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Speaker Bios 2016



  • Nyssa Adackapara, MD
    The New Family Care Clinic: Integration in Every Direction
    Nyssa Adackapara is a third year psychiatry resident at LAC+USC Medical Center. She has been a primary provider in the New Family Care Clinic, an integrative clinic at LAC+USC started in July 2015. Through the New Family Care Clinic, Nyssa works alongside pediatricians in caring for mothers and their newborns who have been diagnosed with peripartum mental illness. She will be entering a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in July 2016 at Harbor UCLA.
  • Diana Barnes, PsyD
    A Trauma Informed Understanding of Postpartum Psychosis
    Diana Barnes is a past president of Postpartum Support International and current member of their President’s Advisory Council. She is a member of the Los Angeles and the California Task Force on maternal mental health and was appointed in 2015 to the California Commission on the Status of Maternal Mental Health Care. In addition to private practice addressing women’s reproductive mental health, Dr. Barnes testifies on cases of infanticide and neonaticide. In 2009, Dr. Barnes received a Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions to the field of child-bearing related mood disorders. She is the editor of a 2014 reference text on “Women’s Reproductive Mental Health Across the Lifespan”.
  • Pam Barnes-Palty, M.Ed., M.A.
    Working with Native American Women with Postpartum Depression
    Pam Barnes-Palty is a doctoral clinical psychology intern at Southwest Behavioral and Health Services, a community behavioral health agency in Phoenix, Arizona. Previously, Pam worked as a childbirth educator and as a school counselor. She is currently completing a doctorate in clinical psychology at the Arizona School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Phoenix. Pam’s professional interests include working with new mothers and with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Jamie Zahlaway Belsito
    Advocacy: Influencing policy from Grassroots to Capitol Hill
    Jamie is a community advocate who has influenced policy change and maternal mental wellness legislation, both on a state and federal level. She is a member of the North Shore Postpartum Depression Taskforce, North of Boston, and works in tandem with her State Senator, Joan Lovely, the Senate Chair for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Special Commission on PPD. Jamie is currently the Advocacy Chair for the NCMMH, and has been working with members on Capitol Hill, as well as national policy institutions to implement legislation to give HRSA grant funding to individual states to establish community support networks, and screening and treatment for PPD and its spectrum of symptoms. She is a PPD survivor x 2. She is a full time stay at home Mom of Rose, age 3 and Hadia, age 5.
  • Shoshana Bennett, Ph.D.
    Postpartum Action Institute (mini version)
    Dr. Shosh founded Postpartum Assistance for Mothers in 1987, became president of California’s organization, and then served as president of PSI. Dr. Shosh is the author of Children of the Depressed, Postpartum Depression for Dummies and Pregnant on Prozac, and is co-author of Beyond the Blues: Understanding and Treating Prenatal and Postpartum Depression & Anxiety. She created the app PPD Gone!, is Executive Producer of Dark Side of The Full Moon, and co-founder of Postpartum Action Institute. She has helped over 20,000 women worldwide.
  • Anna Breuer, Psy.D.
    Keeping the Baby in Mind When Depression and Anxiety Transpire
    Anna Breuer is a Clinical Psychologist and Infant Mental Health Specialist at the Fussy Baby Network® New Orleans & Gulf Coast at Tulane University. In addition to individual approaches, Anna has specialized training in Infant Mental Health and Child Development which she has utilized in providing postpartum mental health services in the New Orleans area. Anna firmly believes in the power of positive relationships to promote healing across the lifespan.
  • Joy Burkhard, MBA
    California Maternal Mental Health Commission-­‐Findings and Recommendations
    Joy is the Directorof the California Commission on Maternal Mental Health and Founder and Executive Director and Board Chair of 2020 Mom, a non-­‐profit charged with advancing change in maternal mental health by the year 2020 through the formation of critical partnerships and advocacy. In her professional life, Joy currently serves as the California State Compliance Manager for Cigna HealthCare, where she has worked for 20 years. Joy earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Communication from Northern Arizona University and has a Masters of Business Administration from Regis University.
  • Angela Burling, R.N., M.S.N.
    Avoiding Crisis and the Loss of Life by Recognizing and Treating Postpartum Psychosis
    Postpartum Psychosis Survivors:Making a Difference (2nd Annual Postpartum Psychosis Survivors Support Group)
    Angela Burling earned her master’s in nursing from California State University, Sacramento writing her thesis in 1991: Screening Practices of Health Care Practitioners for Postpartum Mental Illness. Her story was published in 2014 in Motherhood, Mental Illness and Recovery: Stories of Hope. She appeared on a dozen talk shows including Donahue, Oprah and Larry King. Patty Duke narrated a documentary about her experience, and Angela has been interviewed for two documentaries which are in production.
  • Vivien Burt, MD, PhD
    Keynote #1, Friday
    Depression in Pregnancy: Making Sense of Conflicting Literature about Risks of Treatment with Antidepressants
    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.
  • Laurie Chameides, LCSW
    Grief Work Following Termination For Anomalies
    Laurie Chameides, LCSW,coordinates the perinatal bereavement program at Mount Sinai Hospital. She has extensive experience in working with individuals, couples and groups from the moment of diagnosis through the initial stages of the grieving process. Ms. Chameides also trains physicians, nurses, social workers and clergy in working with grieving families. She has presented at national and international conferences on topics related to pregnancy loss, grief and depression.
  • Crystal Clancy, MA, LMFT

    A Skills-Based Approach to Helping Couples Navigate Their Postpartum Journey
    Crystal is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a specialty in reproductive and perinatal mental health, of which she became involved in as her journey to building a family came with both infertility and postpartum depression. She is a founding member and Co-Director of the non-profit Pregnancy and Postpartum Support MN (PPSM), co-developer of the PPSM Peer Support HelpLine, and a co-developer of the non-profit The BabyLove Alliance.
  • Shannon Clark, MD
    Integrating group medication management into obstetrical care: A multidisciplinary treatment model for PMAD’s
    Dr. Shannon Clark is board certified in Family and Community Medicine and Psychiatry, and also completed a fellowship in Clinical Obstetrics. She is an associate physician for the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine at UC Davis Medical Center. Her specialty interests focus on the care of pregnant women with mental illness. Dr. Clark also created and runs a weekly medication management and support group for women with mood disorders from pre-conception through one-year post-partum.
  • Joanna C.M. Cole, Ph.D.
    A Model for Perinatal Palliative Care: Helping Mothers and Families Say Goodbye at Birth
    Dr. Joanna Cole is a clinical psychologist who provides psychotherapy to pregnant women diagnosed with fetal anomalies and helps families emotionally prepare for different stages in the medical experience, from pregnancy and delivery through the newborn intensive care course. She provides options and grief counseling with couples struggling with difficult decisions or loss, and is a leader within the Perinatal Palliative and Bereavement Care Program, committed to helping families plan for and cope with the knowledge that their baby might not survive after birth.
  • Lisa Cross, MA, LMFT
    A Skills-Based Approach to Helping Couples Navigate Their Postpartum Journey
    Lisa is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a specialty in Perinatal Mental Health. Her passion in this area came from her own personal struggle with Postpartum OCD after the birth of her first child. She is the Co-Director of the non-profit Pregnancy and Postpartum Support MN (PPSM) and has a private practice.
  • Annette Cycon, LICSW
    Managing Difficult Situations in Support Groups
    Annette Cycon, LICSW, Founder and Director of Training for MotherWoman has designed, led and trained others in leading women’s groups for over 25 years. Her early clinical experience leading groups for survivors of childhood sexual abuse as well as the joy and healing possible in groups of women, forms the foundation of the MotherWoman Group Model based on SEE; Safety, Education and Empowerment. She is the author of 2 publications; MotherWoman’s Group Facilitation Manual and GPS (Group Peer Support) for Perinatal Moms: The MotherWoman Support Group Curriculum. She is co-faculty of MotherWoman Support Group Facilitator Training, training many diverse group leaders nationally. She is the mother of 2 daughters and loves this work!
  • Wendy N Davis, PhD
    Perinatal Mental Health Warmlines: Training Volunteers, Sustaining Services, and Dealing with Emergencies

    Wendy Davis 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.
  • Elizabeth DeFazio, RN, MS
    Integrating group medication management into obstetrical care: A multidisciplinary treatment model for PMAD’s

    Elizabeth DeFazio received her bachelor’s degree in nursing in 1998 and a masters in counseling in 2013. She co-founded and facilitates a weekly support group for perinatal mental health at UC Davis Medical Center and provides individual and group therapy in private practice to pregnant and postpartum women.
  • Gaby Donnell LCSW
    Pre-term and Infant Death: Clinical Interventions for Grief and Trauma

    In 1996 Gaby founded Motheroots Counseling to address the unique issues related to pregnancy and postpartum. Gaby has extensive experience and training in grief and trauma informed therapy. She works with individuals, couples and groups using mindfulness, sandtray, EMDR, CBT and Somatic Experiencing. She is a volunteer community educator for Baby Blues Connection. Gaby is an experienced presenter who shares the heart of clinical work with an insight and wit that is inspirational.
  • Lisa Dryan, LCSW
    Building and Financing Grassroots Coalitions through Relationships
    Lisa Dryan Zagala, LCSW, is the Chair of the Inland Empire Perinatal Mental Health Collaborative (IEPMHC). IEPMHC is a program within The Wylie Center, a non-profit serving primarily very young children and families with special needs where she is also the Director of Mental Health.  Ms. Dryan-Zagala graduated from USC with a Master’s degree in Social Worker with a specialty in community organization, policy and administration. Since 2005, Ms. Dryan has maintained a small private practice focused on very young children, women’s issues, children, adolescents and adults on the autism spectrum, as well as “twentysomethings”. Ms. Dryan-Zagala has four children, one of whom has cerebral palsy / autism / ADHD.
  • Sherry J. Duson, M.A. LPC-S, LMFT
    Increasing Access to Care Using a Private Practice Training Model
    Sherry Duson is a Texas LPC, and a LMFTin private practice in Houston, Texas. Since 1999 she has focused on new mothers, and spent 10 years leading weekly support groups at local hospitals. In 2014, she expanded her practice to become a counseling center for families with new babies called The Center for Postpartum Family Health. Using therapists practicing under her supervision to become trained in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, they provide services on a sliding scale to the community.
  • Dvora Entin, LCSW
    Maternal Mental Health Care and the Orthodox Jewish Family: Cultural Insights
    Dvora Entin is the director of Jewish Family and Children’s Service Ma’oz, a program to engage the Orthodox Jewish community on mental health issues. Ms. Entin developed JFCS Aleinu in Phoenix, AZ where programs included the development of a Jewish Crisis Response Team, Pregnancy loss support training, and PMD community awareness and education. Dvora works in collaboration with the Orthodox Rabbinate to provide trainings on mental health issues for Rabbis and their wives, and moderates ongoing monthly support calls for Orthodox women facing Perinatal loss.
  • Vincent J. Felitti, MD
    KEYNOTE #3 Saturday, Adverse Childhood Experiences and Mental Health
    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.
  • Kim Flowers, LCSW, IF-ECMH RPF-II
    Taking Care of You, the Professional: A Mindful Response to PMADs
    Kim Flowers is the Assistant Director of Program Support with MAAC Child Development Program, and Reflective Supervisor in San Diego State University’s Department of Child & Family Development. Formerly with the American Academy of Pediatrics, CA-3, Kim facilitated reflective supervision in a local home visiting program and trained providers in screening for and addressing postpartum depression. Kim has taught in Alliant International University’s Infant – Preschooler Mental Health program. She was actively involved in the development, implementation, and facilitation of Moms in Transition, a program serving military women experiencing PMADs, and their young children. Kim practices mindfulness in her work and personal life.
  • Tonya Fulwider
    Tonya is the Program Director of Mental Health of Franklin County and the co-founder and director of Perinatal Outreach and Encouragement for Moms (POEM). Tonya is the Central US Regional Coordinator for Postpartum Support International and was a recipient of the 2009 PSI Jane Honikman Award. Tonya also oversees Mental Health America of Franklin County’s myriad of support groups, the Get Connected program, educational conferences and teaches De-escalation Strategies. She is a Certified Mental Health First Aid USA Instructor.
