Leadership Team

Board of Directors

  • Nitzia Logothetis, MSc, MA, MHC-LP

    Nitzia Logothetis, MSc, MA, MHC-LP

    Founder and Chairwoman, Psychotherapist

    Nitzia Logothetis, MSc, MA, MHC-LP, is a trained psychotherapist and founder and chairwoman of the Seleni Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing the care, research, professional training, and information central to maternal and reproductive mental health. Mrs. Logothetis is driven by a fundamental belief that mental health is as valuable physical health, and that every person has the potential to succeed when supported. 

     


    She has advocated for the mental health of women and families around the world, including keynote speaking engagements at the White House Council on Women and Girls, the US Capitol, and numerous international universities, medical institutions, and professional organizations.

     

    After obtaining a degree in psychology from Brown University, Mrs. Logothetis earned an MSc in child development from the University of London. As an Honorary Associate Research Fellow at The Institute of Psychiatry in London, she engaged in research into neurological changes associated with autism and was a coauthor of several papers on the subject. She later earned an MA in counseling for mental health and wellness from NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. She has worked as a school counselor at the Colegio Isaac Rabin in Panama and as a psychotherapist at the Karen Horney Clinic in New York. Her community and philanthropic experience includes classroom volunteer service at the Brimble Hill School for Children with Disabilities in Swindon, UK, and at the Instituto Ateneo in Panama. She also assisted at the Nutre Hogar (a home for malnourished children) and at the Hospital del Niño, both in Panama City. Additionally, she has volunteered at FUNDADES, an orphanage for children with disabilities in Lima, Peru, and served as a mentor to children living with disabilities through Project Eye-to-Eye at Brown University.

    Mrs. Logothetis is a Carrie Tower Member of the Brown Alumni Association, an alumna trustee of the College Year in Athens, a Patron of the Cycladic Museum of Art, the Benaki Museum in Greece and the New York City Ballet, and is a Friend of the Good Plus Foundation.

  • George M. Logothetis

    George M. Logothetis

    Co-founder and Treasurer

    George Logothetis is the Chairman and CEO of the Libra Group, an international business group comprising 30 subsidiaries active in 35 countries across six continents. Libra is primarily focused on shipping, aviation, real estate, hospitality, renewable energy and a portfolio of selected diversified investments.

     

     

    Mr. Logothetis joined his family's shipping business in 1993, becoming CEO in 1994. He presided over the company's expansion from three vessels to a fleet of 55. The Libra Group was created in 2003 to diversify the family's business interests.

     

    Libra Group companies and the Logothetis family lead and support dozens of educational and philanthropic initiatives linked with the broad theme of supporting tomorrow's leaders and assisting people who have been denied or have limited opportunity. Seleni is one such venture.

  • George Fisher, MD

    George Fisher, MD

    Director

    Dr. George Fisher is a board-certified family medicine specialist in private practice in New York. He is consistently rated a top doctor on HealthGrades.com, the leading independent health care ratings company. He has won numerous awards, including Castle Connolly Top Doctors: New York Metro Area (2002-2010), the Patients' Choice Award (2009-2010), and the Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2010).

     

     

    Dr. Fisher is an attending physician at Mount Sinai and Lenox Hill hospitals in New York. He has been a member of the medical board of Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan and Mount Sinai Hospital in Queens for many years. He was the chairman of the Medical Board of Mount Sinai Hospital in Queens from 2007 to 2009. He has had teaching appointments at New York Medical College since 1994, at Lenox Hill Hospital since 2001, and at Mount Sinai Medical School since 2005.

     

    Dr. Fisher's community and philanthropic experience includes giving presentations and lectures at community association meetings and hosting live medical discussions on cable television over the past 20 years. He has also spoken to student groups and local church associations.

     

    Dr. Fisher attended medical school at the University of London, Faculty of Medicine - Westminster. He completed his residency at St. Joseph's Medical Center.

  • Phaedra Chrousos

    Phaedra Chrousos

    Phaedra Chrousos is the Chief Innovation Officer of Libra Group and joined in 2016. As CIO, Phaedra’s role is to identify, pilot and help Libra Group subsidiaries adopt disruptive technology solutions. Prior to joining Libra, Phaedra served as a political appointee for the Obama Administration.

     

     

    In this capacity she was responsible for scaling some of the administration’s most successful digital initiatives, including: a 200 person digital services team, a $60M portfolio of technology products and programs, and the Presidential Innovation Fellowship program. During her time there, Phaedra also co-founded the Technology Transformation Service, which serves as a foundation for the government’s ongoing digital transformation.

     

    Before entering public service, Phaedra co-founded and led two technology companies. The first, a health 2.0 company that remodelled the way that doctors and patients communicate, was sold 10 months after launch. The second, a digital media company, was selected as an Endeavor company for its contribution to the Greek economy during the country’s recession. Phaedra also has several years of consulting experience with The Boston Consulting Group and The World Bank Group.

     

    Phaedra received a BA from Georgetown University, an MSC from The London School of Economics and Political Science, and an MBA from Columbia Business School. She sits on several non-profit boards, and is a judge for Libra Group’s Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award. Phaedra was twice named one of the Federal Government's '50 Women in Technology' by FedScoop and one of Greece's '40 under 40' by Fortune Magazine.

  • Nicholas Logothetis

    Nicholas Logothetis

    Nicholas Logothetis is cofounder and chairman of Concordia, a nonprofit organization that develops and promotes public-private partnerships around pressing global issues. Mr. Logothetis is an entrepreneur with a lifelong interest in politics and international affairs. 

     

     

    While attending the Salisbury School in Connecticut, he and Concordia cofounder Matthew Swift developed and launched an after-school snack business with $5,000 seed capital. While the two young men were still at the school, their business earned $350,000 within two years. This early success attracted media attention from outlets such as ABC, NBC, and The New York Times.

     

    Mr. Logothetis later attended the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University. During this time, he worked at the Fox News Channel, British Sky Broadcasting, Bryan Cave LLP, Husch Blackwell Sanders, and News Corporation.

     

    Mr. Logothetis is a member of the Royal Institute of International Affairs London, The National Press Club, and the Overseas Press Club of America.

  • Matthew Swift

    Matthew Swift

    Matthew Swift is the cofounder, chairman, and CEO of Concordia, a nonprofit with a focus on public-private partnerships around pressing global issues. Mr. Swift has brought together an impressive group of world leaders and CEOs from multinational corporations to serve on Concordia's leadership council and was instrumental in developing Concordia's Partnership Index, a series of analytical tools to effectively evaluate global partnership environments.

     

     

    Before starting Concordia with his business partner Nicholas Logothetis, Mr. Swift spent six years in the media industry and held positions within News Corporation and its subsidiaries, Fox News Channel, British Sky Broadcasting, and the New York Post. He has also spent considerable time on Capitol Hill, working for Senator John Warner of Virginia and the Business Roundtable.

     

    Mr. Swift currently is an advisory council member of the Millennium Leadership Program at the Atlantic Council and sits on the advisory council of the Next Generation Leaders Program at The McCain Institute for International Leadership as well as on the U.S. Department of State's Advisory Committee on Public-Private Partnerships (SAP3).

     

    In his free time, Mr. Swift is active in politics, focusing on issue advocacy and establishing a mentoring platform for young professionals interested in political involvement. He holds a bachelor's degree from Georgetown University, where he studied under global leaders including former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and José María Aznar, the former Prime Minister of Spain.

Executive Management

  • Nitzia Logothetis, MSc, MA, MHC-LP

    Nitzia Logothetis, MSc, MA, MHC-LP

    Founder and Chairwoman, Psychotherapist

    Nitzia Logothetis, MSc, MA, MHC-LP, is a trained psychotherapist and founder and chairwoman of the Seleni Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing the care, research, professional training, and information central to maternal and reproductive mental health. Mrs. Logothetis is driven by a fundamental belief that mental health is as valuable physical health, and that every person has the potential to succeed when supported. 

     


    She has advocated for the mental health of women and families around the world, including keynote speaking engagements at the White House Council on Women and Girls, the US Capitol, and numerous international universities, medical institutions, and professional organizations.

