Laura Covington, PhD, LICSW

Laura CovingtonAs a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in DC, MD, VA, and PA, Dr. Covington has experience providing assessments and counseling with individuals, families, and groups in a variety of settings. She has a special interest in reproductive health and reproductive traumas, with a focus on the military and combat-related injuries that impair fertility. Dr. Covington provides counseling to individuals, couples and groups, where she offers an safe environment to discuss issues around developing strategies for stress and coping during fertility treatment, grief and loss related to reproductive health, disclosure around third party reproduction, decisions around ways to grow a family, and all facets of assisted reproduction. She also collaborated with the National Institute of Health (NIH) researching patients’ current medical and psychosocial needs around Primary Ovarian Insufficiency (POI). Dr. Covington recently authored the chapter “Psychological Aspects of Infertility Post-War Injury” in Intimacy after Injury: Combat Trauma and Sexual Health edited by Elspeth Ritchie and co-authored the chapter, “Counseling Known Participants in Third-Party Reproduction” in Fertility Counseling: Clinical Guide and Case Studies, edited by Sharon Covington. Dr. Covington received her Master of Social Work (MSW) from Boston College in 2007 and her PhD from Bryn Mawr College, Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research in 2018. Her dissertation topic was on the biopsychosocial recovery of military-related injuries that impair fertility and subsequent views on family development, and she will continue her research at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. She is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) Mental Health Professional Group (MHPG) and is a member of RESOLVE. Dr. Covington can be contacted directly by phone (202-412-8022) or email ( She sees patients virtually who are located in Maryland, DC, Virginia and Pennsylvania.