PSI/UNC Main Conference Program List of Presenters

Faculty Biographies

27th Annual PSI Conference with University of North Carolina
Center for Women’s Mood Disorders
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

“Creating Connections between Communities, Practitioners, and Science: Innovative Care for Perinatal Mood Disorders”

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2014 Conference Keynote Presenters

David Rubinow, MD, Assad Meymandi Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an internationally known expert in the evaluation and treatment of women with mood disorders that occur during periods of hormonal change, will speak about cutting edge research on women’s mental health.

Marguerite Morgan, LMSW, PhD
, Clinical Supervisor of Arbor Circle Early Childhood Services, Grand Rapids, MI, will address Perinatal Mood Disorders and the perspectives of African American childbearing women.

Joy Burkhard, MBA,
A Look from the Outside In: Barriers to Screening & Treatment and the 2020 Mom Project. Joy is the founder of the California Maternal Mental Health Collaborative and the national 2020 Mom Project campaign.

Samantha Meltzer-Brody, MD, MPH,
Director of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Perinatal Psychiatry Program, will review psychopharmacologic treatment of perinatal psychiatric illness.



Katherine Stone, Banquet Emcee: Katherine Stone is the creator of Postpartum Progress, the world’s leading blog on postpartum depression and a New York Times Must-Read Parenting Blog. Katherine also is the founder of Postpartum Progress Inc, a national nonprofit supporting pregnant and new moms with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. She has been named one of the fiercest women in America by More magazine, and also a WebMD Health Hero. 

Susan Benjamin Feingold, PsyD, Banquet Keynote Speaker, author of Happy Endings, New Beginnings: Navigating Postpartum Disorders,” is a licensed clinical psychologist, author and adjunct professor at Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Chicago Campus of Argosy University. In her clinical practice, she has specialized for over twenty years in women's mental health issues related to reproductive function, including perinatal depression and anxiety disorders, adjustment disorders, PMDD, fertility issues, pregnancy loss, menopausal problems, PTSD, sexual issues and couple relationship problems. 



Fatima Z. Ali, M.D., D.F.A.P.A.

In 1983 Fatima joined Loyola University Medical Center. She has become one of Loyola’s Professors of Psychiatry. Also, Co-Directed a private practice since 1992, and has been Medical Director at Loyola & Linden Oaks. She assisted research studies, built psychiatric programs, and is a member of many psychiatric associations. Fatima has been published, quoted in the media, spoken all over the country, and awarded for her work with eating disorders, and women’s behavioral health issues. 

Diana Lynn Barnes, PsyD, MFT

A past president of Postpartum Support International, Diana Barnes is a nationally recognized forensic expert often called upon by defense counsel on cases of infanticide, neonaticide, pregnancy denial and child abuse. Dr. Barnes is a member of the training faculty of the Los Angeles County Perinatal Mental Health Task Force and a member of the California Maternal Mental Health Collaborative. She is the 2009 recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Eli Lilly Foundation.

Beth Bassett, LPC

Beth Bassett is a licensed professional counselor and has a private practice specializing in perinatal mental health and trauma in Portland, Oregon. Beth is the mother of an 11-year-old daughter and a past PSI state coordinator in Alaska. Since moving to Oregon in 2010, Beth has continued to volunteer with PSI and advocate for mothers and families. She is a domestic adoptee and has recently become involved in adoptee activism.

Nancy Berlow, LCSW-R

Nancy Berlow, LCSW is the social worker and supervisor of the Pregnancy Loss Support Program (PLSP). She supervises and trains volunteers who provide telephone outreach support counseling and co-facilitate perinatal bereavement support groups. Formerly Nancy was the coordinator of a pregnancy and infant loss bereavement support program at a large metropolitan hospital. In addition, Nancy has a clinical practice in Long Island working with clients experiencing any type of loss and infertility.

