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Linda J. Beckman

Linda J. Beckman is a Professor in the Clinical Psychology Program of the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in Los Angeles. She received her doctoral degree in Social Psychology from the University of California Los Angeles. Dr Beckman is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and American Psychological Society and currently serves as Chair of the Task Force on Reproductive Issues of the Society for the Psychology of Women. One of her major concerns is improving women's access to health care and the quality of the reproductive health services they receive. Her work has focused on two main areas: substance abuse in women and women's reproductive health. She was the recipient of an NIH Career Development Award to study psychosocial aspects of alcoholism in women. She co-edited a book entitled The New Civil War: The Psychology, Culture and Politics of Abortion. Her many articles in health psychology include research on reproductive decision-making, abortion and contraception acceptability, gender roles, couple communication and partner influences on risky sexual behavior.

S. Marie Harvey
S. Marie Harvey is the Director of Research at the Center for the Study of Women in Society and an Associate Professor of Public Health at the University of Oregon. She has an MPH and a DrPH in Population Studies and Family Health from UCLA. Dr. Harvey is an APA Fellow and Past-President the Division 34, Population and Environmental Psychology. She is currently Chair of the Population, Family Planning and Reproductive Health Section of the American Public Health Association. Throughout her career, she has focused on the reproductive health of women. She has worked on the frontlines as a social worker and family planning counselor. For the past 20 years, Dr. Harvey has conducted research that examines the social, psychological, and cultural aspects of contraception, sexual behavior, and abortion. Her current research interests focus on the acceptability of emergency contraception and medical abortion, the prevention of HIV/STDs among high-risk women, and the influence of relationship factors on sexual risk-taking. She is co-editor on a book entitled The New Civil War: The Psychology, Culture and Politics of Abortion. Dr. Harvey currently serves as Principal Investigator on a six-year project that assesses predictors of sexual risk behavior and designs, implements and evaluates a couple-based intervention to reduce unprotected intercourse.

Nancy Felipe Russo
Nancy Felipe Russo is Regents Professor of Psychology and Women's Studies at Arizona State University (ASU). Before joining ASU, for nine years she was founder and director of APA's Women's Programs Office. Dr. Russo is author or editor of more than 200 publications related to the psychology of women and women's issues, and a former editor of the Psychology of Women Quarterly. She is a member of APA's Task Force on Post Abortion Emotional Responses and has served on APA's Task Force on Nonsexist Research, a Presidential Task Force on Women and Depression, and the Task Force on Women in Academe. Her co-authored book, No Safe Haven: Male Violence Against Women: At Home, At Work, and in the Community, won the Washington EdPress Award for most outstanding work on a public concern. Currently, she co-chairs APA's Presidential Initiative on Women in Science and Technology. Dr. Russo is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society. The Society for the Psychology of Women has awarded Russo its Centennial Heritage Award for Contributions to Public Policy and its Carolyn Wood Sherif Award in recognition of distinguished contributions to research, teaching, mentoring, and service to psychology and society. She also received a Distinguished Career Award from the Association for Women in Psychology and was recognized by APA's Board of Ethnic Minority Affairs for contributions to ethnic minority issues. In 1995 Russo received the American Psychological Association's Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest.



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Hortensia Amaro

Hortensia Amaro is Distinguished Professor of Health Sciences in Bouve College a Northeastern University. She received her doctoral degree from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1982. Over the last 20 years, Dr. Amaro's work has focused on improving the connections between public health research and public health practice. Her research has resulted in over 60 scientific publications on epidemiological and community-based studies of alcohol and drug use among adolescents and adults; on the effectiveness of HIV/AIDS prevention programs; and on substance abuse and mental health treatment issues for women. She has served on the editorial board of prominent scientific journals and on review and advisory committees to the National Institutes of Health, US Department of Health and Human Services and the Institute of Medicine. Dr. Amaro's professional contributions have been recognized by numerous professional and government organizations including the American Psychological Association, the Association of Women in Psychology, the Mass. Public Health Association, and the Hispanic Mental Health Professional Association. She recently served as a Distinguished Visiting Professor in Women's Health at Ben Gurion University in Israel.

