Haider Research Laboratory

Dr. Sadia Haider, MD, MPH
Sadia Haider, MD, MPH
Dr. Sadia Haider, MD, MPH, is the Interim Chair of the RUSH Department of OBGYN and the Complex Family Planning Fellowship Director. Dr. Haider is an advocate for reproductive rights and works to improve reproductive health and rights on both the domestic and global scale.

Dr. Haider’s research program is focused on decreasing reproductive health disparities through health services research using an inter-disciplinary team approach. Areas of research include:

- Contraception Provision: creating novel ways to improve contraceptive provision and decrease unintended pregnancies

- HIV Prevention: expanding knowledge and access to Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) among ciswomen within a family planning setting

A specialist in family planning, Dr. Haider provides the full-spectrum of reproductive care, including gynecologic ultrasound care, surgery, obstetric care on labor and delivery, as well as family planning services. Additionally, Dr. Haider is the Program Director of the RUMC’s Complex Family Planning Fellowship and is a committed educator. She has received many teaching awards and provides clinical training for medical students and residents.

Dr. Haider received her BA with Honors in Anthropology and MD from the University of Chicago. During medical school, she received her MPH in maternal and child health from the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Haider completed her residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), Harvard Medical School and her fellowship in Family Planning at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She worked as an Assistant Professor at BIDMC for four years before returning to Chicago to work at the University of Illinois (UIC) Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology in 2011. Dr. Haider then joined the Section of Family Planning and Contraceptive Research at the University of Chicago in 2017, and in June 2021, Dr. Haider joined RUMC as Associate Professor in Obstetrics & Gynecology and Vice Chair of Research and Faculty Affairs.
Current Research and Recent Publications
Current Research

1.    LINCC Trial: Linking Inter-Specialty Newborn and Contraception Care, A Novel Approach to Postpartum Contraception Provision at the Well-Baby Visit

Project period: 03/21/2019-02/29/2024

Objective: To address the gap in the current model of postpartum (PP) contraception care by developing and implementing a novel approach to link (co-schedule) PP contraception care with newborn well-baby care with the goal of improving access to timely PP contraception.


2.    LINK MOMs: Addressing Maternal Morbidity and Mortality in Community Health Centers

Project period: 09/22/2020-02/28/2022 (NCE)

Objective: To develop a reproducible model to identify women at risk for morbidity or mortality using standard electronic medical record data and facilitate earlier linkage to comprehensive postpartum care.


3.    POWER Up: Implementation and Dissemination of Evidence-Based Interventions to Improve PrEP Care Continuum Outcomes Among Women in Community Health Clinics in the Southern U.S.

Project period: 09/1/2021 – 08/31/2026

Objective: To utilize implementation science to improve the PrEP care continuum among Black cisgender women.


Recent Publications

•    Vu M, Makelarski JA, Winslow VA, Christmas MM, Haider S, Lee NK, Pinkerton EA, Wroblewski K, Lindau ST. Racial and ethnic disparities in health-related social risks during the early phase of the COVID-19 pandemic among U.S. women. Journal of Women’s Health. 2021 Oct 1;20(10):1375-85. PMID: 34529520; doi: 10.1089/jwh.2021.0230

•    Lindau Tessler S, Makelarski JA, Boyd K, Doyle KE, Haider S, Kumar S, Lee NK, Pinkerton E, Tobin M, Vu M, Wroblewski KE, Lengyel E. Change in Health-Related Socioeconomic Risk Facotros and Mental Health During the Early Phase of the COVID-19 Pandemic: A National Survey of U.S. Women. Journal of Women’s Health .2021 Apr 1;30(4):502-13. PMID: 33818123; doi: 10.1089/jwh.2020.8879

•    Caskey RN, Olender SE, Zocchi A, Bergo CJ, Uesugi KH, Haider S, Handler AS. Addressing Women’s Health Care Needs During Pediatric Care. Women’s Health Reports. 2021 Jul 1;2(1):227-34. doi: 10.1089/whr.2021.0016

•    Johnson AK, Haider S. Provider Perspectives on Factors Affecting the PrEP Care Continuum among Black Cisgender Women: Applying the Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research” (the “Work”). [Accepted JAIDS: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes]

Key Collaborators

I am incredibly fortunate to have collaborated with a wide variety of outstanding organizations and researchers. Research funders include the National Institutes of Health, the Society of Family Planning, the University of Chicago Women’s Board, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and Third Coast Center for AIDS Research in Chicago.

