Lauri Pasch, PhD

Psychologist

Lauri Pasch is a psychologist at the UCSF Center for Reproductive Health as well as an associate 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 at Mission Bay
499 Illinois St., Sixth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
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

Center for Reproductive Health at Mount Zion
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

PCOS Clinic
499 Illinois St.
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 885-3674
Fax: (415) 353-7744

Hours: Two Thursdays a month
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Academic Title

Associate Professor

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Greenwood EA, Pasch LA, Cedars MI, Legro RS, Eisenberg E, Huddleston HG. Insulin resistance is associated with depression risk in polycystic ovary syndrome. Fertil Steril. 2018 Jun 13.
  2. Greenwood EA, Pasch LA, Hastie J, Cedars MI, Huddleston HG. To freeze or not to freeze: decision regret and satisfaction following elective oocyte cryopreservation. Fertil Steril. 2018 May 25.
  3. Pasch LA, Benward J, Scheib JE, Woodward JT. Donor-conceived children: the view ahead. Hum Reprod. 2017 Jul 01; 32(7):1534.

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