Chief, Reproductive Statistics Branch
Division of Vital Statistics
National Center for Health Statistics
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, DHHS
Stephanie J. Ventura is Chief of the Reproductive Statistics Branch (RSB) at CDC's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). She oversees the production and analysis of NCHS' national data sets for births, fetal deaths, and linked birth/infant death records from vital records registered in all state health departments. The Reproductive Statistics Branch also conducts the National Survey of Family Growth and produces public use files used in analyses of a wide variety of topics and programs in fertility, family formation, contraceptive use, and reproductive health. As a senior demographer at NCHS, she has published extensively on a number of fertility-related topics, especially births to unmarried mothers, teenage pregnancy, delayed childbearing and childbearing by Hispanic women. She has also authored many reports on teenage births, including detailed analyses of national and state-specific patterns. Stephanie holds an MA in Economic History from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in History from Brandeis University.