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Research Publications

For more information about our research, contact us or see Joanna Scheib at UC Davis.

Scheib, J.E.& McCormick, E. (2020). Adults from donor-conceived families: Some good news (from a longitudinal study). Fertility & Sterility. doi.org/10.1016/j.fertnstert.2020.06.025

Scheib, J.E. & Benward, J. (2018). Information transfer: From gamete providers and parents to DNA database members? Commentary on McGovern & Schlaff (2018). Fertility & Sterility Dialog.

Ruby, A. (2018). Comment on McGovern & Schlaff (2018). Fertility & Sterility Dialog.

Scheib, J.E., Ruby, A. & Benward, J. (2017). Who requests their sperm donor’s identity? The first ten years of information releases to adults with open-identity donors. Fertility & Sterility, 107, 483-493.

Pasch, L.A., Benward, J., Scheib, J.E. & Woodward, J.T. (2017). Donor-conceived children: The view ahead. Human Reproduction, 32, 1534.

Goldberg, A.E & Scheib, J.E. (2016). Female-partnered women conceiving kinship: Does sharing a sperm donor mean we’re family? Journal of Lesbian Studies, 20, 427-441.

Rueter, M.A., Connor, J.J., Pasch, L., Anderson, K.N., Scheib, J.E., Koener, A.F. & Damario, M. (2016). Sharing information with children conceived using in vitro fertilization: The effect of parents' privacy orientation. Journal of Reproductive & Infant Psychology, 34, 90–102.

Scheib, J.E. & McCormick, E. (2016). Choosing a sperm donor. In A. Goldberg (Ed.) SAGE Encyclopedia of LGBTQ Studies (pp. 1108-1113). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.

Scheib, J.E., Ruby, A. & Lee, S. (2016). Relationships with families who share the same donor. In A. Goldberg (Ed.) SAGE Encyclopedia of LGBTQ Studies (pp. 924-929). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.

Goldberg, A.E. & Scheib, J.E. (2015). Female-partnered and single women’s contact motivations and experiences with donor-linked families. Human Reproduction, 30, 1375-1385.

Goldberg, A.E. & Scheib, J.E. (2015). Why donor insemination and not adoption? Narratives of female-partnered and single mothers. Family Relations, 64, 726–742.

Anderson, K.N., Scheib, J.E., Chen, M., Connor, J.J. & Rueter, M.A. (2015). Fear-based disclosure: Different challenges and motivations across single mothers and same-sex female- and heterosexual-couple parents with sperm donor-conceived children. Fertility & Sterility, 104, e356. 

Scheib, J.E. & Hastings, P.D. (2012). Donor-conceived children raised by lesbian couples: Socialization and development in a new form of planned family. In D. Cutas & S. Chan (Eds.) Families - Beyond the Nuclear Ideal (pp. 64-83). London, UK: Bloomsbury Academic Series, Science, Ethics and Innovation.

Scheib, J.E. Hastings, P.D. (2010). Lesbian mothers and their donor-conceived children: Family processes, child development and long-term outcomes. In D. Funcke & P. Thorn (Eds.) Die Gleichgeschlechtliche Familie mit Kindern: Interdisziplinäre Beiträge zu einer neuen Lebensform (Same-Sex Families: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, pp. 285-318). Bielefeld, Germany: Transcript Verlag.

Ravitsky, V. & Scheib, J.E. (2010). Donor-conceived individuals' right to know. Hastings Center Bioethics Forum, 40 (4).

Scheib, J.E. & Ruby, A. (2009). Beyond consanguinity risk: Developing donor birth limits that consider psychosocial risk factors. Fertility & Sterility, 91, e12.

Scheib, J.E., Ruby, A. & Benward, J. (2008). Who requests their sperm donor’s identity? Analysis of donor-conceived adult requests at an open-identity program. Fertility & Sterility, 90 (s.1), S8-9. Prize paper.

Scheib, J.E. & Ruby, A. (2008). Contact among families who share the same sperm donor. Fertility & Sterility, 90, 33-43.

