Our Board members hold overall fiscal and managerial oversight responsibility and supervise and provide oversight of the vision and mission of the Society. They are responsible for making decisions, delegating work, and assuring decisions are carried out in the manner intended. Ultimately, Board members serve as ambassadors for the vision and mission of the Society. The Board of Directors, committees, and working groups are essential for shaping the future of our work. We are not currently seeking new Board members.
Tessa Madden, MD, MPH


Associate Professor and Assistant Director of Fellowship in Family Planning,  Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, School of Medicine, Washington University in Saint Louis

Dr. Tessa Madden received her MD from Washington University School of Medicine in 2001 and completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Columbia University New York-Presbyterian Hospital in 2005. She then obtained her Masters in Public Health and completed a Fellowship in Family Planning at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Her research interests include contraceptive counseling, long-acting reversible contraception, shared decision making, and strategies to improve contraceptive care. She has received research funding from the National Institutes of Health, Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, and Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. She is also active in the education of medical students and residents and serves as an Advisory Dean for Washington University School of Medicine.

Angela Dempsey, MD, MPH


Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ryan Residency Training Program Director, William M. Bristow Endowed Chair for Family Planning, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC

Dr. Dempsey is a leader in family planning and has made significant contributions in both undergraduate and graduate medical education as well as career mentoring. She directs a graduated Ryan training program and the Ryan Initiative in Sustainability and Engagement in which she mentors new program directors. She occupies and endowed chair in family planning with research interests that include patient-level and behavioral factors associated with choice, use, and continuation of contraception, particularly during the postpartum period. Her research has been published in Contraception, American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health among other journals. Dr. Dempsey received her medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. Following a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at University of Colorado, she completed a Family Planning Fellowship and Masters of Public Health at Columbia University.

Tina Raine-Bennett, MD, MPH


Chief Executive Officer, Medicines360

Tina Raine-Bennett is the Chief Executive Officer of Medicines360, a non-profit pharmaceutical company. Her research has focused on elucidating factors that influence contraceptive choice and continuation among underserved women and improving access to emergency contraception. She was previously the Research Director of the Women’s Health Research Institute in the Division of Research at Kaiser Permanente Northern California, where she focused on expanding research on women’s health and translating women’s health research into clinical practice within the Obstetrics and Gynecology departments. Dr. Raine-Bennett is currently a volunteer clinical faculty member at the University of California, San Francisco, where she was formerly a Professor and the Medical Director of a specialty clinic that helped teens and young women avoid unintended pregnancy. Dr. Raine-Bennett received her medical training at the University of California, San Diego, and post-graduate residency training and MPH at the University of Washington in Seattle, where she also completed a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Fellowship.

Megan Kavanaugh, DrPH, MPH


Principal Research Scientist, Guttmacher Institute

Dr. Kavanaugh’s research portfolio has focused on contraceptive use and service delivery, unintended pregnancy, and abortion. She has training in both quantitative and qualitative research methods, used in her work tracking trends in long-acting reversible contraception, examining the consequences of unintended pregnancy, and understanding the impact of travel on women seeking abortions. Dr. Kavanaugh is also affiliated with the Center for Women’s Health Research and Innovation at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Kavanaugh was a Charlotte Ellertson Social Science Postdoctoral Fellow in Abortion and Reproductive Health at the Guttmacher Institute from 2008-2010. She was awarded the Gary Stewart Scholarship for Research in Public Health by the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals in 2006, and the Distinguished Alumni Award for Early Career Excellence by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health in 2015. She earned DrPH and MPH degrees, with specializations in behavioral and community health, and a master’s certificate in women’s studies, at the University of Pittsburgh, and a BS in bioengineering from Cornell University. In addition to SFP, Dr. Kavanaugh is a member of the American Public Health Association, and the Population Association of America.

