Maternal Mental Health NOW, in partnership with PAC/LAC, is proud to present:

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Day 1

The State of Maternal Mental Health in Communities of Color

Personal Story

Advanced Intersectionality & Discussions

Panel Discussion - Value Us: Black Mothers are Subject Matter Experts for Improving Maternal Health & Birth Outcomes in LA County 

Native Families and Complex Intergenerational Trauma

Day 2

Trans-generational Resilience: Working with African American Mothers Using a Cultural Humility, Community and Strength-Based Approach

Mindful Connection: Ideas for Inclusive and Compassionate Conversations

Family, Faith & Fighting for Paid Leave: One Rabbi's Approach to Postpartum Mental Health

A Father’s Role in Resiliency, Presentation & Panel

Personal Story

Expressive Resilience: Diversity, Drama Therapy and Perinatal Mental Health

Early Bird Registration ($275) is now open!

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Check back soon for the full brochure and schedule! 

PAC/LAC will be providing continuing education units for LCSW/LPCC/LMFT, RN, MD and Health Educators.



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Eynav Accortt, PhD

Eynav Accortt, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist whose research focuses on mood and anxiety disorders during the female reproductive life course and in response to chronic illness. She studies the physiological processes that are associated with higher risk for depression and anxiety in pregnancy, postpartum, and perimenopause. As an Assistant Professor in the Department of OBGYN at Cedars-Sinai, she is also interested in the association between maternal mental health and adverse birth outcomes.

 Wendy Ashley     Advanced Intersectionalilty

Wendy Ashley, PsyD, LCSW

Wendy Ashley holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, a Masters in Social Work and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  She has over twenty years of social work experience, is the author of multiple publications, speaks at conferences internationally, maintains a private practice and provides training for community agencies.

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Rachel Brousseau, LMFT, RDT

Rachel Brousseau works in private practice where she specializes in helping clients transitioning into parenthood, postpartum depression and anxiety, motherhood identity and artistic anxiety. She works as a consultant for expressive arts groups and is an adjunct faculty at the Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles.

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Rabbi Jaclyn Cohen

Rabbi Jaclyn Cohen is proud to serve on the clergy team at Temple Isaiah in West LA. A passionate advocate for maternal mental health and women's health, she is also a musician and certified yoga instructor. Rabbi Cohen lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son and will never, ever pass up some freshly-made guacamole.


Joshua Cohen

 AnnaEverett     Value Us

Anna Everett, PhD

Anna Everett, Professor of Film and Media Studies, and former Acting Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity at the University of California, Santa Barbara; also Chair and Commissioner, SB County Commission for Women. Her books include, Learning Race and Ethnicity: Youth and Digital Media; and Digital Diaspora: A Race for Cyberspace.

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Karen Flores

Karen Flores is a health educator, preschool administrator and graduate student of Human Development completing her thesis on maternal mental health disparities in treatment for women of color. Her work evolves from a passion for preschoolers and an extremely painful journey through postpartum depression. Her upcoming book examines the impact of maternal depression on children during the infant and toddler stages of development.


Camie Goldhammer

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Alan-Michael S. Graves

Alan-Michael S. Graves is the Director of Project Fatherhood in the Leadership Center at Children’s Institute, Inc. (CII)   The Leadership Center at CII is the nucleus for a broad range of multidisciplinary activities, from research and program development to training and advocacy for policy change. Alan-Michael has worked in the human services field, with extensive experience as a manager and administrator, for both public and private agencies, for the past 12 years.  He has brought these diverse perspectives to his work helping agencies develop, implement and evaluate interagency systems of care, family partnerships and wraparound programs. For the past five years, he has taken on the vision of the late Dr. Hershel Swinger to build one of the foremost Fatherhood programs in the country. He and his team travel nationwide offering intensive training of the Fatherhood curriculum to organizations seeking to implement this innovative program to their constituents.  Engaging fathers to utilize effective strategies to significantly and positively impact the lives of their children is a passion of Alan Michael.

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Kevin Gruenberg, PsyD

Kevin Gruenberg, PsyD, is a psychologist working with children, families, and adults in private practice in Los Angeles.  He oversees programming and strategy at the Center for Reflective Communities, a non-profit organization focused on building parent-child relationships.  Dr. Gruenberg also developed a home visitation program for fathers and their young children and will begin research Spring 2018.

Karen Hayes    Mindful Connection

Karen Hayes, MFA

Karen Hayes is a Senior Management Consultant and Filmmaker. She served as Executive Director of Great Leap multicultural performing arts, and the Institute for Healing of Memories, and as Major Gift Fundraiser for Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance and American Friends Service Committee. Her consulting clients include Art Equity and Mediators Beyond Borders. She is completing a documentary on Desmond Tutu.