Shehab, D., Duff, J., Pasch, L.A., Mac Dougall, K., Scheib, J.E. & Nachtigall, R.D. (2008). How parents whose children have been conceived with donor gametes make their disclosure decision: Contexts, influences, and couple dynamics. Fertility & Sterility, 29, 179-187.

Mac Dougall, K., Becker, G., Scheib, J.E. & Nachtigall R.D. (2007). Strategies for disclosure: How parents approach telling their children that they were conceived with donor gametes. Fertility & Sterility, 87, 524-533.

Scheib, J.E. & Cushing, R.A. (2007). Open-identity donor insemination in the United States: Is it on the rise? Fertility & Sterility, 88, 231-232.

Fulcher, M., Sutfin, E.L., Chan, R.W., Scheib, J.E. & Patterson, C.J. (2006). Lesbian mothers and their children: Findings from the Contemporary Families Study. In A. Omoto & H. Kurtzman (Eds.) Sexual Orientation and Mental Health: Examining Identity and Development in Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual People (pp. 281-299). Washington, DC: APA.

Scheib, J.E. & Ruby, A. (2006). Impact of sperm donor information on parents and children. Sexuality, Reproduction & Menopause, 4, 17-19.

Scheib, J.E., Riordan, M. & Rubin, S. (2005). Adolescents with open-identity sperm donors: Reports from 12-17 year olds. Human Reproduction, 20, 239-252.

Scheib, J.E. (2004). Experiences of youth and sperm donors in an open-identity program. In Psychology/Counselling Nursing, pre-congress course publication for the 19th annual meeting of the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology, Berlin, Germany, pp. 22-25.

Scheib, J.E., Riordan, M. & Rubin, S. (2003). Choosing identity-release® sperm donors: The parents' perspective 13-18 years later. Human Reproduction, 18, 1115-1127.

Braverman, A.M, Benward, J.M. & Scheib, J.E. (2002). Views and practices about record keeping and dissemination in donor conception. Fertility & Sterility, 78 (s.1), S29-30.

Fulcher, M., Chan, R.W., Raboy, B. & Patterson, C.J. (2002). Contact with grandparents among children conceived through donor insemination by lesbian and heterosexual mothers. Parenting: Science and Practice, 2, 61-76.

Scheib, J.E., Riordan, M. & Shaver, P.R. (2000). Choosing between anonymous and identity-release® sperm donors: Recipient and donor characteristics. Reproductive Technologies (now Reproductive BioMedicine Online), 10, 50-58.

Scheib, J.E., Steele, A.C., Shaver, P.R. & Riordan, M. (2000). Why leave a donor insemination program before conceiving? Fertility & Sterility, 74 (s.1), S190.

Chan, R.W., Raboy, B. & Patterson, C.J. (1998). Psychosocial adjustment among children conceived via donor insemination by lesbian and heterosexual mothers. Child Development, 69, 443-457.

Chan, R.W., Brooks, R.C., Raboy, B. & Patterson, C.J. (1998). Division of labor among lesbian and heterosexual parents: Associations with children's adjustment. Journal of Family Psychology, 12, 402-419.

Emond, M. & Scheib, J.E. (1998). Why not donate sperm? A study of potential donors. Evolution & Human Behavior, 19, 313-319.

Scheib, J.E. (1997). Female choice in the context of donor insemination. In P.A. Gowaty (Ed.) Feminism & Evolutionary Biology: Boundaries, Intersections and Frontiers (pp. 489-504). New York: Chapman & Hall.

Scheib, J.E.., Kristiansen, A. & Wara, A. (1997). A Norwegian note on sperm donor selection and the psychology of female mate choice. Evolution & Human Behavior, 18, 143-149.

Scheib, J.E. (1994). Sperm donor selection and the psychology of female mate choice. Ethology & Sociobiology (now Evolution & Human Behavior), 15, 113-129.

Raboy, B. (1993). Secrecy and openness in donor insemination: A new paradigm. Politics & The Life Sciences, 12, 191-192.

Raboy, B.L., Levine, E. & Gore, B.Z. (1986). A community-based sperm bank and donor insemination program: A three year study. American Fertility Society (program supplement), 61.