Amanda Dennis, DrPH, MBE

Ex officio

Executive Director, Society of Family Planning

As a girl from a small town in Georgia who started out at community college, she relished every opportunity the Society offered to develop scholarship and leadership. It was the Society that supported her dissertation on the unmet health needs of women with epilepsy, a project which helped launch her independent research career and ultimately lead to thecreation of Girls With Nerve, a sexual and reproductive health website designed to inform and support teens Amanda’s passion for research that makes a difference was honed during her nine years as an Associate at Ibis Reproductive Health, where her research focused on understanding how abortion and contraception policies impactlow-income people. Her work has been published in the Society’s official journal Contraception, and in the American Journal of Public Health, Health Services Research Journal, Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, Seizure, and Women’s Health Issues, She has also served on the board of the Abortion Care Network, and currently serves on the Advisory Board of Collective Power. Amanda first became involved with Collective Power as a student at Hampshire College, where she graduated with a BA. She also holds a Doctor of Public Health from Boston University, and a Master’s in Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania. “My job at the Society is to see how all the different parts connect and make them hum,” says Amanda. “I weave together vision, operations, members, and partners, and it’s fantastic. What I don’t do is serve as the face or voice of the Society: that comes from our members and our board.”

Anitra Beasley, MD, MPH

Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs (Ben Taub Hospital), Ryan Residency Training Program Director, Baylor College of Medicine

Dr. Beasley is a practicing obstetrician-gynecologist at Baylor College of Medicine, with a focus on management of early pregnancy loss, contraception counseling in the medically complex patient, and family planning. She is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine, where she earned her medical degree and completed residency training. Following residency, she completed a Family Planning Fellowship and obtained a Master of Public Health at Columbia University. Her research interests include access to contraception and family planning services, bias in medical care, and reduction of health disparities.

Nerys Benfield, MD, MPH

Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, Director of the Fellowship in Family Planning, Director of the Social Obstetrics and Gynecology Program, Albert Einstein College of Medicine / Montefiore Medical Center in New York, Director of the Global Women’s Health and Social ObGyn Program

Dr. Benfield completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Fellowship in Family Planning at the University of California, San Francisco. She received her Master’s Degree in Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Benfield’s research interests focus on increasing contraceptive knowledge and access, clinical and research training both domestically and internationally, and addressing the structural determinants of health with a focus on academic medicine.

Blair Darney, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Section of Family Planning, Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU); Associate Professor, Health Systems & Policy, Portland State University-OSHU School of Public Health; Investigadora Honoraria, Instituto Nacional de Salud Publica, México; Investigadora Reconocida, CISDAT (Health Research Consortium), México .

Dr. Darney is a reproductive health services researcher. She earned her PhD from the University of Washington School of Public Health, completed an AHRQ post-doctoral position, and worked for the Mexican government for several years. Her work focuses on access, utilization, and outcomes of maternal, contraception, and abortion services. Dr. Darney has an active program of research in Mexico where her work and collaborations focus on abortion, adolescent birth, and contraception. In the US, she leads studies focused on access and quality of contraceptive services in safety net clinics in the US and reproductive health services utilization and outcomes among Latinas. Her areas of expertise include quasi-experimental designs and causal inference, leveraging diverse multi-level data sources, measuring quality of care, appropriate comparison groups, health systems, and immigration and health policies. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal. Dr. Darney is committed to building research capacity through mentorship of diverse learners in the US and Mexico and collaboration across disciplines. In addition to serving on the SFP and SFPRF Board, Dr. Darney serves on the Editorial Board of Contraception, the OHSU School of Medicine scientific review committee, and the Board (Secretariado) of CISIDAT, a health research non-profit in Mexico.

Aileen Gariepy, MD, MPH, MHS

Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, Associate Chief of Section of Family Planning, Director of the Family Planning Fellowship, Yale School of Medicine

Dr. Gariepy completed an obstetrics and gynecology residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, and Fellowship in Family Planning at the University of Pittsburgh. She earned a Masters of Public Health degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a Masters of Health Science from Yale School of Medicine. Her research focuses on developing and testing innovative, multi-faceted strategies for decreasing unintended pregnancy in marginalized populations, with specific focus on female sterilization, the effect of unintended pregnancy on women, cost and contraceptive provision, and digital health interventions to improve reproductive health. Her research has been funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), National Institutes of Health, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Society of Family Planning Research Fund, and private foundations. She serves as Secretary of the Executive Committee and Chair of the Research Review Committee for the Complex Family Planning Fellowship.