     

    After obtaining a degree in psychology from Brown University, Mrs. Logothetis earned an MSc in child development from the University of London. As an Honorary Associate Research Fellow at The Institute of Psychiatry in London, she engaged in research into neurological changes associated with autism and was a coauthor of several papers on the subject. She later earned an MA in counseling for mental health and wellness from NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. She has worked as a school counselor at the Colegio Isaac Rabin in Panama and as a psychotherapist at the Karen Horney Clinic in New York. Her community and philanthropic experience includes classroom volunteer service at the Brimble Hill School for Children with Disabilities in Swindon, UK, and at the Instituto Ateneo in Panama. She also assisted at the Nutre Hogar (a home for malnourished children) and at the Hospital del Niño, both in Panama City. Additionally, she has volunteered at FUNDADES, an orphanage for children with disabilities in Lima, Peru, and served as a mentor to children living with disabilities through Project Eye-to-Eye at Brown University.

    Mrs. Logothetis is a Carrie Tower Member of the Brown Alumni Association, an alumna trustee of the College Year in Athens, a Patron of the Cycladic Museum of Art, the Benaki Museum in Greece and the New York City Ballet, and is a Friend of the Good Plus Foundation.

  • Annika Sten Pärson

    Annika Sten Pärson

    Executive Director

    Ms. Sten Pärson brings more than 25 years of executive experience in marketing, strategy, and sales to her position as the executive director at Seleni. Ms. Sten Pärson is leading the implementation of Seleni's mission to provide first-class reproductive and maternal mental health care. 

     

     

     

    Ms. Sten Pärson's professional background includes roles as founder, CEO, board director, and chief marketing officer (CMO). Most recently, she served as CMO of the consumer division at Com Hem AB, Scandinavia's largest cable operator. Before her work at Com Hem AB, she was chief commercial officer at Coop Hypermarket, one of Sweden's largest grocery retail companies. She also worked as a strategy consultant with Lowe and Partners, serving a variety of clients in Europe.

     

    Ms. Sten Pärson is serving as a nonexecutive on the board of directors of Haldex AB and is a member of the advisory board of Press4Kids Inc, an educational start-up which publishes News-O-Matic, a digital daily newspaper for kids. She previously held a number of board positions at corporations including national vehicle testing agency Bilprovningen, ad agency Dallas-Stockholm, and media agency Inserator.

     

    Ms. Sten Pärson is involved in The Childhood Foundation, a nonprofit focused on preventing sexual abuse of children and the Donaldson Adoption Institute. She has also served on the board of directors of Vi-Skogen, a nonprofit organization supporting agro forestry projects in Eastern Africa.

     

    Ms. Sten Pärson received a degree in strategic marketing from the Berghs School of Communication in Stockholm, Sweden. She also studied business administration at the University of Lund. She currently resides in New York City with her family and is the proud mother of two daughters adopted from China.

  • Sara Laufer

    Sara Laufer

    Finance Director

    Sara Laufer is a licensed CPA with extensive experience in both public and private accounting. She has been part of Seleni since we opened our doors in 2013 and works closely within the organization to maintain accurate financials, manage budgets and fiscal goals, and oversee the operations of our organization. Prior to joining Seleni, she spent nine years working for a large broadcasting company managing the budgeting and forecasting as well as economic strategy. 

     

    She graduated from Bucknell University with a degree in accounting and received her CPA license immediately afterward, working at Deloitte as an auditor for several years. When she is not working, Sara loves to spend time with her family, travel, and assist other families with their personal income taxes. She lives in Weehawken, New Jersey, with her husband and two young children.

  • Marianela Faría

    Marianela Faría

    Public Programming Director

    Marianela Faría brings to Seleni more than 20 years of experience in relationship management and sales. Ms. Faría oversees and develops the curriculum for all Seleni programs, including the Maternal Mental Health Intensive training, Young Parent Expo, breastfeeding clinic, and weekly support groups. She designs, develops, and promotes Seleni's programming to meet the needs of clients, and maintains professional relationships for outreach efforts and partnership activities. 

     

     

    Prior to joining Seleni, Ms. Faría spent ten years as Investor Relations Officer for Mercantil Servicios Financieros, a firm which is Venezuela's largest financial group and is publicly traded in Venezuela and in the United States. Ms. Faría has also previously held positions in Product Management, and as a Consultant providing advice and training in corporate communications, marketing and strategy.

