Dr. Tuong-Vi Nguyen is an Assistant Professor, at the Department of Psychiatry, in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, at McGill University. As a clinician-researcher in reproductive psychiatry and developmental neuroendocrinology, her research currently focuses on the developmental impact of parental mental health and prenatal hormonal programming on child development. Long-term goals include bridging the gap between perinatal mental health research and public health strategy, as well as building a solid mental health infrastructure to care for mothers, fathers and children during the perinatal transition.
Dr. Kristin Horsley received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from McGill University under the supervision of Dr. Blaine Ditto. Her doctoral work explored associations between maternal blood pressure, symptoms of depression, anxiety, and gestational age at birth. As part of her clinical training, Dr. Horsley was involved with the development and delivery of a group therapy program for perinatal distress, where she worked alongside Drs. David Sinyor and Tuong-Vi Nguyen to increase access to mental health services for pregnant persons referred to the McGill University Health Center high-risk obstetrical clinic. Dr. Horsley is a passionate advocate for access to mental health services during the perinatal period, and especially for those who encounter medical complications before, during, or after pregnancy.
Stephanie Totten is an MD-PhD candidate at McGill University and co-founder of the Canadian Association of Women Clinician Investigator Trainees (CAWCIT). Supported by CIHR, her doctoral research focused on developing breast cancer treatment strategies that target tumor metabolism. Stephanie is passionate about medical education and female reproductive health. Her understanding of the fundamental importance of perinatal mental health, and of timely access to specialists and treatment for individuals experiencing mental illness, was instilled from a young age as she learned of her mother’s postpartum mental illness. Stephanie witnessed how the lack of resources and mismanagement of perinatal mental illness has devastating consequences for the individual, as well as significant and lasting impacts on their loved ones. In addition to advocating for more services and mental health professionals, she recognizes the essential need for improved training of all medical students and allied health professionals to identify and support individuals experiencing mental health issues in the perinatal period. Stephanie is grateful for the opportunity to be involved with CPMHC, and to contribute to the essential work they do to advocate for improved perinatal mental health strategies and services in Canada.
Rosa Caporicci is a registered psychotherapist in private practice in Montreal, Quebec specializing in reproductive mental health. She received her M.A. in Counselling Psychology from McGill University, and went on to do post-graduate training in the areas of perinatal mood & anxiety disorders and perinatal loss with organizations such as the Postpartum Stress Centre, Postpartum Support International (PSI) and the Perinatal Loss & Death Alliance (PLIDA). Inspired by her own lived experience she has chosen to work exclusively with women and families dealing with perinatal and postpartum difficulties, and with women and families who are confronting loss whether due to miscarriage, pregnancy interruption, stillbirth, infertility or neonatal death. She has in recent years collaborated with the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) to develop and deliver a perinatal and neonatal loss support group, as well as creating support groups for infertility and the postpartum period . Finally, she is an active member of PSI, PLIDA, the Marcé Society of North America (MONA), the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society (CFAS) and Fertility Matters Canada.
Catherine is a strong-willed, passionate and dedicated person, mom, partner and social worker. A few years ago, she experienced a life-changing episode of severe postpartum depression after the birth of her first child and, sadly, had to fight to get someone to take her seriously. After seeing both a social worker and psychologist who wrote her off as having « baby blues », she was eventually hospitalized in a psychiatric institute, spending several days there without being allowed to see her month-old son. Thankfully, she had a few very supportive people in her life who were there to care for her and her son throughout the hospitalization and afterwards. This ordeal has profoundly affected her and has made her realize that as it stands, perinatal health and social services in Canada are utterly lacking in appropriate and adapted care. Her main goal in being part of this committee is not only to raise awareness of the existence and prevalence of perinatal mental health issues, that still seem to be somewhat taboo, but also to demand that our government take better care of new parents and their babies.
Dr. Saba Sagliker Kose completed her Family Medicine Residency and became a specialist in 2017 in Turkey. During her residency, she conducted an internship in Montreal Neurological Institute & Douglas Mental Health University Institute, worked on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder’s (ADHD) relations with cortical thickness and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Dr. Saba Sagliker Kose’s research focus is in area of early childhood development support and maternal mental health protection in primary healthcare settings. Her thesis underlined the mother’s knowledge deficiency in early childhood development and its stressful effects on mothers and young families. She awarded by a national grand to create a guideline for leading healthcare professionals how to support mothers throughout perinatal period. In the meantime, she became a board member of Turkish Association of Family Physicians, worked for creating public and professional awareness of perinatal wellbeing and accentuating its importance to lawmakers. She is passionate about bringing whole family around the table -especially including the fathers- to discuss about their wellbeing after the birth of their baby. She currently conducts a clinical internship in Foundation du Dr. Julien to experience social pediatric aspects for supporting families locally.