Hudson Perinatal Consortium offers Shari Lusskin, MD and Jeanne Watson Driscoll PhD, for May 8 Conference

Shari Lusskin, MD

The Hudson Perinatal Consortium, directed by Marianne Moore, LCSW, has long sponsored high quality educational events for practitioners throughout the tri-state area. Funded in part by the NJ Department of Health and Senior Services, the caliber of speakers/presenters is always great. One consistently comes away invigorated and satisfied with the enriching learning experience and progress toward obtaining those CEU’s. And the topics to be covered are essential for practitioners who claim a perinatal mental health specialty.

For the May 8th Conference entitled “Effective Treatment of Conditions Associated with Perinatal Mood Disorders”, two outstanding, nationally known published experts have been confirmed for this full-day event. The best part is, each speaker will cover their topic in depth as they will not be limited to the typical 50 minute per segment time. Plus, there will be ample opportunity to ask questions at the end!

Shari I. Lusskin, MD served as the first Director of Reproductive Psychiatry at NYU Langone Medical Center and New York University School of Medicine from 2003 to 2011. She holds a faculty appointment at NYU as a Clinical Associate Professor in Psychiatry and Obstetrics and Gynecology. She also holds an appointment as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine

As a specialist in Women’s Reproductive Mental Health and psychopharmacology during pregnancy and breastfeeding, Dr. Lusskin has lectured extensively in the United States and Canada, as well as in Europe and India. She has a long-standing commitment to improving understanding of women’s psychiatric needs, both by professionals and the general public. In 2001 she founded the NYU Reproductive Psychiatry Conference. The 6th NYU Reproductive Psychiatry Conference was held on Saturday, October 6, 2007.

Dr. Lusskin is the Director of Psychopharmacologic Agents for the Reproductive Toxicology Center, a Non-Profit Foundation. The Reproductive Toxicology Center operates Reprotox®, a computerized data base on the reproductive and developmental effects of drugs and other chemicals, biologics, and physical agents .

Shari will discuss Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and the most serious of postpartum disruptions, Postpartum Psychosis. Among the nation’s leading perinatal psychiatrists, this incredible opportunity to learn from her extensive clinical experience and knowledge based should not be missed!

Equally renown and among the most sought after conference speakers on postpartum mood disorders is Boston based Jeanne Watson Driscoll PhD, PMHCNS-BC. Jeanne is a Board Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult psychiatric-mental health. She is President and owner of JWD Associates, Inc., as well as a member of The Mica Collaborative in Wellesley, Massachusetts. She provides psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy for women who experience mood and/or anxiety disorders through the childbearing years. Jeanne will talk about Bipolar Disorder and PTSD.

Both clinicians will discuss the role of medication in PPD treatment including references providing the latest research on the safety and efficacy of pharmacotherapy among this population.

The event will take place at the Chart House Restaurant, Pier D-T, Lincoln Harbor in Weehawken, NJ. This location is easily accessible from NYC via Port Imperial Ferry Line, Light Rail from Hoboken, or by car (there is ample parking). The event will run from 8 AM to 4 PM. For further information please call 201-876-8900. The cost of the conference is only $75.00 for non-members and $60.00 for members of the Hudson Perinatal Consortium. Social workers and those requesting Professional Education units will receive 6 CEU’s.

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