  • Sharon Gerdes, B.S., C.F.S.
    Postpartum Psychosis Survivors – Making a Difference (Second Annual Postpartum Psychosis Survivors Support Group)
    Sharon Gerdes is an author, motivational speaker, and Certified Food Scientist. She is the Health and Wellness editor for Dairy Foods magazine and writes extensively on health, nutrition and food science topics. A postpartum psychosis survivor, she serves as PR/Marketing Chair and Vice-President of Postpartum Support International. She currently hosts a Food and Mood blog and is a guest blogger for PSI. She has a B.S. in Foods and Nutrition from Kansas State University.
  • Nuria S. García-Ruiz, MD
    Integrating group medication management into obstetrical care: A multidisciplinary treatment model for PMAD’s
    Nuria García-Ruiz completed her bachelor’s degree in biology at the University of Puerto Rico and her medical studies at the Ponce Health Sciences University. She is now conducting clinical research with the C.O.N.N.E.C.T.E.D. group of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of California, Davis Medical Center. Dr. García’s is currently applying for an Ob-Gyn Residency while pursuing her interests in reproductive and perinatal women’s health, particularly in the area of mental conditions.
  • Adrienne Griffen, MPP
    Title of Presentation Roundtable Discussion for Nonprofit Leadership (Parts I and II)

    Adrienne Griffen is the founder and Executive Director of Postpartum Support Virginia. A survivor of postpartum anxiety, she has been leading support groups and providing information and outreach to new mothers since 2005. Adrienne graduated from the US Naval Academy and has a Masters in Public Policy from Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Adrienne and her husband Michael live in Arlington VA with their three children.
  • Diana Griffis, MS, LMFT
    Mamás y Bebés Program- Replication of a Perinatal Preventive Intervention of Postpartum Depression for the Latina Population – Adapting and Supporting the use of the Promotora Model
    Diana Griffis, M.S. is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). She received her Bachelor’s Degree in psychology and her Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from San Diego State University. She has been providing mental health services to children and their families for over 20 years. She has been working as a Clinical Therapist for Riverside County Mental Health for last 12 years and has worked in the Safe Schoo ls Program & at Riverside Juvenile Hall. She is currently working in the Prevention and Early Intervention Unit (PEI) as a Staff Development Officer coordinating trainings throughout Riverside County. Additionally, Diana also provides fidelity monitoring support of Evidence Based Practices: Mamás y Bebés (PDD), Seeking Safety (Trauma), Triple P (Parenting Program), Transitional Age Youth (TAY) Peer to Peer outreach program , Stress and Your Mood Program –Early Intervention for Depression (Local Trainer), & Families and Schools Together – FAST (Local Trainer). 
  • Emma Goforth, MPH
    Collaboration for Community Change in Perinatal Mental Health
    Emma Goforth coordinates the Pregnancy-Related Depression Project at Tri-County Health Department where she and a multi-disciplinary team work to improve identification, screening and referral for women at risk for pregnancy-related depression in Colorado. Prior to employment with TCHD, she held several roles for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Emma earned a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Colorado, and coaches with the Regional Institute for Health & Environmental Leadership
  • Kiley Hanish, OTD, OTR/L
    Return to Zero  Film and Discussion — Wednesday evening
    Kiley Hanish is founder of the Return to Zero Center for Healing. In addition, she isan occupational therapist and bereaved mother. Previously Kiley was anAssistant Professor at the USC Division of Occupational Therapy. Kiley andherhusband Sean are creators of the film Return to Zero. Itis based on their personal experience of their son who was stillborn and is the first feature film totackle the taboo subject of stillbirth.
  • Meggan Hartman, PhD
    Culture, Shame, and Motherhood Identity
    Culture, Shame, and Motherhood Identity. Mother-blame/shame is pervasive in American culture. Come and discuss the ways culture shames and blames mothers and explore the ramifications of this phenomena on the development of the Maternal Identity.
  • Jane Hesser, MFA, MSW, LICSW
    Embracing Complexity: Traumatic Birth Impact on Maternal Mental Health and Infant Bonding
    The Spaces In Between: Facilitating Wellness in Perinatal Transitions (Interpersonal Psychotherapy)

    Jane Hesser is a mother of two young daughters, Clinical Care Coordinator in the Department of Women’s Behavioral Health, at Women and Infants Hospital, and Teaching Associate in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, in 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 locally and nationally. Jane is also on the board of Directors of Girls Rock RI, a growing non-profit that uses music creation and critical thinking to foster empower ment, and the development of healthy identities in girls and women.
  • Christina G. Hibbert, Psy.D.
    Perinatal Self-Esteem, Identity, & Sense-of-Self: A New Approach to Healing
    Dr. Christina Hibbert is the bestselling author of This is How We Grow, Who Am I Without You, & 8 Keys to Mental Health Through Exercise. Dr. Hibbert hosts “Motherhood,” on WebTalkRadio.net, is Founder of The Arizona Postpartum Wellness Coalition, producer of the internationally-sold DVD, Postpartum Couples, a popular speaker, and creator of “The Psychologist, The Mom, & Me” blog, on www.DrChristinaHibbert.com. “Christi” lives in Flagstaff, AZ with her husband and six children.
  • Pec Indman, EdD, MFT
    Bridging the Gap: National Interdisciplinary Recommendations for Psychosocial Support of NICU Parents

    Dr. Indman has over 25 years of experience as a provider of healthcare and psychotherapy with expertise and experience in the unique needs and issues of women. Author, speaker, and expert consultant, and trainer, located in Cupertino, California.
  • Lauren Jassil, MSW, LCSW
    Collaboration for Community Change in Perinatal Mental Health
    Lauren Jassil has worked with children and families in many capacities, including as a Therapist in a Child Guidance Clinic and as the Program Coordinator of a prevention program aimed at decreasing involvement in higher levels of mental health care. She currently serves as the Manager of Early Childhood Services at Community Reach Center, where integrated services are provided for children birth-8 and their families, as well as women with pregnancy-related and postpartum depression.
