SWG Project's Aurelie Athan, Ph.D. will be presenting at the WMHC Quarterly Meeting on the subject of Matrescence and the Psychological Transition to motherhood:
WMHC Quarterly Meeting
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2016
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Met Life Building - 200 Park Avenue
44th Street & Vanderbilt Avenue
(enter from Grand Central Terminal)
Buffet Dinner Will Be Served
RSVP required along with WMHC membership: WMHCrsvp@gmail.com
"Maternal Flourishing: Motherhood as Potential for Positive Growth and Self-Development"
Aurélie Athan, PhD
Aurélie Athan. Ph.D. is a member of the faculty in the Department of Clinical Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is also a founding member of the Sexuality, Women, & Gender Project created to envision and implement the next wave of theories and practices in this area--their new certificate in Reproductive & Maternal Well-Being is the first of its kind. Her scholarly interests center on women’s development across the lifespan, with a current emphasis on the transition to motherhood, perinatal risk and resilience. Dr. Athan has presented in numerous conferences, published in journals such as the Journal for the Association of Research on Mothering, and sits on the academic advisory board of the Museum of Motherhood.
T he Women’s Mental Health Consortium (WMHC) is an association of mental health professionals in the greater New York City area who treat, study and teach about the emotional and psychological issues affecting women throughout their lives. The first resource of its kind nationwide, the WMHC brings together different specialists to help women access the best mental health care available.
The WMHC was founded by Catherine Birndorf, MD. Dr. Birndorf is a reproductive psychiatrist who trained at Weill Cornell Medical College, and who was invited to return to Weill Cornell to start a women’s mental health program.
She began the task by reaching out to doctors and practitioners in the region who specialize in women’s issues. But she quickly found that many of these experts practiced in isolation, unaware of colleagues nearby who treat patients with similar concerns. So in November of 2002, over fifty mental health professionals decided to join forces in order learn from each other, educate other doctors about women’s mental health needs, and better serve their patients.
Today, the WMHC is over 350 members strong – and growing. WMHC practitioners help patients address general goals of emotional wellness, and also provide care for specific concerns including infant psychiatry, pregnancy and psychiatric medication, sexual dysfunction, eating disorders, gender-related conflicts, and many other issues.
The WMHC also connects women to the many clinical research studies going on at hospitals and treatment centers in the New York City area. Participating in clinical research can allow women to take advantage of in-depth evaluation and experimental treatments, while helping researchers to deepen their knowledge about specific areas in women’s mental health.
If you are interested in joining the Women’s Mental Health Consortium, please register here and follow the instructions provided.