Join us for a FREE webinar series deepening our conversations about diversity, determinants and disparities in perinatal mental health! 

The virtual trainings will take place on the 2nd Thursday of the month from 12-1pm (PST). The series is free to all but prior registration is required. Login information for each session will be provided upon registration. Below you will find the full schedule and bios for the faculty.


June 14, 2018 - Perinatal Mental Health Care for Military Veterans, Deborah J. Hayes, PsyD, LCSW, MPH & Kathleem M. West, MPH, DrPH

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Ashley Wendy        Intersectionality in Maternal Mental Health

Wendy Ashley, PsyD, LCSW

Wendy Ashley, Psy.D., LCSW is an Associate Professor with California State University, Northridge’s MSW program.  Dr. Ashley has over 20 years of experience, is the author of multiple publications, speaks at conferences nationwide and provides training for community agencies. She is passionate about social justice and infuses an intersectionality lens in her teaching, practice and research.

Cardoza headshot  Promotoras and Maternal Mental Health Care

Karla Cardoza, MFT Intern

Karla Cardoza is an MFT Registered Intern working under the supervision of Dr. Esther Chon at The Center for Connection in Pasadena, CA. She completed her graduate studies at Pacific Oaks College, where she received her masters with an emphasis in Latino/a Family and Trauma Studies. Mrs. Cardoza is currently a volunteer member of the Spanish subcommittee for Maternal Mental Health NOW and also in the Spanish warmline for Postpartum Support International (PSI). During her clinical work as an MFT trainee, she provided individual, couples and group psychotherapy services to children, unaccompanied minors, adolescents and adults presenting an array of symptoms including depression, anxiety, postpartum depression, immigration trauma, and PTSD. Mrs. Cardoza has conducted parenting classes and women's support group both in Spanish and English.

Chon      Mighty Peanuts: Diversity in Perinatal Mental Health in the NICU

Esther Chon, PhD

Esther Chon is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a graduate of the Napa Parent Infant Mental Health Fellowship Program.  Esther has worked as an Infant Parent Mental Health Specialist since 2008 and received the CA Center endorsement as an IMH specialist and a Reflective Facilitator II.  She has been working at Miller Child’s & Women’s Hospital’s NICU since July, 2015, supporting parents and staff as they all work together to support the smallest infants in the level III NICU.  Esther is passionate about helping parents and infants start their relationship off to a healthy start right from the beginning.

Gruenberg    Fatherhood & Attachment

Kevin Gruenberg, PsyD

Kevin Gruenberg, PsyD, holds a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology (2016) and is a psychotherapist in Los Angeles working with children, families and adults.  A co-founder of the Southern California Fatherhood Alliance (2016), he is currently developing a home visiting program for fathers and their young children.  Dr. Gruenberg also oversees programming and strategy at the Center for Reflective Communities, a non-profit research and training organization focused on building parent-child relationships.  His professional interests also include infant research and contemporary psychoanalysis.

Hayes      Perinatal Mental Health Care for Military Veterans

Deborah J. Hayes, PsyD, LCSW, MPH

Deborah J. Hayes works with at risk children and their families within outpatient mental health and in public education, school mental health programs. Her expertise includes program development, supervision and clinical intervention in school based projects dealing with issues related to trauma, grief and loss, prenatal substance exposure, early childhood mental health, special needs and family engagement and work with military women (service members, veterans and spouses/partners), and children within military families.

Kaufman       Promotoras and Maternal Mental Health Care

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

Gabrielle Kaufman, training director of MMHN,  is a dance/movement therapist and licensed professional clinical counselor.. Prior to this, she directed the New Moms Connect Program of JFSLA and has spoken widely, published articles on parenting, and served as editor for Bringing Light To Motherhood. She is Los Angeles coordinator for Postpartum Support International and has a private practice providing services in both English and Spanish.

Nelson Alissa       LGBTQIA & Perinatal Mental Health

Alissa Nelson, MA, MSW, MPH

Alissa Nelson, MSW/MPH, MA is currently a project manager with Maternal Mental Health NOW, leading the organization’s mental health integration efforts at clinics serving low-income Angelinos. Alissa uses a quality improvement approach to improving care for marginalized populations. She lives with her partner in Los Angeles.

Peprah       Transgenerational Trauma & Resilience Among African American Mothers

Sayida Peprah, PsyD, DONA

Dr. Sayida Peprah is both a licensed clinical psychologist and a certified birth doula.  She has a multi-faced career as the Deputy Chief Psychologist for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a Professor of Cultural Psychology for the University of Phoenix and a presenter and consultant on topics of cultural competency, mental and maternal mental health.

Springer      LGBTQIA & Perinatal Mental Health

Elyse Springer MA, LMFT

Elyse Springer M.A., M.F.T. is a licensed marriage and family therapist focusing on perinatal mental health, death and loss, relationships, HIV/AIDS, substance abuse and creative blocks. Elyse is training faculty and Governing Council for Maternal Mental Health Now, board member for 2020 Mom and past co-chair of the LAC HIV Mental Health Task Force.

Tan       Mighty Peanuts: Diversity in Perinatal Mental Health in the NICU

Sharon Tan, PsyD

Sharon Tan is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and a graduate of the Napa Parent Infant Mental Health Fellowship Program. She is dedicated to promoting a healthy prenatal and postpartum attachment experience between parents and their children and has recently joined Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital as a volunteer NICU Psychologist.

Kathleen M. West, MPH, DrPH

Dr. Kathleen West is a public health professional with expertise in maternal and child health, intergenerational trauma and mental health issues. Her background includes undergraduate degrees in biology and anthropology, and masters and doctoral degrees from the UCLA School of Public Health. She currently teaches at the University of Southern California Department of Preventive Medicine, and UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.

White Penny       Mighty Peanuts: Diversity in Perinatal Mental Health in the NICU

Penny White, MSW

Penny White has an MSW degree in clinical social work, with a concentration in health care, from USC.  She was a maternal/child health social worker, specializing in NICU, at Northridge Hospital Medical Center for ten years.  She teaches psychosocial issues/skills to second-year medical students at UCLA.  She co-created and co-directed an embedded maternal mental health assessment and treatment program at the USC/Eisner Family Practice Clinic.