Julie Bindeman, PsyD

Dr. Bindeman graduated from George Washington University with a doctorate in psychology. Her private practice, Integrative Therapy of Greater Washington was founded in 2007 with Nanci Brown, LCSW-C, where both specialize in reproductive psychology. Dr. Bindeman has taught at several universities, provides professional consultation, delivers workshops, gives community talks, and writes. She is currently writing a book titled “Pregnancies Interrupted” and contributes to several blogs on parenting and reproduction challenges.

Ashley Borawski, RN

Ashley Borawski, RN, CPNP, has been a member of the Department of Pediatrics in the physician practice of Saint Louis University since September 2011. She earned MS in nursing from the University of Missouri–Columbia. Mrs. Borawski has been a PNP since 2011, and a pediatric nurse since 2007. Mrs. Borawski has clinical expertise in general pediatrics and research interest in postpartum depression as well as promotion and support for breastfeeding mothers.

Anna R. Brandon, PhD, MCS, ABPP 

Anna Brandon completed her doctoral training at the UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, and subsequently received a Master of Science in Clinical Science in 2009 as an NIH-funded Clinical Scholar. At UT Southwestern, Dr. Brandon assisted in the development of a Women’s Mental Health Center, and was awarded an early career development award from the NIMH in 2009. Now at the University of North Carolina, her research and practice focus upon perinatal women.

Kelly Brogan MD, ABIHM

As an undergraduate at M.I.T., Dr. Brogan studied Cognitive Neuroscience. She attended Cornell Medical School where she began her work in Reproductive Psychiatry, which she went on to train in during her residency and Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship at NYU/Bellevue. A passion for holistic living, environmental medicine, and nutrition are the bedrock of her functional medicine practice. She is Board Certified in Psychiatry, Psychosomatic Medicine, as well as Board Certified in Integrative and Holistic Medicine. She is one of the only MDs with perinatal psychiatric training who takes a holistic evidence-based approach in the care of patients. She practices in NYC and is on faculty at NYU/Bellevue.

Matthew Broom, MD

Dr. Broom is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Saint Louis University School of Medicine and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics. He is board-certified in General Pediatrics and a member of the Academic Pediatrics Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the AAP Sections on Uniformed Services and Hospital Medicine. His research interests include medical education, professionalism, postpartum depression, and improving patient-provider communication via technology.

Lorraine Caputo, MSW, LCSW

Lorraine Caputo, LCSW is in private practice in Maplewood, NJ and in New York City. She has practiced for 27 years since obtaining her MSW at Smith College School for Social Work in 1986. She began work with Perinatal Mood Disorders while a Senior Social Worker & Coordinator of the Marital and Family Therapy Clinic, Outpatient Department of Payne Whitney Clinic at New York Presbyterian Hospital (1990 -1998). She was a Postpartum Support International Board Member from 2009-2012 and Coordinator of the PSI Warmline from 2010-2011. She received a Certificate in Psychoanalysis & Psychotherapy from the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis (1993 2001); trained in IPT at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in 2004 and at the PSI/International Marce Society Conference in 2011; Certification in Treatment of Incest and Trauma, Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, 1996-1997.

Crystal Clancy, MA, LMFT 

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a survivor of PPD. She is the Clinic Director at Nystrom & Associates in Apple Valley and Co-Director of Pregnancy & Postpartum Support MN. She also helped develop their HelpLine. She is married and a mother of two. Crystal serves with Lisa serve as Co-Directors of PPSM.

Jacqueline V. Cohen, LPC, CHT

Jacqueline V. Cohen LPC, CHT is a licensed therapist in Marietta, Georgia with a private practice where she works with individuals ages 14 and up as well as couples. Her specialties include Perinatal and Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Eating Disorders, Addiction, Codependency, Depression, Anxiety and Trauma. I am also a certified Hypnotherapist. she is a survivor of Postpartum Depression and Anxiety and is a mother of two.

Lisa Cross, MA, LMFT, LLC 

Lisa is in private practice in St. Louis Park, MN. She has extensive training and personal experience in the area of pregnancy and postpartum mood disorders and miscarriages. Her passion is in working with women who struggle with postpartum anxiety and OCD. Lisa serves with Crystal Clancy as Co-Directors of PPSM.