Alisa Goldberg, MD, MPH

Associate Professor, Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, Harvard Medical School; Director, Division of Family Planning and Family Planning Fellowship, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Vice President, Research and Clinical Training, Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts

Alisa Goldberg, MD, MPH received her MD degree from Harvard Medical School and completed residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) in Boston. She completed a Family Planning Fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and received a Masters in Public Health (MPH) degree from the University of California, Berkeley. While at UCSF, she served as Medical Director of the Women’s Options Center at San Francisco General Hospital and an NICHD Women’s Reproductive Health Research (WRHR) Scholar. Upon returning to Boston, she founded and currently directs the Division of Family Planning and Family Planning Fellowship program at BWH and similarly founded and directs the Department of Research at Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts (PPLM). She has served as the Chair of the Clinical Policies Committee for the Board of the National Abortion Federation and currently serves as the Chair of the Complex Family Planning Executive Council. Her research has focused on the use of mifepristone and misoprostol for abortion care, increasing post-abortion contraceptive utilization and evaluating clinical interventions that can both improve the quality of abortion and contraceptive care as well as expand access. Mentoring bright young physicians who choose to dedicate their careers to this work brings her much professional joy. She was recently recognized for this work with the 2019 Society of Family Planning Mentor Award.

Sadia Haider, MD, MPH

Vice Chair of Research and Faculty Affairs, Division Director of Family Planning, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Rush University.

Dr. Haider received her MD from the University of Chicago and her MPH in maternal and childhood health from the Harvard School of Public Health. She went on to complete her residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), Harvard Medical School followed by her fellowship in Family Planning at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). As a health-services researcher, Dr. Haider has several funded studies that utilize interdisciplinary approaches to test strategies aiming to improve contraception access and provision, improving provision of Pre-exposure Prophylaxis to HIV (PrEP) for women, and identifying strategies to decease maternal morbidity among high risk patients. She has been funded by the NIH, Society of Family Planning research fund, and foundations. Dr. Haider is also actively involved in educating and mentoring medical students, resident, and fellows and is an advocate for reproductive rights working to improve women’s health domestically and globally.

Lisa Harris, MD, PhD

Wallace and Janet Jeffries Professor of Reproductive Health; Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Department of Women’s Studies; and Director, Fellowship in Family Planning, University of Michigan

Dr. Harris is an active clinician, teacher and researcher. Her clinical work includes most aspects of general ob-gyn care, with a focus on miscarriage and family planning. She teaches across disciplines at University of Michigan, in the undergraduate College, Medical School, Law School, and School of Public Health. Her research is similarly interdisciplinary, focusing on medical history and sociology and exploring abortion stigma, the experiences of abortion care providers, exercise of conscience in healthcare, clinical and ethical consequences of restrictive abortion policy, and the intersection of abortion politics with federal research policy. She is the recipient of a variety of awards for research and advocacy, including ARHP’s “Preserving Core Values in Science Award” and the Outstanding Researcher Award from SFP. Because so many issues in women’s reproductive health have to do as much with culture and politics as with biomedical sciences, Dr. Harris went on to earn a PhD in American Culture at University of Michigan after earning her undergraduate and medical degrees at Harvard University.

Brandon Hill, PhD

Executive Director, Howard Brown Health, Center for Education, Research, & Advocacy and Research Fellow, The Kinsey Institute, Indiana University, Bloomington

Dr. Hill received his PhD from the Department of Gender Studies at Indiana University as part of the department’s inaugural doctoral cohort. He completed predoctoral research at The Kinsey Institute focused on prenatal development and adolescent sexual and reproductive health outcomes. Prior to joining Howard Brown Health, Dr. Hill served as the president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Great Plains providing care in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma, and was the executive director of the University of Chicago, Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Innovation in Sexual and Reproductive Health (Ci3). Dr. Hill’s research focuses on structural and system level interventions that address barriers to sexual and reproductive health care, with a particular focus on the health and wellbeing of LGBTQ+ youth of color. In 2020, Dr. Hill was named one of Fifty Distinguished Sexual and Gender Health Revolutionaries by the University of Minnesota Medical School, Institute for Sexual and Gender Health. As a first-generation scholar and queer person of color, Dr. Hill is dedicated to engaging and training the next generation of sexual and gender diverse scholars, with an emphasis on recruiting, training, and engaging junior researchers of color.