  • Helen W Jones RN, APN, C., PhD
    Pharmacogenetics and Personalized Medicine – A Game Changer
    Dr. Jones is a advanced practice nurse, certified by the American Nurses Association in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. She has a PhD in Psychology from The Union Institute. She is a Professor Emeritus at Raritan Valley Community College in Somerville, NJ, where she taught Nursing for 26 years and Chairperson for the Health Science Education Department for five years.Dr. Jones maintains a clinical practice with Jay D. Kuris and Associates in Flemington, NJ. where she specializes in treating women with perinatal mood disorders as well as women with hormonal changes throughout the life cycle. She has presented at local, state, and national conferences.A former board member of PSI, she currently serves as a facilitator for the CHAT line.In addition to publishing in the Journal of Psychosocial Nursing, she contributed several chapers to the the book, The Nursing Process in Pharmacology: Pharmacology for Nurses: A Pathophysiologic Approach, 2nd edition by Adams, M., Holland, N. and Bostwick, P. (2007)
  • Gabrielle Kaufman, MA, LPCC, BC-DMT
    The New Family Care Clinic: Integration in Every Direction
    Keeping Mothers and Babies Safe: Building Relationships with CPS
    Gabrielle Kaufman, LPCC, BC-DMT, NCC is a dance/movement therapist and licensed professional clinical counselor with close to 25 years experience in the helping profession. She is training director for Maternal Mental Health NOW. She was director of the New Moms Connect Program of JFS. Ms. Kaufman has spoken widely, published articles on parenting, and served as editor for Bringing Light to Motherhood. She’s a PSI co-coordinator and has a bilingual private practice in Los Angeles.
  • Dalia Kenig, MA, MFT
    Perinatal Mental Health Warmlines: Training Volunteers, Sustaining Services, and Dealing with Emergencies
    Dalia Kenig is the PSI English Warmline Coordinator and a licensed psychotherapist in private practice in Encino, California. She specializes in the treatment of depression, anxiety, trauma, cross cultural issues and life transition issues. Dalia provides perinatal counseling and support to mothers and families struggling during their pregnancy and after their baby is born. She is proud to be a member and a volunteer with PSI and committed to help promote awareness on maternal health, provide resources and support to women on their journey to motherhood.  http://www.postpartum.net/get-help/psi-warmline-english-and-spanish/ 
  • Heidi B. Koss, MA, LMHC
    Utilizing Trauma-informed Skills in Perinatal Support Groups
    Heidi Koss, MA, LMHC is a psychotherapist in private practice, in Kirkland, WA. She works with individuals, couples and families, with an emphasis on pregnancy and Postpartum Mood Disorders, birth trauma, as well as treating other related birth issues. She is the Co-Founder of the Northwest Association for Postpartum Support (NAPS).Heidi has been the WA State Coordinator for Postpartum Support International, and has volunteered for over 17 years with Perinatal Support Washington. She served as past board member for PATTCh – the Prevention and Treatment of Traumatic Childbirth. She has served on the WA state leadership advisory committee for the Speak Up When You’re Down Postpartum Depression Awareness Campaign and was the recipient of the prestigious DONA International Penny Simkin Award in 2006.Prior to her psychotherapy career, Heidi was a Postpartum Doula and Certified Lactation Educator for 12 years. Heidi is also the proud mother of two daughters.
  • Yuko M. Leong RN, PHN, MS, PHCNS-BC
    Life Course Theory(LCT): Journey with Families in Transition
    For the last seventeen years, Yuko M. Leong has been a public health nurse for the city of Berkeley, California, where she provides case management services for a diverse population, mainly child-bearing families. Leong is also a recipient of a Susan A. Hickman Research Award for her study of postpartum depression among Japanese women living in California.
  • Venus Mahmoodi, M.S.
    Perinatal Cultural and Religious Practices of U.S. Muslim Women
    Venus Mahmoodi is a PhD candidate in clinical psychology at Palo Alto University’s Pacific Graduate School of Psychology. She has received training in women’s neuroscience and mental health as well as clinical training in trauma, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, and psychological testing. Her primary research interests are in Muslim mental health and perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Her dissertation focuses on the perinatal experiences and mental health of Muslim women in the US.
  • Gretchen Mallios, LCSW, RYT
    From Preconception to Thriving: How the Blue Dot is unifying a Maternal Mental Health Movement
    Gretchen Malliosis the current Board President of Postpartum Health Alliance, a San Diego based non-profit.Since 1998, PHA has served women, their families and their care providers, by providing support, information, resources, and referrals related to pregnancy and postpartum depression, anxiety and other perinatal related disorders.In addition to serving on the Board of PHA, Gretchen is a Certified EMDR Therapist in practice in Mission Valley.She specializes in maternal mental health, parentingissues, early childhood mental health, attachment, and trauma.
  • Ivy Margulies, PsyD
    Return to Zero  Film and Discussion — Wednesday evening
    Ivy Margulies is a clinical psychologist and certified death midwife. In addition to her private practice, Ivy has founded Angels Born Still specifically focused on the spectrum of reproductive maternal mental health, including postpartum depression, infertility treatments, pregnancy loss, stillbirth and infant death. She facilitates several support groups ather office and for the NICU and labor anddelivery nurses at Providence Saint John’s Hospital. Her office is located in Santa Monica, California.
  • Linda Shanti McCabe, PsyD
    If I lose the baby weight, will I re-find myself?
    Dr. Linda Shanti McCabe is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in San Francisco who has worked with women recovering from eating disorders and body image difficulties (as well as the mood disorders that often underlie them) since 1999. She has worked in residential and partial hospitalization levels of care and now has a private practice specializing in assisting women recover from disordered eating, body image difficulties, and perinatal mood disorders. She is a recovered mom that is passionate about giving back the gifts of recovery.
  • Kimberly McCue, M.A.
    Developing A Perinatal Behavioral Health Intensive Outpatient Program
    Kimberly McCue, M.A. is the Clinical Supervisor of the AMITA Health Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Perinatal Intensive Outpatient Program. Kimberly is currently a post-doctoral candidate, completing her Clinical Psychology PhD at Illinois Institute of Technology. Kimberly has an MA in Social Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Chicago. Kimberly has worked as a Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Specialist at Chicago’s Stroger Hospital of Cook County. She also has specialized training in developmental neurophysiology and pediatric neuropsychology. 
  • Patrick McGrath, Ph.D.