Annette Cycon, LICSW

Annette Cycon, LICSW, Founder and Director of Training for MotherWoman. Author and faculty of MotherWoman Support Group Facilitator Training. Facilitator of support groups for mothers along the lifespan. Trainer of leaders of MotherWoman Facilitation team in San Pedro, Guatemala.

Michele Davidson PhD, CNM, CFN, RN

Michele Davidson, PhD, CNM, CFN, RN, CPS suffered a profound postpartum psychosis after a traumatic birth injury. She holds a PhD in nursing administration and health care policy from George Mason University and has practiced in the area of women’s health nursing since 1990. She is an Associate Professor of Nursing, an affiliate faculty member in Women’s Studies, and the coordinator of the PhD Nursing Program at a large university. Dr. Davidson published A Nurse’s Guide to Women’s Mental Health Care which earned an American Journal of Nursing Book Award in 2012 in the category of psychiatric mental-health nursing. She advocates for women with mental health disorders and individuals with disabilities.

Wendy Davis, PhD

Wendy Davis is PSI Executive Director and has a counseling and consulting practice specializing in maternal mental health. She is Founding Director and a Clinical Advisor to Oregon’s Baby Blues Connection. She provides training and consultation in governmental, clinical, and community settings and is an international trainer for clinical, social support, and public health providers and organizations. She helped write Oregon's successful maternal mental health legislation in 2009, 2010, and 2011, and chaired the Oregon Maternal Mental Health workgroup through the Oregon Health Authority. She became a specialist in perinatal mental health after recovering from postpartum depression and anxiety. She lives with her husband and two lovey teenagers in Portland Oregon.

Marian Earls, MD

Marian Earls is the Lead Pediatric Consultant for Community Care of North Carolina, and is the lead on the NC CHIPRA Quality Demonstration Grant. She is also a Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician. Dr. Earls received her A.B. in Biology in 1976 from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, her Master of Theological Studies (MTS) in 1978 from Harvard Divinity School and her M.D. from the University of Massachusetts in 1984.

Adrienne Einarson, RN 

Adrienne Einarson RN, retired from her position at The Motherisk Program at The Hospital for Sick Children, in Jan 2011 after 21 years of service, 14 years as the Assistant Director. She  is continuing her involvement as a consultant . She remainsan active member of the team and continues to supervise trainee’s involvement in research. Her main research interests are inpsychiatry and the safety of psychopharmacologic drugs in pregnancy. Other research interests include perception of risk,determinants of decision-making, attitudes and practices and knowledge transfer and translation. To date, she has published 181 papers in the peer reviewed literature and has collaborated on several book chapters and other projects in this field.

Noreen Esposito, EdD, PMHNP

Noreen Esposito is a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (SUNY-Stonybrook) and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (UNC-Chapel Hill). She completed a doctorate in education at Columbia University and postdoctoral training through the Veterans Administration. Her clinical experiences in NICU, PICU, women’s primary care and mental health settings inform her research interests in patient-provider interactions. A Clinical Associate Professor at UNC-CH, her UNC practice focuses on perinatal mood disorders. She is intensively trained in DBT.

Licia Freeman, M.A.

Licia Freeman, M.A., M.Ed., is a Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in Atlanta, GA, and a Postpartum Support International coordinator in that state. Licia specializes in treating mood and anxiety disorders related to women’s reproductive hormones, and Postpartum OCD has been one of her areas of interest. Licia is a clinical member of the International OCD Foundation, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, and a graduate of the Behavioral Therapy Training Institute.

Liz Friedman, MFA 

Liz is MotherWoman(MW) Program Director and Founder of MW Postpartum Support Initiative, won the 2010 TEDWomen contest for her MW work. She has designed trainings on perinatal emotional complications, the MW Support Group Model and Facilitator Training with MW founder, Annette Cycon. Liz was appointed to Massachusetts PPD Commission and is a co-investigator with Dr. Nancy Byatt of UMass on Barriers to Care and Dr. Peggy O’Neill of Smith College on Impact of Support Groups on MMH.

