Linda Davis Applegarth, Ed.D.

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Linda Applegarth

"Cornell's Center for Reproductive Medicine and Infertility is a unique place. We understand how emotionally stressful and painful the infertility experience can be. Our program allows each patient the opportunity to be treated as a whole person. Psychological support is available at every step."

Please call Juliann Sidabutar at (646) 962-3447 or (646) 962-3315 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Dr. Linda Applegarth is the Director of Psychological Services as well as profesional associate at the Center for Reproductive Medicine and Infertility, and is Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychology in both the Department of Psychiatry and Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the New York Presbyterian Hospital - Weill Medical College of Cornell University.

Dr. Applegarth is an experienced counseling psychologist, medical researcher, and educator. With a special focus on the emotional aspects of infertility, she has helped hundreds of individuals and couples to understand and address a broad range of challenges associated with infertility, pregnancy loss, and parenting after infertility.

She earned her B.A. (with distinction) from the University of Kansas, and her Masters and Doctorate in The Program in Counseling Psychology from Boston University. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, North American Society of Psychosocial Obstetrics and Gynecology, American Society for Reproductive Medicine, and the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology among many other professional memberships. She also serves as chairperson of the Board of Directors of National RESOLVE (the National Infertility Association), and is past chair of the Mental Health Professional Group of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Dr. Applegarth has shared her insights with worldwide audiences through articles for leading medical publications, in presentations before medical and patient audiences, and in media interviews.

Please call Juliann Sidabutar at (646) 962-3447 or (646) 962-3315 for more information or to schedule an appointment.



1.   Applegarth L: The effects of short-term feminist training of counselor trainees, In E. Nickerson, O. Espin, R.S. Dorn and S. Curtiss (eds.) Helping Women. University Press of America, Washington, D.C., 1978.

2.   Applegarth L, Berkeley A, Graf M, Davis O, Grifo J and Rosenwaks Z: Embryo cryopreservation prior to cancer therapy: medical, psychological, and ethical issues. Poster. 7th World Congress on In Vitro Fertilization and Assisted Procreation, June 28-July 3, 1991.

3.   Applegarth L: The psychological aspects of infertility. In W. Keye, R.J. Chang, M. Soules, and R. Rebar (eds.) Infertility: Evaluation and Treatment, W.B. Saunders Company, 1994.

4.   Applegarth L, Davis O, and Rosenwaks Z: Infertility Over 35... Serono Symposia, USA. Fall, 1993. Revision: 1996.

5.   Applegarth L: Treatment of human infertility: emotional implications. In E. Adashi, J. Rock, and Z. Rosenwaks Reproductive Endocrinology, Surgery & Technology. Raven Press, December 1995.

6.   Applegarth L, Goldberg N, Cholst I, McGoff N, Fantini D, Zellers N, Black A, & Rosenwaks Z: Families created through ovum donation: a preliminary investigation of obstetrical outcome and psychosocial adjustment. J of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics, Vol. 12, No. 9, 1995
7.   Applegarth L: Ethical issues in infertility nursing practice. In Braverman A(ed): The Role of the Infertility Nurse. Infertility Clinics of North America, Philadelphia: WB Saunders & Co., 1996
8.    Applegarth L: Individual counseling and psychotherpay. In Burns LH and Covington         SN (ed): Infertility Counseling: A Handbook for Clinicians. New York: Parthenon     Press, 1999

9.   Applegarth L:, Kingsberg S: The donor as patient: assessment and support. In Burns LH and Covington SN (ed): Infertility counseling: A handbook for clinicians, New York: Parthenon Press, 1999

10 Applegarth L. Psychosocial effects of infertility and age in women. In Jansen R and Mortimer D.(ed) Towards Reproductive Certainty: fertility & genetics beyond 1999. The Plenary Proceedings of the 11th World Congress on IVF & Human Reproductive Genetics, Parthenon Publishing, Group, Sydney, Australia, 1999.

11. Applegarth L, Kingsberg S, Janata, J. Embryo donation programs and policies in North America: survey results and implications for health and mental health professionals. Fertility & Sterility, Vol. 73, 2, February 2000.

12. Applegarth, L. Guidelines for Psychosocial Consultation and Support of Donor Embryo Recipients. Educational materials provided to RESOLVE, the National Infertility Association, through a U.S. Government Grant, February, 2003.

13. Applegarth, L; Grill E. Psychological Issues in Reproductive Disorders. In Chan P (ed) Reproductive Medicine Secrets. Philadelphia: Hanley & Belfus, Inc., Medical Publishers, (In Press).

14. Applegarth L. The Psychological Aspects of Infertility. In Cedars M (ed) Infertility (Practical Pathways in Obstetrics & Gynecology). New York: McGraw-Hill Professional, (In Press).

