Bergen Cooper Director of Policy Research
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Bergen Cooper, M.P.H., is the Director of Policy Research at the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE). In this role, she develops and evaluates research and builds CHANGE’s institutional knowledge of sexual and reproductive health and rights. She leads forums, webinars, and workshops for global health advocates that focus on translating research into policy.

Bergen also works with the World Health Organization, where her research since 2012 has focused on interventions within primary care to improve the sexual health of both adolescents and adults. She has evaluated, designed, and taught sexuality education for adolescents and young adults in Washington, D.C. and New York City.  Since 2014 Bergen has been researching the sexual and reproductive rights of women past reproductive age, and is widely considered an expert on gender-based violence and the sexual rights of older women. She is also the co-convener of a global network of nearly one hundred researchers on the Global Gag Rule. Bergen publishes widely and her work can be found in academic journals, books, resource guides, and blogs.

Bergen graduated magna cum laude from Barnard College, Columbia University and received her Master of Public Health from Columbia University.

Featured Work:

Sofia De Vasconcelos et. al., Behaviour change techniques in brief interventions to prevent HIV, STI and unintended pregnancies: A systematic review, 13 PLoS ONE (2018).

Jennie Wetter & Bergen Cooper, Season 1 Episode 26: Vindication of Pleasure,  RePros Fight Back podcast (2018),

Caitlin Crockett, Bergen Cooper & Bonnie Brandl, Intersectional Stigma and Late-Life Intimate Partner & Sexual Violence: How Social Workers Can Bolster Safety and Healing for Older Survivors, 48 The British Journal of Social Work 1000–1013 (2018).

Jennifer McCleary-Sills, Caitlin Crockett & Bergen Cooper, Invisible Survivors: Causes and Consequences of Violence Against Older Women and Promising Solutions, in Global Perspectives on Women's Sexual and Reproductive Health Across the Lifecourse 255–271 (1 ed. 2017).

Jennifer Sherwood et. al., HIV/AIDS National Strategic Plans of Sub-Saharan African Countries: An Analysis for Gender Equality and Sex-Disaggregated HIV Targets 32 Health Policy Plan. 1361–1367 (2017).

World Bank Gender Group, Brief on violence against older women: World Bank Violence Against Women and Girls Resource Guide,  available at

Caitlin Crocket & Bergen Cooper, Gender norms as health harms: Reclaiming a life course perspective on sexual and reproductive health and rights, 24 Reprod Health Matters. 6-13 (2016).

Bergen Cooper & Caitlin Crocket, Gender-based violence across the life course: adopting a sexual rights framework to include older women, 23 Reprod Health Matters 56–61 (2015).

Igor Toskin et. al., WHO guideline for brief sexuality-related communication: implications for STI/HIV policy and practice, 23 Reprod Health Matters 177–184 (2015).

Bergen Cooper et. al., Brief sexuality communication—a behavioural intervention to advance sexually transmitted infection/HIV prevention: a systematic review, 121 BJOG 92-103 (2014).

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