Lori Freedman PhD

Lecturer, UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program

BA - University of Oregon, Eugene, International Studies and Spanish

MA - University of California, Davis, Sociology

PhD - University of California, Davis, Sociology 


PH 290 – Advanced Qualitative Methodology Seminar
PH 219E – Introduction to Qualitative Methods in Public Health Research

Research Interests: 

Sociology of Health and Medicine
Qualitative Methodology
Religion in Medicine and Medical Institutions
Medical Education and Training in Reproductive Health
Women's Health

Selected Publications: 

Freedman, LR, Landy, U, and Steinauer, J. When there's a heartbeat: miscarriage management in Catholic-owned hospitals, Am J Pub Health 2008; 98(10): 1774-8. 

Freedman, LR, Landy, U, and Steinauer, J. Ob-gyn experiences with abortion training: physician insights from a qualitative study, Contraception. 2010 Jun;81(6):525-30. Epub 2010 Feb 10.

Freedman, LR; Landy, U; Darney, P; and Steinauer, J. Obstacles to the integration of abortion into ob-gyn practice. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health. 2010 Sep; 42(3). 

Wallace RR, Goodman S, Freedman LR, Dalton VK, Harris LH. Counseling women with early pregnancy failure: Utilizing evidence, preserving preference. Patient Educ Couns. 2010;81(3):454-461.

O'Donnell J, Weitz T, Freedman LR. Resistance and Vulnerability to Stigmatization in Abortion Work. Social Science and Medicine 73 (2011) 1357e1364

Freedman LR and Weitz TA. The Politics of Motherhood Meets the Politics of Poverty. Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews January 2012 vol. 41 no. 1 36-42. 

Freedman LR and Stulberg, D. Conflicts in Care for Obstetric Complications in Catholic Hospitals. American Journal of Bioethics Primary Research. October 2013

Freedman LR and Levi, A. How Clinicians Develop Confidence in Their Competence in Performing Aspiration Abortion. Qualitative Health Research. January 2014 24: 78-89

Stulberg, D. B., Hoffman, Y., Dahlquist, I. H., & Freedman, L. R. 2014. Tubal Ligation in Catholic Hospitals: A Qualitative Study of Ob-Gyns' Experiences. Contraception 90:422-428.

Books and Book Chapters

Freedman, LR. Willing and unable: doctors' constraints in abortion care. Vanderbilt University Press. Nashville, Tennessee. July 2010. 

Freedman, L. R. 2014. Practice Constraints and the Institutionalized Buck-Passing of Abortion Care. In Reproduction and Society: Interdisciplinary Readings. edited by Joffe, C. & Reich, J. London: Routledge.

Freedman, L. R. 2014. Abortion in American Medicine: A Recent History. In Deeply Private, Incredibly Public, Readings on the Sociology of Human Reproduction edited by Marrone, C. San Diego: Cognella.


Lori Freedman, PhD, is a sociologist and a Greenwall Faculty Scholar at the University of California, San Francisco. She conducts research with Advancing New Standards In Reproductive Health (ANSIRH), a program of the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health at UCSF. Dr. Freedman investigates the ways in which reproductive health care is shaped by our social structure and medical culture. Her book, Willing and Unable: Doctors’ Constraints in Abortion Care, is a qualitative study of the challenges to integrating abortion into physician practice. Unexpected findings from those physician interviews led her to research and write about the intersection of religion and health care, especially in the case of Catholic-owned hospitals, with an interest in how conscientious objection in medical practice operates at the institutional level. Dr. Freedman received her bachelor of arts degree at the University of Oregon and her PhD in sociology from the University of California, Davis.

Profile Updated: July 8, 2016