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Ann Smith, CNM

Ann Smith, CNM

Ann Smith, CNM, is a former PSI Board member, PSI Presidents Advisory Council member, nurse-midwife, PSI Support Coordinator in New York City, PPD survivor, lecturer on perinatal mood disorders to health professionals, a facilitator on PSI Chat with an Expert forum, and led a postpartum depression support group in New York for many years. She has…

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Lita Simanis, LCSW

Lita Simanis, LCSW 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. Since 2008, Lita has been the co-coordinator of the Postpartum Depression Illinois Alliance. Lita graduated from the Jane Addams School…

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Lynn McFarland, MBA

Lynn McFarland, MBA is a three-time survivor of postpartum depression. She has worked in nonprofit development and fundraising for fifteen years holding various positions, most recently as the Director of Alumni Relations at Central Catholic High School in Portland, OR. Lynn earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology and her Master of Business Administration…

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Chris Raines, RN MSN APRN-BC

Christena Raines, RN, MSN, APRN-BC is Associate Director of Obstetrical Liaison and Community Outreach at the University of North Carolina Perinatal Psychiatry. 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…

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Angela Burling, R.N., M.S.N.

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….

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Suma Karandikar MA, LCPC

Suma is a founding member of Postpartum Wellness Center, LLC and is a licensed clinical professional counselor. Suma has been working as a clinician for the past 14 years. She particularly enjoys working with issues related to pregnancy and parenthood. She has received highly specialized training in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Suma enjoys working with…

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Robin Muskal, PhD

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…

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Devi Natarajan

Devi Natarajan has a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from Northwestern University, Chicago, IL. Devi worked at Aon Hewitt, a global provider of risk management, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, human resource solutions and outsourcing services for ten years before deciding to pursue her passion in the field of Psychology. During her time at Aon Hewitt,…

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Vanessa Park

Vanessa Park is currently Director of Development, Communications, and Alumni Affairs at Dutchess Day School, a PreK-8th grade independent school in Dutchess County, New York. She also has her own freelance editing and ghostwriting business called VKP Editing. Until 2012, she had been an English teacher and writing instructor for 25 years. She has an…

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Mary Parnham

Mary (Moore) Parnham is currently a paralegal/office manager for the firm of Parnham & Associates in Houston, Texas. This is a criminal defense law firm, most known for representing Andrea Yates. After the first trial, in which Ms. Yates was found guilty and sentenced to life in the penitentiary, Mary and her defense attorney husband,…

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Lauren Safran, LCSW

Lauren Safran LCSW specializes in the treatment of reproductive mood disorders with practices in both Harrison and Chappaqua, NY. She received her master’s degree in Social Work from Columbia University and has since been providing support to women on their journeys through motherhood. She has made it her mission to support women during this difficult time, and…

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Daniel B. Singley, PhD, ABPP

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 a particular emphasis on reproductive psychology and the transition to fatherhood. He conducts trainings and presentations around the country to assist individuals and organizations to enhance their level…

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Carly Snyder, MD

Carly Snyder, M.D. is a Psychiatrist in New York City with a focus and expertise in Reproductive Psychiatry. Dr. Snyder is the Clinical Course Director for the Reproductive and Perinatal Psychiatry Program at Beth Israel Medical Center. She holds faculty appointments in Psychiatry and Obstetrics and Gynecology at Beth Israel Medical Center, and a teaching…

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Karen Wachenheim

I am a Senior Accountant for the New York State Education Department. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development and Family Studies and my Certificate in Accounting. I have been an Accountant for 15 years. I am also a Zumba instructor and have been for four years. I live in Upstate NY I have…

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Wendy N. Davis, PhD

Role in PSI: Wendy is PSI’s Executive Director. In collaboration with our PSI volunteers, Office Administrator and the Board of Directors, she is responsible for developing and implementing sustainable services towards fulfillment of the PSI mission, vision and purpose.  She coordinates the PSI volunteers: recruiting, guiding their training, developing bilingual services, creating volunteer policies and…

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Lianne Swanson
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Linda G. Klempner, PhD

Linda was Membership Chair and Secretary of the PSI Board from 2007-2012 when she became chair of PSI’s President’s Advisory Council. She is a facilitator for PSI’s Chat with an Expert. She has been on the PPD Taskforce of the Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey and was a founding member…

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Diana Lynn Barnes, PsyD, MFT

Diana Lynn Barnes, Psy.D is a psychotherapist in private practice in Woodland Hills, CA who specializes in the assessment and treatment of perinatal mood disorders. She is a frequently interviewed trainer and presenter on this topic. Dr. Barnes is a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists as well as the…

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Cheryl Tatano Beck, DNSc, CNM, FAAN

Cheryl is a professor at the University of Connecticut, School of Nursing. Her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing is from Western Connecticut State University. She received her Master’s degree in maternal-newborn nursing from Yale University. Cheryl is a certified nurse-midwife. She received her certificate in nurse-midwifery also from Yale University. Her Doctor of Nursing…

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Shoshana Bennett, PhD

Shoshana S. Bennett, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and immediate past president of PSI. She is the author of Postpartum Depression for Dummies (Dec.’06) and the co-author of Beyond the Blues: A Guide to Understanding and Treating Prenatal and Postpartum Depression (June ‘06). Dr. Bennett founded Postpartum Assistance for Mothers in 1987 after her second…

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Catherine Birndorf, MD

Dr. Birndorf is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Obstetrics & Gynecology at The New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center. She is Program Director of the Payne Whitney Women’s Program, a program designed to evaluate and treat women with emotional distress and psychiatric illness throughout the life cycle. Board-certified in Psychiatry and Psychosomatic Medicine, Dr….

