Please consider submitting your work to this interdisciplinary conference on menstrual and reproductive health!

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Proposal Submission Details and General Guidelines 

Traversing the Ridge: Connecting Menstrual Research and Advocacy

23rd Biennial Conference of the  

Society for Menstrual Cycle Research 

June 6 – 8, 2019

Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA 


“Many of the spectacular mountains in the beautiful Colorado Rockies range are linked by high traverses. These will provide the backdrop and inspiration for SMCR’s next conference, which will focus on enabling scholarly and advocacy-based menstrual health and justice work to mutually inform one another.”

–Tomi-Ann Roberts, SMCR President and 2019 Conference Chair

 With the theme of high traverses we embrace an interdisciplinary, feminist approach to research and advocacy as we bring together our efforts to improve menstrual and reproductive health and justice as they relate to overall well-being.

To highlight current research, advocacy, and to identify future work to be done, our 2019 conference welcomes participation from:

  • researchers 

  • scholars and academics  

  • health care professionals and clinicians  

  • public policy advocates 

  • NGOs and international agencies 

  • public health and school educators  

  • writers  

  • students

  • artists

  • advocates

  • activists

  • others interested in the menstrual cycle, reproductive and women’s health


    Breakout Sessions: Please consider submitting proposals for presentations that relate to one or more of these topics. However, if your work addresses another topic, don’t hesitate to submit a proposal to present that work. There are opportunities that will showcase the expansive nature of the SMCR scholarship, advocacy, and reach. 

    Below are some suggestions that you might consider as you frame your submission, but this is by no means an exhaustive list:

  • Evidence-based policy work

  • Menarcheal, menstrual, and menopausal activism and research on activism

  • Menarche-, menstruation-, and menopause-related health, illness, function, dysfunction, and well-being (such as ovulation, fertility, endometriosis, reproductive cancers, PCOS, perinatal period)

  • Menstrual and reproductive health across locations both global and local

  • Menstrual and reproductive health needs of underserved populations

  • Menstrual and reproductive health education

  • Menstruation and economics/capitalism

  • Menstrual resistance, art, and aesthetics

  • Critiquing, challenging misinformation on the menstrual cycle and reproductive wellness

  • Translation of research and advocacy or activism

  • Broadening of reproductive health and justice

  • Differing types of advocacy such as education, law, politics, writing, and public presence

    This year we aim to feature a variety of presentation formats for a conference that reflects the great diversity of menstrual cycle work in the research, teaching, advocacy, activism, and artistic arenas:

  1. Paper proposals: are for individual oral presentations for discussion that will be grouped thematically in sessions as space allows.

  2. Panel/symposium proposals: are theme-based oral sessions lasting approximately one hour and a half, consisting of three to four papers. We encourage submissions of organized panels complete with theme/topic, paper presenters, and order of the talks; please include a chair and optional discussant.

  3. Poster presentations: are formats that allow for extended discussion of the presentation with the author(s).

  4. Workshops: are intended as training and/or information sessions. Submissions should include the workshop title, the problem or expertise addressed, an outline of the proposed content, any specific “take-aways” participants should expect, and the time allotment desired.

  5. Roundtables: are discussions that focus on a specific topic or theme that could include, but are not limited to, debates on syllabi, jobs and the market, different types of advocacy, vulnerable populations, or issues of translation. This style works best for open discussion and should include audience participation, as well.

  6. Education Curricula/Activities: If you have implemented a successful menstrual education curriculum or activity, we hope you will share it with others. Please consider sending your curriculum/activity for posting on the SMCR website along with an informational cover sheet. 

    Abstracts should be submitted through Google forms at: by January 7th, 2019. Posters will be accepted on a rolling basis until March 1st, 2019. Personally identifying information will be removed from submission before review.   

Further information on the conference can be found on our website:

We have made affordability a priority and will be providing lower costs for registration and housing for those with limited means. We look forward to seeing you in June 2019!