Edith Gettes, MD

Dr. Edith Gettes received her MD and completed her psychiatry residency training at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor at UNC and psychiatrist for the UNC Women’s Mood Disorder Clinic at Rex Hospital, where she is also on the inpatient consult service. In addition to providing mental health care, she serves local women and families through her work as a musician and foster parent.

Deepika Goyal, PhD, FNP-C

Dr. Goyal is a Professor in the Valley Foundation School of Nursing at San Jose State University. She teaches maternal-child health, research methods, and diversity courses to undergraduate, graduate, and DNP students. In her research role, Dr. Goyal studies postpartum depression, risk factors (infant gender, infant temperament, sleep disturbance, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status), and health disparities. In her role as a family nurse practitioner, Dr. Goyal has primarily worked in women’s health, student health, and occupational health.

Adrienne Griffen

Adrienne Griffen is the Founder and Executive Director of Postpartum Support Virginia. Adrienne graduated from the US Naval Academy and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Her early career (before children) included positions at the White House, Pentagon, and IRS. Adrienne lives in Arlington VA with her amazing husband Michael, three children, dog, and guinea pig.

Jessica Harrison, LCSW

Jessica Harrison is a clinical social worker and trained birth/postpartum doula practicing in perinatal mental health and social work education in Portland, Oregon. A domestic adoptee, she has been involved in the reproductive justice movements and adoptee activism since 2000. Jessica is the editor of a grassroots publication "The Adoption Constellation" magazine.

Gina Hassan, PhD

Gina Hassan is a psychologist and mother with 20+ years experience working with pregnant and postpartum women and is co-founder of Perinatal Psychotherapy Services. Gina incorporates mindfulness practices into her work with perinatal clients and runs Mindfulness-Based Mothers’ Groups. She writes and teaches about motherhood and the postpartum transition. Her work appears in a number of journals and online magazines. She completed her doctorate in 1991 and her teacher training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in 2007.

Melissa Hoffman, RN 

Melissa Hoffman, RN is mother of two boys and a Community Education Specialist for Prenatal/Parenting programs in Lawrence, Kansas. She has dedicated 14 years promoting health and wellness for expectant and new parents, and is a former labor and delivery nurse, certified Childbirth Educator, Breastfeeding Educator, and Doula. PSI Regional Midwest and Kansas Coordinator and Area Coordinator for the Kansas Pregnancy/Postpartum Resource Center. Melissa is getting a Doctorate in Clinical Nursing Practice in the area of mental health. 

Margaret Howard, PhD

Margaret Howard, PhD is a Professor of Psychiatry & Human Behavior (Clinical) at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Director of the Mother-Baby Perinatal Partial Hospital at Women & Infants Hospital since 2000 and Interim Division Director of Women’s Behavioral Health since 2011. Dr. Howard is Associate Director of the WIH/Brown University Women’s Mental Health Fellowship. Her clinical and research interests include postpartum mood disorders, attachment, and novel and integrated treatments for perinatal women.

Pec Indman, EdD, MFT

Pec Indman, Ed.D. MFT has worked in the field of perinatal mood disorders for over twenty years. Pec is the Director of Women’s Health for, and the past chair of the Education and Training Committee for Postpartum Support International. An internationally recognized speaker, she is a contributor and trainer for federal and local organizations, and PSI. She is co-author of the book Beyond the Blues, Understanding and Treating Prenatal and Postpartum Depression & Anxiety.

Dana Kaplan, MD

Dana Kaplan, MD is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Stonybrook School of Medicine and currently completing her Fellowship in Child Abuse Pediatrics at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Her clinical and research interests include primary and secondary child abuse prevention and the impact of maternal mental health on infant and child development.