 ChandraHiggins     The State of Maternal Mental Health in Communities of Color

Chandra Higgins, MPH

Ms. Higgins completed her MPH and doctoral coursework at UCLA, in the Department of Epidemiology. She has expertise in survey design, sampling methods, data management, and advanced statistical analyses. Ms. Higgins’ research has focused most recently on perinatal depression, infant sleep position, teen births, infant mortality, and breastfeeding.  

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

Gabrielle Kaufman is a dance/movement therapist and license professional clinical counselor with over 20 years experience in the helping profession. Currently, she is director of Training and Technical Assistance for Maternal Mental Health NOW. Prior to this, she served as director of the New Moms Connect Program of Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles providing services to new parents, particularly those suffering from symptoms of postpartum depression. Ms. Kaufman has spoken widely, published articles on parenting, and served as editor for Bringing Light To Motherhood. She serves as Los Angeles coordinator for Postpartum Support International also has a private practice in Los Angeles providing services in both English and Spanish languages.

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Kelly O’Connor Kay

Kelly O'Connor Kay, Interim Executive Director, works to increase the impact of Maternal Mental Health NOW by overseeing programmatic activities, partnership development and fundraising strategies.  She has a strong background in fund development and communications, having served as Maternal Mental Health NOW's Development Director between 2011 - 2018 and working as a freelance fundraising consultant for various nonprofit organizations in Los Angeles and beyond.  Kelly started her career as an elementary school teacher as a member of the first cohort of the New York City Teaching Fellows. She graduated with a BS in Communication Studies & Sociology form Northwestern University and also holds a MS in Elementary Education form Brooklyn College, part of the City University of New York.


Deirdre Logan, MD, FACOG, MMM (Master of Medical Management)

Dr. Logan is an Ob/Gyn physician and Ob/Gyn Department Chief. Years of providing care to women in disadvantaged communities has cultivated her keen awareness of complex issues confronting this population. She is passionate about addressing women’s health issues and is committed to being an effective change agent.

 MeridithMerchant     Value Us

Meridith A. Merchant, PhD

Meridith A. Merchant, a licensed psychologist, doula, and speaker who was trained in community mental health, has transformed her personal maternal trauma (2006) to fuel a passion for increasing awareness and activism toward empowered health.  She is currently a full-time senior psychologist at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) Counseling and Psychological Services, and she was hired to support the psychosocial and mental health needs of students of African descent. She also serves as a faculty advisor for iDREAM for Racial Health Equity and is a member of the CA Department of Public Health's Maternal, Child and Adolescent Division's CA Community Birth Plan Task Force.

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Robyn Joy Park, MA, AMFT

Robyn Park has been involved with MMH Now since 2012 when she first participated in a training. In addition to the work within maternal mental health, Robyn is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist at The Center for Connection and is also is the Support Group and Mentorship Coordinator at the Children's Bureau within their Adoption Promotion Support Services program. Her clinical training at agency and school-based settings has served children, adolescents and families, as well as individual and group counseling services. Robyn provides community trainings, workshops and presentations both locally and nationally and is experienced in the treatment of adoption-related issues, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, trauma, and maternal mental health.

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Sayida Peprah, PsyD, (CD)DONA

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

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Caron Post, PhD

Caron Post is a clinical psychologist and consultant with a focus, among other issues, on maternal mental health. She is the former Executive Director of Maternal Mental Health NOW and past recipient of The Los Angeles Psychological Association’s Distinguished Service to the Community, Diversity and Social Justice Award.

 Diana Ramos     The State of Maternal Mental Health in Communities of Color

Diana E Ramos, MD, MPH, FACOG

Dr. Diana E. Ramos is well recognized national public health expert, a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist and adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor, at the Keck University of Southern California School of Medicine. Dr. Ramos is the Public Health Medical Officer for the California Department of Public Health, Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health ans she serves as the vice-chair of the California American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology executive committee and other women’s health committees. Nationally, Dr. Ramos is on the American Medical Association Health Care Disparities Advisory Board, Co-Chair for the March of Dimes Health Equity Advisory Group and on the Board of the National Hispanic Medical Association. Dr. Ramos received her medical degree from the University of Southern California with honors and completed her residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at the Los Angeles County University of Southern California Medical Center. She obtained her master’s degree in public health with an emphasis in management from the University of California, Los Angeles and received her BA in Communications, Arts & Science from the University of Southern California.

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Wenonah Valentine, MBA

Wenonah Valentine specializes in community-defined practices and builds capacity for social change. Through coaching and skill-building, she inspires experiential learning, discovery, and self-care. A social entrepreneur for more than two decades, she holds institutional memory, organizational history and lived experience to improve California Black maternal health and birth outcomes.