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Leadership Team

  • Nancy Byatt

    Nancy Byatt, DO, MS, MBA, FACLP

    Executive Director

    Dr. Byatt is a psychiatrist, physician-scientist, and perinatal mental health expert who is focused on improving health care systems to promote maternal mental health. She is an Professor of Psychiatry and Ob/Gyn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She is the inaugural Medical Director of MCPAP for Moms, a statewide program that has impacted state and national policies regarding perinatal mental health and increased access to perinatal mental health care for thousands of women. Dr. Byatt has several federal grants that focus on developing and testing scalable interventions for addressing depression in obstetric settings. She frequently serves on national advisory boards and expert work groups focused on improving perinatal mental health. Her academic achievements have led to over 100 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters and national presentations and numerous national awards.


    Learn more about Dr. Byatt's work here.

  • Tiffany A. Moore Simas

    Tiffany A. Moore Simas, MD, MPH, MEd, FACOG

    Medical Director

    Dr. Moore Simas is an academic specialist in general Ob/Gyn, physician-scientist, educator, and leader. She uses adult education principles to inform population, practice, and provider-level initiatives and interventions designed to address and improve the health of maternal-offspring dyads, with particular focus on and expertise in perinatal mental health. She is a Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Population & Quantitative Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She is lead obstetric liaison of MCPAP for Moms, a first in nation state-wide program that enhances the capacity of front-line providers to address maternal mental health through trainings, telephonic consultation, and care coordination. MCPAP for Moms is an award-winning, sustainable and reproducible innovative service delivery model that has impacted state and national policy. Dr. Moore Simas has a federally funded research portfolio focused on addressing perinatal mental health in obstetric settings. She serves on several national advisory boards and expert work groups including the Council on Patient Safety in Women’s Health Care Maternal Mental Health Safety Bundle Work Group, the American College of Ob/Gyn Maternal Mental Health Expert Work Group, and others. Her academic achievements have led to over 100 peer reviewed publications, book chapters, and national presentations, in additional to national awards.


    Learn more about Dr. Moore Simas' work here.

  • Linda Brenckle

    Linda Brenckle, MS, RD, PMP

    Project Director

    Ms. Brenckle is the project director for multiple research studies, including the CDC-funded Program In Support of Moms (PRISM), at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She has also been a Clinical Engagement Specialist for the Provider-Based Sampling study and a Program Director for the Parental Mental Health study, both sub-studies of the NIH-funded National Children’s Study. Her research interests include maternal and child health and community-based intervention research.


  • Melissa Maslin

    Melissa Maslin, MEd

    Project Director for Lifeline4Moms

    Ms. Maslin is the Project Director for Lifeline for Moms’ consultative services and its Network of Perinatal Psychiatry Access Programs. She brings several years of research-related project management and leadership experience to her role. Prior to joining Lifeline for Moms, she was a Research Project Director at the E.K. Shriver Center at UMass Medical School, where she coordinated and directed several research projects focused on health promotion in youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities.