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Breakout Sessions and Keynotes

Friday, July 14, 2017

Fayth ParksKEYNOTE 1
Fayth M. Parks, Ph.D
FRIDAY 8:15 – 9:15 am

Making a Way Out of No Way: Cultural Strengths, Health Disparities, and Postpartum Families


Breakout I –  Friday, 9:30am-10:30am

  • Kathleen O’Donnell, LGSW
    Improving prenatal and postpartum mental health treatment for refugees: Lessons learned through providing trauma-informed mental health care for Karen refugees within a primary care clinic setting.
  • Katayune Kaeni, Ph.D.
    Mom & Mind: Raising the Volume on Voices of MMH
    Innovative Solutions
    The Mom & Mind Podcast has allowed a unique opportunity to spread education and awareness of MMH, in a meaningful and personal way, directly to listeners.
  • McClain Sampson, Ph.D.
    This presentation provides information on Dr. Sampson’s research study that examined effectiveness of a home visiting intervention among low-income mothers with postpartum depression.
  • Melinda Thiam, M.D. and Kelly Elmore
    Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders are understudied/underrecognized in the military population, yet they have a ripple effect across families as well as affect military readiness.
  • Carolyn Broudy, M.D., M.S.
  • Annette Cycon, MSW, LICSW and Liz Friedman
  • Michael Pipich, LMFT
    Peripartum Onset in Bipolar Disorder: Assessment and Treatment in a Three-Phase Approach
    Childbirth has a strong influence on the development of bipolar disorder in women, however, many patients are misdiagnosed. Attendees will learn bipolar diagnostic techniques and a three-phase approach to treatment.
  • Adrienne Griffin, Samantha Meltzer-Brody, and Zo Ratansi


Breakout II –  Friday, 10:45am-11:45am

  • Agathe Pierre-Louis, Psy.D.
    The purpose of this proposal is to build on existing research and assess the relationship between the identity of Strong Black woman and the implications of PPD experience.
  • Shannon Erisman, Ph.D.
    Dialectical Behavior Therapy: A Treatment Approach for Perinatal Women
    Innovative Solutions 
    Perinatal Dialectical Behavior Therapy (pDBT) is an innovative modification of an effective therapeutic approach for particular benefit to perinatal women with mood and anxiety disorders
  • Elyssa Kushner, Psy.D.
  • Samantha Meltzer-Brody, MD, MPH
    We report the results of the first placebo-controlled study of SAGE-547 Injection, a proprietary formulation of allopregnanolone, in a clearly defined population of women with severe PPD.
  • Jamie Zahlaway Belsito
  • Ashley Hanna Morgan, LCSW
  • Lynne McIntyre, MSW, LICSW and Morgan Gross
  • Mari-Carmen Farmer, BSN, RN, SNM, WHNP/CNM Candidate; Lisa Kugler, CNM, MSN; Maren Oser, CNM, MSN; Jessica Schwarz, CNM, MSN


FRIDAY LUNCH – 12:00 – 1:00pm (lunch provided)


12:00- 1:00 pm:  Professionals of Color: An Opportunity to Connect and Support Each Other. This session is a rare opportunity to bring perinatal professionals of color together to connect, build community, hold space for each other, and speak honestly about our experiences and concerns around racism, stigma, and race-based trauma. (lunch provided). 


S Meltzer-BrodyKEYNOTE 2
Samantha Meltzer-Brody, M.D., MPH
Friday 1:15 – 2:15
Harnessing the Power of Social Media to Understand Postpartum Depression: The Experience of the PPD ACT APP for Screening and Large Scale Research

Breakout III – Friday, 2:30 – 3:45pm

  • Jabina Coleman, LSW, IBCLC; Divya Kumar, ScM, CLC, CPD; Desirée Israel, LGSW
    An interactive discussion between clinicians and providers on best practices serving Women of Color & PMADs.
  • Jesse Kuendig, MA, LICSW and Helen Kim, MD

