Laura Ferguson, PhD

Title(s)Associate Professor of Population and Public Health Sciences
SchoolKeck School of Medicine of Usc
AddressSSB 318H 2001 N. Soto Street
Health Sciences Campus
Los Angeles CA 90033
Phone+1 323 442 7235
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    Laura Ferguson is an Associate Professor of Population and Public Health Sciences at the Keck School of Medicine. She is the Director of the Program on Global Health & Human Rights and the Director of Research at the Institute on Inequalities in Global Health. 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 an Associate Editor for Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters.

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    1. Construction and validation of a spatial database of providers of transgender hormone therapy in the US. Soc Sci Med. 2022 May 11; 303:115014. Everhart AR, Ferguson L, Wilson JP. PMID: 35594740.
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    2. Mind the Gap: Understanding Differences Between Sexual and Reproductive Health-Related Legal Frameworks on Paper and in Practice. Front Glob Womens Health. 2022; 3:838976. Ferguson L, Jardell W, Lambert-Peck M, Guo L, Lopez S, Canaves V, Filmer-Wilson E. PMID: 35602852; PMCID: PMC9120771.
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    3. Addressing stigma and discrimination at scale: uniting for a common vision while acknowledging local realities. J Int AIDS Soc. 2022 03; 25(3):e25893. Stackpool-Moore L, Nkosi S, Kasune Zulu P, Presley J, Ferguson L. PMID: 35229482; PMCID: PMC8886176.
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    4. Global assessment of existing HIV and key population stigma indicators: A data mapping exercise to inform country-level stigma measurement. PLoS Med. 2022 02; 19(2):e1003914. Lyons C, Bendaud V, Bourey C, Erkkola T, Ravichandran I, Syarif O, Stangl A, Chang J, Ferguson L, Nyblade L, Amon J, Iovita A, Janušonyte E, Looze P, Sprague L, Sabin K, UNAIDS Task Team, Baral S, Murray SM. PMID: 35192602; PMCID: PMC8903269.
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    5. PrEP distribution in pharmacies: a systematic review. BMJ Open. 2022 02 21; 12(2):e054121. Kennedy CE, Yeh PT, Atkins K, Ferguson L, Baggaley R, Narasimhan M. PMID: 35190430; PMCID: PMC8860049.
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    6. Frameworks, measures, and interventions for HIV-related internalised stigma and stigma in healthcare and laws and policies: systematic review protocol. BMJ Open. 2021 12 09; 11(12):e053608. Hempel S, Ferguson L, Bolshakova M, Yagyu S, Fu N, Motala A, Gruskin S. PMID: 34887280; PMCID: PMC8663079.
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    7. Integrating human rights into sexual and reproductive health research: moving beyond the rhetoric, what will it take to get us there? Sex Reprod Health Matters. 2021 Dec; 29(1):1881206. Gruskin S, Jardell W, Ferguson L, Zacharias K, Khosla R. PMID: 33595424; PMCID: PMC8011684.
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    8. Creating a Global Legal and Policy Database and Document Repository: Challenges and Lessons Learned From the World Health Organization Sexual, Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health Policy Survey. Int J Health Policy Manag. 2021 Nov 06. Katwan E, Bisoborwa G, Butron-Riveros B, Bychkov S, Dadji K, Fedkina N, Jayathilaka CA, Kumar D, Li Z, Mehta R, Raina N, Siddeeg K, Ferguson L, Handlos LN, Sheffel A, Kiarie J, Festin MR, Diaz T. PMID: 34861763.
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    9. Effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the sexual and mental health of adolescent and adult men who have sex with men and transgender women participating in two PrEP cohort studies in Brazil: COBra study protocol. BMJ Open. 2021 04 01; 11(4):e045258. Ferraz D, Dourado I, Zucchi EM, Mabire X, Magno L, Grangeiro AD, Couto MT, Ferguson L, Westin M, Alves Dos Santos L, Préau M. PMID: 33795308; PMCID: PMC8024057.
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    10. Uptake and provision of self-care interventions for sexual and reproductive health: findings from a global values and preferences survey. Sex Reprod Health Matters. 2021; 29(3):2009104. Logie CH, Berry I, Ferguson L, Malama K, Donkers H, Narasimhan M. PMID: 35100942; PMCID: PMC8812803.
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    11. Self-administration of gender-affirming hormones: a systematic review of effectiveness, cost, and values and preferences of end-users and health workers. Sex Reprod Health Matters. 2021; 29(3):2045066. Kennedy CE, Yeh PT, Byrne J, van der Merwe LLA, Ferguson L, Poteat T, Narasimhan M. PMID: 35312467; PMCID: PMC8942532.
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    12. Conceptualisations of masculinity and sexual development among boys and young men in Korogocho slum in Kenya. Cult Health Sex. 2022 02; 24(2):226-240. Maina BW, Sikweyiya Y, Ferguson L, Kabiru CW. PMID: 33289439.
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    13. Results-based financing to increase uptake of skilled delivery services in The Gambia: using the 'three delays' model to interpret midline evaluation findings. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2020 Nov 23; 20(1):712. Ferguson L, Hasan R, Boudreaux C, Thomas H, Jallow M, Fink G, Project Implementation Committee (PIC). PMID: 33228543; PMCID: PMC7686684.
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    14. Inclusion of human rights in sexual and reproductive health programming: Facilitators and barriers to implementation. Glob Public Health. 2021 10; 16(10):1559-1575. Gruskin S, Zacharias K, Jardell W, Ferguson L, Khosla R. PMID: 33019904; PMCID: PMC8475719.
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    15. Expanding the role of paralegals: supporting realization of the right to health for vulnerable communities. BMC Int Health Hum Rights. 2020 03 30; 20(1):8. Wirya A, Larasati A, Gruskin S, Ferguson L. PMID: 32228564; PMCID: PMC7106642.
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    16. Prioritising gender, equity, and human rights in a GRADE-based framework to inform future research on self care for sexual and reproductive health and rights. BMJ Glob Health. 2020; 5(3):e002128. Siegfried N, Narasimhan M, Logie CH, Thomas R, Ferguson L, Moody K, Remme M. PMID: 32337081; PMCID: PMC7170423.
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    17. Eliminating stigma and discrimination in sexual and reproductive health care: a public health imperative. Sex Reprod Health Matters. 2019 12; 27(3):1-5. Hussein J, Ferguson L. PMID: 31880504; PMCID: PMC7887974.
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    18. Nutrition and Health Improvements After Participation in an Urban Home Garden Program. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2019 10; 51(9):1037-1046. Palar K, Lemus Hufstedler E, Hernandez K, Chang A, Ferguson L, Lozano R, Weiser SD. PMID: 31601420; PMCID: PMC6949143.
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    19. Human rights and legal dimensions of self care interventions for sexual and reproductive health. BMJ. 2019 05 13; 365:l1941. Ferguson L, Fried S, Matsaseng T, Ravindran S, Gruskin S. PMID: 31085551; PMCID: PMC6511940.
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    20. Sex work-related stigma: Experiential, symbolic and structural forms in the health systems of Delhi, India. Soc Sci Med. 2019 05; 228:85-92. Ryan MS, Nambiar D, Ferguson L. PMID: 30897498.
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    21. '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 11; 21(11):1257-1272. Carvalho PGC, Cabral CDS, Ferguson L, Gruskin S, Diniz CSG. PMID: 30633635.
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    22. 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. Ferguson L, Desai S. PMID: 29966496.
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    23. Interpersonal Violence in Afghanistan-Beyond a Strictly Public Health Approach. Am J Public Health. 2018 12; 108(12):1584-1585. Ferguson L. PMID: 30403504; PMCID: PMC6236747.
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    24. A Meta-Narrative Literature Synthesis and Framework to Guide Future Evaluation of Legal Empowerment Interventions. Health Hum Rights. 2018 Dec; 20(2):65-84. Footer K, Windle M, Ferguson L, Hatcher J, Lyons C, Gorin E, Stangl AL, Golub S, Gruskin S, Baral S. PMID: 30568403; PMCID: PMC6293352.
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    25. "In transition: ensuring the sexual and reproductive health and rights of transgender populations." A roundtable discussion. Reprod Health Matters. 2018 Dec; 26(52):1490624. Gruskin S, Everhart A, Olivia DF, Baral S, Reisner SL, Kismödi E, Cruz D, Klemmer C, Reich MR, Ferguson L. PMID: 30070172.
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    26. 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. Yi S, Tuot S, Pal K, Khol V, Sok S, Chhoun P, Ferguson L, Mburu G. PMID: 30326882; PMCID: PMC6192163.
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    27. Assessing changes in HIV-related legal and policy environments: Lessons learned from a multi-country evaluation. PLoS One. 2018; 13(2):e0192765. Ferguson L, Nicholson A, Henry I, Saha A, Sellers T, Gruskin S. PMID: 29474486; PMCID: PMC5825062.
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    28. 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. Gruskin S, Ferguson L, Kumar S, Nicholson A, Ali M, Khosla R. PMID: 29220365; PMCID: PMC5722344.
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    29. Not without a fight: standing up against the Global Gag Rule. Reprod Health Matters. 2017; 25(49):1303250. Pugh S, Desai S, Ferguson L, Stöckl H, Heidari S. PMID: 28784079.
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    30. Non-communicable diseases and human rights: Global synergies, gaps and opportunities. Glob Public Health. 2017 10; 12(10):1200-1227. Ferguson L, Tarantola D, Hoffmann M, Gruskin S. PMID: 28278754.
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    31. The HIV care cascade: models, measures and moving forward. J Int AIDS Soc. 2015; 18:19395. MacCarthy S, Hoffmann M, Ferguson L, Nunn A, Irvin R, Bangsberg D, Gruskin S, Dourado I. PMID: 25735869; PMCID: PMC4348400.
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    32. 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. Ferguson L, Grant AD, Lewis J, Kielmann K, Watson-Jones D, Vusha S, Ong'ech JO, Ross DA. PMID: 24646492; PMCID: PMC3960101.
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    33. Noncommunicable diseases and human rights: a promising synergy. Am J Public Health. 2014 May; 104(5):773-5. Gruskin S, Ferguson L, Tarantola D, Beaglehole R. PMID: 24625165; PMCID: PMC3987606.
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    34. 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. Gruskin S, Pierce GW, Ferguson L. PMID: 23947573.
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    35. 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. Gruskin S, Ferguson L, Alfven T, Rugg D, Peersman G. PMID: 23621903; PMCID: PMC3638120.
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    36. 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. Roura M, Watson-Jones D, Kahawita TM, Ferguson L, Ross DA. PMID: 23364442.
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    37. The pregnancy decisions of HIV-positive women: the state of knowledge and way forward. Reprod Health Matters. 2012 Dec; 20(39 Suppl):119-40. MacCarthy S, Rasanathan JJ, Ferguson L, Gruskin S. PMID: 23177686.
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    38. 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. Ferguson L, Lewis J, Grant AD, Watson-Jones D, Vusha S, Ong'ech JO, Ross DA. PMID: 22421747.
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    39. 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. Ferguson L, Grant AD, Watson-Jones D, Kahawita T, Ong'ech JO, Ross DA. PMID: 22394050.
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    40. 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. Ferguson L, Grant AD, Ong'ech JO, Vusha S, Watson-Jones D, Ross DA. PMID: 22345025.
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    41. 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. Gruskin S, Ahmed S, Bogecho D, Ferguson L, Hanefeld J, Maccarthy S, Raad Z, Steiner R. PMID: 22263700.
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    42. 'Rights-based approaches' to health policies and programs: articulations, ambiguities, and assessment. J Public Health Policy. 2010 Jul; 31(2):129-45. Gruskin S, Bogecho D, Ferguson L. PMID: 20535096.
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    43. 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. Gruskin S, Ferguson L, Peersman G, Rugg D. PMID: 19901622.
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    44. 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. Peersman G, Ferguson L, Torres MA, Smith S, Gruskin S. PMID: 19901632.
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    45. Government regulation of sex and sexuality: in their own words. Reprod Health Matters. 2009 Nov; 17(34):108-18. Gruskin S, Ferguson L. PMID: 19962644.
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    46. Using indicators to determine the contribution of human rights to public health efforts. Bull World Health Organ. 2009 Sep; 87(9):714-9. Gruskin S, Ferguson L. PMID: 19784452; PMCID: PMC2739915.
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    47. HIV and pregnancy intentions: do services adequately respond to women's needs? Am J Public Health. 2008 Oct; 98(10):1746-50. Gruskin S, Firestone R, Maccarthy S, Ferguson L. PMID: 18703432; PMCID: PMC2636477.
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    48. 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. Gruskin S, Ahmed S, Ferguson L. PMID: 18315722.
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    49. Beyond the numbers: using rights-based perspectives to enhance antiretroviral treatment scale-up. AIDS. 2007 Oct; 21 Suppl 5:S13-9. Gruskin S, Ferguson L, Bogecho DO. PMID: 18090263.
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    50. 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. Gruskin S, Ferguson L, O'Malley J. PMID: 17531746.
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