Karina Shreffler's research interests include childbearing intentions and behaviors and consequences of various reproductive experiences for individuals and couples. She is interested in reproductive experiences and barriers such as infertility and pregnancy loss, attitudes about parenthood and pregnancy plans, and mental health and relationship consequences. For example, she has examined how the experience of stillbirth impacts women’s mental health and divorce risk.
Shreffler is also interested in work and family issues, including how parents navigate work and family demands. Though much of her work to date has focused on adults, she is currently studying reproductive and contraceptive attitudes and behaviors among teens as well.
She is the principal investigator on several studies. These include a National Institutes of Health-funded ($1.9 million) study to examine prenatal exposures, birth outcomes, and rapid repeat pregnancy (The HATCH Project: Holistic Assessment of Tulsa Children’s Health); a study of neurotoxins and risky behaviors in adolescents and a youth entrepreneurship development project.
In 2019 Shreffler received the Regents Distinguished Research Award and Faculty Teaching Fellow Award from Oklahoma State University.
Ph.D. in Sociology and Demography, Pennsylvania State University, 2007
M.A. in Sociology, Pennsylvania State University, 2004
B.S. in Sociology, Oklahoma State University, 2001