About Us


MHPG Board 2014-2015

Piave P. Lake, M.D.

Chair-Elect / Newsletter Editor
Angela Lawson, Ph.D.

Vice Chair / Scientific Program Chair
Shelley Lee, Ph.D.

Erica Mindes, Ph.D.

Immediate Past Chair
Claudia Pascale, Ph.D.

Past Chair
Julianne Zweifel, Ph.D.

Past Chair
Corinne Palatchi, Ph.D.

MHPG Committee Chairs

MHPG Abstract Committee Chair
Janet Takefman, Ph.D.

MHPG Bylaws, Policies & Procedures Committee Chair
Nanetter Elster, J.D., M.P.H.

MHPG E-Communications Committee Chair
Elizabeth Grill, Psy. D.

MHPG Continuing Education Committee Chair
Julia Woodward, Ph.D.

MHPG Educational Resources Committee Chair
Tara Simpson, Ph.D.

MHPG Membership Committee Chair
Rachel Wernicke, Ph.D.

MHPG Mentoring and Training in Infertility Committee Chair
Patricia Sachs, L.C.S.W.

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

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

Connections Teleconference Group Committee Member-at-Large
Janet Jaffe, Ph.D.

MHPG Task Force Chairs

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

MHPG Representatives to Other Groups

MHPG Representative for APA CE Issues
Julia Woodward, Ph.D.

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

ASRM Ethics Committee Member-at-Large
Jean Benward, M.S.W. (2011-2014)

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

MHPG Representative to the ASRM Patient Education Committee
Elaine Gordon, Ph.D. (2011-2014)

MHPG Representative to the ASRM Scientific Program Committee
Shelley Lee, Ph.D.

MHPG Representative for NASW CEU Issues
Sharon Covington, M.S.W.

MHPG Representative to SART
Andrea Braverman, Ph.D.

ASRM Membership Committee Chair
Margot Weinshel, L.C.S.W, R.N.

MHPG Member of the ASRM Scientific Program Committee

Mental Health Professional Group (MHPG)

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.

2014-2015 MHPG Board

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

  • Peer-reviewed MHPG-relevant research publications 
    Titles from recent journal articles and associated author information will be posted periodically. This is not intended to be a comprehensive repository of the recent MHPG research. Rather, it is a sampling of peer-reviews work that may be relevant to your work. If you know of an article(s) that you believe should be listed here, please forward it to Joanna Scheib (jescheib@ucdavis.edu).
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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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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