Changemakers in Family Planning: Brownsyne Tucker Edmonds
Awarded 2020
Changemakers in Family Planning
Brownsyne Tucker Edmonds, MD, MPH, MS
Indiana University

Brownsyne Tucker Edmonds is an Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM). Originally from Atlanta, GA, she received her undergraduate and medical degrees from Brown University. She concurrently completed a Master in Public Health degree at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Tucker Edmonds trained in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Duke University Medical Center; then entered the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, where she received health services research training and a Masters in Health Policy Research. She ultimately joined the IUSM faculty, and there, she completed a Clinical Ethics Fellowship through the Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics.

Dr. Tucker Edmonds’ research interests are in health equity and shared decision-making. She is interested in understanding the impact of race, class, and culture on patient preferences and risk perceptions; physician decision-making and counseling; and ultimately, variations in treatment provision and service delivery. To date, her research has primarily focused on developing decision support for perinatal decision-making. However, the current climate has created greater urgency to attend to the needs and rights of minoritized people seeking reproductive health and justice. In response, she desires to align her program of research with her advocacy efforts to combat structural inequity.

She will pursue a program of research to develop and test culturally-tailored, non-coercive, patient-centered contraceptive care interventions for dissemination through Black faith communities and other community organizations; and will utilize mixed methods, community-engagement, user-centered design, and decision support to engage black women in more informed and shared contraceptive decision-making.