Nicole Loew

College of Nursing, UI

Nicole Loew is a third-year PhD student in the College of Nursing.  She received her Bachelors in Nursing from Winona State University in 2009. Her research interests are how women’s personal values, beliefs, and goals intersect with societal culture and norms to impact sexual and reproductive health decisions and behavior. She considers how gender, wealth, access, and education impact efforts to control fertility.  Nicole believes in the importance of engaging communities of women to give them a voice regarding decisions that exert control over their sexuality. Nicole has completed work for her project, Defining “Responsible” Sexual Behavior with female university students and co-teaches a comprehensive sexual education course to young adolescents in the community. Her future goals include utilizing the personal stories of women to create public health interventions and programs that take a more holistic approach to female sexual and reproductive health.