PSI Past President
LocationEnglewood Cliffs, New Jersey
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, New York University, where she presents on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Ms. Stone received her MSW from New York University where she was the recipient of a President’s Service Award. Intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy while working at Hackensack University Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry, she helped form and facilitate the Postpartum Psychotherapy program which helped assess, identify and treat women at risk or diagnosed with perinatal mood disorders. She also offered socialization groups for new mothers and their babies, as well as individual and group therapy specifically supportive to recovery from perinatal mood disorders. She has received numerous other awards for her initiation and implementation of other programs supportive to mental health, including animal assisted therapy.
Ms. Stone was a contributor to the NJ Governor’s Task Force Educational Webinar on postpartum depression and is a frequent author and cited resource on the topic of perinatal mental health; recent writings include Perinatal and Postpartum Mood Disorders: Perspectives and Treatment Guide for the Healthcare Practitioner (Stone & Menken, eds, Springer, 2008), an article in the NJ Psychological Association’s journal Empowering PPD Recovery with Dialectical Behavior Therapy and a chapter on the treatment of perinatal mood disorders in a graduate textbook entitled Cognitive Behavior Therapy in Clinical Social Work Practice, the first of its kind for social workers with a foreword by Aaron Beck. (Ronen & Freeman, Springer, 2006). Her Powerpoint presentation, “Telling the Birth Story”, has been widely resourced around the world by healthcare facilities, agencies and mental health professionals as a guide for those interested in implementing PPD programs. She regularly presents on women’s reproductive mental health issues at educational conferences, seminars and in the media; national television appearances have included the CBS Early Show, ABC News, NJN News, NBC News, The New Morning Show (Hallmark), A Place of Our Own (PBS), the Morning Show (FOX) and many others.
At the invitation of Congressional Leaders, Ms. Stone has presented at Capitol Hill Press Conference with Brooke Shields and other notable advocates on this issue, spoken at Congressional briefings and is frequently invited to contribute viewpoint or review pending legislation, media content or commentary relevant to PPD issues and emerging research. She is a nationally recognized advocate for the promotion of evidenced based clinical programs contributing to the perinatal wellness of women and their infants. She maintains a private practice in Englewood Cliffs, NJ specializing in women’s reproductive mental health across the life cycle, trauma treatment, DBT and EMDR. She can be reached at email@example.com or through her website www.susandowdstone.com.Return to List