About Us


MHPG Board 2015-2016

Angela Lawson, Ph.D.

Chair-Elect / Newsletter Editor
Shelley Lee, Ph.D.

Vice Chair / Scientific Program Chair
Erica Mindes, Ph.D.

Tara H.Simpson, Psy.D.

Immediate Past Chair
Piave P. Lake, M.D.

Past Chair
Claudia Pascale, Ph.D.

Past Chair
Mary Riddle, Ph.D.

MHPG Committee Chairs

MHPG Abstract Committee Chair
Patricia Hershberger, Ph.D.

MHPG Bylaws, Policies & Procedures Committee Chair
Lesli Figlerski, Ph.D.

Connections Teleconference Group Committee Member-at-Large
Anne Malave, Ph.D.

MHPG Continuing Education Committee Chair
Julie Bindeman, Psy.D.

MHPG E-Communications Committee Chair
Jamie Joseph, Ph.D.

MHPG Educational Resources Committee Chair
Patricia Mendell, L.C.S.W., M.S.W.

MHPG Membership Committee Chair
Deborah Simmons, Ph.D., LMFT

MHPG Mentoring and Training in Infertility Committee Chair
Jennifer Gamper-Meenan, R.N.

MHPG New York City Regional Education Dinner Committees Chair
Joann Galst, Ph.D.

MHPG Scientific Development Committee Chair
Joanna Scheib, Ph.D.

MHPG Task Force Chairs

Oocyte Cryopreservation Task Force
Lisa Schuman, M.S.W.

MHPG Representatives to Other Groups

MHPG Member of the ASRM Scientific Program Committee 2015-2016
Sharon Covington, MSW, LSW-C

MHPG Representative for APA CE Issues 2015-2016
Julie Bindeman, Psy.D.

MHPG Representative for NASW CEU Issues
Leslee Murphy

MHPG Representative to SART
Andrea Braverman, Ph.D.

MHPG Representative to the ASRM Content Review Committee 2013-2016
Elizabeth Grill, Psy.D.

MHPG Representative to the ASRM Membership Committee 2014-2017
Julianne E. Zweifel, Ph.D.

MHPG Representative to the ASRM Patient Education Committee 2014-2017
Elaine Gordon, Ph.D.

MHPG Representative to the ASRM Scientific Program Committee 2015-2016
Erica Mindes, Ph.D.

Mental Health Professional Group (MHPG)

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The Mental Health Professional Group (MHPG) is a multidisciplinary group that formed in 1985 with the full support of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). Its mission is to promote scientific understanding of the psychological, social, and emotional perspectives of infertility patients.


The MHPG would like to welcome its newest members! Catherine Benedict, Ph.D.-New York, NY Erin Donnelly,M.Ed, Psy.D.-Kansas City, KS Dorothy Doyle, M.A.-Rockville, MD Rachel Foster, M.A. -Costa Mesa, CA Pamela Kelberg, M.S.W. -Bala Cynwyd, PA Kathryn Vaclavik, J.D., M.A. -Pacific Palisades, CA Jamie Wilson, Ph.D. -Dallas, TX Tonya Wood, Ph.D.-Los Angeles, CA Liberty Barnes, Ph.D.-Cambridge, UK Nancy Hemenway, B.A.-Clifton, VA Mary Murphey, B.A.-Madison, WI Rebecca Varner -New Castle, NH

Resources & Publications

Member Information

Sign me up for the MHPG!

All active members of the ASRM may join the MHPG. The interdisciplinary nature of the MHPG provides a forum for the exchange of information, ideas, and experiences, as well as the opportunity to form collegial relationships with others who share your concerns. These discussions and alliances are important at a time when reproductive health care professionals are confronting a host of clinical and ethical challenges that have - and will continue to have - an impact on individuals, families, and society at large.

  • Find an MHPG Member- search for a healthcare professional

  • ASRM members can search for colleagues by using the Member Directory accessible from their My Info page (requires login)

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Professional Development Resources


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Would you like more info?

American Society for Reproductive Medicine
1209 Montgomery Highway
Birmingham, AL 35216

Susanna Scarbrough, MHPG Administrator
Tel: 205-978-5000 ext. 119
Fax: 205-978-5005
Email: sscarbrough@asrm.org 

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