    Treatment of Perinatal Anxiety in IOP/PHP Setting

    Patrick McGrath, Ph.D., is the Director of the Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital’s Center for Anxiety and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Program, President of Anxiety Centers of Illinois, and President of OCD-Midwest, an affiliate of the International OCD Foundation. He’s the author of a stress management workbook titled Don’t Try Harder, Try Different as well as The OCD Answer Book. Dr. McGrath has also been featured on the Discovery Health Channel’s documentary “Anxious” and on The Learning Channel’s “Hoarding: Buried Alive.” Dr. McGrath trains students and therapists across the country in the treatment of Anxiety Disorders. He is also the president of a Private Practice Group in Illinois called Anxiety Centers of Illinois.
  • Marybeth McManus, BSN, MPA, RN-BC
    Opening an Inpatient Perinatal Psychiatry Unit: Lessons Learned
    Marybeth McManus has been a behavioral health nurse at Zucker Hillside Hospital (Northwell Health) for the past 20 years. She has been the Chief Nursing Officer and Associate Executive Director of Patient Care Services for the last 4 years with oversight of all inpatient nursing and pharmacy services. She has presented locally, nationally and internationally on such topics as the development of nursing research committees, management of the aggressive psychiatric patient, reduction of readmission rates, decreasing restraints and seclusion, TeamSTEPPS, and innovations in the delivery of behavioral health care.
  • Birdie Gunyon Meyer, RN, MA
    Managing Difficult Situations in Support Groups
    Birdie Meyer is an RN with a Master’s Degree in Psychology/Counseling. She is the Coordinator of the Perinatal Mood Disorders Program at Indiana University Health in Indianapolis, Indiana. She is a Past-President and Past-Chairperson of Education and Training of Postpartum Support International and currently is the Director of Certification. Birdie specializes in the recognition and treatment of pregnancy and postpartum mood and anxiety disorders. She is a childbirth educator and a lactation counselor. Birdie has been interviewed for radio, television, and print media. She was the subject matter expert on an e-learning CD produced by Indiana Perinatal Network that is used to train Healthy Families Home Visitors in Indiana. Birdie is highlighted as a PMD expert in a DVD that is shown around the country. Healthy Mom, Happy Family: Understanding Pregnancy and Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders.She has been speaking to audiences for over 25 years and is an International Trainer for PSI’s 2-day Perinatal Mood Disorders, Components of Care. Birdie is a member of PSI, AWHONN, Sigma Theta Tau, and Indiana Perinatal Network (IPN).
  • Tracy E. Moran, Ph.D.
    Keeping the Baby in Mind When Depression and Anxiety Transpire
    Tracy Moran is a Clinical Psychologist and Infant Mental Health Specialist for the Fussy Baby Network® New Orleans and Gulf Coast at Tulane University. Tracy was initially trained in working individually with perinatal concerns using Interpersonal Psychotherapy before seeking training in early childhood and dyadic approaches to treatment. Her long-term research and clinical interests interconnect in examining the impacts of perinatal depression, anxiety, social support, and parenting self-efficacy on family relationships.
  • Allison Murphy, MFT
    The Mothers Care Model. Bridging the Gap: Physicians and Clinicians Creating Proactive Care

    Allison Murphy MFT, is the co-creator and director of Mothers Care, an innovative perinatal mood and anxiety disorder screening and treatment program located in Sonoma County, CA. She earned a Bachelors of Arts from George Mason University and a Masters of Arts from Sonoma State University. In addition to her psychotherapy practice, Allison’s experience includes an instructor at Sonoma State University, a consultant/trainer on the topic of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders to state and local organizations and a radio co-host. She is the proud mother of two great kids.
  • Suzannah Neufeld, MFT
    Yoga and Mindfulness for Mama’s Mood: Healing Tools for PMAD
    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.
  • Ruth P. Newton, Ph.D.
    Founder & CEO, Newton Center for Affect Regulation
    Maternal postpartum depression screening, assessment and treatment: a pilot program
    Dr. Newton is a clinical psychologist specialized in the use of attachment and affect regulation theories in interventions from birth through adulthood. She is the author of The Attachment Connection and the originator of Integrative Regulation Therapy (iRT). Dr. Newton is the founder of the Newton Center for Affect Regulation (NCAR). She has been endorsed by the California Center for Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health as an Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist.
  • Theresa Nguyen, PMHNP
    Postpartum Depression in the Military
    My Hanh (Theresa) Nguyen is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who has been specializing in women’s mental health since 2007. She joined the UCSD Women’s Mental Heath Program in 2013. She has a special interest in research on mental health disparities.
  • Megan O’Hara, MSW, LCSW
    A Hybrid Integrated Care Model: A Novel Approach to Maternal Mental Health
    Megan O’Hara, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker for Christiana Care’s Center for Women’s Emotional Wellness. Ms. O’Hara earned her Master’s degree in clinical social work from Widener University and has extensive training in perinatal mood disorders. Ms. O’Hara has completed Postpartum Support International’s Components of Care, a nationally recognized, evidence based approach to working with perinatal mood disorders. Ms. O’Hara provides assessments, education, and treatment to women at risk for or experiencing perinatal mood disorders. Ms. O’Hara is involved in ongoing program development for the Center for Women’s Emotional Wellness and provides professional education and consultation to other health professionals and the public.
  • Joann M. O’Leary, PhD, MPH, MS
    Pregnant After Perinatal Loss: Differentiating Unresolved Grief/Complicated Grief from Depression
    Joann has a PhD in Family Education, a Masters in Maternal Child Health and Psychology from Queens University Belfast, NI. She worked for 18 years as a Parent-Infant Specialist in a high risk perinatal center, teaches at the University level, is a Level IV Infant Mental Health specialist, facilitates groups for bereaved parents and has published over 42 articles on how perinatal loss impacts families
  • Peggy O’Neil Nosti 
    From Preconception to Thriving: How the Blue Dot is unifying a Maternal Mental Health Movement
    Peggy O’Neil Nosti is founder of TheBlueDotProject, whose primary objective is to create a universal symbol for Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders. Proceeds from the sale of the magnets and stickers have been granted to organizations providing support to underserved women and their families. She is a member of NCMMH’s May Campaign committee. Her background is in education, teaching at the elementary and university level, and is an arts advocate, running the art program at her children’s school.
