Dr. Claudia Pascale is a psychologist specializing in counseling for those with reproductive mental health and infertility needs. She started her career working with cancer patients at Rockville Center Medical Center in assisting them in coping with their diagnosis. After completing her PhD she worked in the neuropsychology department at Flanders Rehabilitation Center working with severely injured patients and their families. This was followed by a position as a staff psychologist at RWJ Rehabilitation Center in Edison, NJ. Once her family building was completed, Dr. Pascale joined the staff of The Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Science at Saint Barnabas in Livingston NJ as the Director of Psychological and Support Services. She served in that position for the past 20 years. Currently, she maintains a private practice and consulting service in Montclair, NJ.
Dr. Pascale received her Bachelor’s degree from Assumption College in Worcester Massachusetts, her M.Ed in Counseling from Antioch, New England and her PhD from Fordham University in NY.
“I have known and admired the work of LIG for many years and am thrilled to be a part of this experience. I find them to be a unique group in that they address many needs of a community, not just one, by utilizing many talents of their multiple aged members.”
Dr. Pascale is an active volunteer member of the Mental Health Professional Group of ASRM, The American Society of Reproductive Medicine and the Society of Assisted Reproductive Technologies and the New Jersey Psychological Association. Most recently, she, along with another psychologist, developed a pro bono counseling service (Help for the Helpers) to administer psychological first aid for the Saint Barnabas healthcare workers during Covid-19. In 2005 she traveled with a group of volunteers to Louisiana to assist in the relief efforts after Katrina providing crisis intervention and counseling. She learned of LIG through her work with the physicians of IRMS.
As a "newbie" to this group, I hope to be able to contribute by identifying and developing programs and efforts that will improve the mental well-being of the communities served.