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Keynote Speakers

Friday, July 13, 2018

Lucy Puryear, M.D.
Friday 8:15 – 9:15 am
Rejuvenation & Resilience Through Connection: Creating a Network of Support & Healing

Lucy J. Puryear, MD, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Menninger Department of Psychiatry, is board certified in psychiatry. Dr. Puryear holds the Maureen Hackett Endowed Chair for Reproductive Psychiatry. She serves as the Medical Director of The Women’s Place: Center for Reproductive Psychiatry and the Co-Director of The Menopause Center at Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women.

Dr. Puryear earned her medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine. She completed her internship in psychiatry at the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine, followed by a residency in psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine. She also completed training in psychoanalysis at the Houston-Galveston Psychoanalytic Institute.

She is known nationally for her participation in the Andrea Yates trial and retrial, and has made numerous appearances in the national media speaking about women’s mental health issues.  Dr. Puryear is the author of the book “Understanding Your Emotions When You’re Expecting: Emotions, Mental Health, and Happiness – Before, During, and After Pregnancy,” published by Houghton-Mifflin.

Dr. Puryear has been recognized by Texas Monthly as a “Super Doc” and by H Texas Magazine as one of the “Best Doctors in Houston” and “Best Doctors for Women”, as well as being named to “Best Doctors in America”.  She was inducted into the 2014 Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame.

Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Ph.D., IBCLC, FAPA
Friday 1:15 – 2:15pm
What’s New in Perinatal Depression Research?

Dr. Kendall-Tackett is a health psychologist and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, and the Owner and Editor-in-Chief of Praeclarus Press, a small press specializing in women’s health. Dr. Kendall-Tackett is Editor-in-Chief of two peer-reviewed journals: Clinical Lactation and Psychological Trauma. She is Fellow of the American Psychological Association in Health and Trauma Psychology, Past President of the APA Division of Trauma Psychology, and a member of the APA’s Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest. Dr. Kendall-Tackett specializes in women’s-health research including breastfeeding, depression, trauma, and health psychology, and has won many awards for her work including the 2017 President’s Award for Outstanding Service to the Field of Trauma Psychology from the American Psychological Association’s Division of Trauma Psychology. Dr. Kendall-Tackett has authored more than 420 articles or chapters, and is author or editor of 35 books. Her most recent books include: Depression in New Mothers, 3rd Edition (2017, Routledge UK), Women’s Mental Health Across the Lifespan (2017, Routledge US, with Lesia Ruglass), The Phantom of the Opera: A Social History of the World’s Most Popular Musical (2018, Praeclarus), Psychology of Trauma 101 (2015, Springer, with Lesia Ruglass) and The Science of Mother-Infant Sleep (2014, Praeclarus, with Wendy Middlemiss). Her websites are UppityScienceChick.com, BreastfeedingMadeSimple.com, KathleenKendall-Tackett.com, and PraeclarusPress.com.

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

SATURDAY 8:15 – 9:15am
Maria Muzik, MD and Helen Kim, MD
Trauma-informed Care for Perinatal Mental Health


Bio: Dr. Muzik

Dr. Muzik is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry, and Obstetrics & Gynecology at

the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States. Her expertise is in women’s mental health in pregnancy and postpartum with a specific focus on trauma and trauma-related perinatal mental health conditions.  She conducts cutting-edge research, directs patient care services, and oversees educational programing.

At her academic center, Dr. Muzik co-directs the Women and Infants Mental Health Program and serves as Medical Director of the Perinatal Psychiatry Clinic, a nationally known program serving hundreds of women each year with pregnancy or postpartum related mood difficulties. She also leads the integration of perinatal mental health services within obstetrics, family medicine and pediatrics.  Across the State of Michigan, Dr. Muzik serves as lead perinatal consultant to primary care, public health nursing, community mental health and other health systems.  Finally, at a national level, Dr. Muzik is a member of the Task Force on Developing the National Curriculum in Reproductive Psychiatry in the United States.