  • Jenn Paul, MA, MFT
    Community Resiliency Model® (CRM) Self –Care skills for those in the Helping & Healing Profession

    Jenn Paul holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University. As a Psychotherapist in Private Practice, she specializes in working with pregnant and postpartum women and families. She also runs several mother-infant attachment groups. As apart of her advocacy work, she sits on the Board of Directors for PEP and is a member of the Santa Barbara Perinatal Wellness Coalition.
  • Sherry L. Payne MSN RN CNE IBCLC
    KEYNOTE #2 Friday: Maternal Mental Health and Cultural Competency
    Sherry L. Payne has a bachelors of nursing and a masters in nursing education. She is currently a student of midwifery. She is an internationally board certified lactation consultant and a certified nurse educator. Upon completion of her midwifery studies, she plans to open an urban prenatal clinic, birth center and midwifery school. Ms. Payne founded Uzazi Village, a nonprofit dedicated to decreasing health disparites in the urban core. She is an editor for Clinical Lactation Journal, and sits on the board of the National Association for Professional and Peer Lactation Supporters of Color. She also sits on her local FIMR Board (fetal infant mortality review). She presents nationally on perinatal health disparities in birth and breastfeeding. Her career goals include increasing the number of midwives of color and improving lactation rates in the African American community through increasing the number of LCs of color. Ms. Payne resides in Overland Park, KS with her husband and nine children.
  • Caron Post, PhD
    Keeping Mothers and Babies Safe: Building Relationships with CPS
    Caron Post, PhD is a clinical psychologist who specializes in maternal mental health, perinatal mood disorders and parent – child relationships. She is the former Director of the Clinical Training Program at the Early Childhood Center-Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Program Coordinator of Adult Outpatient Services at Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health Centers and is currently the Executive Director of Maternal Mental Health NOW. She maintains a private practice in Los Angeles, California
  • Chris Raines, R.N., M.S.N., APRN-BC
    Avoiding Crisis and the Loss of Life by Recognizing and Treating Postpartum Psychosis
    Christena Raines, RN, MSN, APRN-BC is Associate Director of Obstetrical Liaison and Community Outreach at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Perinatal Psychiatry Program within the UNC Center for Women’s Mood Disorders. Chris is a dual trained, board certified nurse practitioner in both Women’s Health and Psychiatric-Mental Health and has practiced as a Perinatal Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at the UNC center for Women’s Mood Disorders for over a decade. She has worked to develop an embedded perinatal mental health provider within the OB-GYN High-risk clinic. She also founded the UNC Perinatal Depression Support Group in 2006 that has served over 100 + women. She was a member of the planning team instrumental in opening the 1st in-patient Perinatal Mental health unit in the country and continues to be an integral part of training the specialized nursing staff on the unit. Chris also serves on the Board of Directors of Postpartum Support International. She is currently the committee chair for forming state PSI Chapters and was the Co-Chair for the International PSI conference held in Chapel Hill last June.
  • Michael Regalado, MD
    The New Family Care Clinic: Integration in Every Direction
  • Alison Reminick, MD
    Postpartum Depression in the Military
    Dr. Alison Reminick received her medical degree from the Boston University School of Medicine and trained at the Massachusetts General Hospital for her internship year. She completed her training at University of California Los Angeles where she served as chief resident of the Women’s Life Center providing comprehensive medical care for women who suffer from PMS/PMDD, peripartum mood disorders, and emotional disturbances during menopause. She has done research with the Perinatal and Reproductive Psychiatry Center at Massachusetts General Hospital and has numerous publications within the field of Women’s Mental Health. She previously served as the Director of Women’s Mental Health and the Outpatient Director of Psychiatric Services at Rush University Medical Center. She joined University of California, San Diego in July 2015 as the perinatal psychiatrist for the Women’s Mental Health Program.
  • Marisela Rosales, LCSW
    Perinatal Mental Health Warmlines: Training Volunteers, Sustaining Services, and Dealing with Emergencies
    Marisela Rosales is the PSI Spanish Warmline Coordinator, and an LCSW working in private practice in Whittier, California, specializing in perinatal mood disorders, couples, and families. She is endorsed by the state of California as an Infant-Family Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist and has extensive experience working with children age birth to five and their families. She has run postpartum groups and has provided training on perinatal mood disorders for family practice physicians and clinicians in the Whittier area. Marisela has volunteered for PSI’s Spanish Warmline and is currently the coordinator for PSI’s Spanish Warmline Volunteers. www.postpartum.net/en-espanol/apoyo-de-psi-para-las-familias-hispano-parlantes/
  • Amber Rukaj, M.A., LMFT, PP Doula
    Integrative Systems Model For Infertility: Patient benefits and provider considerations for PMADs prevention
    Amber Rukaj is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a graduate of the University of San Diego’s Marriage and Family Therapy program. She has additionally been trained as an early childhood therapist, postpartum doula and is the past President of the Postpartum Health Alliance. Amber has worked for the University of California San Diego Department of Reproductive Medicine since 2006 where she helped create the Maternal Mental Health Program embedded within the OB/Gyn clinics.
  • Sage Saxton, Psy.D., Oregon Health and Science University
    Bridging the Gap: National Interdisciplinary Recommendations for Psychosocial Support of NICU Parents
    Dr. Saxton is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Divisions of Pediatrics and Neonatology and the Director of the Oregon Health Science University (OHSU) 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.
  • Andrea Schneider, MSW, LCSW
    Healing with the Expressive Arts: Interventions for Moms with PMADs
    Andrea Schneider, MSW, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker with a private practice in Southern California, addressing women’s reproductive mental health. She is also a 10-year volunteer with Postpartum Support International as a Southern California Co-Coordinator. Andrea has presented twice at PSI conferences (2009 – Los Angeles, 2011 – Seattle), and enjoys contributing to the growing body of knowledge in serving moms impacted by PMADs. Over the last decade, Andrea has also provided many workshops for local medical organizations and non-profits in order to help train medical and clinical practitioners to better understand and serve those impacted by PMADs.