15. Applegarth L. The Therapist's Negative Preconceptions about Fertility Treatment. In Rosen A & Rosen J (eds). Psychodynamic Dimensions of Infertility and Assisted Reproduction. Hillsdale, NJ: The Analytic Press, Inc., (In Press).


1.   Applegarth L. The Secret of Infertility. In Family Building Magazine, NationalRESOLVE, Boston, MA, 2002.

2.   Applegarth L, Davis O, Rosenwaks Z. Infertility:Over 35. Norwell, MA: Serono Symposia USA, 1993. Revised 1995.

3.   Applegarth L: Decision-Making: pursuing parenthood in midlife. Insights into Infertility: A Newsletter. Serono Symposia USA, February, 1995.

4.   Applegarth L: Communication: the importance of couples' communication skills in coping with infertility. Conceive Magazine, Vol. 2, No. 3, May/June, 1990.

5.   Applegarth L: The second time around. The Jones Journal, The Howard and Georgeanna Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine, Norfolk, Virginia, Vol. 12, Spring 1990.

6.   Applegarth L: Getting things done through good meeting management. Insights into Infertility: A Newsletter. Serono Symposia, USA. September, 1990.

7.   Applegarth L: Collaboration: the mental health professional as consultant to the IVF nursing staff. Insights into Infertility: A Newsletter. Serono Symposia, USA. September, 1990.

8.   Applegarth L: Coping with the holidays: days of celebration, days of sorrow, days of renewal. The Newsletter of New York Metro Resolve, Inc., 1989.

9.   Applegarth L: The emotional impact of secondary infertility. Parents Exchange Newsletter, The Junior League of Greenwich, CT, February, 1989.

10.   Applegarth L: The importance of peer support. Insights into Infertility: A Newsletter, Serono Symposia, USA. April, 1989.

11.   Applegarth L: Coping with the stress of IVF. The Jones Journal. The Howard and Georgeanna Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine, Norfolk, VA, Vol 3, Winter 1987.

12.   Applegarth L: Secondary infertility. The Newsletter of Northern California RESOLVE, Inc., Vol. 8, No. 1, March, 1986.

13.   Applegarth L: In-vitro fertilization: A long journey. The Newsletter of California RESOLVE, Inc., Vol. 6, No. 3, August, 1984.

Peer Review Activities
Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology

Journal of In-Vitro Fertilization

American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Editorial Board
1989-1994   Insights into Infertility: A Newsletter, Serono Symposia, USA

1992-          Infertility: The Emotional Rollercoaster. Cook, S. and Street, R. (authors) Serono Symposia, USA


1.   Coping and problem-solving in in-vitro fertilization patients: an emotional support group, Unpublished paper presented at the First Annual Conference for IVF Nurse Coordinators, Houston, Texas, March, 1986 and also at the 14th Annual Conference of the American Society of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology, Philadelphia, PA, April, 1986.

2.   Keynote address: The emotional aspects of infertility. Symposium on infertility by Northern California Resolve, Inc. and Serono Symposia, USA. Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, May, 1986.

3.   Workshop: Coping and control: psychosocial issues for IVF patients, The Second Annual Conference for IVF Nurse Coordinators & Support Personnel, Norfolk, Virginia, April, 1987.

4.   Keynote address: The emotional aspects of infertility, Symposium on infertility sponsored by Northern California RESOLVE, Inc., Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, May 1987.

5.   Workshop presentations: The crisis of infertility: stress on the marriage; and, the emotional aspects of IVF and GIFT: coping with the stress. Conference on Alternatives to Family Building. Parents of Tomorrow, March, 1988.

6.   Presentation: Hard choices: the decision to end treatment. The Third Annual Conference for IVF Nurse Coordinators and Support Personnel, Serono Symposia, USA. March, 1988.

7.   Presenter: Clinical symposium on addressing the emotional needs of the caregiver in reproductive medicine. Concurrent session of the 44th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia, October, 1988.

8.   Workshop presentations: Infertility after 40; and, Secondary Infertility, Symposium on infertility sponsored by Serono Symposia, USA and RESOLVE, NYC. The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, April, 1989.

9.   Workshop presentation: Infertility after 40, RESOLVE, Inc. 15th Anniversary Celebration. Sponsored by Serono Symposia, USA, and RESOLVE, Inc., Washington, D.C., October, 1989.

10.   Faculty: Postgraduate Course on Clinical Management of Psychological Issues in Reproductive Health. The 45th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, San Francisco, CA, November, 1989.

11.   Faculty: Psychological support for the IVF patient: the collaborative role of the mental health professional and the IVF nurse; and, counseling the infertile couple. The Fourth Annual Conference of IVF Nurse Coordinators and Support Personnel. Sponsored by Serono Symposia, USA, May, 1990.

12.   Workshop presentations: Pregnancy loss; and, infertility after 40 -- the issues. For infertility: Options for the 90's -- sponsored by RESOLVE, NYC and the Mount Sinai IVF Program, New York, May, 1990.

13.   Faculty: Motherhood and career decisions; and, sexuality, health, and aging. In Changing Times: The Midlife Woman. Conference sponsored by Serono Symposium, USA, June, 1990.

14.   Guest Faculty: Postgraduate Course on Counseling the Infertile Couple. The 46th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, Washington, DC, October, 1990.

15.   Presenter: The psychological aspects of infertility. Program sponsored by N.Y. Life Insurance Company (EAP) and Serono Symposia, USA, November, 1990.

16.   Discussion leader. Psychological issues for the infertile woman over 40. The Pacific Coast Fertility Society, Palm Springs, CA, April, 1991.

17.   Guest Faculty. Postgraduate course on Sexual Dysfunction: Patient Concerns and Practical Strategies. The 47th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Orlando, Florida, October, 1991.

18.   Workshop Presentations: The Psychological Impact of IVF & GIFT and Donor Insemination. For Understanding Impaired Fertility: Intervention & Resolution -1991. Sponsored by NYC RESOLVE, Inc. and the Mt. Sinai IVF Program, May, 1992.

19.   Program Presentations. The Psychological Impact of Infertility and The Psychological Aspects of the Assisted Reproductive Technologies & Gamete Donation. For Concepts in Infertility, 1991, sponsored by the Center for Reproductive Medicine, Wichita, Kansas. August, 1992.

20.   Roundtable Presentations. Oocyte Donation: The Psychological Screening of Donors and Recipients. The 48th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, November, 1991 and November, 1992

21.   Oral Abstract Presentation: Cancer and Infertility-A Supportive Group Experience. Annual Meeting of the American Society of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology, Charleston, South Carolina, March, 1993.

22.   Guest Faculty. Postgraduate Course on ART parents and children: An integration of clinical experience and psychosocial research to counsel the next generation. The 51st annual meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Seattle, Washington. October, 1995.

23.   Faculty. Environmental Impact on Fertility: "Life styles intervention and personal choices"; sponsored by RESOLVE for National Infertility Awareness Week, October, 1995.

23.   Guest Faculty. Infertility and Transitions to Midlife and Infertility - Conference entitled: Infertility & Reproductive Health: Gender Specific Issues and Psychological Interventions. Sponsored by the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR), New York City, November, 1995.

24.   Faculty. "Patient Counseling and Advocacy" Conference entitled: The Ethics of Reproductive Medicine: Responsibilities and Challenges. Sponsored by the University of California, Irvine. Irvine, California, April, 1996.

25.   Poster Presentation. Rate of non-disclosure and disclosure by couples who conceived through ovum donation: issues and implications. LD Applegarth, SS Lee, L Josephs, I Cholst, M Moomjy, Z Rosenwaks. Presented at the 54th annual meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. San Francisco, CA. October, 1998.

26. Invited Speaker. Plenary Session: Psychosocial Effects of Infertility and Age on Women. 11th World Congress on In Vitro Fertilization & Human ReproductiveGenetics. Sydney, Australia, May, 1999.

27. Co-Chair. Postgraduate Course. Infertility Counseling: Survival Skills for the New Millennium. American Society for Reproductive Medicine (Mental Health Professional Group). 56th Annual Meeting, San Diego, California, October 21-22, 2000

28. Invited Speaker. Coping with Multiples: Psychological Impact on Parenting and the Family. Conference entitled: Fetus at Risk VII: Multiple Gestations, Risk, Rewards, and Reality. The Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities, The New York State Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities. Staten Island, N.Y., March 28, 2001.

29. Invited Speaker. How to Enhance Your Practice through Working with Patient Advocacy Organizations (RESOLVE). Regional Conference of Association of Reproductive Managers (ARM). Foxwoods Resort, Connecticut, April 13, 2002

30. Invited Speaker. Psychological Counseling for the Infertile. The first Annual Conference of the Boston Fertility Society. Sponsored by Serono Symposia International. Danvers, Massachusetts, May 4, 2002.

31. Invited Speaker. Anticipating the Future in Reproductive Medicine: Where do we go from here, how far do we go, and how can we be ready? Symposium at The 58th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, Seattle, Washington, October, 2002.

32. Invited Speaker. The Psychological Evaluation of the Infertile Couple Grand Rounds. University of Vermont Medical School. April 15, 2003, Burlington, VT.

32.   Television presentations on various psychological issues related to infertility and reproductive health: NBC Today Show, Fox Television Network , CBS News, etc.