Sarah Alvarez was a civil rights lawyer in New York and a consultant to social justice organizations in California. She graduated from the University of Michigan, Columbia Law School and the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.
Lisa Anderson, LMSW is a Clinical Social Worker at the University of Michigan Health System. She received her MSW from the University of Michigan School of Social Work and has a focus on Maternal and Infant Health. She has completed the Integrated Health certification program through the University of Michigan School of Social Work and currently the social work staff at the integrated clinic.
Baker, Kate Kate Baker, MD is an adult psychiatrist and clinical instructor at the University of Michigan, in the Department of Psychiatry. She completed her medical training and adult residency at the University of Michigan. She works in the ambulatory psychiatry sector and her area of clinical interest include women’s mental health (particularly during the peripartum period) and anxiety disorders. She is specifically interested in the management of anxiety disorders during pregnancy and in the postpartum period.
Barnes, Diana Lynn A past president of Postpartum Support International, Dr. Barnes sits on the training faculty of the Los Angeles Perinatal Mental Health Task Force and the California Maternal Mental Health Collaborative. She is co-author of The journey to parenthood: Myths, reality and what really matters and is editor and contributing author to a volume on women’s reproductive mental health across the lifespan (Springer, 2014). She is the 2009 recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Eli Lilly Foundation for her contributions to the field of child-bearing illness.
Bennett, Shoshana Clinical psychologist Shoshana Bennett is a pioneer in the field of PPD. She is a past president of PSI, led support groups for 18 years and for almost 30 years has helped suffering new parents. She’s traveled extensively throughout the world as a guest lecturer and keynote speaker, and is the author of Children of the Depressed, Postpartum Depression for Dummies, Pregnant on Prozac, co-author of Beyond the Blues, and creator of the app PPDGone!
Bockstael, Erin Erin Bockstael, B.A. B. Sc. is a Health Educator at the Women’s Health Clinic Birth Centre in Winnipeg. Her work focuses on bringing a feminist framework to prenatal and parental support programming. Erin also provides workshops to service providers in the areas of client-centered care including exploring the social constructs that influence perinatal emotional adjustments, and using Health at Every Size and harm reduction approaches. Working with clients, Erin is particularly interested in how movement and stretching can influence perinatal emotional adjustments and pelvic floor health.
Broom, Matthew Dr. Broom is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Saint Louis University School of Medicine and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics. He is board-certified in General Pediatrics and a member of the Academic Pediatrics Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the AAP Sections on Uniformed Services and Hospital Medicine. His research interests include medical education, professionalism, postpartum depression, and improving patient-provider communication via technology.
Joy is a founder and Director of the 2020 Mom Project and the California Maternal Mental Health Collaborative (CMMHC). Joy also serves as the California State Compliance Manager for Cigna HealthCare, where she has worked for 17 years. She is responsible for identifying gaps in service and compliance, consulting with business leaders, influencing appropriate change, and managing projects related to implementation of state laws and audits. She is a Six Sigma Green Belt and has served in numerous positions including Service Quality Director and Accreditation Manager. Joy earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Communication from Northern Arizona University and has a Masters of Business Administration from Regis University. Joy resides in Valencia California with her husband and two young children.
Dr. Butterfield is a perinatal psychologist with 25 years of experience working with pregnant/postpartum families. She maintains a private practice and consulting business in Seattle, WA, where she is a state coordinator for PSI, the Vice President of PATTCh, and an adjunct professor at Bastyr Naturopathic University Department of Midwifery.
Cardinal, Dave Dave Cardinal oversees the Fatherhood program at Starfish Family Services in Inkster Michigan. In addition, he is the Youth Services Manager programming which includes supervised independent living, the crisis shelter, respite and the parenthood program for teen parents.
Crystal Clancy, LMFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a survivor of PPD. She is the Clinic Director at Nystrom & Associates in Apple Valley and Co-Director of Pregnancy & Postpartum Support MN. She also helped develop their HelpLine. She is married and a mother of two. Crystal serves with Lisa serve as Co-Directors of PPSM.
