Judith Kovach, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist
MPIPP Project Director
Dr. Judith Kovach received her doctorate in psychology from Wayne State University in 1984. Judith has many years of research, advocacy, writing and clinical practice in both the public and private sectors.
Judith is the Project Director of the Michigan Project for Informed Public Policy, an organization whose purpose is to develop collaboration between social science professionals and LGBT advocacy groups to disseminate science-based mental health information to inform public policy affecting Michigan’s LGBT community and their allies while improving the understanding of the impact of stigma and discrimination on Michigan’s LGBTQ citizens and their allies.
Judith’s distinguished career of professional and public service includes her roles at the Michigan Psychological Association; first as its Director of Pubic Affairs (1998-2011) and then as its Executive Director (2001-2011). She also served on the Criminal Justice and Human Service Workgroup of the Michigan Mental Health Commission and was President of the Michigan Mental Health Policy Institute. Dr. Kovach also chaired the Steering Committee of the Michigan Partners for Mental Health Parity. Nationally, she served as a member of the American Psychological Association’s Advisory Committee on Collegial Assistance and was appointed by the Board of Psychology to the Michigan Health Professional Recovery Committee, where she subsequently served as Chair. Dr. Kovach’s professional recognition at the national level includes having received the Evelyn Hooker Distinguished Ally Award by Division 44 (Society for the Psychological Study of LGBT Issues) of the American Psychological Association (APA), APA’s Heiser Award for Advocacy, and the Outstanding Psychologist Award from the APA Division of State Psychological Associations. Judith also received Michigan’s Distinguished Psychologist Award (awarded by the Michigan Psychological Association), and was a founding member of Michigan Women Psychologists, where she served as its second president.
Melissa Grey, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist
MPIPP Project Coordinator
Dr. Grey received her doctorate in psychology from Eastern Michigan University in 2009 and subsequently completed a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical health psychology in 2011.
In addition to her work with MPIPP, Melissa is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Monroe County Community College, where she is active in the Gay Straight Alliance. Melissa has worked in collaboration with college and community LGBTQA organizations and has provided psychotherapy and support groups for LGBTQA individuals in a variety of settings. Dr. Grey is active in the American Psychological Association’s Society for the Psychological Study of LGBT Issues as co-chair of their Public Policy Committee. Dr. Grey is also active in the Michigan Psychological Association. Her knowledge of LGBTQ social science research and her commitment to social justice makes Melissa a real asset to the work of MPIPP.
MPIPP Communications Coordinator
Diana Popp is the Communications Coordinator for MPIPP. Diana is experienced in a variety of organizational communications in government, professional association, and non-profit settings.
Diana brings a wide range of communications experience to MPIPP including communication project management, development of diverse print communications (such as newsletters, fact sheets, brochures, and technical manuals), development of multi-media training programs, and website content development. She has also been the executive producer of training and promotional films.