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


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


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


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


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.”

Anitra Beasley, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 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

Researcher, Assistant Professor, Oregon Health and Science University

Blair is a reproductive health services researcher and Assistant Professor in the Oregon Health and Science University Dept of OB/Gyn and OHSU-PSU School of Public Health and affiliated with the Instituto Nacional de Salud Publica in Mexico, where she was based for several years. Her work focuses on obstetric outcomes, maternal mortality, contraception, and abortion. Her areas of expertise include working with diverse secondary data, improving causal inference in non-randomized designs, measuring quality of care, and insurance. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal. Dr. Darney is committed to building research capacity through collaboration and mentorship.

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

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.

Brandon Hill, PhD

President & CEO, Planned Parenthood Great Plains 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 Planned Parenthood, Dr. Hill served as 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, Program in Human Sexuality. 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.

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.

Kate Shaw, MD, MS

Clinical Associate Professor, Residency Program Director, Associate Director of Fellowship in Family Planning and Division of Family Planning Services and Research, Associate Chair of Education, 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.