A few highlights:
One collaboration involved researchers at the University of Utah and University of Wisconsin-Madison, specifically Dr. Bethany Everett, an Assistant Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Sociology, and Dr. Jenny Higgins, a faculty member in Gender & Women’s Studies and Obstetrics and Gynecology and the University of Wisconsin. Our multi-site research project explored sexual minority women’s needs with respect to sexual and reproductive health care. Here are a few publications from our work:

•    Carpenter E, Everett BG, Greene MZ, Haider S, Hendrick CE, Higgins JA. Pregnancy (im) possibilities: identifying factors that influence sexual minority women’s pregnancy desires. Social Work in Health Care. 2020 Mar 15;59(3):180-98. PMID: 32208846; doi: 10.1080/00981389.2020.1737304
•    Greene MZ, Carpenter E, Hendrick CE, Haider S, Everett BG, Higgins JA. Sexual Minority Women’s Experiences With Sexual Identity Disclosure in Contraceptive Care. Obstetrics & Gynecology. 2019 May 1;133(5):1012-23. PMID: 30969215; doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000003222
•    Higgins JA, Carpenter E, Everett BG, Greene MZ, Haider S, Hendrick CE. Sexual Minority Women and Contraceptive Use: Complex Pathways Between Sexual Orientation and Health Outcomes. American Journal of Public Health Perspectives. 2019;109(12):1680-1686. PMID: 31536410; doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2019.305211
•    Everett BG, Higgins JA, Haider S, Carpenter E. Do sexual minorities receive appropriate sexual and reproductive health care and counseling? Journal of Women’s Health. 2019 Jan;28(1):53-62. PMID: 30372369; doi: 10.1089/jwh.2017.6866
•    Stoffel C, Carpenter E, Everett B, Higgins J, Haider S. Family planning for sexual minority women. Seminars in Reproductive Medicine. 2017. 35(5):460. PMID: 29073685


Collaborators at University of Illinois at Chicago, include Dr. Rachel Caskey, an Associate Professor in Pediatrics and Internal Medicine, Dr. Kristin Rankin, an Assistant Professor in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and Dr. Rebecca Campbell, an Assistant Professor in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Our work focuses on exploring ways to improve the use of effective contraception among postpartum patients. Here are a few publications from our work:

•    DeSisto CL, Handler A, Haider S, Caskey R, Peacock N, Kottke M, Rankin K. Women’s informed choice and satisfaction with immediate postpartum long-acting reversible contraception in Georgia. Contraception and reproductive medicine. 2018 Dec;3(1):19. PMID: 30524752; doi: 10.1186/s40834-018-0073-x
•    Rankin K, Haider S, Caskey R, Chakraborty A, Roesch P, Handler A. Healthcare utilization in the postpartum period among Illinois women with Medicaid paid claims delivery, 2009-2010.Matern Child Health J. 2016;20(Suppl1):144-153. PMID: 27339649
•    Caskey R, Stumbras K, Rankin K, Osta A, Haider S, Handler A. A novel approach to postpartum contraception: A pilot project of pediatricians’ role during the well-baby visit. Contraception and Reproductive Medicine 2016; 1:7. doi: 10.1186/s40834-016-0018-1
•    Henderson V, Stumbras K, Berkeley E, Rankin KM, Caskey R, Haider S, Handler A. Understanding factors associated with postpartum visit attendance and contraception choices: Listening to low-income postpartum women and health care providers. Matern Child Health J. 2016;20(Suppl1):132-143. PMID: 27342600
•    Haider S, Stoffel C, Rankin K, Uesugi K, Handler A, Caskey R. A Novel Approach to Postpartum Contraception Provision Combined with Infant Care: A Randomized, Controlled Trial. Women’s Health Issues. 2020; PMID: 31964564; doi: 10.1016/j.whi.2019.12.001. 


I’ve also worked closely with Dr. Amy Johnson, a Research Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Adolescent Medicine) at Lurie Children’s Hospital. Our projects aim to understand ciswomen’s attitudes, knowledge, and preferences regarding PrEP. Our recent work has focused on leveraging existing routine reproductive health care delivery to facilitate ciswomen’s access to HIV prevention services within a family planning setting. Please see publications below:

•    Johnson AK, Fletcher FE, Ott E, Wishart M, Freidman EE, Terlikowski J, Haider S. (2019). Awareness and Intent to Use Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) among African American Women in a Family Planning Clinic. Race and Ethnic Health Disparities. PMID: 31848943
•    Pyra M, Johnson AK, Devlin S, Uvin AZ, Irby S, Stewart E, Blum C, Green M, & Haider S, Hirschhorn L, Ridgway JP. HIV Pre-exposure Prophylaxis Use & Persistence among Black Ciswomen: “Women need to protect themselves, period”. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. PMID: 33733424
•    Johnson AK, Friedman EE, Moore A, Ott EC, Pandiani A, Wishart M, Terlikowski J, & Haider S. Supporting PrEP Uptake: Exploring Social Network Characteristics among African American Women. AIDS Care (under review)
•    Johnson A, Haider S, Nikolajuk K, Kuhns L, Ott E, Motley D, Hill B, Hirschhorn L. Development of an mHealth Intervention to Improve PrEP Knowledge Among Young Black Women in Family Planning Clinics [Under review JMIR Formative Research]

Additional Publications

For a complete list of Dr. Haider’s published work, please visit: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/browse/collection/47919303/?sort=dat…