Kate Shaw, MD, MS

Clinical Associate Professor, Director of Fellowship in Complex Family Planning, Associate Chair of Education, Chief of Gynecology and Gynecologic Specialties, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Stanford University School of Medicine

Dr. Kate Shaw completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Oregon Health and Science University before completing her Fellowship in Family Planning and Masters in Epidemiology and Clinical Research at Stanford University. In her role on Clinical Faculty at Stanford, she is engaged in clinical research in Family Planning, leads mentorship and medical education programs from medical student to faculty level and is an active clinician. Her research is aimed at improving patient experiences and access to comprehensive reproductive health care- including both contraception and abortion. Dr. Shaw is an advocate for her patients, medical education and reproductive health locally, nationally and globally.

Kelli Stidham Hall, PhD, MS

Associate Professor, Heilbrunn Department of Population and Health, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University; Adjunct Associate Professor, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University

Dr. Kelli Stidham Hall is an Associate Professor in the Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and adjunct Associate Professor with tenure at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health. She completed her PhD from Columbia University, a postdoctoral fellowship at Princeton University, and a NIH “BIRCWH” K12 Faculty Career Development Award at the University of Michigan. She is the Founding Director and Principal Investigator of the Center for Reproductive Health Research in the SouthEast (RISE) at Emory. Dr. Hall’s NIH- and foundation-funded program uses biosocial and multi-level frameworks and interdisciplinary methods to study the social determinants of reproductive health and health disparities in the US and Africa. One major research theme entails evaluating the effects of policies and other macrosocial factors on family planning service delivery, access to care, and outcomes. Her more than 15 years of clinical experience as a primary care advanced practice nurse informed her other theme focused on understanding and addressing interrelationships between reproductive, mental and behavioral health, and social wellbeing during adolescence and young adulthood. In addition to the Board of Directors of SFP and SFPRF, she serves on the Editorial Board of Contraception journal, the Executive Committee of the National Medical Committee of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and formerly as Section Counselor for APHA’s Population, Sexual and Reproductive Health (PSRH) Section. Dr. Hall was awarded APHA PSRH’s Outstanding Young Professional and the Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine’s Robert DuRant Statistical Rigor and Scientific Innovation in Adolescent Health Research Award.

Crystal Tyler, PhD, MPH

Executive Director, Ci3, University of Chicago

Crystal Pirtle Tyler PhD, MPH is the Executive Director of Ci3 at the University of Chicago, a research center addressing the social and structural determinants of adolescent reproductive health and wellbeing through design, storytelling, play, and policy change. Dr. Tyler began her career at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta first as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer then as an Epidemiologist within the Division of Reproductive Health. There she served as a subject matter expert on adolescent sexual and reproductive health, and the translation of research to public health and clinical practice. From CDC, Dr. Tyler moved on to become the Director of the Michigan Public Health Institute’s Center for Child and Family Health where she implemented systems level improvements to promote equity in the quality and availability of public health services. She has published on topics such as contraceptive safety and use, adolescent sexual and reproductive health, reproductive cancers, birth defects, and infant mortality. Dr. Tyler completed both her PhD and MPH in Epidemiology, at Michigan State University and the University of Michigan, respectively, and her Bachelor’s degree in Women’s Studies at Spelman College.

The Society strives for just and equitable abortion and contraception informed by science. This work relies on a community of people united by this vision. That said, participation in this community, as a Board, Committee, or Working Group member, or any of our programs, do not represent the Society unless specifically designated to do so. Participation in the Society does not signal Society endorsement of statements, opinions, research, or actions.

Committees, Subcommittees, and Working Groups

Committees, subcommittees, and working groups are essential for shaping the future of our work and each have a distinct responsibility.