Jessica L. Barnack-Tavlaris, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor

Department of Psychology
The College of New Jersey
Social Science Bldg, Room 107
P.O. Box 7718
Ewing, NJ 08628-0718
Office Phone 609-771-2439

Pronouns: she / her / hers
Secretary, the Society for Menstrual Cycle ResearchBook/Media Review Editor, Women’s Reproductive HealthMembership Coordinator, Association for Women in Psychology

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Job Description

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH/”the Department”) is dedicated to promoting health equity. One component of this work is to ensure that all New Yorkers of reproductive age, including teens, have the necessary information and resources to make informed decisions around sexual and reproductive health and to act on those decisions.
In order to achieve these goals, the DOHMH seeks to utilize a Sexual and Reproductive Justice framework that prioritizes individual choice and bodily autonomy within the contexts of historical events, lived experiences, sexualities, and social conditions. The Department’s Division of Family and Child Health, Bureau of Maternal, Infant and Reproductive Health (BMIRH) has a multi-faceted approach to sexual and reproductive health and justice which includes: community engagement, public awareness, development and implementation of best clinical practices and learning collaborative, ongoing surveillance of sexual and reproductive health indicators and policy change with a focus on assuring that all people, regardless of financial circumstances, gender or sexual orientation can access high quality, culturally-sensitive sexual and reproductive health education and services.

Duties Will Include But Not Be Limited To

  • Coordinate Community Engagement meetings, update calls, and workgroup meetings/calls. This includes, but not limited to: preparing agendas, minutes, scheduling, securing and setting up space for meeting and scheduling conference calls.

  • Assist with development of community engagement and other strategies to address racial and other sexual and reproductive health disparities.

  • Establish and maintain relationships with community partners including outreach, recruitment and orientation for various projects, managing Speaker's Bureau, working groups and ad hoc committees. This includes: 1) Conducting a needs assessment to assess community organizations' needs and challenges to participating in various meetings and works groups and 2)Developing and implementing strategies to improve participation in various groups.

  • Coordinate, plan, develop and implement health education programs and public awareness materials to promote Sexual and Reproductive Justice and Health. These duties will include working with a consultant to develop training and conference materials, conducting literature reviews, coordination of internal and external reviews, present content and group activities for community members and health providers. Develop survey tool to assess change in knowledge on subject area.

  • Assist with implementation of monitoring and evaluation activities including compiling and inputting survey data from activities across community projects (inc SRJ contractors, CEG).

  • Prepare work scopes, purchase orders, reviewing invoices, searching viable consultants and speakers, and other budget and services related activities.

  • Develop, generate and respond to emails, letters, reports and other internal and external communications for the above responsibilities (includes CEG, SRJ contractors, Hootboard).

  • Prepare project summary reports for the above responsibilities.

  • Supervise and recruit interns and consultants as needed.

  • Work across projects as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

Minimum Qual Requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and two years of full-time satisfactory experience in: (a) developing public health education programs, including identifying target populations, conducting needs assessments, designing educational materials, planning educational presentations or workshops, and evaluating health education programs; (b) presenting public health education programs; and/or (c) counseling in areas such as communicable diseases, substance abuse, assault, sexual abuse, and/or family planning; or

  • A master’s degree from an accredited college or university in one of the following areas: public health education, education, public/community health administration, public administration or business administration and one year of full-time satisfactory experience as described in "1" above.

For Assignment Level II
In addition to meeting the "Qualification Requirements" above, to be assigned to Assignment Level II, candidates must have two additional years of full-time
satisfactory experience, for a total of four years of experience for candidates with a baccalaureate degree, and two years for candidates with a master's degree.
For Assignment Level III
In addition to meeting the "Qualification Requirements" above, to be assigned to Assignment Level III, candidates must have three additional years of full-time satisfactory experience as described above, for a total of five years of experience for
candidates with a baccalaureate degree, and three years for candidates with a master's degree; at least one year of which, in either case, must have been in a
supervisory or administrative capacity.

