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Oklahoma State University

Karina M. Shreffler

Karina M. Shreffler


Oklahoma State University
Human Development and Family Science
Main Hall 1115
Tulsa, OK 74106

Office Phone: 918-594-8389
Fax: 918-594-8558


Areas of Expertise

Work and family conflict, teen/unplanned pregnancy, infertility and reproductive health, demography

Population of Interest

Adolescents and adult women and couples, particular emphasis on racial/ethnic and socio-economic group differences


Karina M. Shreffler completed her B.S. in Sociology from Oklahoma State University and her M.A. and doctorate in Sociology and Demography from the Pennsylvania State University. She is currently an Professor of Human Development and Family Science at Oklahoma State University. The substantive focus of her work reflects her interest in decisions and behaviors regarding childbearing and the relationships among childbearing, work, and well-being. She studies the factors behind childbearing decisions (or lack thereof) and the circumstances that assist or prevent both women and men in meeting their intentions or plans. Dr. Shreffler's research focuses on three general themes: 1) understanding factors that impact fertility on a macro scale; 2) examining the role of contextual factors in both childbearing decisions and outcomes; and 3) examining reproductive issues (such as infertility and inequality) and their consequences.

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