James Trussell


Senior Research Demographer, Office of Population Research at Princeton University and Honorary Fellow at Edinburgh University

Charles and Marie Robertson Professor of Public and International Affairs, Emeritus and Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Emeritus at Princeton University


Senior Research Demographer at  the Office of Population Research at Princeton University and Honorary Fellow at Edinburgh University.  Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Emeritus at Princeton University. He is the author or co-author of more than 350 scientific publications, primarily in the areas of reproductive health and demographic methodology.   His recent research has been focused in three areas: emergency contraception, contraceptive failure, and the cost-effectiveness of contraception. He has actively promoted making emergency contraception more widely available as an important step in helping women reduce their risk of unintended pregnancy; in addition to his research on this topic, he maintains an emergency contraception website (not-2-late.com).    


Dr. Trussell received his B.S. degree in mathematics from Davidson College in 1971, a B.Phil. in economics from Oxford University in 1973, and a Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University in 1975. He is a senior fellow at the Guttmacher Institute, and a member of the board of directors of FIAPAC, and the Women on Web Foundation.  He is a deputy editor of Contraception. Recent publications include:

Aiken ARA, Scott JG, Gomperts R, Trussell J, Worrell M, Aiken CE. Requests for abortion in Latin America related to concern about Zika virus exposure. N Engl J Med, in press. Epub 2016 Jun 22. PubMed PMID: 27331661.

Foster AM, Arnott G, Parniak S, LaRoche KJ, Trussell J. No exceptions: documenting the abortion experiences of US Peace Corps Volunteers. Am J Public Health. 2015 Jan;105(1):41-48. PubMed PMID: 25494207.

Borrero S, Zite N, Potter JE, Trussell J. Medicaid policy on sterilization--anachronistic or still relevant? N Engl J Med. 2014 Jan 9;370(2):102-4. PubMed PMID: 24401047; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4418554.


Trussell J, Portman D. The creeping pearl: why has the rate of contraceptive failure increased in clinical trials of combined hormonal contraceptive pills? Contraception. 2013 Nov;88(5):604-10. Epub 2013 Apr 11. PubMed PMID: 23683581; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3795840.


Cleland K, Zhu H, Goldstuck N, Cheng L, Trussell J.  The efficacy of intrauterine devices for emergency contraception: a systematic review of 35 years of experience.  Hum Reprod. 2012 Jul;27(7):1994-2000.  Epub 2012 May 8.  PubMed PMID: 22570193; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3619968.


Trussell J.  Contraceptive efficacy.  In: Hatcher RA, Trussell J, Nelson AL, Cates W, Kowal D, and Policar M (eds).Contraceptive Technology: Twentieth Revised Edition.  New York NY: Ardent Media; 2011. p. 779-863.


Cleland K, Peipert JF, Westhoff C, Spear S, Trussell J.  Family Planning as a cost-saving preventative health service.  N Engl J Med. 2011 May 5;364(18):e37. Epub 2011 Apr 20. PubMed PMID: 21506736.


Cleland K, Raymond E, Cheng L, Zhu H.  Ectopic pregnancy and emergency contraception a systematic review.Obstet Gynecol. 2010 Jun; 115(6):1263-6. PubMed PMID:20502299.


Fjerstad M, Trussell J, Sivin I, Lichtenberg ES, and Cullins V. Rates of serious infection after changes in regimens for medical abortion. N Engl J Med. 2009 July 9;361(2):145-151. PubMed PMID: 19587339.


Trussell J, Lalla AM, Doan QV, Reyes E, Pinto L, Gricar J. Cost-effectiveness of contraceptives in the United States. Contraception. 2009 Jan;79(1):5-14. Epub 2008 Sep 25.  Erratum in: Contraception. 2009 Aug;80(2):229-30. PubMed PMID: 19041435.


Trussell J, Guthrie KA, Schwarz EB. Much ado about little: obesity, combined hormonal contraceptive use, and venous thrombosis. Contraception. 2008 Mar;77(3):143-6. Epub 2008 Jan 30.  PubMed PMID: 18279682.


Kost K, Singh S, Vaughan B, Trussell J, Bankole A. Estimates of contraceptive failure from the 2002 National Survey of Family Growth.  Contraception. 2008 Jan;77(1):10-21. Epub 2007 Dec 3. PubMed PMID: 18082661; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2811396.


Hatcher RA, Trussell J, Nelson AL, Cates W, Stewart F, Kowal D (ed). Contraceptive Technology: Nineteenth Revised Edition. New York NY: Ardent Media; 2007. 


Raymond EG, Trussell J, Polis CB.  Population effect of increased access to emergency contraceptive pills: a systematic review. Obstet Gynecol. 2007 Jan;109(1):181-8. PubMed PMID: 17197603.


Davidoff F, Trussell J. Plan B and the politics of doubt. JAMA. 2006 Oct 11;296(14):1775-8. PubMed PMID: 17032991.

A complete list of publications is available here.











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