Melinda Cline is a second year graduate student at the University of Montana’s School of Social Work. She is a PSI member, DONA trained birth and postpartum doula, certified lactation counselor, and abortion counselor. Melinda is an active member of the Missoula Breastfeeding Coalition and is co-director of The Lotus Project, a nonprofit organization committed to providing education and resources to pregnant and postpartum women and families to improve family health and happiness.
Cross, Lisa Lisa Cross, LMFT is in private practice in St. Louis Park, MN. She has extensive training and personal experience in the area of pregnancy and postpartum mood disorders and miscarriages. Her passion is in working with women who struggle with postpartum anxiety and OCD. Lisa serves with Crystal Clancy as Co-Directors of PPSM.
Cycon, Annette With Liz Friedman, Annette has designed specialized trainings for professionals on perinatal emotional complications. She is the author of the MotherWoman Facilitator Training Manual and is co-faculty of MotherWoman Support Group Facilitator Training with Ms. Friedman. Cycon has facilitated MotherWoman Groups for women along the lifespan and has trained many diverse leaders in MotherWoman Facilitation Model, most notably community leaders in San Pedro, Guatemala.
Davis, Wendy Wendy Davis, PhD, PSI Executive Director, has a counseling and consulting practice specializing in maternal mental health. She is Founding Director and a Clinical Advisor to Oregon’s Baby Blues Connection. She provides training and consultation in governmental, clinical, and community settings and is an international national trainer for clinical and social support providers and organizations. She helped write Oregon’s successful MMH legislation in 2009 and 2010, and chaired the resulting statewide workgroup through the Oregon Department of Health.
Dayton, Carol Carolyn Dayton, PhD, MSW is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Wayne State University and the Associate Director of the Infant Mental Health Program. Her research examines early parenting processes with an emphasis on fathering in urban settings. She has many years of experience providing clinical interventions to the families of infants and young children. Her program of research aims to identify risk and resilience factors that influence early parenting.
De Angelo, Michael Michael DeAngelo is a pre-doctoral intern with the Counseling Center at Drexel University. His affiliation with Drexel is a partial requirement in the completion of his doctoral program in Clinical Psychology though La Salle University. Mr. DeAngelo’s research areas of interest include postpartum and general mood and anxiety concerns, the utilization of technology in the reduction of barriers to treatment and perceptions of mental health.
Dennis, Cindy-Lee Dr. Cindy-Lee Dennis is a Professor at the University of Toronto and holds a Canada Research Chair in Perinatal Community Health. She was further appointed the Shirley Brown Chair in Women’s Mental Health Research at Women’s College Research Institute. She is currently leading five large, multi-site studies and is a co-investigator on twelve other research projects concerning the care of perinatal women. She holds over $6 million in funding as a principal investigator and has 120 peer-reviewed publications. She has completed five Cochrane systematic reviews related to perinatal depression.
Detwiler, Joni Joni Idzkowski Detwiler is a Public Health Consultant with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. She works in the Maternal Infant Health Program (MIHP) and is a member of the State’s Perinatal Depression Workgroup. Joni’s career has included clinical and administrative opportunities in the both the private and public mental health systems, as well as public health leadership work with a focus on maternal and child health.
Eastman, Jamie Dr. Eastman is an Assistant Professor and the Clinical Outcomes and Quality Improvement Director in the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at Oregon Health Science University. She provides statistical and epidemiological support for research and quality improvement programs within the institution.
Fingerhut, Randy Randy Fingerhut is the Director of the PsyD Program in Clinical Psychology at La Salle University. Dr. Fingerhut has been a full-time faculty member with La Salle since 2003. He teaches Introduction to Professional Practice, Ethics, and Conduct, Advanced Ethics, and Practicum Seminar for the PsyD program and Cognitive-Behavioral Approaches in Counseling. Dr. Fingerhut’s research interests have focused on understanding psychosocial risk factors associated with postpartum depression.
Dr. Phyllis M. Florian has worked in perinatal/postpartum mental health since 2003. She provides individual and group therapy interventions for mothers and families, trainings and consultation for reproductive healthcare providers, and advocacy for access to mental health through social service agencies. She has expertise in the treatment of adult survivors of childhood trauma. Phyllis completed her doctorate in clinical psychology at The Michigan School of Professional Psychology, and practices in Kalamazoo, MI.