  • Semira Semino-Asaro, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC
    Postpartum Depression in the Military
    Semira Semino-Asaro, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC is currently an Assistant Professor at University of San Diego Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, teaching across graduate programs in nursing, with a focus on mental health content. She is a Board Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist in Psychiatric Mental-Health Nursing and is pursuing additional training as a Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at University of San Diego. Semira completed a two year Post-Graduate Fellowship in Infant-Parent Mental Health at University of Massachusetts Boston’s Department of Clinical Psychology during the course of her doctoral study in Nursing and Health Policy at University of Massachusetts Boston College of Nursing and Health Science. Her dissertation focused on the relationship between maternal subjective and objective data in the context of early maternal–infant interaction. She has experience with qualitative and quantitative as well as mixed-methods research methodologies, having worked as a Research Assistant and Project Manager on a variety of NIH funded grants during her graduate studies. Semira has a long-standing interest in maternal-child and psychiatric mental health nursing and has several years of clinical nursing experience in both specialties. She enjoys participating in multidisciplinary clinical and translational research projects as well as teaching and clinical practice.
  • Erica Shoemaker, MD MPH
    The New Family Care Clinic: Integration in Every Direction
    Dr Shoemaker is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the University of Southern California. In her role at LAC and USC Medical Center, she oversees psychiatric services for children in the inpatient, emergency, and outpatient settings, and she is program director for the child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship. Her clinical specialty is the evaluation and treatment of very young children with emotional, developmental, and behavior disorders. She is a founding member of the New Family Care Clinic team.
  • Jennifer Silverstein, LCSW, IFMHS
    Infant Neurodevelopment Development and Primary Relationships: Mitigating the PMAD Impact
    Jennifer Silverstein has over fifteen years experience supporting pregnant and postpartum women, including as a homebirth midwife and doula. Jenni specializes in preventing and treating Perinatal Mood Disorders and fostering Early Childhood Mental Health. Jenni is a Napa Infant-Parent Mental Health Fellow, with advanced knowledge of infant neurodevelopment in the context of primary relationships. She currently works in private practice, and as a Clinical Supervisor at the Child Parent Institute in Santa Rosa CA.
  • Lita Simanis, MSW, LCSW
    Developing A Perinatal Behavioral Health Intensive Outpatient Program
    Treatment of Perinatal Anxiety in IOP/PHP Setting

    Lita is Coordinator of the Pregnancy and Postpartum Mood & Anxiety Disorder Program at Alexian Brothers Health System. She also works as a Perinatal Mental Health Clinician on the North Shore Mom’s Line. Lita is currently the secretary for Postpartum Support International. Since 2008, Lita has been the co-coordinator of the Postpartum Depression Illinois Alliance. Lita plays an integral role in the development and implementation of the recently opened AMITA Perinatal IOP at Alexian Women and Children’s Hospital.
  • Daniel B. Singley, Ph.D., ABPP
    Fathers’ Perinatal Mental Health: Yes, It Exists and What You Should Do About It
    Dr. Singley 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 an emphasis on reproductive psychology and the transition to fatherhood. He conducts trainings and presentations around the country to enhance father inclusiveness and founded the grant-funded Basic Training for New Dads, Inc nonprofit. In his free time, Dr. Singley likes to surf, cook, and take his two boys on hikes to throw rocks at things.
  • Elizabeth Smith, MPH, ICCE, IBCLE, RLC
    The Breast is Best Paradigm & Maternal Mental Health: Best Practices in Psychotherapy and Lactation
    Elizabeth Smith, MPH, ICCE, IBCLC, RLC has been working with families since 1998. She began by working on the Strengthening Families Grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention as trainer. She then certified in childbirth education and began teaching at the University Hospital. In 2002 Elizabeth was asked to take over the perinatal programs and over the past 13 years has worked on numerous subcommittees giving her a broad look at family dynamics. She is a board certified lactation consultant and the hospital Baby Friendly Coordinator. She, along with a small team, was responsible for starting an outpatient lactation clinic at the hospital. Other work includes: Perinatal Professionals Consortium Chair, March of  Dimes Advocacy Committee, Utah Breastfeeding Coalition, Utah Milk Bank Task Force, Utah Maternal Mental Health Collaborative, International Childbirth Education Association Board, ACNM Education Subcommittee and University of Utah Perinatal Bereavement Committee. She has spoken at numerous local and national conferences, including Keynote Speaker for the 2013 ICEA Conference. Elizabeth has been married 25 years and has three children; two successfully grown and one entering the teenage journey.
  • Malina Spirito, Psy.D., M.Ed.
    A Hybrid Integrated Care Model: A Novel Approach to Maternal Mental Health
    Malina Spirito, PsyD., MEd., is a licensed psychologist at the Christiana Care Center for Women’s Emotional Wellness, specializing in support for women before, during, and after pregnancy. Dr. Spirito provides consultations, assessments, and treatment to women and their families regarding perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Dr. Spirito is involved in ongoing program development for the Center for Women’s Emotional Wellness and provides professional education and consultation to other health professionals and the public. Dr. Spirito has completed Postpartum Support International’s Components of Care, a nationally recognized, evidence based approach to working with perinatal mood disorders.
  • Bruce Spurlock, M.D.
    California Maternal Mental Health Commission-­‐Findings and Recommendations
    Bruce Spurlock is the facilitator of the California Commission and President & CEO of Cynosure Health Solutions, a management consulting firm committed to leading improvement in health care. He also leads large quality collaboratives in California, Florida and in partnership with HRET, across the nation designed to accelerate the implementation of evidence-­‐based practices. Currently, he is an Adjunct Associate Professor with Stanford University. He is a nationally known speaker on healthcare topics ranging from health care trends to redesigning specific operational.
  • Rachael Stracka, LCSW, BCD
    Taking Care of You, the Professional: A Mindful Response to PMADs
    is a psychotherapist and clinical consultant in private practice. Her specialties include PMADs, reproductive trauma and loss as well as mindfulness practice. Rachael was the lead therapeutic support group facilitator for Moms in Transition, a program for active duty and military spouses struggling with PMADs and their children. Over the course of several years with the program, Rachael was instrumental in compiling a handbook used as a guide for the 10 week curriculum. She currently works primarily with individuals and couples in Escondido, CA.