Gabrielle Kaufman, MA, LPCC, BC-DMT, NCC 

Gabrielle Kaufman, dance/movement therapist and LPCC, is the Training Director for the Los Angeles County Perinatal Mental Health Task Force, formerly director of New Moms Connect of Jewish Family Service. She has run programs for high-risk families, teaches newborn/toddler parenting classes, and runs support groups for single parents and women with postpartum depression. She edited, Bringing Light To Motherhood, is a PSI Los Angeles co-coordinator, and has a bilingual private psychotherapy practice.

Karen Kleiman, MSW, LCSW 

Karen Kleiman, MSW, LCSW, is an international expert on postpartum depression and the founder of The Postpartum Stress Center, a premier treatment and training center for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. This Isn't What I Expected was her first, groundbreaking book on postpartum depression. Subsequent books include The Postpartum Husband, What Am I Thinking?: Having a Baby After Postpartum Depression, Therapy and the Postpartum Woman, and Dropping the Baby and Others Scary Thoughts

Amy Ladley, PhD

Amy Ladley is a research coordinator in the Division of General Academic Pediatrics at Saint Louis University where she directs research projects on maternal depression and teen obesity. Her background in Mass Communication and Public Affairs, Amy’s research interests focus on using communication technologies, social media, and mobile applications to facilitate patient care, and improve patient education, treatment, and empowerment.

Sandraluz Lara-Cinisomo, PhD

Dr. Lara-Cinisomo possesses an extensive knowledge of cultural factors associated with maternal depression in Latina mothers. To complement this knowledge base, Dr. Lara-Cinisomo is undergoing rigorous training in reproductive mood disorders at the UNC Chapel Hill where she is learning about the clinical pathophysiology of perinatal depression. Dr. Lara-Cinisomo is currently conducting a new longitudinal study with perinatal immigrant and U.S.-born Latinas that includes psychological assessments, laboratory experiments and blood draws.

Dawn Leprich-Graves, MA, LPC

Dawn received her M.A. in Clinical Psychology, Counseling Specialization from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She began her career working on the adult unit at Linden Oaks Hospital at Edward in 2004. In 2008, Dawn transferred to Arabella House, LOH’s group home for women with eating disorders. In addition, Dawn began contributing as a PMAD program research assistant. Her clinical internship was completed at North Central College’s Dyson Wellness Center.

Birdie Meyer, RN, MA

Birdie is the Coordinator of the Perinatal Mood Disorders Program at Indiana University Health, PSI Past-President, Chair of Training and Education Committee, and an international national trainer for PSI’s certificate course. Birdie is a childbirth educator and lactation counselor and specializes in treatment of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. She is on a statewide task force and was the expert on a CD used to train Healthy Families Home Visitors, produced by Indiana Perinatal Network.

William Meyer, MSW

William S. Meyer, MSW, BCD is an associate clinical professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Ob/Gyn at Duke University Medical Center, where he has worked for over 30 years, 17 of which in the high-risk obstetrics clinic. He has facilitated support groups for 20 years with distressed pregnant and postpartum women. He has lectured extensively on postpartum emotional disorders and is the recipient of numerous awards for his teaching and clinical work.

Pam Dzialak Moffitt

Pamela Dzialak Moffit is the President and Founder of the Tree of Hope Foundation, a non-profit organization established in 2005 to promote education and awareness of postpartum-related mood disorders, and to provide support to families struggling with a postpartum mood disorder. The founding members of the organization were profoundly impacted by the tragedy of the deaths of Mary Ellen and Caroline Moffitt, who became victims of this devastating disorder. Our goal is to provide awareness, education and support to prevent tragedies for others.

Jennifer H Moyer, BS

Jennifer H Moyer, BS overcame postpartum psychosis and now advocates, writes and speaks on mental health issues related to childbearing. Jennifer has experience as a PSI Coordinator, postpartum support and education consultant, as well as a postpartum doula. She is a trainer for leadership and advocacy in consumer mental health and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing with over ten years of professional experience primarily within the healthcare industry.

