Ingrid Nkongho, PsyD


New Moms Group Facilitator

Ingrid Nkongho, PsyD, is highly experienced in assisting patients with a variety of mental health challenges, including life transitions, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, and complex trauma. Dr. Nkongho leverages a combination of theory-informed psychoanalysis, mindfulness, and cognitive behavioral therapy to assist her patients.

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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.

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Nneka Symister, LMSW


Young Parent Workshop Facilitator

Nneka Symister, LMSW, is an experienced therapist specializing in helping women and couples who suffer with perinatal mood and anxiety dirders. In her work, Ms. Symister uses multiple techniques to best serve her clients, including cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, interpersonal therapy and mindfulness.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Kate Rope

Kate Rope is an award-winning freelance journalist with expertise in health, pregnancy, and parenting. She is author of the forthcoming Strong as a Mother: How to Be Happy, Healthy and (Most Importantly) Sane From Pregnancy to Parenthood: The Only Guide to Taking Care of YOU! (May 2018) and coauthor of The Complete Guide to Medications During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding. Ms. Rope was a founding editor of and a key staff member of many other national and international publications, including LIFEMother Jones, and the Bangkok Post

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