Athena Institute's Research Advisory Group

Our distinguished Research Advisory Group provides medical, scientific and ethical advice on Athena Institute's non-commercial activities pursuant to our mission of working to improve the quality of healthcare for women.

Regula E. Burki, M.D., FACOG. - Currently Gynecologist in Bern, Switzerland. Past president of the Utah section of the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists and of the Utah Women Physicians Section of the Utah Medical Association. Co-founder of Life of Purpose?, Substance Abuse Treatment Center for college bound youths. Helped edit Dr. Cutler's book, Hormones and Your Health: A Smart Woman's Guide.

Catherine A. Chambliss, Ph.D. - Professor of Psychology at Ursinus College, PA since 1979, department chair from 1989-2010. Licensed psychologist, mother, and author of four books; has presented and published over 200 papers on issues related to behavioral healthcare. Recipient of Lindback Teaching Award and Laughlin Professional Achievement award.

Martha Drake - (Founding Advisor) Artist, Homemaker. Actively involved in progressive mental health research and programs. Carbondale, Colorado.

Erika Friedmann, Ph.D. - (Founding Advisor) Professor, University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore, MD. Primary teaching areas; Research Methods and Statistics. Adjunct Professor of Public Health in Medicine, Cornell University Weill School of Medicine.

The Reverend Dr. R. Charles Grant - Interim Pastor, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Charlottesville, VA. Previously served as Associate Pastor for Senior Adults and Pastoral Care at the Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church. Earlier was Senior Pastor and Head of Staff, Bon Air Presbyterian Church of Richmond, VA for 16 years. Religious scholar, passionate about social justice, and devoted to the care of all people.

Susan Kersch, Wayne, PA. -- Entrepreneur, Mother, Feminist, Elder in Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, Member: Daughters of the American Revolution, Main Line Chamber of Commerce, and International Furnishing and Design Association.

James S. Kolter, M.D. - Adjunct assistant clinical professor, Temple School of Medicine 7/1/2020.  Physician Director of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Bryn Mawr Hospital 2017 to present. Medical degree and residency training from University of Pennsylvania. Since being in practice, he has specialized in minimally-invasive surgery techniques developing skills in robotic surgery in addition to hysteroscopic procedures.  He enjoys teaching and helping the attending physicians and medical students.

Susan Silverton, M.D., Ph.D., - (Founding Advisor) Professor of Biology, Vice President, Academic Anglophone Affairs, Laurentian University, Ontario Canada

Millicent G. Zacher, M.Ed., D.O., FACOG - (Founding Advisor) Assistant Professor, OB/Gyn, Thomas Jefferson University Medical School, Philadelphia, PA. Helped edit Dr. Cutler's book, Hormones and Your Health: A Smart Woman's Guide.


Athena Institute and Dr. Cutler would like to especially thank former founding research advisors Dr. Norma McCoy, and the late Dr. Elizabeth Genovese for their commitment to the shared mission of working to improve women's healthcare.