John Fort has worked with youth, family and community service organizations locally and nationally for over twenty years. Currently the Parent Family & Community Engagement administrator for Wayne County Head Start, he coordinates the Fatherhood Program, working to increase quality of life for Southeastern Michigan families. Mr. Fort has done motivational speaking to youth and adults and is passionate about the survival of the family and importance of fathers’ roles in their children’s lives.
Liz Friedman, MFA is the Founder of the Postpartum Support Initiative and Program Director at MotherWoman. With Ms Cycon, she has developed the MotherWoman Support Group Model, designed and presented specialized trainings for professionals on perinatal emotional complications, is co-faculty of the MotherWoman Group Facilitator Training and author of MotherWoman’s Community-based Perinatal Support Model. She is an appointed commissioner of the MA Governors PPD Commission and has presented at numerous national conferences, including AMCHP (American Maternal Child Health Programs) and APHA (American Public Health Association.)
Beth Frydlewicz, MPA is the Beaumont Health System, Director of Corporate Volunteer Services. She served as Director of the Beaumont Parenting Program for 27 years. Beth has been integral to the growth and advancement of this national award winning program. She has a Masters degree in Public Administration from University of Michigan with specialization in Non-profit Leadership. Her professional career has focused on volunteer management and parent education. Beth has been on faculty at Wayne State University and served in various leadership roles.
Tonya Fulwider is a co-founder of POEM (Perinatal Outreach & Encouragement for Moms), a state and regional coordinator for PSI, the Program Director of Mental Health America of Franklin County, and a Mental Health First Aid instructor. Tonya has been active in pregnancy and postpartum support, advocacy and education for over 15 years and is a 2009 recipient of the PSI Jane Honikman Award. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University and lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband and two daughters.
Kimberly Garner is a second year graduate student at the University of Montana’s School of Social Work. She has been a volunteer for PSI since 2012. Kimberly is a DONA trained birth doula, certified lactation counselor, and member of the Missoula Breastfeeding Coalition. She has supported prenatal and postpartum women and families from diverse racial and socioeconomic backgrounds in North Carolina, Texas, New York, and Montana in clinic and hospital settings since 2009.
Sharon Gerdes is an author and Certified Food Scientist. She had received professional media training 10 times, and participated in numerous media interviews, both nationally and internationally. She serves as PR/Marketing Chair for Postpartum Support International.
Agnieszka (Aga) Grabowski is a psychotherapist specializing in women’s reproductive mental health and co-founder of Wildflower Center for Emotional Health in Chicago, IL. She also writes and presents to lay and professional audiences on the importance of supporting emotional wellbeing of new parents and parents to be.
Adrienne Griffen is the Founder and Executive Director of Postpartum Support Virginia. Adrienne graduated from the US Naval Academy and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Her early career (before children) included positions at the White House, Pentagon, and IRS. Adrienne lives in Arlington VA with her amazing husband Michael, three children, dog, and guinea pig.
Suzanne Haas has completed post graduate degree in public administration. In addition, she was grant manager for the Mother’s Mind Matters Project which focused on perinatal mood disorders. She oversaw all administrative aspects of the project and also contributed significantly to the research studies. She has been employed in the psychiatry research office for seven years.
Lisa Hammer, MD, IBCLC is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Michigan. As both a pediatrician and international board certified lactation consultant, she provides highly specialized care for mothers and infants in the early postpartum period during the establishment of breastfeeding. Her clinical and research interests include the development of integrated health care models that support both the medical and emotional needs of mothers and infants in the perinatal period.
V. Michelle V. Harvey is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who experienced Postpartum Depression and Anxiety. In addition to working with individual clients, Michelle also serves as a PPD/A support group leader with Support Groups Central. She brings treatment knowledge and experience for depression, anxiety, early childhood issues, and postpartum mood disorders to her work with individuals and groups. Her own lived experiences have inspired her to help others as she was helped.
Jane Hesser is a mother of two young daughters and Clinical Care Coordinator in the Department of Women’s Behavioral Health, at Women and Infants Hospital, Providence, RI. She specializes in perinatal psychiatric evaluation and individual and group outpatient psychotherapy during the perinatal period. A former professor of art, she continues to teach, offering trainings on perinatal mental health assessment and treatment to health care providers within the hospital and across the state. Jane is also on the board of Directors of Girls Rock Rhode Island, a growing non-profit that uses music creation and critical thinking to foster empowerment, and the development of healthy identities in girls and women.