Mary Boyle
Mary Boyle is Professor of Clinical Psychology and Head of the Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of East London, UK. She is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and in 2000 received the MB Shapiro Award for Eminence in Clinical Psychology from the BPS Division of Clinical Psychology. Her research and practice encompasses a range of areas, which reflect a strong concern with the relationship between psychological theory and public policy, with social influences on psychological and psychiatric theory and with social influences on psychological distress. She has published widely in these areas, including books on the concept of schizophrenia and on abortion (Re-thinking Abortion: Psychology, Gender, Power and the Law, Routledge, 1997). She currently works as an academic in the education and training of clinical psychologists and as a practitioner in women's health.

Susan Dudley
Susan Dudley is the Deputy Director of the National Abortion Federation, the professional association of abortion providers in the US and Canada. She is responsible for oversight of internal operations, program planning and implementation, educational programs, and NAF's clinical, legal, and consumer publications programs. Dr. Dudley has been involved with reproductive issues throughout her career: from basic physiological research on reproduction, to an NIH faculty appointment in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Pennsylvania State University Medical School, to pro-choice political work as a state-level lobbyist and media spokesperson. After completing graduate work at the College of William and Mary (MS) and the University of Massachusetts (PhD), Dr. Dudley, spent over a decade in academia, at Auburn University at Montgomery, Alabama, and the University of Maryland University College in both its European and Asian Divisions.

Ann Furedi
Ann Furedi is a former director of communications of British Pregnancy Advisory Service, Britain's largest provider of specialist abortion care. Previously she was executive director of the family planning advocacy charity, Birth Control Trust. Prior to that she was press officer for the UK family planning association. Furedi has been involved in advocacy on reproductive rights for almost 20 years. She has written extensively on related issues and has sat on several expert committees for the UK department of Health and Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Furedi graduated in English & Sociology at the University of Kent at Canterbury in 1982. She is currently working on a PhD thesis on the changing ethical discourse relating to abortion.

Victoria Tepe
Victoria Tepe holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from Northwestern University (1988). Her professional history includes research, writing, and publication in the areas of reproductive rights and domestic violence. She is the founder (1990) and editor of the online reproductive news service, ChoiceMail. Her experience as a reproductive rights advocate includes 13 years as an organizer, activist, author, researcher, teacher, clinic volunteer and volunteer coordinator. She developed a college course on the subject of 'The Abortion Debate', which has been taught at Wright State University (Ohio) and is currently under development for the distance-learning program at the University of Massachusetts. She is a consultant to the National Coalition of Abortion Providers and serves as a member of the Community Advisory Board for the Four Women Reproductive Health Center in Attleboro, Massachusetts.

Gail Wyatt
GailWyatt is a Diplomat of the American Board of Sexology and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, and American Academy of Clinical Sexologists. She has been a NIMH Research Scientist Career Development Awardee for the past 17 years, the first African American woman to be so honored. Her research examines the consensual and abusive sexual relationships of African American and White women and the effects of these experiences on their psychological well-being, and risks for STDs including HIV/AIDS. Recently, she has been principal investigator of several grants on sexual decision-making, risk-taking, adjustment and sexuality in multiethnic populations. Dr. Wyatt has 100 publications in journals and book chapters, and has co-edited or written several books including Stolen Women: Reclaiming our Sexuality; Taking Back Our Lives, published in 1997. She has received numerous awards including the Helen Marguiles Award from the California State Psychological Association, the Dalmas Taylor Award from APA for Leadership, Scholarship and Advocacy, the Carolyn Sherif award for the Psychology of Women of the American Psychological Association, and a Distinguished Research award from the Society for the Study of Ethnicity and Culture of APA. She was the first African American Woman honored for distinguished contributions to research on public policy by the American Psychological Association.

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