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PSI 29th Annual Conference in San Diego California
June 24-25 Keynote Speakers

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Vivien K. Burt, MD, PhD

Keynote 1: Friday June 24, 2016

Vivien K. Burt, MD, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA in Los Angeles, California.  She is Founder and Co-Director of The Women’s Life Center of the Resnick UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital.  Dr. Burt has authored numerous articles and book chapters in the field of women’s psychiatry, has coauthored The Clinical Manual for Women’s Mental Health, published by the American Psychiatric Press in May 2008 and is the first author of the chapter on Women’s Mental Health in the American Psychiatric Press Textbook of Psychiatry, published in 2014.  She has been honored with an Outstanding House Staff Teaching Award from the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, both a President’s Award and an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Southern California Psychiatric Society, and the Distinguished Service Award of the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital, the 2008 Andre Boivin Professorship of the Motherisk Program of The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada.  The focus of her activities includes projects in women’s mental health with a particular focus on psychiatric illnesses associated with reproductive transitions.


Sherry Payne, MSN, RN, CNE, IBCLC,

Keynote 2, Friday June 24, 2016

Sherry Payne, MSN, RN, CNE, IBCLC, presents nationally on topics related to perinatal health disparities, infant mortality, and lactation professions.  She is a master’s prepared nurse educator, and lactation consultant.  Ms. Payne is the Executive Director of Uzazi Village, a nonprofit organization devoted to decreasing pregnancy related health disparities in the urban core of Kansas City.  She is the creator of the Sister Doula Program TM and the Chocolate Milk Cafe.TM

Vincent J. Felitti, MD

Keynote 3: Saturday, June 25, 2016

Vincent J. Felitti, MD is a 1962 graduate of the Johns Hopkins Medical School.  He is an internist who, subsequent to being Post Surgeon at the US Army Pine Bluff Arsenal, completed his training at Johns Hopkins and the University of Maryland and started as an infectious disease physician in 1968 at Kaiser Permanente in San Diego and then in 1975 founded the Department of Preventive Medicine; he served as the Chief of Preventive Medicine until 2001.  In that setting, Dr. Felitti became co-Principal Investigator, with Robert F. Anda MD at the Centers for Disease Control, of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study, ongoing collaborative research between the Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program and the CDC. The ACE Study with its more than sixty publications explores prospectively and retrospectively in a 17,000-person cohort the profound relationship of ten categories of adverse life experiences in childhood to health, well being, disease, and death decades later.

Under Dr. Felitti’s leadership over the years, the Department of Preventive Medicine provided comprehensive, biopsychosocial medical evaluation to assess the health risks and disease burden of over one million individual adults. Major health-risk abatement programs were developed for obesity, smoking, and stress, as well as population-based screening for the genetic disease, Hemochromatosis.  He is Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California and a Fellow of The American College of Physicians.  He is Senior Editor of The Permanente Journal and on the International Editorial Board of the Swiss medical journal, Trauma und Gewalt.  Dr. Felitti has served on advisory committees of the Institute of Medicine, the American Psychiatric Association, and on the Committee of the Secretary of Health and Human Services for Healthy People 2020.  Presently, he is a member of the Advisory Committee on Women’s Services at SAMHSA.

David Levine, MD

Keynote 4, Saturday June 25, 2016

David Levine, MD, appearing on the Father’s Perinatal Mental Health Panel, is an adolescent clinic preceptor for the Atlantic Health System Internal Medicine Residency Program, and was featured in the New Jersey Family magazine’s “New Jersey’s Favorite Kids’ Docs”, as well as the Charlie Rose show, discussing his own experience with paternal postpartum mental health.

Danny Singley, PhD

Keynote 4, Saturday June 25, 2016

Daniel Singley, PhD, appearing on the Father’s Perinatal Mental Health Panel, is a San Diego-based board certified psychologist and Director of The Center for Men’s Excellence. His research and practice focus on men’s mental health with a particular emphasis on reproductive psychology and the transition to fatherhood.

Aarti Sequeira, Celebrity Chef -- Friday June 24 Banquet Keynote

Well-known for her victory on season six of Food Network Star, Aarti is the host of Aarti Party and the author of “Aarti Paarti: An American Kitchen with an Indian Soul”. A lead judge on Guy’s Grocery Games and contributor to Cooking Channel’s hit show, Unique Sweets, Aarti focuses on walking food-lovers through their spice cabinet, making the unfamiliar familiar.

Aarti won our hearts and the winner’s prize on Cutthroat Kitchen: Superstar Sabotage.   She has a food blog, www.aartipaarti.com and an online cooking show, youtube.com/aartipaarti.  Born in Bombay and raised in Dubai, Aarti moved to Chicago to attend Northwestern University, and now lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their babies.