Lesley is currently the director of outpatient PMD services for Pine Rest and a full time clinician She specializes in the treatment of PMD, runs prevention groups for pregnant women and has been active in area support groups. She is involved in the Kent County and Michigan Statewide PMD Coalitions. Lesley earned her bachelors degree from the University of Michigan, and her Masters and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Wayne State University.
Laurel Hicks, LLMSW is a doctoral student at Wayne State University pursuing a dual-title degree in Clinical Social Work and Infant Mental Health. She is focused on the integration of mindfulness and yoga in therapy during the perinatal period. She is completing her year-long clinical practicum as mental health social worker in the integrated clinic at the University of Michigan and currently is a Predoctoral Fellow at the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute.
Honikman, Jane Jane Honikman, M.S., began her career in maternal mental health in 1977 when she co-founded Postpartum Education for Parents (PEP). In 1981 Jane received a grant from the American Association of University Women to study the Growth and Dynamics of Postpartum Support Groups. She became the Executive Director of the Santa Barbara Birth Resource Center in 1984 and that same year attended her first Marcé Society conference. In 1987 she founded Postpartum Support International (PSI) after organizing a conference on Women’s Mental Health Following Childbirth. She was elected as PSI’s first President in 1989 and as the Founding Director operated the organization from her home until 2004. Jane has authored many articles and educational materials on postpartum issues and how to start community support networks based on her books and Community Support for New Families (new edition 2013) and I’m Listening (new edition 2014). In 2012 I’m Listening was adapted by the humanitarian organization CARE as a Facilitator’s Training Guide for use in Bangladesh. It has also been translated into Chinese and Hebrew. Her expertise is based upon her struggles as a new mother and is described in her 2015 My Diary A Postpartum Journey from Pain to Purpose. Jane’s Postpartum Action Manual (2015) is a Workshop Training Guide. She continues to lecture and train internationally on the role of social support and the emotional health of families. Jane’s own family includes her supportive husband of 48 years, 3 adult children, their spouses, and 8 grandchildren (and a cat). She enjoys living a healthy and active lifestyle in Santa Barbara, California.
Dr. Hudepohl is a psychiatrist and assistant professor at Women & Infants Hospital in Rhode Island, where she serves as fellowship director for the Women’s Mental Health Fellowship. Her clinical work focuses on the psychopharmacologic management of pregnant and breastfeeding women. Her academic interests include trauma in the perinatal population, informed consent, and medical education. Dr. Hudepohl is also the mother of a very active 1 year-old, who provides joy and inspiration for her work.
A former family practice Physician Assistant with a Master’s in Health Psychology and a Doctorate in Counseling, She’s been a psychotherapist for over 25 years. The former Chair of the Education and Training Committee for PSI, Pec enjoys creating curriculum and teaching. She is the co-author of the award-winning book, Beyond the Blues, Understanding and Treating Prenatal and Postpartum Depression & Anxiety and co-editor of Postpartum Support International’s DVD, Healthy Mom, Happy Family.
Christina Johnson is a psychotherapist with a broad clinical skillset. She has received training in various areas of specialty including the relational treatment of trauma, women’s reproductive mental health, complicated grief, prolonged exposure and mindfulness-based interventions. She is also a co-founder of Wildflower Center for Emotional Health located in Chicago, IL.
Suma Karandikar has 13+ years of post-masters experience in providing counseling to children, teens and adults. Suma served as the Director of Clinical Services at a Pregnancy, Help, and Education Community counseling center in IL. Suma co-founded The Postpartum Wellness Center, a private practice that specializes in serving women during the perinatal period. Suma is trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MSBR) and successfully uses mindfulness therapeutic techniques with her perinatal patients.
Ms. Kennedy is a Medical Social Worker with the Doernbecher Neonatal Care Center at OHSU. She works with the NICU families, helping them navigate their stay, connecting them to resources in the community, and offering emotional support during what is often a challenging time.
