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, subcommittees, and working groups are essential for shaping the future of our work. We are not currently seeking new Board members.
Tessa Madden, MD, MPH

President

Assistant 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

President-Elect

Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ryan Residency Training Program Director, Associate Dean for Curriculum-Clinical Sciences, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC

Dr. Dempsey is a leader in the field of medical education and 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 also serves as the Associate Dean for Curriculum-Clinical Sciences at her institution and directs the 4th year family planning elective family planning education. Her research interests include identifying factors associated with choice of highly effective contraception and increased continuation of effective methods, with research published in Contraception and Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health. 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 in 2008. 

Tina Raine-Bennett, MD, MPH

Treasurer

Senior Research Scientist, Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research; Research Director, Women’s Health Research Institute

Tina Raine-Bennett is an Obstetrician-Gynecologist and Research Scientist in the Division of Research at Kaiser Permanente Northern California. Her research has focused on elucidating factors that influence contraceptive choice and continuation among high-risk women and improving access to emergency contraception. At KPNC she focuses on expanding research on women’s health and translating women’s health research into clinical practice within the Obstetrics and Gynecology departments in Northern California. Dr. Raine-Bennett is also 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

Secretary

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 Civil Liberties and Public Policy (CLPP). Amanda first became involved with CLPP 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.”

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.

Sadia Haider, MD

Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology; Chief, Section of Family Planning and Contraceptive Research; Director, Fellowship in Family Planning University of Chicago.

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). Dr. Haider enjoys providing full-spectrum obstetrics and gynecologic along with family planning services. She is an active researcher seeking to address gaps in contraception access and provision that are due to provider and systemic barriers. Dr Haider has several funded studies that utilize an interdisciplinary approach to test novel strategies which aim to improve contraception provision to postpartum and adolescent women. Dr. Haider is also an advocate for reproductive rights and works to improve women’s health and rights 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.

David Hubacher, PhD

Senior Epidemiologist, Contraceptive Technology Innovation Department, FHI 360

David Hubacher is an expert and key opinion leader on contraception and IUDs in particular. He conducts clinical and programmatic research and specializes in long-acting reversible contraception, which includes both IUDs and subdermal implants. He is a two-time recipient of the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals annual award for outstanding research (both for his work on IUDs). He reviews research protocols for the Fellowship in Family Planning, which is the premier US-based training center for OB/GYNs who are on a research path in reproductive health. Dr. Hubacher is regularly invited to attend domestic and international brainstorming meetings organized by agencies, foundations, and pharmaceutical companies and serves on ad-hoc committees and panels for the United States Agency for International Development, the World Health Organization, other reproductive health organizations and international conferences. In 2014, he joined the international committee known as the Bellagio Group on Long-acting Reversible Contraceptives. He serves on the Editorial Board for the journal Contraception. Dr. Hubacher earned his MPH in biostatistics and his PhD in epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is fluent in Spanish.

Wendy V. Norman, MD, MHSc

Associate Professor, Department of Family Practice, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia (UBC)

In addition to her Associate Professorship, Wendy Norman is also an Associate Member in both the School of Population and Public Health and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology of the UBC Faculty of Medicine. She is a Scholar of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research and undertook a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Primary Healthcare Research Fellowship through the TUTOR-PHC program at Western University after completing the Clinician Scholar Program at UBC. She completed a MHSc (UBC), a diploma in Tropical Medicine and International Health (Liverpool University) and residencies in Family Medicine (U Alberta) and in GP-anaesthesiology (UBC) after graduating in Medicine from Queen’s University. Her research interests include family planning health services and policy, health professional education, and population health. Dr. Norman brings this multidisciplinary expertise into her role as CIHR/Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) Applied Public Health Chair for her program of implementation research on family planning health equity interventions. Dr. Norman was awarded the Guttmacher Institute’s prestigious Darroch Award in 2016.

Kelli Stidham Hall, PhD, MS

Assistant Professor, Departments of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education and Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health; Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Emory University; Founding Director and Principal Investigator, Center for Reproductive Health Research in the SouthEast

Dr. Hall’s research program uses a biosocial framework, multi-level perspective, and interdisciplinary approach to understand and address the social determinants of reproductive health and the intersections between reproductive, mental and physical health during adolescence and young adulthood. She is especially interested in the interrelated biological, behavioral and social causes and consequences of early and unintended pregnancy and how those processes shape health disparities in family planning. Her methodological expertise lies in epidemiologic and demographic methods. Originally trained as an advanced nurse practitioner, Dr. Hall has over 10 years of clinical practice experience in women’s and adolescent health. Prior to Emory, she was a National Institutes of Health “BIRCWH” K-12 Scholar and research faculty member in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. She completed a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Princeton University and received her PhD in Maternal Child Health and Epidemiology from Columbia University and her MS and BS in Nursing from the University of Kentucky. She serves on the Editorial Board of Contraception and on the Executive Committee of the National Medical Committee of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. She had received numerous research awards, including Outstanding Young Professional Award from the American Public Health Association, Population Sexual and Reproductive Health Section; Robert H. DuRant Award for Statistical Rigor and Scientific Innovation in Adolescent Health Research from the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine; and was a finalist for the Outstanding Researcher Award at the North American Forum on Family Planning.

Joseph E. Potter, PhD

Professor of Sociology, The University of Texas at Austin

Joe Potter’s interests lie in the areas of reproductive health, population and development, and demographic estimation. Since the Fall of 2011, he has been leading a five-year project—The Texas Policy Evaluation Project (TxPEP)—to evaluate the impact of legislation enacted by the Texas Legislature in 2011 and 2013 affecting both funding for family planning and access to abortion care. Much of his research over the last three decades has addressed fertility and contraceptive practice in Mexico and Brazil—two countries that have experienced dramatic demographic transitions during the last four decades. From 2006 to 2011, Dr. Potter led the Border Contraceptive Access Study (BCAS). This NIH-funded project addressed the “natural experiment” that exists in El Paso, Texas where women may access the pill either in pharmacies without a prescription (across the border), or through family planning clinics in El Paso. The research took place simultaneously with an earlier round of cuts in state funding for family planning. Dr. Potter received his doctorate in economics from Princeton University, and has been teaching courses on demographic methods and the evaluation of social policies at UTA since 1989.

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.