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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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Catherine Birndorf, MD

Catherine Birndorf, MD is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Obstetrics/Gynecology and founding director of the Payne Whitney Women’s Program at The New York Presbyterian Hospital – Weill Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan. She is also the founder of the Women’s Mental Health Consortium, a New York area network of women’s mental health clinicians and…

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Veronica Brady

A distinguished director and producer, Veronica Brady has a career that spans 25 years. During this time, she has directed over 100 plays, founded three theatre companies, worked on countless television and film productions, and received an Emmy and numerous Ovation and LA Weekly awards. Her most recent projects include documentaries Love 99, Not Carol,…

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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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Joanna CM Cole, PhD

Joanna CM Cole, PhD is the Manager of Psychosocial Programs and a Licensed Clinical Psychologist at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). She practices within the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment, which provides specialized care to mothers carrying fetuses with known birth defects that require fetal surgery and treatment before or after birth. Babies…

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Steven D’Achille

I am the president and founder of Alexis Joy D’Achille Foundation for Postpartum Depression, advocate, husband, and Dad.   I’m a man advocating for maternal mental health issues because I realize women’s health is a family health issue.   My passion is creating access to care for families struggling.  www.alexisjoyfoundation.org

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Katayune Kaeni, Psy.D.

Katayune Kaeni, Psy.D., is a psychologist in private practice specializing perinatal mental health. She was drawn to this specialty after going through Postpartum Depression, Postpartum Anxiety and Postpartum OCD with her first child. Dr. Kat is the creator and host of the Mom & Mind Podcast, which focuses on perinatal mental health and wellness. She…

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David Levine, MD

Dr. Levine is a New Jersey based pediatrician with the Summit Medical Group. David is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.  He suffered from postpartum depression with his first child, but that did not stop him from having a second, and having postpartum anxiety with that one.  He has spoken about his experiences at…

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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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Tiffany Ross

Tiffany is the Director of Education & Outreach for Mental Health America of Greater Houston. At MHA, Tiffany is currently responsible for the management of education and training programs. She oversees professional training for medical, mental health and social service professionals, as well as community education and outreach. Tiffany also works part-time at the Houston…

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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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Laura Sirulnik, MD
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Liz Verney

Liz Verney has a BFA from Parson’s School of Design and The New School. She was an Illustrator, Graphic Designer and magazine Art Director in New York City. She moved to rural New Hampshire when she married and there she raised two children. She was on the NH State Council for The Arts,and taught 7th…

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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 serves as a liaison with other groups and organizations, and works on PSI outreach projects…

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Lianne Swanson
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Carrie Banks

Carrie Banks holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a M.S. in Parks Recreation and Tourism Management from North Carolina State University. She has over 15 years of experience in nonprofits, including 5 years as an executive director. After the birth of her first child, Carrie…

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Monika Bapna

I have a passion for strategic thinking and creative communication along with a drive to learn about different aspects of mental health.  Prior to coming to PSI, I have worked in the healthcare field for about 5 years analyzing media outreach, researching health outcomes, developing public and private partnerships within the US and globally and…

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Edith Casterline

Role in PSI: As the Membership Development Coordinator, Edith connects with members on their benefits, manages processes such as renewals, and manages membership data systems and reporting. Bio: I started working for PSI in December 2017. I have been enjoying getting to know the PSI community! My background is primarily in the nonprofit sector (for…

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Emily Jankowski Newton

I am a yoga instructor and Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder (PMAD) advocate. I suffered from PPA and PPOCD after the birth of my oldest son in 2008. Unfortunately, I wasn’t diagnosed until 2010 while being treated for PPA after the birth of my second son. After my third child was born in 2012, I…

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Heather King

Heather is the moderator for our Smart Patients Postpartum Community Forum  I have been working with women struggling with perinatal mood disorders since 2015. Before that, I was s stay-at-home mom and freelance writer who spent too much time struggling with perinatal mood disorders myself, before getting help and recovering. Before motherhood, I worked for…

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Christopher Thompson

Christopher Thompson is the Director of Development for Postpartum Support International. In this role he is responsible for establishing the strategy, program initiatives, and stewardship of major donors, including individuals and corporations. Christopher recently served as Chief Development Officer of the Interfaith Center of New York, where he successfully designed and implemented a multi-year development…

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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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Carol Blocker
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Vivien Burt, MD

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…

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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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Susan Benjamin Feingold PsyD
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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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Pec Indman, EdD, MFT
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Sylvia Lasalandra

Sylvia Lasalandra is a survivor of PPD. As a devoted mother of Melina, 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. Her riveting story, A Daughter’s Touch, was…

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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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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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Timoria McQueen Saba
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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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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 D. 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 Assistant Professor in the MSW program at the…

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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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