Postpartum Support International
Visit the PSI online directory to find qualified perinatal mental health professionals in your area.
Postpartum Support International (PSI) is the world’s leading non-profit organization dedicated to helping those suffering from perinatal mood disorders, the most common complication of childbirth.
Our Mission is to increase awareness, education, prevention, and treatment of perinatal mental health issues affecting individuals, their families, and support systems in all areas of New Hampshire.
Our Vision is that all pregnant and postpartum individuals and their families, including those from underserved communities, will have access to perinatal support, mental health/healthcare providers, education, and resources to improve overall well-being through advocacy, training, and increased awareness of perinatal mental health.
Meet the PSI-NH Board of Directors
Dr. Sarah Craig is a clinical psychologist and practices at the Hanover Center for Cognitive Behavioral Therapies. Her clinical areas of expertise include PTSD, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, and substance use disorders. After experiencing perinatal depression during her second pregnancy, she became concerned about the disconnect between medical and psychological care for pregnant and postpartum individuals and sought to extend her clinical training to this population. She earned her PMH-C certification in 2021 and in 2022, she accepted the role of chair for the NH state chapter where she is excited to promote awareness, education, training, and access to care to the residents of this state.
Dr. James Craig is a licensed clinical psychologist at Dartmouth Medical School and specializes in supporting parents and children with mental health concerns. He grew up in rural Kansas and has focused his research career on finding ways to bring evidence-based mental health care to rural and underserved families. He believes that if we are ever going to address the current national mental health crisis it must start with taking care of all of the brave people who take on the role of being a parent. In his own life, he has found that the joy, but also the challenges of becoming a parent, which has connected him with this population like never before. He hopes that PSI NH will be a place where all pregnant and parenting are welcome and valued.
Jessica Leandri is a seasoned healthcare operations leader with a strong track record of working with diverse stakeholder groups on system quality improvement and program implementation. For many years the scope of her work has been peripheral to perinatal health and an area of personal passion. After having her daughter in Spring, 2022 and experiencing postpartum firsthand she was more motivated than ever to engage within her community and statewide to expand resources for new parents. Jessica accepted the role of secretary for the NH state chapter and looks forward to working collaboratively to best support and expand access to resources in NH.
Dr. Mirella Maggi is a clinical psychologist who works at the Hanover Center for Cognitive Behavioral Therapies. She has extensive training in empirically supported treatments for anxiety and depression, as well as a wide range of other challenges in children, adolescents, and college students. In particular, she specializes in treating children and young people experiencing symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder. Mirella’s work with families and young children and her own experiences with pregnancy and motherhood has made her passionate about supporting families and parenting individuals. In 2022, she joined the NH state chapter of PSI as the advocacy lead.
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Alison Palmer, APRN combines over 25 years of nursing experience as a bedside labor and delivery nurse, perinatal clinical nurse specialist, and advanced practice nurse practitioner in OBGYN and reproductive mental health. She became involved in this work after struggling with postpartum anxiety over 18 years ago. Alison was a former NH state coordinator for PSI. She has a passion for innovative program development that supports the mental health of growing families and is invested in evidence-based clinical training of healthcare providers to effectively care for these individuals. She is the owner of Palmer Perinatal and Women’s Wellness, PLLC.
Heather Martin is a maternal mental health advocate/coordinator and works at Dartmouth Health Pediatrics as a medical assistant. She lives in Salem, NH with her husband and two boys. She became passionate about maternal mental health after tragically losing her sister to maternal suicide. She started a postpartum screening/follow up call workflow at her pediatric practice. She advocates for legislation pertaining to maternal mental health both nationally and here in New Hampshire. She also is a Postpartum Support Coordinator for New Hampshire.
Meredith Ball is a LICSW in New Hampshire and LCSW in California, Florida, and North Carolina. Meredith currently provides virtual and in-home individual and group therapy for mothers in all seasons of life at Sunrise Mothers. For the past two decades, Meredith has been honored to provide therapy, mentoring, psycho-education, and community connections for mothers, and also earned her Perinatal Mental Health Certification in December 2022 and is an EMDR Trained Perinatal Mental Health Therapist focusing on perinatal trauma and loss. When Meredith is not researching the next way to advocate for maternal mental health or guiding a client in motherhood transformation, she can be found walking with awe along the North Country trails, building Legos and laughing with her son, enjoying hot cocoa with her husband, or receiving wisdom from her own strong Mother.
Farrah Sheehan is a perinatal nurse educator, researcher, and consultant whose work focuses on respectful, equitable and supportive care, birth trauma recovery and care for substance exposed infants and their families. She provides private lactation services and birth trauma-recovery sessions for families and birth professionals. She trains perinatal professional teams in trauma-informed care, health equity and birth trauma awareness and prevention and provides consultation for teams seeking to improve the quality of care they provide through reflective-practices and compassionate communication. Farrah recently completed service as faculty in the National Institute of Health clinical trial “ACT NOW” researching the Eat Sleep Console Care Tool and helped lead the implementation Eat Sleep Console with the Northern New England Quality Improvement Network (NNEPQIN). Farrah serves on NH’s Perinatal Substance Exposure Taskforce, as a board member on NH’s Breastfeeding Taskforce and Postpartum Support International NH chapter and as a research nurse for MOms in REcovery (MORE), a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) awarded study. Farrah loves to travel, explore in nature, practice yoga, paint and spend time with her family. She lives in Amherst, NH.
Samantha Palmer is a child and family therapist at TLC Family Resource Center. Samantha supports pregnant and parenting people through home visiting, parent workshops and support groups, resource navigation, and therapeutic interventions such as child parent psychotherapy (CPP). She has her masters in social work, graduate certificate in trauma informed policy and practice and has her PMH-C certification. Samantha is a NH Local Volunteer Support Coordinator for Postpartum Support International, along with the Adolescent/Young Adult Support Coordinator.
PSI relies on members and contributions from the community to promote awareness, prevention, and treatment of maternal mental health issues related to childbearing.
All memberships are tax-deductible.
There are many ways to help and volunteer with PSI, and we would love to have you join us. All are welcome at PSI! Survivors, mental health professionals, doulas, clinicians, and anyone else interested and passionate about raising awareness about perinatal mental health can volunteer through the chapter in order to give back to their local communities.
PSI Chapters are made up of a variety of local advocates and stakeholders who further the mission of PSI on a grassroots level. Chapters work on a wide range of initiatives that they develop based on their communities needs. While some chapters may focus on passing legislation, others may create a robust network of peer support groups, and all chapters provide scholarships for PSI trainings and events.
Contact the Chapter to find out about volunteer opportunities near you. Explore other volunteer opportunities on the PSI website.
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