Katie Kmiecik (Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor) has 10 years of experience in providing counseling to perinatal clients. Katie served as the Director of Clinical Services at Preservation of Human Dignity (PHD), a Counseling Center for Pregnancy Help and Education and co-founded The Postpartum Wellness Center, a private practice specializing in serving families during the perinatal period. Katie assesses and treats women with babies in the NICU. She is a professional speaker, trainer and supervisor.
Heidi Koss is a psychotherapist in private practice in Kirkland, WA. She specializes in pregnancy and postpartum mood disorders, birth trauma, sexual abuse, couples and parent adjustment issues. Heidi volunteers as a WA State Coordinator for Postpartum Support International, and has served for over 17 years with Postpartum Support International of Washington state. She was a past board member for PATTCh – the Prevention and Treatment of Traumatic Childbirth, as well as co-founder of the Northwest Association for Postpartum Support (NAPS) a postpartum doula organization serving the Puget Sound. Prior to her psychotherapy career, Heidi was a Postpartum Doula and Lactation Educator. Heidi is also the proud mother of two daughters.
Cathy Kothari PhD is Assistant Professor and Director of Community Research at Western Michigan University Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine. Her research has focused upon social determinants of health, health services and health outcomes, for topics spanning mental health, racial – socioeconomic disparities, intimate partner violence, and criminal justice involvement
Dr. LaBarge is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Saint Louis University School of Medicine and Medical Staff President at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center. He is board-certified in General Pediatrics and a member of the Academic Pediatrics Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics. His research interests include medical education and postpartum depression.
Amy Ladley is a research coordinator in the Division of General Academic Pediatrics at Saint Louis University where she directs research projects on maternal depression and teen obesity. Her background in Mass Communication and Public Affairs, Amy’s research interests focus on using communication technologies, social media, and mobile applications to facilitate patient care, and improve patient education, treatment, and empowerment.
Michael Liepman is Director of Psychiatry Research, Founding Director of Mothers Mind Matters Project, Co-Principal Investigator of the Direct Impact Study, 45 years of Clinical experience working with pregnant women who suffer from mental illness.
Elizabeth is a trauma-focused therapist working with female survivors of violence in a variety of capacities: law enforcement, DV shelters, reproductive health, residential treatment, and community mental health. She currently runs Sage Tree Therapy that specializes in healthy sexuality, birth trauma, and PMAD. She is a therapeutic consultant for the St. Louis Alliance of Childbirth Educators, a DONA trained doula, a candidate for The Daring Way™ and has teaching responsibilities at Washington University.
Mary Ludtke, M.A., is Collaboration/Early Childhood Consultant with the Department of Health and Human Services. She is member of a state planning and implementation workgroups (MIECHV, Great Start Operations Team, Perinatal Depression Workgroup, DHHS Children’s Issues, etc.). Mary directs the Trauma Initiative for Children which provides training to Community Mental Health Services Programs (CMHSPs) on trauma screening, assessment, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy. She is active in the integration of children’s behavioral health in primary care. Mary works with Infant Mental Health providers in the CMHSP system.
Jillian Lutz is a masters level psychologist currently practicing out of Dearborn and Ferndale, Michigan. Jillian received her degree from Wayne State University in 2010, where she co-published multiple articles on Chronic Pain and Empathy. Her career interest shifted to advocacy for women in 2012 when she began working with a multitude of sexual trauma survivors. Advocating on both the psychological and legal fronts, Jillian remains committed to helping to empower her patients speak their own truths.
My name is Rosemary Mason and I started my career in 1994 as a Certified Childbirth Educator, DONA Trained Birth Doula, Certified Postpartum Doula and Certified Lactation Counselor. I am on the Postpartum Health Alliance advisory board here in San Diego, California and over the past 20 years I have supported over 300 families in the San Diego Community. I enjoy speaking to groups and doulas about the postpartum period.
Lynne McIntyre is Mid-Atlantic Coordinator for PSI and a psychotherapist at Mary’s Center for Maternal & Child Care in Washington, DC. For PSI she leads a bi-monthly support group, provides training and education to health care providers, and advocates for the identification and treatment of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. At Mary’s Center, Lynne provides psychotherapy in English and Spanish to a wide range of clients, including new mothers. Prior to her career in social work, Lynne was a documentary producer and a Peace Corps Volunteer. Lynne holds a Master of Social Work from Catholic University, and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from The George Washington University.
