Sheryl A Kingsberg, PhD 2017-2018 NAMS President
Dr. Kingsberg is a clinical psychologist and a renowned sexual health expert. She is Chief of Behavioral Medicine at MacDonald Women's Hospital/University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center and Professor of Reproductive Biology and Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University. In addition to menopause, her areas of clinical specialization include sexual medicine, infertility, and pregnancy and postpartum mood disorders.
Dr. Kingsberg received her PhD from the University of South Florida in Tampa and completed her fellowship in sexual medicine at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. “I went into clinical psychology with a focus on behavioral medicine because I was interested in addressing the psychological correlates and consequences of physical health and illness,” says Dr. Kingsberg. “I was lucky enough to be able to combine this interest with my other clinical and research interests of female sexuality. That left me with only one logical place to work—a behavioral medicine division in an academic ob/gyn department.”
Dr. Kingsberg's primary research interests are in treatments for female sexual disorders and the psychological aspects of infertility and menopause. She has been the principal investigator for multiple clinical trials of treatments for female sexual disorders. She has published more than 60 articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Menopause, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the Journal of Sexual Medicine, among many others, and is former associate editor for the Journal of Sexual Medicine and current associate editor for Sexual Medicine Reviews. She has authored numerous chapters on topics including perimenopause and sexuality, oocyte donation, infertility and aging, the treatment of psychogenic erectile dysfunction, and sexuality after cancer.
Dr. Kingsberg has participated in US and international consensus conferences, including the recent 5th International Consensus Conference on Sexual Medicine, where she co-chaired the committee on Female Sexual Desire, Arousal, and Orgasm. She moderated the NAMS/International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health (ISSWSH) Consensus Conference on genitourinary syndrome of menopause and is a past president of ISSWSH, founding chair of the Sexuality Special Interest Group of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, Faculty Advisor for Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health, a member of the Academy of Women's Health, and appointed member of Planned Parenthood's Federation of National Medical Committee.
“Sheryl Kingsberg's ascendancy to the Presidency of NAMS delights me for two reasons,” says Dr. Wulf Utian. “Years ago I brought her into the division of behavioral medicine in my department at University Hospitals as a young, recent graduate. She reaffirms my philosophy of encouraging young and developing professionals to become active in NAMS. Second, Sheryl is a clinical psychologist, and as NAMS President, she maintains the Society's policy of encouraging diversity of areas of science to encompass the entire subject of menopause. I am certain Sheryl will make a significant contribution to our wonderful organization.”
“I joined the faculty at Case when I was barely 30 years old and was fortunate to have Dr. Utian, the founder of NAMS, as my first chairman,” says Dr. Kingsberg. “He took a chance on a young enthusiastic psychologist who wanted to bring sexual medicine to the forefront of women's health, so no surprise that this newly minted clinical psychologist became interested in treating and researching this unfamiliar population group called postmenopausal women. I was in the 30- to 35-year-old demographic and assumed I would be there forever.