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Carol Blocker
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Philip Boyce, MD

Philip Boyce is Professor of psychiatry at the Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney, and head of the Perinatal Psychiatry Service at Westmead hospital.  

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Mary Jo Codey

Mary Jo Codey, First Lady of New Jersey from November 2004 to January 2006, is a gifted educator and a staunch advocate for individuals whose lives have been affected by mental illness or breast cancer. A lifelong resident of New Jersey, she has been married to the state’s 53rd governor, Richard J. Codey—who continues to…

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Ann Dunnewold, PhD

Ann L. Dunnewold, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist specializing in women’s mental health issues related to reproductive function. In independent practice in Dallas, Texas, Ann has provided training and consultation to health systems and professionals on postpartum mood disorders for more than fifteen years. She has been featured as an expert in numerous national television/radio…

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Vivette Glover, M.A., PhD, D.Sc.

Professor in Perinatal Psychobiology, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London Honorary Senior Lecturer, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College, London Adjunct Professor, University of Rochester, NY, USA Glover trained as a biochemist at Oxford University, and did BA Biology in Oxford and her PhD at University College London. She has had a long term interest in…

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Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Ph.D., IBCLC, FAPA

Kathleen Kendall-Tackett is a health psychologist and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She is the Owner and Editor-in-Chief of Praeclarus Press, a small press specializing in women’s health. Dr. Kendall-Tackett is a Research Associate at the Crimes against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire, Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Texas…

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Sylvia Lasalandra

Sylvia Lasalandra is a survivor of PPD. As a devoted mother of Melina, 7 years old and passionate advocate, Ms. Lasalandra has taken her experience and created a vehicle in print and film to offer encouragement and inspiration to the thousands of women who suffer from these illnesses and those who support and treat them….

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M. Cynthia Logsdon, DNS, ARNP

M. Cynthia Logsdon, DNS, ARNP, is Associate Professor of Nursing at the University of Louisville. In addition she provides primary healthcare to women suffering with postpartum depression in her weekly practice as a women’s health nurse practitioner. She holds a BSN in nursing from Spalding University, an MSN in maternity and a DNS in women’s…

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Shari Lusskin, MD

Dr. Lusskin is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and an Attending in Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Medical Center. She is the Director of Psychopharmacologic Agents for the Reproductive Toxicology Center, a Non-Profit Foundation which operates Reprotox®, a computerized database on the…

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Alexis Menken, PhD

Alexis E. Menken, Ph.D. is a Clinical Psychologist licensed in NY, NJ and CT. She developed her career at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. She worked there for approximately ten years as a staff Psychologist in Community Psychiatry where she conducted women’s groups and trained psychology interns. Dr. Menken developed a specialty in Maternal Mental Health…

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Birdie Gunyon Meyer, RN, MA, CLC

Birdie is an RN with a Master’s Degree in Counseling. She is the coordinator of the Perinatal Mood Disorders Program at Indiana University Health in Indianapolis, IN. In that role she serves as the facilitator for weekly mom-to-mom support groups, teaches an outreach class twice a month, and sees clients for evaluation, education and referral….

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Joan Mudd
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Sonia Murdock

Sonia Murdock is a perinatal mood and anxiety disorders trainer and consultant. She co-founded and is the Executive Director of the Postpartum Resource Center of New York, Inc., and a past president of Postpartum Support International. She has been honored with numerous awards including Postpartum Support International’s Jane Honikman Award for a model perinatal depression…

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George Parnham

He is a soft-spoken attorney who once trained for the priesthood and was thrust into the national spotlight through representing such high-profile clients as Andrea Yates and Clara Harris. Parnham has practiced law for thirty-seven years in Houston, Texas, specializing in criminal defense. Viewing law as a practical way to serve his fellow citizens, he…

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Margaret Spinelli, MD

Dr. Spinelli received her medical degree from Cornell University Medical College after a 15 year career in obstetrical nursing. She received additional training at the Mother-Baby Postpartum Unit of the Maudsley and Royal Bethlem Hospital in London. She then completed her Residency in Psychiatry at Cornell and completed a Post-doctoral Research Fellowship at Columbia. Dr….

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Susan Dowd Stone, MSW, LCSW

Susan Dowd Stone, MSW, LCSW was president of Postpartum Support International, (2006 – 2008), the organization’s vice-president and Conference Chair (2005 – 2006) and Chair of the President’s Advisory Council (2008- 2010.) She is a NJHSS Certified Perinatal Mood Disorders Instructor, and Adjunct Lecturer in the MSW program at the Silver School of Social Work,…

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Valerie Plame Wilson

A former career covert CIA operations officer, Valerie Plame worked to protect America’s national security and prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, in particular nuclear weapons. Valerie is the author of the New York Times best-selling memoir Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House, which was released…

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