    A trauma-informed, two-generation approach to perinatal mental health intervention will be presented and opportunities for infusing this model across hospital settings and the community will be explored.
  • Margaret Spinelli, MD

    Interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) is supported by substantial empirical evidence as a treatment for depression. We have demonstrated that Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Antepartum Depression (IPT-P) is effective for moderate depressive symptoms.
  • Samantha Huguelet, DNP, APRN, CNS
  • Marianela Rodriguez, Ph.D; Tania Rosario; Javier O. Morales Nazario, M.P.H., C.L.E., B.A
    A multidisciplinary panel will discuss the concept of obstetric violence and its manifestations, will provide examples of this type of gender violence and propose strategies to eradicate it.
  • Chuck Schaeffer, Ph.D.
  • Ariel Shumaker-Hammond, MPH/MSW, LCSW and Elizabeth Gillette, LCSW
  • Amanda Cadran, Ph.D. & Wendy Davis, Ph.D.


Breakout IV – Friday, 4:00pm-5:30pm

  • Amanda Tinkelman, MD,  Jessica Cosgrove, MD; Emily Hill, MD
  • Joanna Cole, Ph.D.; Jessica Hertzog, MSW; Laura E Palmer, M.Div; Elizabeth A Olsen, MS, CCLS; David Munson MD; Julie S Moldenhauer, MD, Erica M Schindewolf, MS, CGC
  • Susan Ellis Murphy, MA, BSN, RNC-OB, LPC and Allison Pope Burger
  • Carrie Banks, MS and Chris Raines, RN, MSN, APRN-BC
    Learn the steps involved in creating a PSI State Chapter. Create bigger impact in your state by pooling resources and advocates on a state-wide level. We will teach you how.
    • Sage Saxton, Psy.D.
      This presentation will describe the process of conceptualization, planning and implementation, and programmatic evaluation for Hello Baby. Discussion will occur around structural needs, staffing needs, and public relations/advertising.
    • Margaret Spinelli, MD; Elizabeth Fitelson, MD; Kimberly Mangla, MD
    • Lisa Weinstock, MD and Elise Israel, MSW
      This presentation will focus on unique cultural issues impacting the treatment of Hasidic women during the perinatal and postpartum period. Clinical cases will be presented that highlight these issues.
    • Response to Perinatal Loss in the Orthodox Jewish Community provides opportunity for sensitivity and meaningful support when delivered with culturally appropriate bereavement practices that conform to established religious norms.
  • Combined Session – Psychotherapy
    • Sarah Liebman, LMFT



FRIDAY 7:00 – 9:00 pm GALA BANQUET at the Sheraton


 Saturday, July 15, 2017

Kleiman_0004c (002)awenzelKEYNOTE 3
SATURDAY 8:15 – 9:15am
Karen Kleiman, MSW, LCSW & Amy Wenzel, Ph.D., ABPP
Perinatal Distress, Psychotherapy, & Strategies of Intervention: Two Experts Agree to Disagree