Dr. Muzik holds a master’s degree in Clinical Research and Statistical Analysis from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. She conducts research focused on the study of stress, trauma and mental illness in the context of childbearing, its influence on parenting and the developing parent- infant relationship, and how to support families in overcoming adversity. Together with colleagues she has developed and researched an evidence-based, relationship-focused parent and teacher intervention to support sensitive caregiving of infants and young children. She has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and recently co-edited a book on motherhood in the face of trauma. She directs a number of federally and foundation funded studies focused on interpersonal violence,  childbirth trauma, posttraumatic stress, depression in pregnancy and postpartum and their effects on the developing child, and on interventions to buffer risks and enhance resilience.

Bio: Dr. Kim  

Helen Kim, MD is a reproductive psychiatrist and medical director of the Mother-Baby Program at Hennepin County Medical Center, a major Minnesota teaching hospital that serves a large population of patients at risk for health inequities.  Together with Jesse Kuendig, Dr Kim created the Mother-Baby Program whose mission is “to embrace and strengthen young children, parents, and families through a safe, holistic, trauma-healing community grounded in social justice and lived experience.”  As a member of the Mother-Baby team, Dr. Kim serves as an integrative psychiatrist and encourages compassionate curiosity about how the mind, brain, body, and spirit are interconnected.  She trained at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for Women’s Mental Health. She is a former Bush Medical Fellow and is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota.

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SATURDAY 1:15 – 2:15pm
Sheehan Fisher, PhD and Steven D’Achille
Fathers and Perinatal Mental Health


Bio: Dr. Fisher

Dr. Sheehan Fisher is an Assistant Professor and clinical psychologist at Northwestern University. His research career focuses on the effects of perinatal and subsequent parental mental health on infant/child health outcomes, with a specialization in the emerging field of father mental health. More specifically, he examines: 1) the biopsychosocial risk factors for parental psychopathology, 2) the impact of parental psychopathology on parenting behaviors and the family environment, and 3) the combined effect of the family environment on infant/child medical and emotional health outcomes.  His aim is to reconceptualize parental mental health research to integrally involve fathers to differentiate the etiology, course, and potential interactivity of paternal and maternal mental health and, in turn, the longitudinal associations with child medical and mental health. Dr. Fisher’s research dovetails with his perinatal clinical practice, including being the clinical director of the Fathers’ Mental Health Specialty Clinic. Ultimately, the goal is for his research plan is to optimize the health and effectiveness of the parental team to positively influence the child health trajectory starting from infancy.

Bio: Mr. D’Achille

Steven D’Achille is Founder and President of the Alexis Joy D’Achille Foundation for Postpartum Depression.  He founded the foundation in 2013 immediately following his wife’s death from complications of PPD.  His focus is on building treatment facilities where a mother and her baby can get treatment together.  He has worked with Allegheny Health Network and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield to build one of the most comprehensive mother baby day hospitals in the United States.  He has worked closely with Highmark to get reimbursement rates to help make the  Alexis Joy D’Achille Center for Behavioral Health not just sustainable, but also easily replicable.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

SUNDAY 8:00 – 9:00am
Sayida Peprah, Ph.D
Transgenerational Trauma and Resilience Among African American Mothers

Dr. Sayida Peprah is both a licensed clinical psychologist and a certified birth doula.  She has a multi-faced career as the Deputy Chief Psychologist for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a Professor of Cultural Psychology for the University of Phoenix and a presenter and consultant on topics of cultural competency, mental and maternal mental health.

Dr. Peprah’s current work in maternal health field is as an Instructor and Consultant for The Association for Wholistic Maternal and Newborn Health, teaching cultural awareness, cross-cultural communication and perinatal mood disorder content for the organization’s trainings.  Dr. Peprah is also an active member of the Black Women Birthing Justice Collective, promoting research, education and community-based services to positively transform birthing experiences of women of color.  Dr. Peprah currently serves on the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative, Maternal Suicide Review Committee, working with other health care providers and researchers to identify key factors in preventing maternal suicide.