AboutUsMedEdPPD.org is a professional education, peer-reviewed Web site developed with the support of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). The site has two objectives: first, to further the education of primary care providers (pediatricians, family physicians, obstetricians, psychiatrists, nurses, physician's assistants, nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, social workers) who treat women who have or are at risk for postpartum depression (PPD); and second, to provide information for women with PPD and their friends and family members.
About 13% of women experience depression in the first year after childbirth. Postpartum depression has deleterious effects on a woman's relationships, her functional status, and her ability to care for her infant. The reduction of PPD is a US priority healthcare need and a major public health concern.
National attention has been given to the need for primary care providers to recognize and manage depression, including PPD. Primary care providers have the most contact with postpartum women. However, providers may not feel prepared to screen, diagnose, treat, and refer women for PPD. Formal education for primary care providers on PPD is inadequate, and few continuing education programs on PPD are available, particularly at low cost.
Studies have shown that healthcare professionals want programs that are current, credible, focused, keep their attention, are easy to use, and are available at convenient times. They also want information that they can use in their practice, such as downloadable teaching tools or treatment protocols. With these considerations in mind, MedEdPPD.org has been designed to provide professionals with the tools to successfully screen, diagnose, treat, refer, and engage women with PPD. These include:
In addition, MedEdPPD.org also contains materials for women with PPD and their friends and family members. The patient-oriented section of the site, Mothers and Others, contains such features as an easy-to-use online diagnostic test; information about the myths and realities of PPD; experiences of real women with PPD; and answers to frequently asked questions from experts in the field. The Provider Search Directory can help site visitors find a local healthcare professional trained in caring for women with PPD.
Consultants and Advisory Board
M. Cynthia Logsdon, DNS, ARNP
University of Louisville
M. Cynthia Logsdon, DNS, ARNP, is Associate Professor of Nursing at the University of Louisville. In addition she provides primary healthcare to women suffering with postpartum depression in her weekly practice as a women's health nurse practitioner. She holds a BSN in nursing from Spalding University, an MSN in maternity and a DNS in women's health research from Indiana University, and has received her certification as a women's health practitioner from the University of Louisville. Her funded research on predictors of postpartum depression, which has included women who were diverse in age, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status, has added to the evidence base on postpartum depression. Recently she completed 2 studies that examined postpartum depression in adolescents.
Dr. Logsdon has been a member of 12 doctoral dissertation committees for graduate psychology students. She has more than 25 years of teaching experience with undergraduate and graduate nursing students as well as nurse practitioner students. A number of her courses have included Web-enhanced study components. Dr. Logsdon has described her research and teaching methods in nursing and multidisciplinary journals. Currently, she is PI of 2 subcontracts to Dr. Katherine Wisner's NIMH-funded grants to examine how maternal role functioning might improve with antidepressant treatment in women with postpartum depression. Dr. Logsdon serves on the Board of Directors of Postpartum Support International as well as in leadership roles in several professional organizations related to women's health and postpartum depression.
Katherine L. Wisner, MD, MS
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Katherine L. Wisner, MD, MS, is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Director of Women's Behavioral HealthCARE at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic at the University of Pittsburgh. She is a nationally prominent psychiatrist with a series of funded research grants from NIMH on pharmacological treatment of depression in postpartum women (5R01MH5373505; 5R01MH57102-02). She has served continuously on NIMH study sections since 1994 and has published extensively in both clinical and research journals on depression in women. She has also served on the FDA Committee for Labeling of Drugs in Pregnancy and Lactation. Dr. Wisner teaches medical students, psychiatry, pediatric, and obstetric-gynecology residents, and has mentored numerous fellows and junior faculty. Dr. Wisner holds a BS in chemistry and biology from John Carroll University, and an MS in nutrition and an MD from Case Western Reserve University. She has received numerous honors and awards for her work in women's health issues.
James K. Boehnlein, MD, is Professor of Psychiatry, Director of Medical Student Education for the Department of Psychiatry, and Assistant Dean for Curriculum for the Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine. He is also Associate Director for Education for the Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC) of the Veterans Affairs Northwest Network and President of the Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture, an international association of psychiatric and social science researchers and educators.
Debra L. Bogen, MD, is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, General Academic Pediatrics, at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Assistant Investigator at Magee-Womens Research Institute in Pittsburgh. She is a Diplomat of the American Board of Pediatrics.
Catherine Cerulli, JD, PhD, is director of the Laboratory of Interpersonal Violence and Victimization (LIVV) and Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, in the School of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Rochester in New York. She is also Director of Research at the State University at Buffalo School of Law Family Violence Clinical Program, which she co-founded in 1992.
Judy Chia-chi Chang, MD, is Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Magee-Womens Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Focusing most of her research and teaching on patient-provider communication and preventive healthcare, Dr. Chang specializes in the intervention and counseling of women suffering from intimate partner abuse.
Linda H. Chaudron, MD, MS, is currently Director of the Women’s Mental Health Initiative; Director, Strong Behavioral Healthcare for Women; Co-Director, Psychiatry Residency Training Program; and Medical Director, Perinatal Consultation Clinic, in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Dr. Chaudron's research and clinical interests focus on women's mental health issues across the lifespan, specifically postpartum depression and suicide risk factors among women.
