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Lauri Pasch, Ph.D.

Psychologist

Lauri Pasch is a psychologist at the UCSF Center for Reproductive Health as well as an assistant professor in the UCSF Department of Psychiatry. Pasch specializes in infertility, family building and reproductive health. She has been part of the Center for Reproductive Health team for more than 10 years. Pasch conducts consultations for the center's patients. She also coordinates its stress reduction program, support groups and psychoeducational workshops on topics such as egg donation, adoption and polycystic ovarian syndrome.

Pasch completed her Ph.D. in clinical health psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles and a fellowship in Psychology and Medicine at the UCSF Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute. She specializes in cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy. She has more than 15 years of experience in assisting patients facing the challenges of fertility treatment, pregnancy loss, premature ovarian insufficiency, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and parenting via egg, sperm or embryo donation, as well as surrogacy. Pasch has received certification from Alice Domar in the Mind/Body Program for Infertility.

Pasch is a nationally recognized expert in research addressing the psychological needs of fertility patients. She has published studies on the psychological consequences of infertility treatment, parenting children born from egg and sperm donation, and marital communication. In addition to being a supportive listener, she can share with patients the most current scientific knowledge about any psychological issue associated with infertility or its treatment as well as alternative forms of family building.

Pasch is a member of the Mental Health Professional Group of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine and is currently its scientific director. She speaks nationally on topics such as third-party reproduction and coping with PCOS.

Clinics

Center for Reproductive Health
2356 Sutter St., Seventh Floor
San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: (415) 353-7475
Fax: (415) 353-7744

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday apts. available for patients undergoing treatment

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Martinez SM, Tschann JM, Greenspan LC, Deardorff J, Penilla C, Flores E, Pasch LA, Gregorich SE, Butte NF. Is it time for bed? Short sleep duration increases risk of obesity in Mexican American children. Sleep Med. 2014 Dec; 15(12):1484-9.
  2. Quinn M, Shinkai K, Pasch L, Kuzmich L, Cedars M, Huddleston H. Prevalence of androgenic alopecia in patients with polycystic ovary syndrome and characterization of associated clinical and biochemical features. Fertil Steril. 2014 Apr; 101(4):1129-34.
  3. Martinez SM, Greenspan LC, Butte NF, Gregorich SE, De Groat CL, Deardorff J, Penilla C, Pasch LA, Flores E, Tschann JM. Mother-reported sleep, accelerometer-estimated sleep and weight status in Mexican American children: sleep duration is associated with increased adiposity and risk for overweight/obese status. J Sleep Res. 2014 Jun; 23(3):326-34.
  4. Bleil ME, Bromberger JT, Latham MD, Adler NE, Pasch LA, Gregorich SE, Rosen MP, Cedars MI. Disruptions in ovarian function are related to depression and cardiometabolic risk during premenopause. Menopause. 2013 Jun; 20(6):631-9.
  5. Wang ET, Kao CN, Shinkai K, Pasch L, Cedars MI, Huddleston HG. Phenotypic comparison of Caucasian and Asian women with polycystic ovary syndrome: a cross-sectional study. Fertil Steril. 2013 Jul; 100(1):214-8.
  6. Tschann JM, Gregorich SE, Penilla C, Pasch LA, de Groat CL, Flores E, Deardorff J, Greenspan LC, Butte NF. Parental feeding practices in Mexican American families: initial test of an expanded measure. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2013; 10:6.
  7. Bleil ME, Adler NE, Pasch LA, Sternfeld B, Gregorich SE, Rosen MP, Cedars MI. Depressive symptomatology, psychological stress, and ovarian reserve: a role for psychological factors in ovarian aging? Menopause. 2012 Nov; 19(11):1176-85.
  8. Bleil ME, Adler NE, Pasch LA, Sternfeld B, Gregorich SE, Rosen MP, Cedars MI. Psychological stress and reproductive aging among pre-menopausal women. Hum Reprod. 2012 Sep; 27(9):2720-8.
  9. Pasch LA, Gregorich SE, Katz PK, Millstein SG, Nachtigall RD, Bleil ME, Adler NE. Psychological distress and in vitro fertilization outcome. Fertil Steril. 2012 Aug; 98(2):459-64.
  10. Bleil ME, Pasch LA, Gregorich SE, Millstein SG, Katz PP, Adler NE. Fertility treatment response: is it better to be more optimistic or less pessimistic? Psychosom Med. 2012 Feb-Mar; 74(2):193-9.
  11. Smith JF, Eisenberg ML, Glidden D, Millstein SG, Cedars M, Walsh TJ, Showstack J, Pasch LA, Adler N, Katz PP. Socioeconomic disparities in the use and success of fertility treatments: analysis of data from a prospective cohort in the United States. Fertil Steril. 2011 Jul; 96(1):95-101.
  12. Lamb JD, Johnstone EB, Rousseau JA, Jones CL, Pasch LA, Cedars MI, Huddleston HG. Physical activity in women with polycystic ovary syndrome: prevalence, predictors, and positive health associations. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2011 Apr; 204(4):352.e1-6.
  13. Katz P, Showstack J, Smith JF, Nachtigall RD, Millstein SG, Wing H, Eisenberg ML, Pasch LA, Croughan MS, Adler N. Costs of infertility treatment: results from an 18-month prospective cohort study. Fertil Steril. 2011 Mar 1; 95(3):915-21.
  14. Bleil ME, Adler NE, Pasch LA, Sternfeld B, Reijo-Pera RA, Cedars MI. Adverse childhood experiences and repeat induced abortion. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2011 Feb; 204(2):122.e1-6.
  15. Flores E, Tschann JM, Dimas JM, Pasch LA, de Groat CL. Perceived racial/ethnic discrimination, posttraumatic stress symptoms, and health risk behaviors among Mexican American adolescents. J Couns Psychol. 2010 Jul; 57(3):264-73.
  16. Eisenberg ML, Smith JF, Millstein SG, Nachtigall RD, Adler NE, Pasch LA, Katz PP. Predictors of not pursuing infertility treatment after an infertility diagnosis: examination of a prospective U.S. cohort. Fertil Steril. 2010 Nov; 94(6):2369-71.
  17. Sullivan KT, Pasch LA, Johnson MD, Bradbury TN. Social support, problem solving, and the longitudinal course of newlywed marriage. J Pers Soc Psychol. 2010 Apr; 98(4):631-44.
  18. Smith JF, Eisenberg ML, Millstein SG, Nachtigall RD, Shindel AW, Wing H, Cedars M, Pasch L, Katz PP. The use of complementary and alternative fertility treatment in couples seeking fertility care: data from a prospective cohort in the United States. Fertil Steril. 2010 May 1; 93(7):2169-74.
  19. Smith JF, Walsh TJ, Shindel AW, Turek PJ, Wing H, Pasch L, Katz PP. Sexual, marital, and social impact of a man's perceived infertility diagnosis. J Sex Med. 2009 Sep; 6(9):2505-15.
  20. Hein M, Baumert JH, Roehl AB, Pasch L, Schnoor J, Coburn M, Rossaint R. Xenon alters right ventricular function. Acta Anaesthesiol Scand. 2008 Sep; 52(8):1056-63.

Publications are derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and provided by UCSF Profiles, a service of the Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI) at UCSF. Researchers can make corrections and additions to their publications by logging on to UCSF Profiles.