Blog of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research

About the Society

Board of Directors

The Society is governed by an elected board of directors with staggered six-year terms.

Chris Bobel

New president Chris Bobel reacts with surprise to a gift from membership of Jen Lewis original print at her inauguration, June 2015

President – Chris Bobel

is an Associate Professor of Women’s Studies at University of Massachusetts-Boston. Her scholarship lies at the intersection of social movements, gender, health and embodiment, or how feminist thinking becomes feminist doing at the most intimate and immediate levels.

Secretary – Laura Wershler

is a veteran pro-choice sexual and reproductive health advocate, women’s health critic and writer who has worked for and volunteered with Planned-Parenthood-affiliated organizations in Canada since 1986.

Treasurer – Margaret L. (Peggy) Stubbs

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is Professor of Psychology at Chatham University in Pittsburgh PA. Her specialties include psychosocial aspects of menstruation; attitudes towards menstruation, pubertal development; and menstrual education throughout the lifespan.

Immediate Past President – Ingrid Johnston-Robledo

is Dean of Arts & Sciences at Castleton State College. Her research specialties include the psychology of women’s embodiment, with particular emphasis on women’s attitudes toward their reproductive functions.

Joan Chrisler

is Professor of Psychology at Connecticut College. Her specialties include PMS, attitudes toward menstruation and menopause, sociocultural aspects of menstruation, and cognitive and behavioral changes across the menstrual cycle. She is also the founding editor of The Journal of Women’s Reproductive Health.

Heather Dillaway

is an Associate Professor of sociology at Wayne State University.

Mindy J. Erchull

is a social psychologist who works as an Associate Professor of psychology at the University of Mary Washington in Virginia.

Breanne Fahs

is an Associate Professor of women & gender studies at Arizona State University, where she specializes in studying women’s sexuality, critical embodiment studies, radical feminism, and political activism. She is also a clinical psychologist specializing in sexuality, couples work, and trauma recovery.

Jenny Gorman

is a Senior Lecturer in psychology at Connecticut College. Her interests include experiences with and attitudes toward PMS, menarche, menstruation and menstrual suppression.

Christine Hitchcock

is a research psychologist with interests in: risks and public discourse about extended oral contraception; normal menstrual cycle physiology; bone health; statistical analysis of Patient Reported Outcomes (PROs); progesterone therapy for hot flushes and night sweats; perimenopause; menopause. She lives in Oakville, Ontario, and is available as a research consultant.

Lisa Leger

is an instructor of the Justisse method of Fertility Awareness.

David Linton [Newsletter Editor]

is Professor of Communication Arts (retired) at Marymount Manhattan College in New York.

Maureen McHugh

is a Professor of Psychology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania where she teaches Psychology of Women, Human Sexuality, Diversity Issues, and Social Psychology.

Sheryl Mendlinger

is with the Institute on Urban Health Research at Northeastern University.

Janette Perz

is an Associate Professor in the Centre for Health Research at the University of Western Sydney. She researches in the field of reproductive and sexual health with a particular focus on gendered experiences, subjectivity, and identity.

Jerilynn Prior

is Professor of Endocrinology at the University of British Columbia and Scientific Director of the Centre for Menstrual Cycle and Ovulation Research ( Her expertise includes ovulation, perimenopause, progesterone and a feminist approach to women’s health.

Tomi-Ann Roberts

is Professor of psychology at Colorado College.

Evelina Weidman Sterling

is a public health educator and researcher specializing in reproductive and women’s health issues.

Jane Ussher

is Professor of Women’s Health Psychology at University of Western Sydney. She has been researching gendered health since she started her PhD in 1983. Her research focuses on examining gendered factors underlying mental health problems, subjectivity and identity in relation to the reproductive body and sexuality, and gendered issues in cancer and cancer care.