Preferred Skills

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access;

  • Excellent analytical, interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills including the ability to write correspondence;

  • Experience working with confidential records;

  • Ability to handle multiple and diverse assignments efficiently;

  • Knowledge of sexual reproductive health;

  • Ability to work on teams and independently;

  • Experience working with Community-Based Organizations, Health Professionals and Governmental agencies;

  • Familiarity with community mobilization strategies and maternal and child health coalitions and community-based organizations (national and local);

  • Familiarity with the Sexual and Reproductive Justice framework and its implementation.

Additional Information


Please note: If you are called for an interview you will be required to bring to your interview copies of original documentation, such as:

  • A document that establishes identity for employment eligibility, such as: A Valid U.S. Passport, Permanent Resident Card/Green Card, or Driver’s license.

  • Proof of Education according to the education requirements of the civil service title.

  • Current Resume

  • Proof of Address/NYC Residency dated within the last 60 days, such as: Recent Utility Bill (i.e. Telephone, Cable, Mobile Phone)

Additional documentation may be required to evaluate your qualification as outlined in this posting’s “Minimum Qualification Requirements” section. Examples of additional documentation may be, but not limited to: college transcript, experience verification or professional trade licenses.
If after your interview you are the selected candidate you will be contacted to schedule an on-boarding appointment. By the time of this appointment you will be asked to produce the originals of the above documents along with your original Social Security card.


The federal government provides student loan forgiveness through its Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF) to all qualifying public service employees. Working with the DOHMH qualifies you as a public service employee and you may be able to take advantage of this program while working full-time and meeting the program’s other requirements.
Please visit the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program site to view the eligibility requirements:
To Apply
Apply online with a cover letter to In the Job ID search bar, enter: job ID number # 348463.
We appreciate the interest and thank all applicants who apply, but only those candidates under consideration will be contacted.
The NYC Health Department is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse and culturally responsive workforce. We strongly encourage people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, women, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender and gender non-conforming persons to apply.
All applicants will be considered without regard to actual or perceived race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, age, prior record of arrest; or any other basis prohibited by law.
Residency Requirement
New York City residency is generally required within 90 days of appointment. However, City Employees in certain titles who have worked for the City for 2 continuous years may also be eligible to reside in Nassau, Suffolk, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, or Orange County. To determine if the residency requirement applies to you, please discuss with the agency representative at the time of interview.

  • Job ID:* 348463

  • # of Positions:* 1

  • Business Title:* Sexual and Reproductive Health Specialist, Bureau of Maternal, Infant and Reproductive Health

  • Civil Service Title:* PUBLIC HEALTH EDUCATOR

  • Title Classification:* Competitive

  • Job Category:* Health

  • Career Level:* Experienced (non-manager)

  • Work Location:* 42-09 28th Street

  • Division/Work Unit:* Maternal, Infant, & Repr. Hlth

  • Title Code No:* 5111002

  • Level:* 02

  • Proposed Salary Range:* $ 57,002.00 - $ 64,800.00 (Annual)

  • POSTING DATE:* 06/12/2018

  • POST UNTIL:* 10/10/2018

Seniority Level

Entry level


  • Nonprofit Organization Management

  • Government Administration

  • Hospital & Health Care

Employment Type


Job Functions

  • Health Care Provider

Job Posting: Maternal Health Advocate - The Institute for Family health - Deadline October 12th

Maternal Health Advocate

Locations: 16th St, Harlem, Stevenson & Urban, Kingston

Administrative Supervisor: Centering and Perinatal Care Coordinator

Clinical Supervisor: Maternity Coordinator by Site

Position Summary:

The Institute for Family health is committed to providing high-quality patient centered care to all. At the

Institute's clinics pregnant women are offered a team of social workers, nurses, and providers that help

women to navigate the complex health system in order to have healthy pregnancies and healthy babies.

The Maternal Health Advocate will be responsible for coordinating the logistics of prenatal care for our

patients, leading our CenteringPregnancy program, and developing individual relationships with

patients. Through these roles, the Maternal Health Advocate will contribute to ensuring quality of

patient care in prenatal and postpartum services.

