Jacky Boivin is Professor of Health Psychology and Chartered Health Psychologist at the Cardiff University School of Psychology. She also leads the Cardiff Fertility Studies Research Group. Her most important contribution to fertility health in the past three decades has been a more rigorous investigation of psychological issues, which has debunked many misconceptions and provoked important changes to the delivery of psychosocial services to people with fertility problems.
Her studies have involved thousands of men, women and children in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Australasia, using surveys, interviews, focus groups and experiments. She has published hundreds of peer-reviewed papers, and used these data to advise government, industry and charities. Her latest projects include development and adaptation of fertility awareness tools, fertility education and planning, and brief coping interventions for people with fertility problems.
Petra Thorn has been working as a family therapist offering infertility counselling for over 25 years. Her main areas of expertise are: psychosocial infertility counselling for individuals and couples; preparation for family building with donor gametes (egg donation, sperm donation, embryo donation etc.); parents who are talking to their children as well as family and friends about the donor conception of their child; supporting couples who have experienced miscarriages, stillbirths; couple and family therapy and training for professionals. Many of her scientific articles are published in German and English and she has written chapters for many books.