     

    Ms. Faría graduated from la Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, in Caracas Venezuela, with a degree in economics. She resides in New York City with her husband and two daughters.

  • Kate Rope

    Kate Rope

    Editorial Director

    ​Kate Rope is an award-winning freelance journalist with expertise in health, pregnancy, and parenting. She is coauthor of The Complete Guide to Medications During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding. Ms. Rope was a founding editor of Health.com and a key staff member of many other national and international publications, including LIFE, Mother Jones, and the Bangkok Post

     

    She served as a staff writer for the Foundation for AIDS Research (amFAR), and her writing has appeared in many publications including the New York Times, National Geographic Adventure, Fitness, Real Simple, Shape, Glamour UK, Parade, and Parenting. Ms. Rope graduated from Occidental College with a degree in public policy and Phi Beta Kappa honors and was named a Henry Luce Scholar in 2001. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and two daughters.

  • Dhruv Jagasia

    Dhruv Jagasia

    Digital Engagement and Marketing Manager

    Dhruv Jagasia brings more than six years of entrepreneurial marketing experience to Seleni, with deep expertise in all things digital. He is passionate about using the power of marketing to create a positive impact in the world of mental health.

     

    Prior to joining Seleni, Mr. Jagasia founded and ran his own e-commerce eyewear startup, Dharma Eyewear, which was dedicated to using sustainable materials and practices throughout the life-cycle of its products in order to create a net-positive benefit on people and the planet. He has an MBA in sustainability management and conscious business from Marlboro College in Vermont. He lives in Montclair, New Jersey, with his partner and their dog.

  • Mechal Haas

    Mechal Haas

    Director of Communications & Strategic Partnerships

    Mechal Haas leads strategic communications and partnerships at Seleni. She brings to this role nearly two decades of experience developing integrated media relations campaigns and strategic partnerships around medical conditions. Her work aims to raise awareness, advocate for clinical research, and educate consumers on resources to diagnose, treat, and manage a wide variety of health issues. She has worked on health and wellness programs ranging from FDA actions, issues management, corporate initiatives, and corporate social responsibility programs. She has also helped several nonprofit organizations with all aspects of their brand awareness campaigns.

     

    Prior to joining Seleni, Ms. Haas led Weber Shandwick's health media practice and oversaw collaboration with its lead media team. Ms. Haas also helped found and build Edelman's national health media and wellness media teams.

    Throughout her career, Ms. Haas has helped clients navigate the changing media landscape, translating science for media and public health initiatives. She has developed and implemented programs across prescription and over-the-counter categories, and she has expertise in disease awareness strategy and influencer engagement in areas such as smoking cessation, respiratory conditions (including allergy and asthma), fibromyalgia, menopause, diabetes, lupus, heart disease, mental health, children's mental health, women's health, sexual health, HIV, oncology, dermatology, medical devices, and wellness and nutrition.

    She is passionate about corporate social responsibility and the need to build unique partnerships to benefit local and national patient communities. She developed and led the MS Technology Collaborative, a partnership between Microsoft, Bayer, and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society that provided new tools to help people living with the condition navigate their daily challenges and remain active and connected.

    She has worked on several other corporate initiatives, including Safe Kids, mHealth, text4baby, and a variety of STEM initiatives. She also created the media strategy for GE Healthcare's Healthymagination launch.

    Ms. Haas has guided media relations programs for many women's health and pediatric health campaigns, including the opening of the Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York, the launch of Gardasil (the HPV vaccine), the Consumer Healthcare Products Association's Up and Away campaign, and related educational initiatives around the proper use of cold and cough medicine for infants and children.

    She led media efforts for the Child Mind Institute's Speak Up for Kids program, raised visibility for the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women and Hands-Only CPR campaigns, developed launch plans for the American Lung Association's LUNG FORCE, and helped expand the local and national footprint of the Cycle for Survival events hosted by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She also piloted the award-winning media strategy behind Trojan's landmark sexual health study, which generated more than 1 billion media impressions.

    Ms. Haas holds a bachelor's degree in biology and psychology from Stern College for Women. She serves as the chair of the communications committee of the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center advisory board and served on YMCA of New York's marketing advisory committee. She has also been a guest professor for NYU continuing education classes and is a member of New York Women in Communications (NY WICI) and the National Association of Professional Women.