Melissa McKissack (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) a co-founder of Postpartum Wellness Center, has dedicated her career to helping women with PMADs. Melissa has co-facilitated a PMAD support group as well as a NICU support group at a hospital. Melissa has traveled to hospitals to assess and treat mothers for perinatal mood disorders, specifically moms who have a child in the NICU. Melissa has also trained health professionals on the assessment, referral, and treatment of PMADs.
Birdie Gunyon Meyer, RN, MA, Moderator of the Social Support Panel Workshop, is Coordinator of the Perinatal Mood Disorders Program at Indiana University Health, PSI Past-President, Chair of Training and Education Committee, and an international national trainer for PSI’s certificate course. Birdie is a childbirth educator and lactation counselor and specializes in treatment of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. She is on a statewide task force and was the expert on a CD used to train Healthy Families Home Visitors, produced by Indiana Perinatal Network.
John Miles is a Parent Support Partner for Family Alliance for Change, where he works with parents of children with emotional, behavioral or other mental health challenges. He facilitates the “Man to Man” support group for young and mature fathers and participates in the “Life Skills Series” at the Detroit Veterans Homeless center. Mr. Miles’ mission is to shatter stigmas and break down barriers while helping males understand their roles in their homes and communities.
Nalini Misir is a Psychiatrist with special interest in psychiatric illness in the medically ill. She completed psychiatry residency from Maine Medical Center and psychosomatic medicine fellowship from Yale New Haven Hospital. Her other interests includes influence of recreational drugs and alcohol in pregnant women and in the medically ill. She currently works at the psychiatric emergency room in Buffalo and is the Clinical Director for the Addiction Clinics of ECMC. She enjoys teaching medical students and residents from the UB Psychiatry Residency Program
H Jennifer H Moyer is the author of A Mother’s Climb Out of Darkness: A Story about Overcoming Postpartum Psychosis. Jennifer has been advocating and speaking on mental health issues related to childbearing for 14 years. She has experience as a PSI Coordinator, postpartum support and education consultant and a postpartum doula. She has experience as a co-facilitator of support groups, a trainer for leadership in consumer mental health and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing. www.jennifermoyer.com
Robin Muskal has a Doctorate in clinical psychology and is a Board certified wellness coach. She has trained and worked as a psychotherapist, body worker and energy practitioner for 20 years. Robin has recently completed a 200 hour Iyengar yoga training which she incorporates in her work with clients. In her perinatal coaching practice, she and her clients work together to create a practical plan for healing and wellness. Robin works adjunctively with primary care physicians to provide the most comprehensive treatment.
Maria Muzik, MD, MS is a perinatal psychiatrist and medical director of the Women and Infant Mental Health Clinic and Integrated Perinatal Care, University of Michigan Health System, and holds position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan. Her clinical and research work focuses on mental health challenges during pregnancy and postpartum, its impact on parenting and infant development, and treatment development and integration in community and primary care.
Nagalla, Madhavi Latha
Madhavi Latha Nagalla, MBBS, graduated from Guntur Medical College, India. She completed residency from Nassau University Medical Center, New York. She then went on to complete her Psychosomatic medicine fellowship at University of Michigan, Michigan. She is currently working as an attending at Pine Rest, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Devi Natarajan currently serves on the Board for PSI as a Treasurer. She has a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from Northwestern University and has been involved with PSI since 2012. She has undergone formal training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and uses mindfulness in her therapy work with clients. Devi has also created mindfulness curriculums for schools (K-12) and business corporations.
Suzannah Neufeld, MFT, RYT is a licensed psychotherapist, certified yoga therapist, pre and postnatal yoga teacher, and mama of two who has specialized in supporting women’s mental health for over a decade. She has shared the healing tools of mindfulness and yoga with women in residential treatment, private practice therapy, and yoga studios.
Barb Palkowski, PMHNP-BC is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who, in 2011 began working at Pine Rest in their crisis stabilization unit. She transferred to the Mother Baby Program in July of 2014. Barb previously was a charge nurse at Battle Creek Health System on the adult psychiatric unit and a staff nurse at the VA in Battle Creek prior to that. Before earning her nursing degree, Barb was a Social Worker at Interact of Kalamazoo, Bronson Healthcare and Jim Gilmore Treatment Center.