Maggie Muir, LMFT, IBCLC

Maggie is a lactation consultant and perinatal psychotherapist who combines current evidence with practical wisdom gleaned from years of caring for mothers with PMAD and breastfeeding challenges. She founded a postpartum wellness support group that has been meeting for 10 years and has learned immensely from women in this circle about resilience and healing from postpartum challenges. She is a California co-coordinator of PSI and leads a Perinatal Mental Health Task Force in Santa Cruz, CA.

Sonia Murdock 

Sonia Murdock is Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Postpartum Resource Center of New York. PRC-NY Training Institute includes: Circle of Caring Pregnancy and Postpartum Depression/Anxiety Support Groups and Building a Parental Mental Health Safety Net in the Community. Sonia is a recipient of awards including PSI’s Jane Honikman Award and has been featured in media including CNN, CBS News and Woman's World. You may learn more about why Sonia cares to make a difference at

Susan Ellis Murphy, MA, BSN, RNC-OB, LPC

Susan Ellis Murphy, RN, LPC is the Program Coordinator for the Regional Perinatal Mood Disorder Program- Postpartum Wellness Initiative at the Southern New Jersey Perinatal Cooperative, the State-licensed maternal child health consortium which serves the 7 southern counties of New Jersey. In 2007, Susan created this comprehensive support service program which includes web-based EPDS screening for Obstetric and Pediatric healthcare providers to increase the identification of women at risk for postpartum depression/anxiety; professionally-facilitated support groups and Skills Building workshops for healthcare professionals.

Robin Muskal, PhD

Robin Muskal received her Doctorate in clinical psychology and has trained as a psychotherapist, body worker and energy practitioner for 20 years. Robin works with the perinatal and postpartum population as an adjunct wellness practitioner. She is an advocate for whole person care and helps patients build a strong network of community supports. Utilizing a meaningful set of interventions and techniques, such as meditation, yoga, mindfulness and cognitive behavioral strategies, Robin will assist with transitions, balance of mood and empowerment towards self-integrity and healing. Robin is a Board Certified Wellness Coach, and a teacher of Iyengar yoga. She has a private practice offices in Morristown, and Florham Park, NJ

Maria Muzik MD

Maria Muzik is a faculty member at the University of Michigan, Department of Psychiatry, and directs the Women and Infant Mental Health Clinic delivering clinical care to women with peripartum mental illness and their families. Her research is focused on the adverse impact of peripartum mental illness on maternal and child health, and the study of effective peripartum interventions to ameliorate such poor health outcomes. Dr. Muzik studies the development and implementation of safe and effective interventions delivered during pregnancy and postpartum to peripartum women suffering from trauma-related anxieties or depression who are hard to engage and often decline traditional pharmacotherapy or psychotherapy. She and her colleagues developed and implemented the Mom Power group intervention delivered in community settings.

Stephen Orton, PhD, MPHDr 

Stephen Orton, PhD, MPH works with public health organizations to develop leaders and create organizational change. He is the lead author of Business Planning in Public Health: A Practical Guide. Through the Management Academy for Public Health, he has helped 250+ teams across the country develop business plans. He has taught business planning, communication and writing courses. He has helped design and manage national programs including the National Public Health Leadership Institute, PREVENT, and the new HRSA-funded Maternal and Child Health Workforce Development Center.

Lora Peppard, DNP, PMHNP-BC

Dr. Lora Peppard specializes in posttraumatic stress disorder treatment outcomes using evidence-based therapies in active duty military service members, identity disturbance, impact of diet on mood and anxiety, and treatment of severe mental health disorders. From 2008-2010, she was actively involved with Fort Belvoir's wounded warriors and behavioral health clients. As a doctorally trained and credentialed psychiatric nurse practitioner, her skills are highly valued. Dr. Peppard was the first psychiatric provider assigned to the Warrior Transition Unit (WTU) and she skillfully managed the very complex behavioral health conditions of this population. Since 2009 Dr. Peppard has worked with the underserved, severely mentally ill population in a county clinic. She offers expertise in medication management and psychotherapy services in both acute and outpatient settings. She is currently the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program Director for the School of Nursing at George Mason University and has designed and launched a Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner concentration in this doctoral program.


