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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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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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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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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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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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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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Osarumen Nicole Doghor, MD

Originally from Arlington Texas, received undergraduate degree in Biology from Priarie View A&M University. Attended Medical School at University of Louisville in Kentucky and Psychiatry Residency at Harvard. Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Menninger Department of Psychiatry, Baylor College of Medicine Staff Psychiatrist at The Women’s Place- Center for Reproductive Psychiatry and The Menopause…

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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 Advancement at Fairwinds Counseling Center in Nantucket, MA. She also has her own freelance editing and ghostwriting business called Vanessa’s Red Pen. Until 2012, she had been an English teacher and writing instructor for 25 years. She has an MFA in writing from Columbia University and a BA from…

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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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Shelby Peterson

Shelby Peterson is a dedicated mother, postpartum mentor, community volunteer, and wife of a police officer. Born and raised in Southern California, Shelby resides in San Diego with her husband Jake, and their three children. Shelby enjoys spending time with her family, serving as a wish-granter for the make-a-wish foundation, and utilizing her experience in…

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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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Wendy N. Davis, PhD, PMH-C

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, M.S., PMH-C

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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Amy Corn

I am a Maternal Mental Health Advocate and two-time survivor of postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety/OCD and postpartum PTSD. I was truly excited to become a mother and had a perfect pregnancy with our first. All of that changed and my life was forever altered after an incredibly traumatic delivery where everything that could go wrong…

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Birdie Gunyon Meyer, RN, MA, PMH-C

Birdie is the PSI Certification Director. She is an RN with a Master’s Degree in Counseling, and was the coordinator of the Perinatal Mood Disorders Program at Indiana University Health in Indianapolis, IN. She is certified as a Lactation Counselor, Spirit of Care giving facilitator, RTS Bereavement Facilitator, Critical Incident response, and Parish Nurse. She…

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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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Maura Johnson, LCSW

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a wealth of experience in various areas of behavioral health. The early part of my career was spent working with children/adolescents, as well as substance abuse counseling and inpatient mental health. It wasn’t until my own intense and humbling experience with PPD/OCD that I began to realize…

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Jessica Peterson

Jessica Peterson has a BA from Washington State University in Sociology and Human Relations, and an MBA in Marketing from Portland State University. She has 15 years of experience working in varying marketing roles. She is a mother to two children and has spent the last 5 years on the Board of her local MOMS…

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Tiffany Ross

Tiffany Ross is the PSI Yates Children Memorial Fund Justice and Advocacy Manager. She directed the Maternal Mental Health programs at Mental Heath America of Greater Houston, and the Yates Children Memorial Fund work there to educate clinicians, community health aides and the general public in greater Houston on perinatal mood disorders. Her role in…

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Kat Schuknecht, PMH-C

Kat Schuknecht was born and raised in Wisconsin. She traveled two hours south of her hometown to attend college at UW-Madison, and has lived in Madison ever since. After the birth of her second daughter, Kat discovered she had been experiencing postpartum depression, anxiety, and OCD since the birth of her first daughter four years…

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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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Melissa Bangs

Melissa Bangs is fifth generation Montanan on her dad’s side and draws her roots all the way back to Roger Williams and Providence, Rhode Island on her mom’s side. In her many years away from Montana, Melissa worked as a labor organizer, a development director of an international human rights organization and a nonprofit consultant…

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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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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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Susan Benjamin Feingold PsyD

SUSAN BENJAMIN FEINGOLD, PSY.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist, perinatal legal advocate, author and adjunct professor at Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Argosy University with offices in Chicago, Skokie and Highland Park, IL. Dr. Feingold presented expert testimony in support of HB 1764 in the House Judiciary-Criminal Committee and in the Senate Criminal Law Committee….

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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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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

I am a maternal health writer, advocate and speaker specializing in mental and physical trauma due to childbirth and pregnancy-quite a change from my former career as a celebrity makeup artist. Immediately following the birth of my oldest daughter in 2010, I suffered a postpartum hemorrhage and almost died. I underwent a life-saving surgery and…

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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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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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Postpartum Support International.