George Parnham is best known as the criminal defense attorney for Andrea Yates and has become a fierce advocate for increasing awareness and knowledge about maternal mental health. In 2002, he initiated the Yates Children Memorial Fund sponsored by the Mental Health Association of greater Houston with the goal of funding research in women’s mental health education. A graduate of the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, Mr. Parnham is the recipient of many awards including “Attorney of the Year,” presented by the Harris County Criminal Lawyers’ Association in 2002 and “Outstanding Public Contribution to Psychology Award” in 2006. Board Certified in Criminal Law, he is a member of numerous associations, including the American Bar Association as well as the Texas Bar and is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. PSI presented him with an award at their Los Angeles Conference in 2009 for his outstanding contributions to this field. George Parnham has a law practice in Houston, Texas.
Katherine Pasque, MD is a Clinical Lecturer in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Michigan. She has devoted a portion of her practice to breastfeeding medicine for the last 7 years. She has a particular interest in a multidisciplinary model of care that cares for the mother/baby dyad with breastfeeding and mental health support.
Marina is a Licensed Professional Counselor and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Health Psychology at Walden University. Focus of her research has been the use of mindfulness to prevent or reduce postpartum distress. Since 2001, Marina has gathered extensive experience supporting women and their families through the transition to parenthood and specializes in the assessment and treatment of perinatal mood disorders.
Deb Rich has 25+ years of specialty experience as a reproductive psychologist providing patient care, professional training and program development. Dr. Rich was Coordinator of Pregnancy Loss and Perinatal Mental Health for Fairview Health Services for 13 years, and has been on the Resolve Through Sharing national faculty since 2006. In June 2013, Dr. Rich was among the first cohort receiving certification in perinatal loss care by the National Board of Hospice and Palliative Nurses.
Deanna Robb, MA, LLP, LPC is the Director of the Beaumont Health System, Parenting Program. Deanna is a Limited Licensed Psychologist and a Licensed Professional Counselor. For almost 20 years, her dedicated passion has been focused on providing support and education to new parents and managing volunteers. Specializing in assessment and treatment of PMD, she has facilitated PMD Support Groups and was integral to the implementation of the PMD inpatient screening program. Deanna volunteers as a Michigan Co-Coordinator for Postpartum Support International.
Nancy Roberts RN, CCE, CB is a Registered Nurse, Certified Breastfeeding Counselor, and Certified Childbirth Educator at the Pine Rest Christian Mental Health’s Mother and Baby Partial Hospitalization Program in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She teaches psycho-educational classes to pregnant and postpartum women. For the past 22 years, she has been instrumental in the growth and development of area PMD Programs, facilitating PMD Support Groups and coordinating PMD inpatient screening programs. She is a Michigan Coordinator for Postpartum Support International. Nancy is dually employed at Spectrum Health Medical System.
Kate Rosenblum, PhD is a clinical and developmental psychologist and holds an appointment as Clinical Associate Professor in the University of Michigan’s Department of Psychiatry. She directs the Infant and Early Childhood Clinic and the Women and Infant’s Mental Health Program at the University of Michigan. Her research and clinical work focus on the intergenerational transmission of risk, parenting and infant and early childhood mental health, and supportive interventions for parents and families at risk.
Kelly Ryan, LMSW is the Parenting Program, Postpartum Adjustment Coordinator at Beaumont Health System in Royal Oak, Michigan. Kelly has a Masters degree in Social Work from University of Michigan with an emphasis on Interpersonal Practice and Health Care. Her 13 year professional career has focused on working with new mothers, babies and families in a hospital setting. She facilitates PMD Support Groups and coordinates the PMD inpatient screening program. Kelly is often a speaker at various events, educating the community on PMD.
Dr. Saxton is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, clinical psychologist, and the Director of the Oregon Health Science University NICU Follow-Up Program. She provides consultation to the NICU at OHSU and works to improve Family Centered Care and the NICU experience both locally and nationally. She provides training to both pre-and postdoctoral students and residents in psychology.
