Welcome. We’re so glad you are here.
PSI-NY is the New York state chapter of Postpartum Support International (PSI), 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 promote equity and inclusion in awareness, prevention, and treatment of mental health issues related to pregnancy, childbearing, and parenting in New York.
Find a local PSI Volunteer:
If you, or a loved one, is suffering with perinatal mood disorders, you’ve come to the right place. Contact one of our local PSI Volunteers, who will help guide you through the process of finding a professional near you with expertise and experience in treating perinatal mood disorders.
We do not offer crisis management services. If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, please call 911. For additional safety information, contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
Want to make a difference? Become a member today.
Join PSI today and PSI-NY will receive a portion of your donation and you will automatically become a member of PSI-NY too!
Or join PSI-NY only, but please note, you do not receive the PSI membership benefits if you join PSI-NYonly. Contact us if you have any questions about membership.
Memberships are tax-deductible donations.
Our mission is to promote awareness, education, prevention, and treatment of perinatal mental health issues affecting mothers, their families, and support systems in all areas of New York.
PSI-NY is an all-volunteer organization and a State Chapter of Postpartum Support International, a 501(c)(3) organization. The Tax ID number of Postpartum Support International and PSI-NY is 77-0196208.
Meet our Board of Directors
PSI NY CHAPTER Co-Chair: Kathleen Miller Murphy, RN, CCE, BSN
Kathleen has worked as a nurse for over 30 years in Women’s Health. Currently, she is the Director of Women’s Health Integration and Community Engagement for Crouse Health in Syracuse, NY. Kathleen, through her work in Strategic Planning and Program Development helped to create the Crouse Family Support Program along with her colleague Chris Kowaleski which that serves families affected by perinatal anxiety and depression. She has served as the co- founder and President of Charity for Children, Inc for the last 16 years. Prior to her current role she worked in L&D, care coordination and education. Kathleen has her own experience with PMAD and wants to bring education and support to other families as well as those that care for them. Kathleen lives in East Syracuse, NY with her husband & two daughters.
PSI NY Chapter Co- Chair: Christine Kowaleski, DNP,NNP-BC,FNP, MHNP-BC
Chris has worked with new families throughout her nursing career with experience as L&D and NICU nurse , then NICU NP for 25 years during that time she was on the bereavement team for families with loss and subsequently received her Psych NP with a specialty in reproductive psychiatry. She was also the PSI coordinator and volunteer for CNY for 17 years. She helped create the Crouse Perinatal Family Support Program that supports new families dealing with PMAD. Chris lives in Syracuse, NY with her grown children and grandchildren close by and with her favorite dog Ozzy.
PSI NY Chapter Treasurer: Karen Wachenheim
I am a Senior Accountant for the New York State Education Department. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development and Family Studies and my Certificate in Accounting. I have been an Accountant for 15 years. I am also a Zumba instructor and have been for four years. I live in Upstate NY I have been married for 12 1/2 years. I have two sons, one 11 and one 6. I developed Postpartum Depression with both boys. This is what began my interest in Postpartum Mental Health. A few years after my second son was born, my sister in law developed Postpartum Psychosis and we unfortunately lost her to the illness. It was after this that I decided to become involved with Postpartum Support International. It became our family’s mission and goal to bring awareness and education to as many as we could. I became a Postpartum Support International Volunteer Coordinator in April 2014. I have also hosted Zumba fundraiser events to raise money for Postpartum Support International and will continue to do so.
PSI NY Secretary Elise Derevjank, LMHC, PMH-C
Elise is a NYS Licensed Mental health Counselor with perinatal mental health certification through postpartum international. She is also a mother of two. Elise is committed to expanding mental health support options to mothers, parents, and families during an important transitional life period as well as increasing awareness and providing education about the postpartum period. Elise believes it is important to support the “birth” of parents as they become a new blend of themselves. Her practice Becoming Mental Health Counseling focuses specifically on perinatal mental health support.
PSI NY Chapter Liason: Tanairy Fernandez
Tanairy is a bilingual Licensed Mental Health Counselor specializing in Anxiety Disorders. Tanairy has extensive experience counseling clients with Anxiety, Panic Attacks, OCD, Depression, during the Pregnancy and postpartum phase. Tanairy treats children, adolescents, and adults. She has a clinical background in Cognitive Behavioral therapy (CBT) with a focus on Mindfulness. In addition to her full time practice she is a volunteer for the Postpartum Support International (PSI) NY Chapter. She serves as a Clinical supervisor for the Graduate Mental Health Counseling internship program. Her group private practice is located in located in Huntington, NY.
PSI NY Communications Chair: Laurie Clark
Laurie Clark holds a degree in Print Journalism from Hofstra University. She worked for over seven years in publishing, as a publicist to authors at two major NYC publishing houses (Penguin Random House and HarperCollins), before relocating to Syracuse, NY. Currently, she works in corporate communications in the QSR industry. Personally, she is an avid runner who is active in the Syracuse running community and is a member of PRSA’s CNY Chapter. She lives in Syracuse with her husband, two children and a bulldog.
Laurie has a great interest in supporting women and families living with PMADs because she feels that it’s an underserved population. As a mom, Laurie knows the importance of finding your village and wants to do everything possible to support women in their motherhood journey.
For more information or if you are interested in volunteering, please contact us using the form below and we’ll be in touch soon.
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