    She volunteered with Mount Sinai's Child Life Program throughout college and was an advisor and volunteer for Project Sunshine, a program that assists families of hospitalized children. She ran programs for children and young adults with special needs for both Yachad and Elwyn, a group home in Israel. She and her husband live in the Riverdale neighborhood of the Bronx and enjoy spending time with her 18 nieces and nephews.

Advisory Board

  • Rebecca Benghiat, JD

    Rebecca Benghiat, JD

    Rebecca Benghiat brings over 20 years of executive administrative experience to Seleni, with deep expertise on the intersection of health policy, regulatory law, women’s issues, and mental health on both a community and national level.

     

     

    A graduate of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, she is certified in alternative dispute resolution and has mediated a wide variety of claims in New York County civil and small claims courts. She also holds a bachelors degree in public policy, with a focus on organizational analysis, from the University of Chicago. Ms. Benghiat lives in Brooklyn with her husband and 11-year-old daughter.

  • Deena Blanchard, MD, MPH

    Deena Blanchard, MD, MPH

    Deena Blanchard MD, MPH, is a board certified pediatrician working at Premier Pediatrics. Dr. Deena has provided health/parenting tips for outlets such as AOL, Buzzfeed, The Huffington Post, The Bump, The Daily News, and appeared on CBS and CUNY-TV. She is also a regular contributor for Big City Moms, Well Rounded NY, The Stir by Cafemom, and Momtastic.

     


    Dr. Blanchard joined Premier, after completing her residency training at Columbia University. There she served as a physician advocate for families as part of the family advisory committee and was awarded physician of the year in 2007. Prior to going to medical school she completed a Masters of Public Health at Temple University with a specific focus in health education. Dr. Blanchard attended medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine where she was awarded both Alpha Omega Alpha and the American Medical Women’s Association Glascow-Rubin Achievement award.

    Dr. Deena Blanchard serves as a pediatric expert for brands including Ella’s Kitchen and Newton.

  • George P. Chrousos, MD

    George P. Chrousos, MD

    Dr. Chrousos is Professor and Chairman of the First Department of Pediatrics at the University of Athens School of Medicine, Athens, Greece, and former Chief of the Pediatric and Reproductive Endocrinology Branch of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Chrousos holds the UNESCO Chair on Adolescent Health Care and held the 2011 Distinguished John Kluge Chair on Society and Technology of the US Library of Congress. 

     

     

    Dr. Chrousos pioneered studies that elucidated the effects of stress on the organism at the behavioral, neuroendocrine, cellular and molecular levels and made fundamental contributions to the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of pituitary, adrenal and stress-related pathologies, i.e., major depression, obesity/metabolic syndrome, and autoimmune/inflammatory, reproductive and sleep disorders. He made seminal observations in the glucocorticoid signaling system and deciphered some of its key clinical implications.

     

    Dr. Chrousos is universally regarded as one of the most prominent paediatricians and endocrinologists. According to ISI, his work has been cited over 77,000 times (H-index >140), making him one of the most cited physician-scientists in both Clinical Medicine and Biology and Biochemistry and the top cited clinical pediatrician and endocrinologist in the world. He has received numerous major awards, including the Fred Conrad Koch Award, the highest award of the US Endocrine Society. He is a member of the Academia Europaea and the US National Academy of Medicine.

  • Lee S. Cohen, MD

    Lee S. Cohen, MD

    Dr. Lee Cohen is director of the Center for Women's Mental Health at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and the first incumbent of the Edmund and Carroll Carpenter Chair in Psychiatry in Women's Mental Health at Harvard Medical School.

    He is a national and international leader in the field of women's mental health and was among the founders of the field of perinatal and reproductive psychiatry. His work spans research, teaching, and clinical care in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders as well as women's reproductive psychiatric disorders.

     

     

    Dr. Cohen received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and his medical degree from Albany Medical College. He completed his internship at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Brighton, Massachusetts and his residency in psychiatry at MGH. After residency, Dr. Cohen completed a fellowship in psychopharmacology with a specific emphasis in reproductive pharmacology and then founded the Center for Women's Mental Health at MGH.