Specific Responsibilities and Activities:

• Independently manages the Centering Pregnancy program including:

- Planning, scheduling, organizing, and facilitating CenteringPregnancy

- Recruiting prenatal patients and outreach for CenteringPregnancy

- Resource management and evaluation

• Providing individual counseling and education to patients at their appointment regarding

prenatal health, birth, contraception and newborn care

• Connecting prenatal patients to vital programs, social services and community organizations

• Tracking prenatal patients to ensure completion of appointments and referral appointments

• Outreaching to patients for appointments and referral appointments

• Outreaching to patients after delivery to schedule newborn and postpartum visits

• Updating the prenatal information log and patient lists

• Updating the postpartum registry and delivery information for patient

• Monitoring prenatal referrals to ensure that they are completed promptly and appropriately

Experience or skills preferred:

• Ability and desire to work in maternal and child health

• Good public speaking and facilitation skills- will be expected to co-facilitate groups

• Ability to integrate into a fast-paced work environment

• Ability to work independently on tasks, take initiative, and be self-motivated

• Capacity to work collaboratively and communicate frequently with other team members

• Exceptional time management and organization skills

• Spanish skills strongly preferred

• Good computer skills (MS Word and Excel)

M/Other Voices September 2016 now out

In our September column we are pleased to present Conversation Four Ways, a contribution by  Sheilah Wilson an artist born and raised in Caribou River, Nova Scotia. Her recent work investigates the possibility of history and identity as fictionalized states of becoming. Wilson received her MFA from Goldsmiths College and a BFA from NSCAD University. She is Associate Professor Photography at Denison University, Granville, Ohio, a mother and an artist in residence at Headlands Center for the Arts.  The artists participating in Conversation Four Ways are Sheilah Wilson(SW), Dana Hoey (DH), Leeza Meksin (LM) and Carmen Winant (CW).

You can read here Conversation Four Ways.

Through these columns m/other voices wishes to open up a space of resonance for the expansion and sharing of the diverse practices and strategies that we adapt, invent, appropriate and encounter in our daily working lives as m/others, thinkers and producers. Topics for reflection may for example include issues reflected also through the m/other voices Field Trips where questions related to how we perform and negotiate the two identities of m/other - producer are investigated through presentations, discussions and the making of new work. Moving between philosophy, theory and the everyday life, the space of the column is open for your stories. For queries on submitting contributions please send an email to

The Lancet: Focus on Maternal Health 2016


In case not seen, the Lancet maternal health Series 2016

The latest evidence and discussion on global maternal health.

‘Every women, every newborn, everywhere has the right to good quality care. This is the guiding message of the 2016 Lancet Maternal Health Series.’

‘The Series shines a light on the causes, trends, and prospects for maternal health in the current era of rapid demographic, epidemiological, and socioeconomic transition. It analyses experiences of the past 25 years, and exposes the growing threat to progress caused by poor quality care and inequity of access.

Since 1990, the gap between the group of countries with the highest level of maternal mortality and the group with the lowest has doubled in size. In high- and middle-income countries, and in better-off groups in low-income countries, there is a growing risk of over-medicalisation of normal pregnancy and birth, with the routine use of interventions unsupported by evidence. Facility-based births continue to rise, but maternity care that is too much, too soon may cause harm, raise health costs, and contribute to a culture of disrespect and abuse.

At the same time, poor quality care that is too little, too late jeopardizes the health of women and their newborn babies, whether in sparsely-populated rural areas, dense urban centres, or in settings marked by environmental or political fragility. Furthermore, despite the increases in maternity care coverage in the past 25 years, an estimated quarter of pregnant women still do not access skilled care at birth.’

Read more

Executive Summary

Full Series :

Attached is the social media tool kit to share the messages widely.

Best regards,


Olive Cocoman

Coordinator, Every Newborn Partnership

Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health

World Health Organization

20, Avenue Appia CH-1211 Geneva 27


Tel: +41 22791 2684

Skype: ococoman

E-mail: | Web:


Hate, Shame, Lust, and Envy in Contemporary Psychoanalysis

Please look closely at this phenomenal lineup of speakers!

