Allison Cowett, MD, MPH (Director), a graduate of the Northwestern University Family Planning Fellowship, is Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Director of the UIC Center for Reproductive Health. She is a graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and completed her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University. She went on to complete a Masters degree program in Public Health degree at Northwestern University. As the Director of the Center for Reproductive Health, Dr. Cowett oversees the provision of comprehensive contraception and abortion services. Dr. Cowett supervises fellows in the provision of first and second trimester abortion services, contraceptive consultation for women with significant medical risk and train fellows to supervise and train resident physicians in abortion care. She is active in community wide efforts to enhance access to family planning services for women in underserved populations and to forward a legislative agenda that champions women’s reproductive freedom.


Research Interests: Dr. Cowett’s research focuses on abortion in the second trimester, factors affecting women’s contraceptive choices and access to family planning services, and obesity and contraception.


Sadia Haider, MD, MPH  is an Assistant Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Prior to her arrival at UIC, Dr. Haider worked at BIDMC, Harvard Medical School where she was the Director of the Division of Family Planning and the Ryan residency program in Family Planning from 2007 to 2011. She was recently chosen as a BIRCWH Scholar. The Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) Program was designed to provide mentorship and training to scholars in women’s health.

As a BIRCWH scholar, Dr. Haider will focus on the reproductive health disparities that affect adolescent women in the U.S. Her goal is to create effective strategies to prevent adolescent unintended pregnancy by focusing on the complex interplay between the health care system, primary care providers and adolescent women’s perspectives and behaviors.