Susan Dowd Stone, MSW, LCSW has been helping women and families diagnose, treat and recover perinatal mood disorders for over 15 years. She is an award winning therapist, author, advocate and reproductive mental health expert who was president of Postpartum Support International, (2006 - 2008), the organization’s vice-president and Conference Chair (2005 - 2006) and currently sits on PSI’s President’s Advisory Council (2008 - 2016). While at PSI, she was a consultant in the development of a national postpartum depression public service announcement campaign with CBS Cares.
Other roles have included board appointments to The National Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition, the recent Postpartum Progress Inc., andS.P.A.R.K.S. Center in Brooklyn NY. Ms. Stone is a NJHSS Certified Perinatal Mood Disorders Instructor and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Silver School of Social Work, New York University where she also presents on mental health approaches for NYU's Center for Global and Lifelong Learning and in the school's Post Masters Certificate Program.
She has presented workshops nationally on perinatal mood disorders and evidenced based treatments for Rutgers University, UC Berkeley, Columbia University, Hunter College, NASW NYC and many other professional education programs. NASW NYC describes her workshops as "the most highly rated workshops by clinicians".
Ms. Stone received her MSW from New York University where she was the recipient of a President’s Service Award. Additional awards include S.P.A.R.K.S. award for maternal mental health advocacy, presented by Congressman Bobby L. Rush (March, 2011), The NJ Mental Health Association Golden Bell Award (May, 2009) for clinical excellence and advocacy, the Logan Leadership Award (August, 2009), and the Hudson Perinatal Consortium Community Partner Award (November 2009). On Veterans Day, November, 2009, she was invited to join First Lady Michelle Obama, Jill Biden and Alma Powell at George Washington University as national partners in Mission: Serve were announced.
While working at Hackensack University Medical Center in the Department of Psychiatry, she helped form and facilitate the Postpartum Psychotherapy program which helped assess, identify and treat women at risk or diagnosed with perinatal mood disorders. Ms. Stone has received numerous other awards for her initiation and implementation of programs supportive to mental health, including animal assisted therapy.
Ms. Stone regularly presents on women’s reproductive mental health issues at educational conferences, seminars and in the media; national television appearances have included the CBS Early Show, ABC News, NJN News, NBC News, The New Morning Show (Hallmark), A Place of Our Own (PBS),the Morning Show (FOX) and many others including Washing DC based radio host Jonathan Emord's show Health, Law and Politics. She has served as an expert witness in causes of action where undertreatment of postpartum depression
At the invitation of congressional leaders, including U.S. Senator Robert Menendez and IL Congressman Bobby L. Rush, she has presented at Capitol Hill Press Conferences with co-advocates Brooke Shields, NJ First Lady Mary Jo Codey and other notable advocates for PPD. She is a nationally recognized advocate for the credentialing, promotion and adoption of evidenced based treatments in clinical programs for all licensed mental health professionals. She was a public reviewer for the National Institute of Mental Health.
Ms. Stone maintains a private practice in Englewood Cliffs, NJ Blue Skye Consulting LLC, specializing in women’s reproductive mental health across the life cycle, trauma treatment, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, DBT and EMDR.