Elizabeth Rhyne, RN

Elizabeth Rhyne, RN, CPNP, joined the physician practice of Saint Louis University School of Medicine, as a pediatric nurse practitioner in May 2012. She has been a PNP since 2006, earning her MS in nursing from the University of Missouri–St. Louis. Ms. Rhyne is affiliated with SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center and has clinical expertise in general pediatrics. Her research interests include postpartum depression as well as promotion and support for breastfeeding mothers.

Nancy Roberts, RN, CCE, CBC

Nancy Roberts is employed by the Pine Rest Mother and Baby Partial Hospitalization Program. She has worked in the field of obstetrical nursing for 35 years and is coordinator of the Spectrum Health Emotional Support Program. She is a Certified Breastfeeding Counselor and a Certified Childbirth Educator, in addition to the inpatient screening program in the acute hospital setting and PPD support group facilitator. Nancy resides in Grand Rapids, MI with her husband Dave.

Lee Safran, MFT

Lee Safran, MFT, has worked with women’s health issues for over 20 years and specializes in perinatal mental health and parenting issues. She is a founding member of Perinatal Psychotherapy Services and has provided in-services and educational trainings for numerous organizations in the Bay Area. She writes about issues concerning the transition to motherhood. Lee has facilitated Postpartum Stress Support Groups in both hospital and private practice settings for the past 9 years.

Diane Sanford, PhD

Diane Sanford, Ph.D. is a psychologist, educator, author and speaker whose work in women's health psychology has received national attention. Through her books, videos and audiotapes, she has taught thousands of women and health providers about a mind-body-spirit approach to women's health. Her book, "Life Will Never Be the Same: The Real Mom's Postpartum Survival Guide" was published in 2010. An adjunct faculty member at the St. Louis University School of Public Health, she is also on the Medical Advisory Board of

Lisa Segre, Ph.D

Lisa Segre, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Iowa, is the recipient of a NIMH Mentored Patient Oriented Research Career Development Award (K-23). Dr. Segre’s program of research focuses on (1) evaluating the effectiveness of Listening Visits in U.S. social service and hospital contexts and (2) evaluating the Train-the-Trainer model as a model of disseminating maternal depression screening in social service and primary care settings.

Kris Shock, CPS 

After struggling with an eating disorder for 20 years and finding recovery, Kris created a nonprofit, SOAR, Supporting Others Achieve Recovery. SOAR is focused on peer to peer mentoring. Kris obtained her certification in recovery coaching and became a Certified Peer Specialist through Georgia Mental Health Network. Kris currently manages the transitional living house founded by SOAR, The Phoenix House while attending Kennesaw State University to obtain her degree in Human Services. She is also a mother of two. 

Jennifer Silliman 

Jennifer Silliman is the founder of momsTOmoms. MomsTOmoms’s mission is to support mothers and families dealing with maternal mental health issues through education, a network of resources, and peer-to-peer support groups. In February of 2012, Jennifer became a Florida coordinator for Postpartum Support International and later that year became their SE regional coordinator. Jennifer earned her BS in Speech Communications in 2002 with concentrations in Broadcasting, Interpersonal Communication as well as Communication Theories and Cultural Studies.

Healy Smith MD

Dr. Smith’s passion for reproductive psychiatry began during her studies at the UCLA School of Medicine, and deepened during her residency there. She inaugurated a Reproductive Psychiatry Fellowship at Cornell University/New York Presbyterian Hospital, where she continues on faculty. Her more recent study of functional medicine weaves together her love of science and longtime interest in diverse paths to wellness. She integrates reproductive psychiatry, psychotherapy, and functional medicine into her private practice.

Cristina Stauffer, LMSW

Cristina Stauffer is employed by the Pine Rest Mother and Baby Partial Hospitalization Program. She has worked in the field of social work for 14+ years in various clinical and supervisory roles. Cristina is endorsed as an Infant Mental Health Specialist (IMH-E (III)) by the Michigan Association of Infant Mental Health, and is a Certified Infant Massage Educator. Cristina resides in Grand Rapids, MI with her husband Kevin and their daughter Ava.