Breakout V – Saturday, 9:30-10:30am

  • Cassie Owens, LPC and Elizabeth O’Brien, LPC
    Bolstering Clinical Competency in Private Practice: Build Your Own Maternal Mental Health Consultation Group
    Innovative Solutions
    Learn how to create your own Maternal Mental Health consultation group. Through this experiential workshop, we will explore professional development in the business side of private practice, and ways to strengthen advanced clinical skills.
  • Deborah Rich, Ph.D., LP
    Transition to Parenthood: A Model for Unifying Pregnancy Loss Theory and Practice Within Postpartum Well-Being
    The presenter integrates perinatal and developmental research to conceptualize pregnancy loss as a developmental crisis, offering case examples and modeling congruent intervention strategies of anticipatory guidance and guided participation.
  • Kelly McGlothen, BSN, RN, IBCLC, IMH-E
    “I’m Doing the Best That I can for Her”: Infant Feeding Decision-Making Among Mothers Receiving Medication Assisted Treatment for an Opioid-Use Disorder
    The purpose of this presentation is to present the findings of a study exploring factors that impact the infant feeding decisions of women receiving medication-assisted treatment for an opioid-use disorder.
  • Catharine McDonald, MS, NCC, LPC
    Trauma & Birth: Implications for Medical & Psychiatric Care
    Trauma and violence aren’t words we like to associate with birth. The interplay of all three influence mom’s mental health, her ability to care for herself, and her baby.
  • Leena Batra, Ph.D.
    But I’ve Wanted This For So Long! Helping Adoptive Parents Through The Post-Adoption Blues
    Fathers and Families
    Adopting a child brings joy, stress, and turmoil. Professionals can help adoptive parents learn ways to cope with post-adoption depression and anxiety and to build empowered and healthy families.
  • Gianna Lafronza, MS, LCAT, BC-DMT and  Rebecca Feldman, CNM
    Building Alliances: Expanding Perinatal Mental Healthcare in the New York City Hospital System
    Integrated Systems
    Our presentation will detail the steps we have taken to forge connections and programming within the departments of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Psychiatry in a large New York City public hospital.
  • Elisabeth Schneider, LMFT
    The Tiny Miracles Foundation Model: Addressing the Psychosocial Needs of NICU Families
    Peer Support/Communities
    Presentation will highlight TTMF programs for Families with Preemies, including highly successful in hospital peer mentoring and after discharge support, with goal of improved outcomes for baby and family.


Breakout VI- Saturday, 10:45am-11:45am

  • Aparna Iyer, MD
    Cultural Considerations in Treating South Asians With Pospartum Mental Illness
    Cultural Diversity
    South Asians are the fastest growing ethnic group within the United States, and South Asian cultures present multiple unique factors to take into consideration when screening for and treating postpartum mental illness.
  • Renée Miller, PsyD, MAPS, Karen Kleiman, MSW, LCSW, & Catherine Birndorf, MD
    In Practice: Your Questions Answered
    Innovative Solutions
    Aimed at therapists in private practice, this session consists of a panel of three perinatal practitioners who will answer questions and facilitate discussion about working with pregnant and postpartum women.
  • Sharon Ben Rafael, PsyD
    Integrating IPT and CBT for Complex Perinatal Disorders
    In this case study I will present an integrative approach of IPT and CBT for treating comorbid perinatal anxiety and depression. Psychotherapy integration is defined as an attempt to look beyond the confines of single-school approaches. Interpersonal Psychotherapy provides the framework for this treatment while Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is used to intervene at the level of problem areas.
  • Kalli Feldman, Ph.D. and Deborah Ohm, Psy.D.
    Inpatient Group Therapy Program
    Cultivating compassion, shared experience, and empowerment: Reflections on the development of an inpatient perinatal group psychotherapy program
  • Elizabeth Fitelson, MD and Mayumi Okuda Benavides, MD
    Intimate Partner Violence, Trauma, and Perinatal Women
    This session focuses on intimate partner violence as a risk factor for adverse maternal and child outcomes, describes an innovative model of care, and provides strategies for clinicians.
  • Casey Hoffman, Ph.D., Joanna Cole, Ph.D. & Chavis Patterson, Ph.D.
    Longitudinal Mental Health Screening of Mothers and Fathers of Medically Complex Infants: From the Prenatal Period through Post-NICU Follow up Care
    Fathers and Families
    Discuss the importance of mental health screening longitudinally across the continuum of care for families of high risk infants, including considerations for fathers, and communication of findings across providers.
  • Tiffany Ross, MSW
    YCMF (Yates Children Memorial Fund) Collaborative Group Making Change in Houston
    Integrated Systems
    The Yates Children Memorial Fund (YCMF) Collaborative brings together professionals to focus on four components: education, research, services, and fundraising, as the guiding framework in Houston on perinatal mood disorders.
  • Leslie Butterfield, Ph.D.
    Self-Compassion: A Road to Resilience following Traumatic Birth
    Peer Support/Communities
    This presentation will describe the practice of self compassion as a method to reduce suffering, cultivate positive self care, and to create hope when negative emotions threaten to overwhelm recovery.


