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“We have begun investigating ways to understand and end inequalities in research and treatment, and to better meet the needs of women. The Women and PD Initiative is a first step toward connecting the power of our vision, energy and resolve.”
Robin Morgan, committee member, Women & PD Conference

Karen Smith

“We are launching the PDF Women and PD Conference so women have the chance to come together with others who are traveling the same path. Our hope is for each woman to leave with a new cache of life-enhancing skills that she can share with women in her own community.”
Karen Smith, committee member, Women & PDVice Chair, PDF People with Parkinson’s Advisory Council

Leadership & Faculty

The PDF Women and PD Initiative is grateful for the following volunteer leaders, faculty and sponsors.

Committee Members

Lori Katz
PDF Research Advocate, founder of Pennsylvania's first all-women's PD support group, Cherry Hill, NJ

Susan Foster, R.N., B.S.N., M.A.
PDF Research Advocate, professional with 25 years of experience in clinical research, training and marketing in the pharmaceutical industry, Sunnyvale, CA

Robin Morgan
PDF Research Advocate, award-winning poet, feminist activist, best-selling author of more than 20 books, New York, NY

Karen Smith
Vice Chair, PDF People with Parkinson's Advisory Council, former quality control specialist, Bristol Myers Squibb Pharmaceutical Company, Evansville, IN


Roseanne D. Dobkin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

Becky G. Farley, P.T., M.S., Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer, Founder, Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery (PWR!), Tucson, AZ

Rebecca Gilbert, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Neurology, Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Center, NYU School of Medicine, New York, NY

Sheila Silver, M.A., D.H.S., A.C.S.
Clinical Sexologist, Portland, OR

Alison Willis, M.D., M.S.
Assistant Professor of Neurology, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Sponsors and Supporters

PDF's Women and PD Conference has been made possible with support from Eugenia Brin, The Katz Institute for Women’s Health of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, The New York Women’s Foundation and Alice Siegel.