Steph Herold, MPH is an award-winning activist and social scientist with a background in abortion care, abortion funds, and reproductive health advocacy. She currently is a Data Analyst at ANSIRH where she studies depictions of abortion on American film and television with the Abortion Onscreen program.
Steph brings expertise in multidisciplinary research design and implementation. Her research areas include abortion in American culture, abortion stigma, and self-managed abortion. Her research on how journalists cover abortion won the best research poster award at the National Abortion Federation’s 2017 conference. Steph has also co-authored numerous grey literature papers on stigma and sexuality, including on media coverage of abortion, youth sexuality stigma, addressing stigma through service delivery, and evaluations of abortion stigma interventions.
Steph is a sought-after public speaker to national news media on abortion research, appearing on the MHP Show and in Time magazine, and her writing has been featured in Glamour, the Hill, Marie Claire, Rewire, and Kveller, among others. Steph has twelve years of experience in the reproductive health, rights, and justice field, including co-founding the Sea Change Program, the first non-profit to focus entirely on reducing abortion stigma. Steph currently serves on the Board of Directors of All-Options.
Previously, she has served on the Advisory Board of ReproAction, the Board of Directors of the New York Abortion Access Fund, the Steering Committee of the International Network for the Reduction of Abortion Discrimination and Stigma, and the Board of Directors of ACCESS: Women’s Health Justice. Steph is has a Masters of Public Health from Columbia University and a BA from Bryn Mawr College. She’s Jewish, Brazilian-American, and a first generation American who lives in Queens, NY with her husband and two kids.