“I noticed while conducting research that the majority of studies deduced that a correlation between use of hormonal contraceptives [and depression] is likely to exist, but that they could not make a causal claim until more prospective studies were conducted.”

—Brooke Robinson

State of the Field Analysis: Contraceptive Methods & Research

Research paper for University Writing Program 104F: Writing in the Health Professions

Interested in the impact of birth control on women’s mental health, Robinson’s paper investigates whether there is sufficient research in this area. In her research, Robinson used the UC Davis Library to access PubMed, and gathered information from government websites and the FDA’s online databases. She also pursued articles that authors had cited in their bibliographies. Based on her findings, Robinson argues for more prospective research on the mental health impacts of hormonal birth control.

In Her Own Words

Read Brooke’s reflective essay from her Lang Prize application.