About Carol

Carol Roye, EdD, RNInternational educator, researcher and author, Dr. Carol Roye is a respected women’s health practitioner who serves one of New York City’s most impoverished neighborhoods. Her expertise in women’s health has been featured on radio, TV and in print, including the New York Times.

The mother of six, the youngest adopted from a Romanian orphanage, and the grandmother of 12, Dr. Roye began her career as a public school teacher. She left to become a full-time wife and mother.

She did not set out to become a leader in women’s health.

Yet that is what happened, soon after Dr. Roye heeded the call to enter healthcare in the late 1980s. She began her career as a nurse practitioner working with young women in New York City’s Washington Heights neighborhood.

Today, Dr. Roye is the Assistant Dean of Research and a Professor of Nursing at Hunter College in New York City, and continues to serving as a pediatric nurse practitioner. She also co-founded a non-profit, Promoting Health in Haiti, to address women’s/reproductive health issues overseas.

She splits her professional time between teaching, research and her clinical practice. Her research in reproductive health, particularly in issues pertinent to adolescents, is well known in the medical community. She is frequently called on to speak at various conferences around the country and for interviews with a wide variety of news outlets.

As her career in this field evolved, Dr. Roye began to witness disturbing trends in the media, and subsequently in public policy, that dramatically impacted her ability to provide adequate healthcare. In response, she researched how women’s health devolved from being a medical issue, supported by virtually all religious groups, to a divisive political debate.

A Woman’s Right to Know is a result of that research. This stirring account of how women’s health became intertwined with such unlikely issues as tax policy and education reform is a must-read for anyone concerned with women’s rights, as well as those who want to be better informed about this critical public health issue.

Neither pro-life nor pro-choice, Dr. Roye believes Americans must move beyond the tired political rhetoric to find common ground to protect the lives of women and children.

Exposing a chain of historic events, Dr. Roye’s book:

  • Reveals how only recently groups such as the Religious Right organized against abortion rights, using it as an influential political tool;
  • Moves beyond the old argument of moral imperative vs. women’s rights and focuses on the public health impact of public policy decisions;
  • Highlights real solutions, and details the unlikely alliances and religious coalitions that are already working together to protect women’s health, including access to contraception and abortion.

Dr. Roye is the right person to tell this story. She has a long history of both working with women to prevent pregnancy, and to support them through every stage of their pregnancies. Her specialties include teen pregnancy prevention and working with mothers of pregnant and parenting teens to improve outcomes for their daughters.

National recognition of her work comes from such groups as:

  • Sigma Theta Tau, the nursing honor society,
  • The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, and
  • National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth.

In addition, the National Institutes of Health awarded Dr. Roye a prestigious research grant to study HIV/AIDS prevention. A follow up to this study was made possible by a grant from the William T. Grant Foundation.

Dr. Roye also is the author of many publications on a range of topics in adolescent reproductive health, including Adolescent Sexual Development and Sexuality: Assessment and Interventions, a popular book for professionals who work with teenagers around issues of sexuality.

A Woman’s Right To Know is a culmination of Dr. Roye’s decades of experience and research into the history and impact of public policy decisions on women’s health.