women who test HIV-positive in pregnancy-related services to long-term HIV care and treatment services: a systematic review. Trop Med Int Health. 2012 May; 17(5):564-80. PMID: 22394050.
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    20. Ferguson L, Grant AD, Ong'ech JO, Vusha S, Watson-Jones D, Ross DA. Prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV: assessing the accuracy of routinely collected data on maternal antiretroviral prophylaxis coverage in Kenya. Sex Transm Infect. 2012 Mar; 88(2):120-4. PMID: 22345025.
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    21. Gruskin S, Ahmed S, Bogecho D, Ferguson L, Hanefeld J, Maccarthy S, Raad Z, Steiner R. Human rights in health systems frameworks: what is there, what is missing and why does it matter? Glob Public Health. 2012; 7(4):337-51. PMID: 22263700.
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    22. Gruskin S, Bogecho D, Ferguson L. 'Rights-based approaches' to health policies and programs: articulations, ambiguities, and assessment. J Public Health Policy. 2010 Jul; 31(2):129-45. PMID: 20535096.
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    23. Peersman G, Ferguson L, Torres MA, Smith S, Gruskin S. Increasing civil society participation in the national HIV response: the role of UNGASS reporting. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2009 Dec; 52 Suppl 2:S97-103. PMID: 19901632.
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    24. Gruskin S, Ferguson L, Peersman G, Rugg D. Human rights in the global response to HIV: findings from the 2008 United Nations General Assembly Special Session Reports. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2009 Dec; 52 Suppl 2:S104-10. PMID: 19901622.
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    25. Gruskin S, Ferguson L. Government regulation of sex and sexuality: in their own words. Reprod Health Matters. 2009 Nov; 17(34):108-18. PMID: 19962644.
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    26. Gruskin S, Ferguson L. Using indicators to determine the contribution of human rights to public health efforts. Bull World Health Organ. 2009 Sep; 87(9):714-9. PMID: 19784452; PMCID: PMC2739915.
    27. Gruskin S, Firestone R, Maccarthy S, Ferguson L. HIV and pregnancy intentions: do services adequately respond to women's needs? Am J Public Health. 2008 Oct; 98(10):1746-50. PMID: 18703432; PMCID: PMC2636477.
    28. Gruskin S, Ahmed S, Ferguson L. Provider-initiated HIV testing and counseling in health facilities--what does this mean for the health and human rights of pregnant women? Dev World Bioeth. 2008 Apr; 8(1):23-32. PMID: 18315722.
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    29. Gruskin S, Ferguson L, Bogecho DO. Beyond the numbers: using rights-based perspectives to enhance antiretroviral treatment scale-up. AIDS. 2007 Oct; 21 Suppl 5:S13-9. PMID: 18090263.
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    30. Gruskin S, Ferguson L, O'Malley J. Ensuring sexual and reproductive health for people living with HIV: an overview of key human rights, policy and health systems issues. Reprod Health Matters. 2007 May; 15(29 Suppl):4-26. PMID: 17531746.
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