Ann Smith practices in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, specializing in eating disorders and trauma. She teaches doctorate-level Clinical Psychology and Trauma courses. Additionally, she chairs several dissertations related to birth trauma and sexual abuse. Blending creative interventions into traditional psychotherapy, Ann teaches students to lean into uncomfortable territory associated with trauma. Dr. Smith is a DONA trained doula and has assisted with challenging births. She is focused on consultation for and advocacy of females in medical and legal realms.
Cristina Stauffer, LMSW is currently employed as a Social Worker/Case Manager with the Pine Rest Mother and Baby Partial Hospitalization Program. Prior to her current role, Cristina supervised the Women and Children’s Care Management team for Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. Cristina spent the first 10 years of her career at Arbor Circle, a local mental health and substance abuse agency, first as an Infant Mental Health therapist and then becoming the clinical supervisor for Early Childhood and Women’s Services. Cristina graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and from Boston University with a Masters in Social Work. She has been practicing in the field of social work for 15+ years. In addition to being endorsed as an Infant Mental Health Specialist (IMH-E (III)) by the Michigan Association of Infant Mental Health, Cristina has obtained her Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC) and Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS-M) credentials. She is also trained as a trainer in Motivational Interviewing and is a Certified Infant Massage Educator. Cristina resides in Grand Rapids, MI.
Tara Tulley CPM, LCSW is a midwife and psychotherapist specializing in PMADs. She completed her education through Midwives’ College of Utah, and the University of Utah. Tara specializes in PMADs, complex PTSD, and eating disorders. Tara is also a co-founder and president of The Community School of Midwifery, a program focused on addressing disparities in maternal health care and improving birth outcomes in the United States for all women.
Van Weelden, Kerrie
Kerrie Van Weelden, LMSW is a Social Worker/Case Manager in the new Pine Rest Christian Mental Services Mother Baby Partial Hospitalization Program in Grand Rapids. Kerrie has been instrumental in the implementation of this new innovative program. Kerrie has worked for over 15 years in the mental health field with families, including infant mental health. She has worked for the past 9 years in Pine Rest’s admissions and inpatient units assessing and triaging patients in acute psychiatric crisis. Kerrie received her Masters of Social Work from Western Michigan University and resides in Grand Rapids, MI.
Vander Laan, Melissa
Employed at Pine Rest as a recreational therapist for the past eight years working in inpatient care and the Mother and Baby Program. Recreation Therapy uses activities, exercises, games, leisure and recreation as a means for memorable psycho-educational sessions with outcome goals that include, but are not limited to, improved self care, effective emotions and stress management and healthy coping.
Kurt is a licensed masters level clinician specializing in work with children, adolescents, and adults at Pine Rest. He received his Bachelors degree in Psychology from Calvin College and graduated with his Masters degree in Social Work from Western Michigan University. Kurt has specialized interest and experience in PMD and is involved in educational groups and committees related to the mental health treatment of men who are supporting a mother with a PMD
Rodgers Washington MPA is a Fatherhood and Healthy Families facilitator at The Children’s Center in Detroit. The Fatherhood Initiative helps support families and fathers in the community through improving the focus on engaging fathers and male caregivers and keeping them involved in planning and participating in a child’s success. Mr. Washington and the Fatherhood Initiative host powerful community building events for fathers that allow them to be role models, while sharing in their child’s education.
I have been a registered nurse since 1985. I began my career as a labor and delivery nurse, and then became a certified nurse midwife, and a gynecological nurse practitioner. I became a psychiatric nurse practitioner in 2005, and am currently in private practice, where I provide therapy and medication management to women suffering from perinatal mood disorders and reproductive issues. I am a tenured assistant professor at the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) Department of Nursing where I have been teaching nursing students for 10 years. I have published many articles in peer-reviewed journals related to pregnancy and women’s health.
Lulu Zhao, MD is a Women’s Health Fellow at the University of Michigan, and a Clinical Lecturer in the Department of Ob/Gyn at the University of Michigan. She completed her OB /Gyn residency at University Hospitals at Case Western Reserve, and is now engaged in a clinical fellowship focused on women’s mental health. Her research interests include the role of primary care providers in treating perinatal mood disorders, factors influencing mental health care engagement, patient perceptions of traumatic birth, and role of medical education in promoting mental wellness.