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Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders: Identifiable, Treatable Conditions with Collaboration  presented by Samantha Meltzer-Brody, M.D. and Mary Kimmel, M.D.

Monday, March 6, 2017, 12-2 pmat the Tate-Turner-Kuralt Auditorium of the UNC School of Social Work, Chapel Hill, NC  || Slides || printable handouts: 3 slides with notes || 6 slides per page

When: March 6, 2017, 12-2 pm, with light refreshments and meet-and-greet reception beginning at 11:30 am by Vimala’s CurryBlossom Café

WhereUNC School of Social Work Auditorium, 325 Pittsboro Street, Chapel Hill, NC   Directions and parking

Continuing Education2 hours

Fees: Workshop fee is $35

Workshop is offered free of charge to current UNC SSW students, staff, faculty, and to current UNC SSW Field Instructors and Task Supervisors (obtain coupon code from Field Office).

Additional $6 charge for psychologists who would like to receive Category A credit (please bring $6 day of event)

Registration: Online pre-registration   (You may pre-register up until the day before to the program.)

Live Streaming: Can’t make it in person? Participate to live stream. (All who register for live streaming will receive an email with directions on how to join/log-in  the Friday before lecture.)


Women and their families face unique issues during the perinatal period, which includes preconception planning, pregnancy, and early parenthood. Outcome research also shows that women with bipolar and psychotic mood disorder exacerbations during this period are challenging to treat and often receive sub-optimal care. In this workshop, Samantha Meltzer-Brody and Mary Kimmel draw from their research and clinical experience that emphasizes collaborative approaches to identifying and treating disorders that arise during this period. Participants will gain understanding of relevant issues and treatment considerations for working effectively with individuals with perinatal mood disorders, anxiety, and psychosis.


SamanthaDr. Samantha Meltzer-Brody, MD, MPH is an Associate Professor and Director of the UNC Perinatal Psychiatry Program of the UNC Center for Women’s Mood Disorders. Her current clinical and research efforts are focused primarily on Perinatal Depression. She is currently funded by multiple NIH grants to investigate epidemiologic, genetic, and other biomarker models of postpartum depression (PPD) and has recently worked to establish an international postpartum depression genetics consortium (PACT). In addition, she is investigating  novel treatment options for depression in perinatal women.The Triangle Medical Journal recently selected Dr. Meltzer-Brody as one of the “Top 10 Women in Medicine.”  She is also the founder of the Taking Care of Our Own Program, a resource for UNC Health Care employees.


MaryDr. Mary Kimmel, MD is a Clinical Assistant Professor and Medical Director of UNC’s Perinatal Psychiatry Inpatient Unit. Her clinical expertise is in treating women’s mood and anxiety disorders and in treating psychiatric disorders and other mental health issues during pregnancy and the postpartum time period. Dr. Kimmel’s research interests include the study of hormonally-mediated mood and anxiety disorders, the connection of depression and/or anxiety and excessive weight gain during pregnancy and the postpartum time period, the transmission of stress and obesity from mother to child, and the connection between perinatal depression/anxiety and obstetric outcomes such as preterm birth and infant outcomes such as childhood obesity.




Learning Objectives: 

At the completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify at least 3 risk factors for the development of perinatal disorders.
  2. Explain at least 2 reasons that women are vulnerable during the perinatal period.
  3. Be able to explain 3 treatment strategies for working effectively with perinatal depression, anxiety, and psychosis.

Handouts: All handouts for the lecture will be posted on the top of this event’s page.


Kimmel, M. C., Kimmel, M. C., Lara-Cinisomo, S., Melvin, K., & Di Florio, A. (2016). Archives of women’s mental health: Treatment of severe perinatal mood disorders on a specialized perinatal psychiatry inpatient unit. Springer

Meltzer-Brody, S., & Jones, I. (2015). Optimizing the Treatment of Mood Disorders in the Perinatal Period. Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience, 17(2), 207–218.

Robert H. Keefe, R.H., Brownstein-Evans, C., & Rouland Polmanteer, R. (2016). Addressing access barriers to services for mothers at risk for perinatal mood disorders: A social work perspective. Social Work in Health Care, 55(1), 1-11.


Transportation/ DirectionsThe most reliable place to park is in the UNC Hospital lot on Manning Drive. Parking fee is $1.50/ hour. The Carolina Inn next door on Pittsboro has space-available pay parking for a flat fee of $20/day. There are also numerous “park & ride” locations in Chapel Hill, with bus service to (or near) the School of Social Work. Directions.

Payment and Refund policies:  There will be no refunds issued, however you may transfer your place to a colleague or receive credit for future lectures. Please contact Carol Ann Hincy at or 919-962-6540   to make arrangements, or if you have any other questions.

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Information on Continuing Educational Credit:

Contact hours provided for LCSWs and LMFTs hours

CEU: Two Contact Hours per event

2 Contact Hours from UNC Chapel Hill School of Social Work.

2 Contact Hours NBCC (provider #6642) The UNC School of Social Work is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.  

Each clinical lecture is co-sponsored by the North Carolina Psychological Association and the UNC School of Social Work. The North Carolina Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The North Carolina Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Each workshop is offered for 2 Hours of continuing education credit.

No partial credit will be given. Participants must attend the entire program in order to receive credit.


Attendance Policy: To receive credit, you must be present for the entire session, and you must sign the sign-in and sign-out sheets (for psychologists). No partial credit will be given. No credit will be given to participants who are more than 15 minutes late at the beginning of any session. No credit will be given to participants who leave before the close of a session.

ADA Statement: If you require any of the auxiliary aids or services identified in the Americans with Disabilities Act in order to participate in this program, please call us at 919-962-6540 no later than ten business days before the program.

Additional questions?Contact Deborah Barrett, PhD, LCSW at / 919-843-5818 or Carol Ann Hincy at / 919-962-6540.


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