University of California, Riverside

Center for Healthy Communities



Priya Batra


Priya Batra

Adjunct Professor
M.D., Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Priya Batra

Dr. Priya Batra, M.D., M.S., is an adjunct professor at the UCR School of Medicine Center for Healthy Communities.

Batra’s research is focused in the content areas of: preconception and interconception care, the provision of preventive women’s health services, the impact of social determinants of health in maternal and child health, and the application of health information technologies in women’s health. Her work contributes to the body of knowledge seeking to address disparities in U.S. women’s health outcomes.

Batra completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of California, Los Angeles and received post-doctoral training in health services research through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program. She completed an M.S. in health policy and management from the Fielding School of Public Health at UCLA.

Batra practices general obstetrics and gynecology. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She serves on the Preconception Health Council of California and is a member of the Society of Family Planning. Batra is a member of Academy Health, and an associate editor for Women’s Health Issues.

Selected Publications

  • Batra P., Hernandez-Gray A, Moore JE. (2017). Variation in Coverage for Progesterone to Prevent Preterm Birth: A Survey of Medicaid Managed Care Organizations. Women's Health Issues. Epub ahead of print: doi: 10.1016/j.whi.2017.05.006.
  • Batra P., Hirai A, Selk S, Lee V, Lu MC. (2017). Appropriate Use of Progesterone to Prevent Preterm Birth: Approaches to Measurement for Driving Improvement. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 21(3), 446-451. doi: 10.1007/s10995-016-2234-3
  • Batra P., Mangione CM, Cheng E, Steers WN, Nguyen TA, Bell D, Kuo AA, Gregory KD. (2017). A Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial of the MyFamilyPlan Online Preconception Health Education Tool. American Journal of Health Promotion. Epub ahead of print: doi:10.1177/0890117117700585.
  • Batra P, Higgins C, Chao SM. Previous Adverse Infant Outcomes as Predictors of Preconception Care Use: An Analysis of the 2010 and 2012 Los Angeles Mommy and Baby (LAMB) Surveys. Matern Child Health J. 2016; 20(6): 1170-7.
  • Batra P, Bird CE. Policy Barriers to Best Practices: The Impact of Restrictive State Regulations on Access to Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives. Women’s Health Issues, 2015; 25(6): 612-5.
  • Roland ME, Myer L, Martin LJ, Maw A, Batra P, Arend E, Coates TJ, Denny LA. Preventing Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection Among Sexual Assault Survivors in Cape Town, South Africa: An Observational Study. AIDS and Behavior. 2012; 16(4): 990-8.
  • Batra P, Kuhn L, Denny L. Utilisation and outcomes of cervical cancer prevention services by human immunodeficiency virus-infected women in Cape Town, South Africa. South African Medical Journal. 2010; 100(1): 39-44.

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