Jamie Belsito, BA
Ms. Belsito is a Commissioner on the Ellen Story Special Commission on Postpartum Depression for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the former Advocacy Chair for the National Coalition for Maternal Mental Health. She is a subject matter expert in maternal mental health policies on a state and federal level, and brings her expertise to the Massachusetts Statehouse and Capitol Hill to seek better maternal mental health policies for pregnant and new moms.
Kathleen Biebel, PhD
Dr. Biebel is a mental health services researcher, and the founding Program Director of MCPAP for Moms. She has served as PI, Co-Investigator, and Evaluator on numerous federally, state, and foundation funded projects focused on perinatal mental health, parenting with serious mental illness across the lifespan, community integration and family life. Her federal funders have included the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and National Institute of Mental Health. She has over 15 years of experience developing and implementing evidence-based programs in real-world settings, supporting health care providers to address maternal mental health, and serving mothers and families with lived experience of serious mental health concerns.
Aline Gubrium, PhD
Dr. Gubrium is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Promotion and Policy at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst. Dr. Gubrium is a medical anthropologist whose research focuses on reproductive health inequity and social inequality among ethnic/racial minority adolescent and emerging adult parents and families. Using a “critical narrative intervention” approach, her work assesses the potential of narrative processes, like digital storytelling, as a mechanism for group-based intervention and community-based action and focuses on the potential of the products of these processes to shift stigmatizing and shaming conversations and policies aimed at marginalized parents and families.
Margaret Hannah, MEd, GCEC
Margaret Hannah, MEd, GCEC, is Executive Director of the Freedman Center for Child and Family Development at William James College and Adjunct Faculty. She works in schools, agencies, and businesses designing, developing, and facilitating leadership programs, parent support groups, and evidence based prevention programs. She serves on the following groups within Commonwealth of Massachusetts: Academy of Pediatrics Mental Health Task Force, Governor’s Commission on Post-Partum Depression, Commission on Behavioral Health and Upstream Prevention, and the Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative Advisory.
Shannon Hennig, MA
Ms. Hennig is the Director of the Maternal Mental Health Research Collaborative, a PCORI funded project to engage women with maternal mental illness in research. She is a passionate advocate with a deep understanding of the lived patient experience and seeks to build collaborative relationships with moms, providers and researchers to improve health outcomes.
Leena Mittal, MD
Dr. Mittal is an Instructor at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Reproductive Psychiatry Consultation Service at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She is also Associate Medical Director for MCPAP for Moms, a statewide provider consultation service addressing perinatal mental health and substance use needs of pregnant and postpartum women. Dr. Mittal collaborates with statewide leaders on the development of programs to support the treatment of pregnant and postpartum women with substance use disorders.
John Straus, MD
Dr. Straus is a pediatrician and founding director of the Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Program known as MCPAP. He led the expansion of MCPAP to include MCPAP for Moms to address perinatal depression and perinatal mental illness. Dr. Straus is currently Medical Director of Special Projects at the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership, the behavioral health vendor for the Massachusetts Medicaid program and a subsidiary of Beacon Health Options.o Dr. Straus is a pediatrician and founding director of the Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Program known as MCPAP. He led the expansion of MCPAP to include MCPAP for Moms to address perinatal depression and perinatal mental illness. Dr. Straus is currently Medical Director of Special Projects at the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership, the behavioral health vendor for the Massachusetts Medicaid program and a subsidiary of Beacon Health Options.