Elly Taylor

Elly Taylor is an Australian Relationship Counsellor, researcher and author. Her passion is supporting perinatal relationships and facilitating whole family bonding. Elly writes for Practical Parenting magazine and comments on relationship issues for the media. Her book, Becoming Us, facilitates an age old rite of passage for modern day couples. Elly lives in Sydney with her firefighter husband, their three children and a bunch of pets.

John W. Travis, MD, MPH

John W. Travis, MD, MPH, specialized in preventive medicine at Johns Hopkins University, founded the first wellness center in the US (1975), and co-authored the best-selling Wellness Workbook. He espouses full-spectrum wellness, which embraces body, mind, emotions, and spirit, encompassing the entire lifespan and connecting all aspects of environment—infant and adult wellness, community wellness, and global systems wellness. His special interest is preventing Male Postpartum Abandonment Syndrome (MPAS)—which results in the epidemic of disappearing dads. 

Tara Tulley, CPM, LCSW

Tara Tulley, CPM, LCSW is a midwife and psychotherapist, overcoming battles with postpartum OCD, an eating disorder, and sexual abuse. Tara has transformed her healing journey into a career of educating professionals and clients to become empowered to change stories of shame and suffering into compassion and empathy. Tara co-founded a midwifery school and clinic with the hope of connecting mental health care with maternal health care within communities. Tara is a mother, runs ultramarathons, and is a Mauy Thai fighter.

Vani Vannappagarri, MBBS, MPH, PhD

Dr. Vani Vannappagari has a medical degree (MBBS) from India and MPH and PhD in epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is Director, Infectious Disease epidemiology at GlaxoSmithKline and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the department of Epidemiology, UNC-CH. Dr.Vannappagari’s current work involves epidemiology, pharmacovigilance, real world data strategy and post marketing safety of drugs. She also conducts studies and pregnancy registries that evaluate drug safety during pregnancy.

Sarah Verbiest, DrPH, MSW, MPH

Dr. Verbiest is the Executive Director of the UNC Center for Maternal and Infant Health and Research Assistant Professor in the OB/GYN Department at the School of Medicine. She coordinates several statewide preterm birth prevention initiatives as well as co-leading the NC Equity in Birth Outcomes Council and the NC Perinatal Health Committee. She is the CDC Senior Advisor to the National Preconception Health and Health Care Initiative and the co-founder of the Every Woman Southeast Regional Coalition.

Laurel Wilson, IBCLC

Laurel Wilson is the co-author of The Greatest Pregnancy Ever and The Attachment Pregnancy. She is a board certified lactation consultant and certified as a childbirth educator, labor doula, lactation educator, Prenatal Parenting Instructor, and perinatal fitness educator. She serves as the CAPPA Executive Director of Lactation Programs and trains perinatal professionals. She believes that the journey towards motherhood is a life changing rite of passage that should be deeply honored and celebrated.

Sharing & Poster Session Presenters

McClain Sampson, Ph.D., M.S.S.W, 2013 Hickman Research Award winner

Joanna CM Cole PhD, CD(DONA)

Haley Smith, BBA

Debra Zand, PhD

Jerri Michael, BA

Deby Dihoff, MA

Jennifer Rothman, BA

Rachel M. Feuer, Ph.D.

Anna Kessler-Cordeiro, Ph.D.

Lauren Anker, M.A.

Carole Sheehan RN, MA

Fania Bevill RN

Melissa L. Godwin MSW, LCSW

Judith Johnson-Jones, MA, LCAS

Sandra R. Wolkoff, LCSW-R

Jennifer Shryock BA, CDBC

Christina Hibbert, PhD

Elizabeth Rhyne RN, CPNP

Ashley Borawski RN, CPNP

Amy Ladley,PhD

Kathleen G. Novak, LCSW

Sheila Ward CNM, APRN

John W. Travis MD, MPH

Cheryl Zauderer, PhD, CNM, NPP, IBCLC


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