Cindy-Lee Dennis, RN, PhD, is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto, and the recipient of the national Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) New Investigator Award and the provincial Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Career Scientist Award. She has published numerous papers and conducted several systematic reviews and research studies on the detection, prevention, and treatment of postpartum depression, and is the co-author of a book for health professionals caring for women with PPD.
Jeanne Watson Driscoll, PhD, APRN, BC, is a Certified Advanced Practice Registered Nurse in adult psychiatric mental health. She is President and owner of JWD Associates, Inc.. Dr. Driscoll is a member of The Mica Collaborative in Wellesley, Massachusetts, where her expertise in psychotherapy and psychopharmacology is the care of women who experience mood and/or anxiety disorders through their childbearing and reproductive cycles.
Irene Frederick, MD, is a faculty member at Magee-Womens Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA. Since 2004, she has been a consultant to the RAND/Heinz Leadership Collaborative on Maternal Child Health in Allegheny County. Dr. Frederick is the Director of The Birth Circle, a grassroots community initiative in the East End of Pittsburgh, dedicated to improving reproductive outcomes and attitudes. Dr. Frederick is also a faculty member at UPMC Shadyside Hospital, Family Practice Residency.
June Andrews Horowitz, PhD, RNCS, FAAN, is Professor in the Department of Psychiatric-Mental Health, William F. Connell School of Nursing, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Her research interests include family mental health, including children's teasing and bullying experiences; parenting and couples' interaction and negotiation processes; and postpartum depression, including mother-child interaction.
Carolyn L. Hughes, MSW, LSW, is Senior Research Principal at Women's Behavioral HealthCARE at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic at the University of Pittsburgh, where she works on education and training in the area of postpartum depression. Ms. Hughes has 15 years of experience working with women of childbearing years. Her primary area of specialization is women with mood and/or anxiety illnesses across pregnancy, and/or the postpartum period.
Pec Indman, EdD, MFT, has a doctorate in counseling and is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She has a private practice in psychotherapy in the San Francisco Bay Area, specializing in prenatal and postpartum mood disorders and issues related to reproductive health. Dr. Indman is the Northern California training coordinator for Postpartum Support International, and the former secretary of California's state organization Postpartum Health Alliance. She is co-author of Beyond the Blues: A Guide to Understanding and Treating Prenatal and Postpartum Depression.
Laurence D. Kruckman, PhD, is Professor, Department of Anthropology, at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Kruckman is a cultural anthropologist with an interest in social theory, critical medical anthropology, comparative psychology, and applied public policy linked to birth. He has pioneered the use of social support groups to prevent postpartum disorders, and is a member of the President's Advisory Counsel and former Acting President of Postpartum Support International.
Ruth A. Lawrence, MD, is Professor of Pediatrics and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Rochester, New York. Dr. Lawrence has focused her research and clinical practice on issues regarding breastfeeding and has published many peer-reviewed articles on the subject. She is the co-author of the book Breastfeeding: A Guide for the Medical Profession.
Laura J. Miller, MD, is Professor of Psychiatry; Associate Head of the Department of Psychiatry; and Director of the Women's Mental Health Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine. She is also the Director of the Illinois Peripartum Depression Project. Dr. Miller has published over 60 articles and book chapters related to women’s mental health and edited the book Postpartum Mood Disorders, published by the American Psychiatric Press.
Seth Rubin, MD, MSCP, is a faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Dr. Rubin is especially interested in the intersection between primary care medicine and mental health. He is also interested in community health improvement initiatives targeting underserved populations, and electronic health record development.
Sarah H. Scholle, PhD, MPH, is Assistant Vice President for Research and Analysis at the National Committee for Quality Assurance and is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of NCQA’s research agenda. Dr. Scholle is on leave from her position as Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Her research interests focus on assessing quality of health care and understanding consumer perceptions and preferences in health care, particularly for women and families.
Margaret G. Spinelli, RN, MD, is the Director of the Maternal Mental Health Program at the New York State Psychiatric Institute at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. She is Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia and a Research Psychiatrist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, as well as a consultant for the New York State Department of Mental Health’s Perinatal Project. Dr. Spinelli’s work on postpartum mental disorders has also focused upon infanticide in women with mental illness. She is the author of Infanticide: Psychosocial and Legal Perspectives on Mothers Who Kill.
Cheryl Squire Flint is Executive Director of Healthy Start Inc., Pittsburgh/Allegheny County and Fayette County, located in Southwest Pennsylvania. As Executive Director, Ms. Flint's responsibilities include overseeing daily operations, administering a program of professional, medical, and paraprofessional services, and establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with colleagues, voluntary health agencies, professional and lay groups, and the public. Ms. Flint has 15 years experience in the health and human service field.
Hilda B. Templeton, MD, is currently Director, US Medical, Regional Medical and Research Specialist with Pfizer, Inc, where she is responsible for scientific liaison with nationally recognized psychiatric researchers and key psychiatric opinion leaders. Previously, Dr. Templeton was in private medical practice for 22 years in Livingston, New Jersey, specializing in mood and anxiety disorders with a focus on postpartum mood disorders.
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