SATURDAY LUNCH: (lunch provided)


EppersonKEYNOTE 4
SATURDAY 1:15 – 2:15
C. Neill Epperson, M.D.

Many Faces of Postpartum Depression: A Physician-Scientist’s Point of View



Breakout VII – Saturday, 2:30pm-4:00pm

  • Julia Andino, MSW, LCSW
  • Margaret Spinelli, MD; Diana Lynn Barnes, Psy.D, M.F.T.; Michael Dowd, JD
    Becoming an Expert Witness:Understanding the Illness, Supporting Defendants and Counsel,  and Educating the Court
    Two expert witnesses and three attorneys describe two specific infanticide cases. They will present techniques for testifying and discuss the experience of participating in a murder trial. Participants will learn about preparing to be an expert witness, and how to help the legal profession and the court understand perinatal mental illness and its impact on judgement and behavior in a criminal case. 
  • Lisa Testa, Ph.D., Kalli Feldman, Ph.D., Kristen Scala, LCSW, & Megan Asuncion
    This is Not Your Mothers’ PMAD: Complex Cases and Clinical Pearls-Part 2: Psychotherapy
    Utilizing case scenarios attendees will understand diverse presentations of PMAD and recognize the importance of developing wrap around services to provide bridging care for mothers at all levels of need.
  • Alison Stuebe, MD, MSc, FACOG & Kristin Tully, Ph.D.
    Applying a 4th Trimester Lens to Mother-Infant Care
    The “4th Trimester” Project is engages stakeholders to identify challenges in postpartum healthcare delivery. In this session, we will define the 4th trimester period and present recommended provider competencies.
  • Jennifer Moyer & Teresa Twomey, JD
    Community Action and Support for Those Affected by Postpartum Psychosis
    Presentation will include a history of postpartum psychosis advocacy, the current state of advocacy, what is needed to address the challenges of postpartum psychosis and the future direction of postpartum psychosis advocacy.
  • Pamela Geller, Ph.D., Alexa Bonacquisit, Ph.D., Chavis Patterson, Ph.D., Victoria Grunberg, Ph.D., & Christina DiSanza, MA
    Innovative Psychosocial Programming to Alleviate Postpartum Distress
    Innovative Solutions
    This session highlights five novel projects that address ways to alleviate postpartum distress for parents through innovative psychosocial interventions that can be integrated into hospital and collaborative care settings.
  • Combined Session – Integrated Systems
    • Hina Sheth, MS, PT, OCS, MTC, SFMA
      Integrated Approach for Treating the Peri and Postpartum Musculoskeletal System
      An in depth discussion of the musculoskeletal changes during and after pregnancy and its impact on the lumbo/hip/pelvic complex, downstream affects and holistic integrated treatment.
    • Elizabeth Kusturiss, MSN, CRNP, IF
      Postpartum Dyspareunia: Causes and Treatment
      Postpartum dyspareunia is a highly prevalent disorder affecting up to 51% at 6 months postpartum. This lecture will discuss the prevalence, etiologies and various treatment modalities of postpartum dyspareunia.
  • Combined Session: Boundaries, Self-care, and Disclosure: Tools and Ethics for the Perinatal Provider – Peer Support/Communities
    • Ashlee Rahmlow, LCSW, Andrea Bates, LCSW, Margaret Hermosa-Rice, MSN, ANP-BC, WHNP-BC, ONP-C, & Alexia Johnstone, LMHC
      This panel presentation will focus on healthy boundaries and use of self- disclosure in peer support work with moms. Attendees will gain useful tips and tools for their peer work.
    • Hilary Waller, MS
      The Perinatal Therapist: Self Disclosures in the Perinatal Period Learn how disclosure of therapist pregnancy impacts the perinatal client’s therapeutic experience and how this disclosure may enrich the therapeutic process.

SATURDAY 4:15 – 5:15pm
Joanna Cole, Ph.D.
His Hidden Tears and Broken Heart: Attending to the Needs of Fathers Experiencing Perinatal Loss

SATURDAY 5:15-5:30pm:

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