    Dr. Cohen is the author or coauthor of more than 200 articles, abstracts, and book chapters. His articles have been published in leading medical journals, including American Journal of Psychiatry, Journal of the American Medical Association, and Archives of General Psychiatry. Dr. Cohen is the principal investigator on multiple grants funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other agencies.

    He has received many awards, including the Outstanding Achievement Award for Research from the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society and the Mentorship Award for Exceptional Mentorship of Women Faculty from the department of psychiatry at MGH.

    Dr. Cohen has served on the Advisory Council to the Office of Research in Women's Health at the National Institute of Health, which sets the agenda for research in women's health across the NIH. He is also the cochair of the Reproductive Mental Health Initiative within the Office of Reproductive Health at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr. Cohen was recently appointed by Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts to serve on the Special Committee Relative to Postpartum Depression. This committee will set the standards for screening and treating postpartum depression in Massachusetts.

  • Lauren Feit, MD

    Lauren Feit, MD

    Lauren Feit, MD, is an ob-gyn with a private practice on New York City's Upper East Side. Originally from Brooklyn, Dr. Feit received her undergraduate degree from Barnard College in 1997, where she graduated cum laude with a degree in American history. Dr. Feit went on to graduate from New York Medical College in 2001 with a medical degree. In 2005, Dr. Feit completed her training in obstetrics and gynecology at the New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell School of Medicine. 

     

    As mother to four children (ranging in age from 6 weeks to 12 years) with more than 10 years of clinical experience, Dr. Feit understands motherhood. At New York Medical College she earned the Martin L. Stone Award for excellence in obstetrics in gynecology as well as the Samuel Spiegel, MD, Memorial Award for outstanding scholastic record and exceptional clinical skills. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and children.

  • Karen Kleiman, MSW, LCSW

    Karen Kleiman, MSW, LCSW

    ​Karen Kleiman is a well-known international expert on postpartum depression. Her work has been featured on the Web and within the mental health community for decades. In 1988, Ms. Kleiman founded The Postpartum Stress Center, a treatment and training facility where she treats individuals and couples experiencing perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, including postpartum depression. More recently, she founded The Postpartum Stress & Family Wellness Center in New Jersey.

     

     

    Ms. Kleiman has been featured in many television and radio shows, magazines, and health websites. Her national television appearances include Inside EditionThe Oprah Winfrey Show and NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw. Currently Ms. Kleiman is affiliated with a number of websites where she writes articles, facilitates support chats, and addresses the concerns of postpartum and pregnant women. She also serves as parenting expert panel member for BabyCenter.com and Storknet.com.

     

    In 1980, Ms. Kleiman received a master's in social work from the University of Illinois in Chicago and has been practicing clinical social work ever since. In addition to her clinical work at The Postpartum Stress Center, she instructs the postgraduate training course Fundamentals of Postpartum Depression: Assessment, Treatment and Advanced Clinical Practice. 

     

    Ms. Kleiman is the author of a number a books on postpartum depression. Her first book, This Isn’t What I Expected: Overcoming Postpartum Depression (Bantam, 1994), co-authored with Dr. Valerie Davis Raskin, forged new territory in the self-help book market on postpartum depression (currently under revision). She is coauthor of Dropping the Baby and Other Scary Thoughts: Breaking the Cycle of Unwanted Thoughts in Motherhood. Her book, Therapy and the Postpartum Woman: Notes on Healing Postpartum Depression for Clinicians and the Women Who Seek Their Help, is a groundbreaking resource for clinicians who treat women with postpartum mood and anxiety disorders. Tokens of Affection: Reclaiming Your Marriage After Postpartum Depression is due out this year.

  • Phyllis Magrab, PhD

    Phyllis Magrab, PhD

    Dr. Phyllis Magrab, Professor of Pediatrics, is a well-known pediatric psychologist and director of the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development (GUCCHD). This component of the pediatrics department brings together policy, research, and clinical practice for the betterment of children, youth and their families, especially those with special needs.

     

     

    For more than 40 years, Dr. Magrab has provided service, conducted research, shaped policy, and trained future professionals on behalf of vulnerable children and their families. Dr. Magrab has written and edited twelve major books as well as numerous articles and chapters. These publications reflect her personal commitment to addressing health and education disparities in this country and around the globe. She has extensive international experience related to developing services and policies for children, especially children with special needs.