  • Lindsay Stenovec, MS, RDN, CEDRD, CLEC
    Eating Disorders During Pregnancy and Postpartum – Risk Factors, Symptoms and Treatment
    Lindsay Stenovec, Registered Dietitian and Certified Eating Disorder Specialist, is the owner of Nutrition Instincts™ (www.nutritioninstincts.com), a private practice specializing in eating disorders, intuitive eating, and prenatal and postpartum wellness. Lindsay’s mission is to help women and mothers reduce stress and guilt around food and movement by restoring trust in their bodies, taking weight obsession out of the equation and re-defining health and self-care so that each woman and mother can truly thrive.
  • Khawla Suleiman-Qafiti, M.D., MAS, FAAP, Family Health Centers San Diego (FHCSD)
    Maternal postpartum depression screening, assessment and treatment: a pilot program
    Dr. Suleiman is board certified in pediatrics. She is the Medical Director for Pediatric Development Services, the Assistant Medical Director for Pediatrics at FHCSD. For 20 years, she has trained pediatric residents to provide culturally sensitive compassionate care. She graduated from Baghdad University then completed her pediatric residency at UCSF-Fresno, a Community Pediatric fellowship and Masters in Leadership at UCSD. Her passion is serving the “Whole Child” including mothers so children can thrive and succeed.
  • Anna Sutton, RN, PHN, MSN
    From Preconception to Thriving: How the Blue Dot is unifying a Maternal Mental Health Movement
    Anna Sutton is a Supervising Public Health Nurse and MCAH Coordinator in Yolo County, California. She chairs the Yolo County Perinatal Mental Health Collaborative and serves as a liaison to the perinatal provider community. Her background is in high risk home visitation coupled with behavioral health servicesand MCAH Program development, coordination and implementation. The Yolo County collaborative launched a successful Travelling Blue Dot Campaign in May 2015 which has been presented as a “public health best practice in social media” for County Health Executives Association of California(CHEAC), recently replicated by Monterey County and to be replicated by several California counties in 2016.
  • Patrisha Taylor, MFT, PhD (candidate)
    Keeping Mothers and Babies Safe: Building Relationships with CPS
    Patrisha Taylor, MFT, PhD (candidate), licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, is Supervising Children’s Social Worker with Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services,. Ms. Taylor has facilitated training LA County child welfare social workers, supervising social workers, and public health nurses on strategies to assess for safety and risk factors associated with maternal depression for mothers who are being investigated for child abuse and neglect.
  • Lisa Testa, PhD
    This is Not Your Mothers’ PMAD: Complex Cases and Clinical Pearls
    Dr. Lisa Testa is a NYS licensed psychologist who graduated from The New School for Social Research in January 2006. She is the Program Coordinator for the Perinatal Psychiatry Service at Zucker -Hillside Hospital and one of the original clinical members of this team founded in 2010. Dr. Testa has presented at various venues on the topic of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders and has participated in community outreach efforts to promote awareness.
  • Lisa Jansen Thompson, MA, LPC
    Collaboration for Community Change in Perinatal Mental Health
    Lisa Jansen Thompson, MA, LPC has worked in the mental health field since 1994 and has been involved in improving systems that serve young children and families since 2001. She is currently the Executive Director of the Early Childhood Partnership of Adams County, an organization using the Collective Impact approach to improve early childhood and family outcomes in a high risk community. With partner organizations, Lisa spearheaded the Pregnancy Related Depression Action Team in 2012.
  • Amanda Tinkelman, MD
    This is Not Your Mothers’ PMAD: Complex Cases and Clinical Pearls
    Bipolar Disorder and Postpartum Psychosis

    Dr. Tinkelman, Associate Director of Adult Ambulatory Services and Medical Director of the Perinatal Psychiatry Program at The Zucker Hillside Hospital, Northwell Health (formerly North Shore-LIJ), leads the Perinatal training pathways for the Hofstra at NSLIJ Adult Psychiatry Residency Program. She received her BA from NYU, Magna cum Laude, and graduated University of Illinois Medical School. She was Chief Resident at the Hofstra NSLIJ School of Medicine, receiving Resident of the Year award and is currently Assistant Professor of Psychiatry.
  • Tina Walch, MD
    This is Not Your Mothers’ PMAD: Complex Cases and Clinical Pearls
    A Board Certified Psychiatrist with 25 years of experience treating behavioral health disorders, Dr. Tina Walch is the Medical Director at South Oaks Hospital, a member of the Nassau County Perinatal Task force, the Advisory Board of the Postpartum Resource Center of NY, and the Steering committee for the Katz Institute for Women’s Health. She is the creator of both Why am I Blue and the Ask the Question campaign to raise awareness for PMAD.
  • Pauline Walfisch, LCSW
    This is Not Your Mothers’ PMAD: Complex Cases and Clinical Pearls

    Pauline Walfisch is a licensed clinical social worker specializing in reproductive mental health. She is the Program Director of the Perinatal Psychiatry Services at The Zucker Hillside Hospital, Northwell Health (formerly North Shore-LIJ), Chair of the Nassau County PMAD Task Force, and a member of the Executive Advisory Board-Nassau County Perinatal Services Network. Pauline has 15 year’s experience in the field of mental health – providing diagnosis, assessment and treatment- as well as clinical supervision of other mental health professionals.
  • Amy-Rose White MSW, LCSW
    The Breast is Best Paradigm & Maternal Mental Health: Best Practices in Psychotherapy and Lactation
    Amy-Rose White MSW, LCSW is a perinatal and couples psychotherapist in private practice and Founder/Executive Director of the Utah Maternal Mental Health Collaborative. She specializes in reproductive trauma and maternal mental health treatment also providing education and advocacy on the topic of prevention, screening, identification, and treatment of disorders related to reproductive health events. She is the Southwest Regional Coordinator for Postpartum Support International, former Director of Maternal Mental Health at The Healing Group in Salt Lake City as well as co-founder and former Executive Director of WellMama Maternal Mental Health Services in Eugene, OR. She has twenty years of social work experience with perinatal and multi-stressed families and a passion for trauma responsive care, prevention of birth trauma PTSD, promoting early childhood mental health and child abuse prevention. She is also the proud mother of two rambunctious boys and a survivor of PPD and PPPTSD.