Conference Program 2018

The 2018 Conference will be held on August 23-25, 2018 in Orlando, FL. 

**Day 1 (Thursday, 8/23/18) will provide an overview of perinatal mental illnesses, treatment, and paths to wellness.  This is a great primer for the remaining two days of the conference that will take a deeper look at overcoming barriers for optimal outcomes. (If you have previously received education on perinatal mental illnesses, we recommend only registering for the main conference on days 2 & 3 (August 24-25, 2018).

Scroll down for Program details.

Scheduled presenters, if you have any questions, please contact Lauren DePaola, Conference Manager at

Day 1- Thursday, 8/23/18
Day 2- Friday, 8/24/18
  • 8:30-9:30am- Pre-Conference Registration & Breakfast

  • 9:30am-12pm- Main session Pt. I

  • 12pm-1pm- Lunch (provided)

  • 1pm-4pm- Main Session Pt. II

  • 8am-9am- Main conference registration & breakfast

  • 9:15am- Opening

  • 9:30am-10:30am- Keynote- Dr. Nancy Byatt

  • 10:30- Break/Visit Exhibitor tables

  • 10:45-11:45- Workshops (two options)

  • 12pm-1pm- Lunch (provided)

  • 1-2:00pm- Plenary Speakers

  • 2:00-2:15pm- Break/Visit Exhibitor tables

  • 2:30-3:45PM- Workshops (two options)

  • 4:00-5:00-  Survivor Panel

  • 5:00-6:00- Cocktail Reception; Award Presentation

Day 3- Saturday, 8/25/18
  • 8am-9am- Breakfast & Welcome

  • 9:30-10:30- Keynote- Dr. Dikea Roussos-Ross

  • 10:45am-12pm- Workshops (two options)

  • 12-1:00pm- Lunch (provided)

  • 1-2:15pm- Workshops

  • 2:15-2:30pm- Break/Visit Exhibitor tables

  • 3:00- Closing Session: Looking Forward

  • 3:30- Conference Close

Program Details
Friday, 8/24/2018
Keynote 1
Dr. Nancy Byatt, DO
Friday, August 24th 9:30am-10:30am
Statewide Perinatal Mental Health: the Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Program (MCPAP) for Moms
Breakout I, Friday 8/24, 10:45am-11:45am
Margaret Salib-Barrios, DNP, APRN, FNP-c & Susan Shelton, Ph.D, ARNP, CNM
Clinician knowledge on Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders within Florida
Eliza Hartley, BPsych, DPsych Candidate
Postpartum weight retention and body image predicts severity of depression and anxiety at twelve months postpartum
Plenary Speakers, Friday 8/24, 1-2:00pm
Carol Brady, Project Director, Florida Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Initiative; Florida Association of Healthy Start Coalitions, Inc.

Moving Beyond Depression Florida Pilot Sites

Jeff Newport, MD, MS, MDiv

Maternal Depression: A Child's First Adverse Life Event

Breakout II, Friday 8/24, 2:30pm-3:45pm


E-health interventions in Perinatal Depression Screenings


Stacey Espaillat, MD & Brady Bradshaw, MD

The Modern House Call: Telemental Health Brings Expert Help to Perinatal Women

Mildred Maldonado-Molina, PhD

Using Linked Population Level Data to Improve Perinatal Mental Health in Florida

Survivor's Discussion Panel, Friday 8/24, 4pm-5pm
Survivors and family members of those who have lost loved ones to a perinatal mental illness will share their stories and offer suggestions on barriers they encountered and suggestions for how to improve outcomes.
The panel will be moderated by Lina Acosta Sandaal, LMFT
Cocktail hour & Award Presentation, Friday 8/24, 5pm-6pm
Saturday, 8/25/2018
Keynote 2
Dikea (Kay) Roussos Ross, MD
Friday, August 24th 9:30am-10:30am
Public Health Implications of Perinatal Mood Disorders:  How do we overcome barriers and optimize outcomes for moms and babies?
Breakout I, Saturday 8/25, 10:45am- 12:00pm

Shari-Ann James, PhD

It Takes A Village: Establishment of an Alliance Focused on Perinatal Mental Health


Elizabeth Good, B.A., B.S. & Rebecca Hartley-Woods

Building As The Plane Flies: Obstacles & Successes of Building A Local Organization

LaDonna Butler, EdD., LMHC, NCC; Pernell Bush, RCSWI; Shari Hooker, PhD

Caregivers, Consultants and Community- Working Together for Healthy Families

Breakout II, Saturday 8/25, 1:00pm- 2:15pm

Deborah Knudson-Gonzalez

Legal & Ethical considerations in Psychiatric Treatment of Perinatal Mental Illnesses


ShaLeda Mirra, LCSW, CAP, PhD Candidate

Spirituality and Coping in Perinatal Mental Wellness

Betsy K. Schwartz, MMHS, PCD, CLC, Reiki Master

The Practice of Reiki for Stress Reduction and Mind/Body Balance

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