Andrea Celenza, Rosemary Balsam, Carol Gilligan, Adrienne Harris

Attached is the flyer for this year's Colloquium series at the Wm. Alanson White Institute, entitled "Hate, Shame, Lust, and Envy in Contemporary Psychoanalysis".  You can also find more information and register for these free events at All events take place at the Institute, 20 West 74th Street, between CPW and Columbus.

The first talk is next week (information below). Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 8:00 pm

  • Presidential Address
  • Hidden Narratives: Sally J. Freedman and the Experience of Family Trauma
  • Speaker: Nancy Nereo, PhD
  • Discussant: Adrienne Harris, PhD

Judy Blume is the author of numerous popular books for children, adolescents and adults. This talk will consider Blume's most autobiographical book, Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself, a poignant exploration of the psychological experiences of a young Jewish girl in America during the immediate aftermath of World War II. In particular, we will examine the expression of intergenerational transmission of trauma that occurs within Sally's family. The discussion will be further supported by relevant clinical material that illustrates these processes in adult patients with a history of significant family trauma.

Nancy Nereo, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst in New York City and the President of the William Alanson White Society.  She is an Associate Adjunct Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, an Associate Editor for Contemporary Psychoanalysis, and has held positions on the Executive Committee of the Women's Mental Health Consortium.  Dr. Nereo is in private practice on the Upper West Side in Manhattan, where she sees adolescents and adults.

Adrienne Harris, Ph.D. is Faculty and Supervisor at New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. She is a supervisor and on the faculty at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California, and is a member and Training Analyst in the IPA. She is an Editor at Psychoanalytic Dialogues and Studies In Gender and Sexuality. In 2009, along with Lewis Aron and Jeremy Safron, she established the Sandor Ferenczi Center at The New School of New York. She is a co-editor of the book series Relational Perspectives in Psychoanalysis, a series now with over 60 published volumes, along with Lewis Aron, Eyal Rozmaren and Steven Kuchuck.  Dr. Harris has written on topics in gender and development, analytic subjectivity and self-care, primitive states, and the analytic community in the shadow of the First World War.  Her current work is on analytic subjectivity, on intersectional models of gender and sexuality, and on ghosts.

Call for Proposals: 2017 Association for Women in Psychology Conference

We are delighted to announce the 2017 meeting of the Association for Women in Psychology to be held at the Downtown Hyatt Regency in Milwaukee, WI, March 2-5, 2017. We welcome submissions on any theme related to the fields of Psychology of Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies, and we especially welcome presentations devoted to the conference theme: What Color is Your Collar?  Privilege, Power, and Social Class.  Proposals for the conference may be submitted anytime between September 1 and November 1, 2016. Please see the attached call for proposals and submission guidelines.


Christine Smith & Crystal Hendrick, Conference Co-chairs 






Christine Smith, PhD

Department of Human Development/Psychology

Chair, Women's and Gender Studies

University of Wisconsin, Green Bay

Green Bay, WI54311

(920) 465-5124






We are pleased to invite you and your institution to participate in the OXFORD WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP SYMPOSIUM at Somerville College, Oxford, UK

The  Fall Symposium is scheduled for 7, 8 & 9 December 2016.

You are invited to present a paper on an aspect of Women's Studies, or you may wish to attend as an observer or panel member.

Papers presented at the meeting will be subsequently peer-reviewed by external readers for possible inclusion in Symposium Books or sponsored academic journals.

The Symposium is interdisciplinary in nature and seeks to cover a broad reach of women's leadership issues in both the public and private sectors. The expectation is that much of the discourse will be concerned with cultural, religious, social, and economic conditions of women and the initiatives that may be most effective in the remediation of the various forms of gender discrimination. See our website for suggestions on topics and other information.


Lydia Allen

Symposium Coordinator

Oxford Women’s Leadership Symposium