     

    Among her many international activities, Dr. Magrab currently holds a UNESCO Chair, serves as the vice chair of the US-Afghan Women's Council (a public private partnership to advance the status of women and children in Afghanistan), and leads an international health and literacy effort.

     

    The Phyllis R. Magrab Chair at Georgetown University was named for her and dedicated to the continuation of her work on behalf of vulnerable children.

  • Ellen Manos, MD

    Ellen Manos, MD

    Ellen Manos, MD, has been practicing obstetrics and gynecology on the Upper East Side of Manhattan for more than two decades. She is a senior attending physician at Lenox Hill Hospital, where her interests include laparoscopic surgery, adolescent medicine, bio-identical hormone replacement therapy and, of course, the everlasting joys of obstetrics, both low and high risk.

     

     

    Born and raised in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn by first generation Greek-American parents, Dr. Manos is proud of her New York City roots. She graduated from the High School of Performing Arts in 1974 and received her bachelor's of science in biochemistry and musicology from New York University in 1978. She attended medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse and graduated in 1982.

     

    After returning to New York City, Dr. Manos completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center in 1986 and immediately entered private practice. She is married to an attorney and has a daughter at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

  • Sean Mayberry

    Sean Mayberry

    Sean Mayberry is a former diplomat and social marketer who believes there are simple and cost-effective interventions which can improve mental health, an area that is often overlooked when addressing poverty in the developing world.  For years Sean implemented successful HIV/AIDS and malaria programs in Africa and saw firsthand the struggles of the mentally ill.  In 2013, he founded StrongMinds with a goal of ending the depression epidemic on the sub-continent.  Sean has degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Emory University.  When not at work, he enjoys family time with his wife and four sons.

  • Catherine Monk, PhD

    Catherine Monk, PhD

    ​Dr. Catherine Monk is a Professor of Medical Psychology in the Departments of Psychiatry and Obstetrics and Gynecology at Columbia University, where she is also Director of Research at the Women's Program, and a Research Scientist VI at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Dr. Monk earned her PhD in clinical psychology at the City University of New York. She spends the majority of her time doing research and also sees patients experiencing perinatal depression, anxiety, or other emotional challenges related to pregnancy and parenting.

     

     

    Dr. Monk's research focuses on the earliest in utero influences on a child's development and the potential for early prevention of mental health problems. Several of these projects are funded by the National Institute of Mental Health.

     

    She has received many professional awards including the Scholar Award from the American Psychosomatic Society, the Scientist Research Award from the Sackler Institute, and the Klerman Honorable Mention for Outstanding Research from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression.

     

    Dr. Monk's research has been published in many journals including Biological Psychiatry, Journal of Child Psychiatry and Psychology, Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent PsychiatryInfant Mental Health Journal, Archives of Women's Mental Health, and Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology. She has also contributed chapters to books including The Oxford Handbook of Perinatal Psychology. Visit Dr. Catherine Monk's Perinatal Pathways Lab. 

  • George Mussalli, MD

    George Mussalli, MD

    George Mussalli, MD, has extensive experience in both hands-on daily care and administrative medicine and is cofounder of Village Obstetrics, New York's premier minimally invasive obstetric practice. He completed his subspecialty training at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and is board certified in maternal-fetal medicine by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. A father of four, Dr. Mussalli understands the joys and heartaches of parenthood from both sides of the white coat.

     

     

    Dr. Mussalli is the former chairman of obstetrics and gynecology at St. Vincent's Hospital in Greenwich Village and chief of obstetrics at North Central Bronx Hospital/Jacobi Medical Center.

  • Jaqueline Worth, MD

    Jaqueline Worth, MD

    Jaqueline Worth, MD, trained at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and completed her residency at Lenox Hill where she quickly built her reputation as a talented and dedicated obstetrician. She cofounded the minimally invasive obstetric practice, Village Obstetrics, in 2008 with Dr. Mussalli. Her passion is helping moms and dads feel empowered and connected on the exciting, but challenging, road to parenthood.

     

     

    Dr. Worth has two school-age daughters who keep her grounded and smiling, and she considers the children she delivers to be part of an extended family that brings her great joy.

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