Jenny K. Rodriguez Francis, M.D., M.P.H., joined the faculty in the Department of Pediatrics at UT Southwestern Medical Center in 2017, and works at Children’s Medical Center Dallas. She received a BA from the University of Dallas and attended UTMB Galveston for medical school. She trained in New York City in pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine; completed a fellowship in adolescent medicine at Mount Sinai’s Adolescent Health Center; obtained a MPH at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; and worked for three years as an assistant professor of pediatrics at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. As a young faculty member, Dr. Francis adds an enthusiastic and educational approach to her clinical practice. She is board-certified in Adolescent Medicine and in Pediatrics. She researches adolescent sexual and reproductive health.


Medical School
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (2008)
Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center (2011), Pediatrics
Graduate School
ICAHN School of Medicine/Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center (2014), Public Health

Research Interest

  • Adolescent sexual and reproductive health
  • Supporting parents and adolescents in the uptake of long acting reversible contraception


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Long-Acting Reversible Contraception for Adolescents: A Review.
Francis JKR, Gold MA JAMA Pediatr 2017 Jul 171 7 694-701
Pregnant young women's attitudes about microbicides: the anticipated influence of the grandmother and father of the baby on microbicide use
Francis JKR, Fraiz LD, Catallozzi M, deRoche AM, Mauro C, Rosenthal SL Sex Health 2017 05
Adolescent and Parent Willingness to Participate in Microbicide Safety Studies.
Catallozzi M, de Roche AM, Hu MC, Breitkopf CR, Chang J, Ipp LS, Francis JK, Rosenthal SL J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol 2017 Feb 30 1 82-87
Qualitative Analysis of Sexually Experienced Female Adolescents: Attitudes about Vaginal Health.
Francis JK, Fraiz LD, Catallozzi M, Rosenthal SL J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol 2016 Oct 29 5 496-500
Parents' and Adolescents' Attitudes about Parental Involvement in Clinical Research.
Rosenthal SL, de Roche AM, Catallozzi M, Breitkopf CR, Ipp LS, Chang J, Francis JK, Hu MC J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol 2016 Aug 29 4 372-7
Adolescents and Their Parents Differ on Descriptions of a Reproductive Health Study.
Francis JK, Hoffman LF, Hu MC, de Roche AM, Catallozzi M, Breitkopf CR, Rosenthal SL J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol 2016 Jun 29 3 240-5
Inclusion of Adolescents in Clinical Trials for Sexually Transmitted Infections: A Review of Existing Registered Studies.
Hoffman LF, Francis NK, Catallozzi M, Francis JK, Stanberry LR, Rosenthal SL J Adolesc Health 2016 May 58 5 576-8
An exploratory analysis of contraceptive method choice and symptoms of depression in adolescent females initiating prescription contraception.
Francis J, Presser L, Malbon K, Braun-Courville D, Linares LO Contraception 2015 Apr 91 4 336-43
Ambivalence about pregnancy and its association with symptoms of depression in adolescent females initiating contraception.
Francis J, Malbon K, Braun-Courville D, Lourdes LO, Santelli J J Adolesc Health 2015 Jan 56 1 44-51
Sexual minority youth.
Steever J, Francis J, Gordon LP, Lee J Prim. Care 2014 Sep 41 3 651-69

Honors & Awards

  • Provost¬ís Grant for Junior Faculty Who Contribute to the Diversity Goals of the University
    Columbia University (2015)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine