Member Newsletter

November 2020

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Dear Members,

Welcome to my first newsletter as NASPOG President. I am honored to follow in the footsteps of a line of great NASPOG leaders before me, and commit myself to a collaborative, just and compassionate tenure on behalf of the organization and all of the members. I have two goals for my tenue as president: 1. Creating a path by which NASPOG can have an impact on social and racial justice; 2. Increasing NASPOG membership and reach. I look forward to leading NASPOG with my fellow board members and working with you, the members, to achieve these goals.

As you may recall, NASPOG put out a statement in the summer denouncing racism and acknowledging the public health and women's health crisis that racism has created. The NASPOG Board has formed a diversity and inclusion task force to advocate for and participate in solutions. We are committed to action to demand the long overdue principles of racial equity and justice. The task force is currently working on initiatives for our members that will be launched and announced in January.

NASPOG is a small, but passionate organization with a unique perspective on women’s health. We need to spread our perspective and our influence to more professionals who serve women’s healthcare needs and conduct research on women’s health issues. In collaboration with the board and with feedback from you, our members, I intend to work on solutions to attract new members from clinical and behavioral medicine, science, and aligned stakeholders. Bringing more members to the organization with passion for a joined vision will ensure a successful conference in 2022 and continued elevation of NASPOG’s mission nationwide. I hope you will join me in this vision to make NASPOG’s voice more impactful. Stay tuned for next steps towards this goal.

In the meantime, I encourage all of you to support NASPOG in other ways by renewing your membership dues for 2021 and by participating in the 2020-2021 Webinar Series.

I hope you all stay safe and wish you a wonderful holiday season!


Maria Muzik

NASPOG Board Listing

I am pleased to announce the 2021-2022 NASPOG Board Roster!


Maria Muzik, MD, MSc

University of Michigan-Michigan Medicine


Sarah Nagle-Yang, MD

University of Colorado School of Medicine

Immediate Past President:

Chiara Ghetti, MD, MSc

Washington University in St. Louis


Bethany Ashby, PsyD

University of Colorado School of Medicine


Shannon Lenze, PhD

Washington University in St. Louis

Katherine Wisner, MD

Northwestern University

Kimberly Yonkers, MD

Yale School of Medicine

Catherine Mallouh, MD

University of California San Francisco

Melissa Magdalene Goslawski, MD

Northwestern University


Dues Renewal for 2021

Your annual dues are critical to our mission as we promote the study and clinical application of the neurobiologic and psychosocial aspects of women’s health and well-being across the life span.

Renew now and continue your NASPOG Membership Benefits which include:

  • Membership Directory and Discussion Forum: Network and connect with other NASPOG members.
  • Discounts: Secure a membership discount to the NASPOG biennial meeting and ISPOG educational offerings.
  • Newsletters: Stay informed and receive e-newsletters containing information on the society and field.
  • ISPOG Membership: Due to our affiliation with the International Society of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology (ISPOG), your NASPOG membership includes reciprocity with ISPOG. Please note that €8 (or approximately $11) of your NASPOG membership dues will be sent to ISPOG on your behalf.
  • …and more to be added as we expand!

Your support is needed now more than ever. Click here to renew.


It is important for NASPOG to acknowledge the long history of racism within our nation and our communities. We believe it is important to share different perspectives of diversity and inclusion and issues of health equity. Below is a story we would like to share.

Giving Birth While Deaf | Romper's Doula Diaries

Giving Birth While Deaf | Romper's Doula Diaries


Reproductive Psychiatry Fellowships

There are 17 Reproductive Psychiatry Fellowships within North America available to trainees who have completed or will soon complete residency training in psychiatry. As Reproductive Psychiatry is not a formalized subspecialty of psychiatry, these fellowships are not accredited through the ACGME and are largely funded through philanthropy, research education grants and/or clinical revenue. As identifying available fellowships can be challenging for trainees, the Maternal Mental Health Health Alliance has partnered with the Marce Society of North America (MONA) and NASPOG to develop an updated list of fellowship programs.

You can view this list and learn more about Reproductive Psychiatry fellowships here.

Upcoming NASPOG Webinar on Thursday, December 10 at 7pm Eastern

Integrated Behavioral Health in Women’s Primary and Specialty Care: Program Models, Research and Clinical Updates

Symposium Chair: Helen L. Coons, PhD

Ellen L. Poleshuck, PhD & Helen L. Coons, PhD

Integrated Behavioral Health in Women’s Primary and Specialty Care: Research and Clinical Updates

Rebecca M. Richey, PsyD & Mitra A. Razzaghi, MD

Behavioral Health Integration in Women's Multi-Specialty Primary Care

Stephen Scott, MD, MPH, Amelia Ehmer, PsyD, Debbie Carter, MD & Bethany Ashby, PsyD

The Need for Behavioral Health Integration versus Co-Location in Obstetrical Settings

Jessica Pettigrew, MSN, Anosheh Afghahi, MD & Helen L. Coons, PhD

Integrated Women’s Sexual Health Consultation Services: Collaborative Care Models to Improve Women’s Well-Being

Discussant: C. Neill Epperson, MD

Register for this webinar or our entire series!

2022 NASPOG Biennial Meeting

Save the Date!

We are hopeful that we can hold an in-person meeting April 22-24, 2022 at the University of Michigan. The call for scientific abstracts will open August 2021. Please save the date and stay tuned!



NASPOG joined Maternal Mental Health Leadership Alliance (MMHLA) and several other organizations to sign onto a letter to Senate Leadership Encouraging Extending Pregnancy Medicaid (October 28, 2020). MMHLA authored this letter encouraging the United States Senate to enact legislation extending Medicaid for eligible new mothers for a full year postpartum. We applaud MMHLA for spearheading this effort and allowing NASPOG to sign on!


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