Carolyn L. Westhoff Appointed Editor of Contraception

Succeeds founding Editor Daniel R. Mishell

Philadelphia, PA, September 10, 2012 – Carolyn L. Westhoff, MD, MSC, of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, has been named Editor of the journal Contraception: An International Reproductive Health Journal, the Official Journal of the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP) and the Society of Family Planning (SFP). This appointment is effective January 1, 2013. She will succeed Daniel R. Mishell, Jr., MD, who is the Daniel R. Mishell, Jr. endowed Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology of the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Dr. Mishell becamethe founding editor of the journal in 1970 and has served as editor of the journal to the present.

“There have been many changes in this journal as well as the entire field of family planning during the past 42 years," Dr. Mishell says. “The journal has enhanced the growth and recognition of all aspects of family planning, which is now considered a true subspecialty, and the number of articles submitted to Contraception annually has doubled in the past decade. The growth of the journal and its increased status is reflected in the consistent annual increase in Impact Factor. I anticipate the prestige of the journal will continue to increase under Dr. Westhoff."

Dr. Westhoff has been at Columbia University since 1986 and is currently Director of the Division of Family Planning and Preventive Services and of the Family Planning Fellowship in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is also Medical Director of the Family Planning Clinics, which are a joint project of the New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health. She is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Professor of Epidemiology and Population & Family Health at Mailman.

President-Elect of the Society of Family Planning, Dr. Westhoff’s work focuses on improving access to and quality of contraceptive and abortion services through education and research. She has published more than 250 scientific articles and has served as an Associate Editor of Contraception for 19 years. Dr. Westhoff says, “I am deeply honored to follow Dr. Mishell as the Editor of Contraception. Under Dr. Mishell's inspired founding editorship, Contraception has achieved a leading position in advancing the field; I look forward to maintaining the mission of Contraception to publish important scholarly articles and to keep our readers abreast of important issues. My colleagues on the editorial board and at ARHP and SFP will be great partners in this adventure.”

Under Dr. Mishell’s leadership, Contraception has provided a forum for significant research that helped to define and solidify the field of reproductive health and family planning. A milestone during his tenure was the selection of Contraception as the official journal of the two leading family planning societies, the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals and the Society of Family Planning. 

Susan Higginbotham, MEd, Executive Director, Society of Family Planning and SFP Research Fund says, “We are exceptionally grateful for Dr. Mishell’s steadfast vision and hands-on guidance of the journal for more than forty years. There are few candidates with the wisdom and experience necessary to replace him, and Dr. Westhoff is one of the few. She will be an outstanding editor due to the combination of her experience as a clinician, her productivity as an investigator, her long history of service to the journal, and her credibility with key constituents and collaborators. I am excited about working with her in this new role.” 

Wayne C. Shields, President and CEO of the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals says, “On behalf of the staff, Board of Directors, and the thousands of reproductive health professionals represented by ARHP, we thank Dr. Mishell for his four decades of service as founding editor of Contraception. As the journal enters its next chapter, we applaud the appointment of Dr. Westhoff as its new editor. Her decades of experience, her focus on top-quality research and the respect she engenders from all sectors of the field of sexual and reproductive health make her an ideal leader for this illustrious journal.” 

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Notes for editors
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About Contraception
Contraception: An International Reproductive Health Journal is the official journal of the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals and the Society of Family Planning. It provides a medium for the rapid communication of advances and new knowledge in all areas of contraception. Manuscripts are received from researchers and clinicians in the following areas of research: chemistry, biochemistry, physiology, endocrinology, biology, the medical sciences, and demography.

About the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals
The Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP) defines reproductive health in broad terms and recognizes that the best health care is delivered through a team of professionals partnering with an informed patient. The association brings together health care professionals across disciplines and specialties for evidence based training and network building among committed colleagues. ARHP produces accredited, evidence-based programs for health care professionals across a broad range of topics.

About the Society Of Family Planning
The Society of Family Planning (SFP) is an academic society of researchers, clinicians, and educators dedicated to improving sexual and reproductive health. SFP advances science in family planning, including contraception and abortion, by funding research and promoting the expansion and dissemination of family planning knowledge. SFP:

  • Promotes scientifically sound research by funding studies on family planning.
  • Fosters the advancement of clinical care through the development of evidence-based clinical guidelines.
  • Mentors members in research, leadership skills, and career development.
  • Advances the creation of family planning knowledge to inform public policy.
  • Provides a forum for researchers, clinicians, and educators to share research ideas and findings. 

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