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Photo of Diana Lynn BarnesDiana Lynn Barnes, Psy.D LMFT is an internationally recognized expert on the assessment and treatment of perinatal mood disorders. A frequently interviewed consultant to the media as well as an international trainer and presenter on all facets of perinatal depression, Dr. Barnesí has used her own experience with a life-threatening postpartum depression to educate women and their families, clinicians, physicians and other health care providers about assessment and treatment practices, and the critical need for early intervention.

A past president of Postpartum Support International (2002-2004), Dr. Barnes currently sits on the Presidentís Advisory Council. Dr. Barnesí roster of clinical trainings includes presentations she has made to the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, The International Family Therapy Association, Postpartum Support International, Lamaze International, LaLeche League International, California Association of Nurse Practitioners and the American Psychotherapy Association. Earlier this year, she was invited by the March of Dimes to make a keynote address on "Maternal Depression and Disrupted Attachment" at their annual conference in Houston.

Her poster presentations on "Postpartum Depression as a Systemic Illness" and Maternal Depression and Childhood Abuse" were displayed at The Marce Society annual meetings in England, and Australia, respectively. Dr. Barnes also served as a contributing writer to the updated guidelines for the Perinatal Advisory Council of Los Angeles County, in which she wrote a section on "The appropriate guidelines for assessment and treatment of perinatal mood disorders."

Diana Lynn Barnes, Psy.D. has written a number of academic papers on various facets of assessment and treatment. She co-authored with George Parnham, legal defense counsel for Andrea Yates, a position paper for the PSI website entitled, "Perinatal Mood Disorders: The Legal Arena and Womenís Reproductive Mental Health Specialist." Her papers have appeared in publications including The Journal of Systemic Therapies, The Annals of the American Psychotherapy Association, and The Psychotherapy Networker, a publication of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. Dr. Barnes is currently completing three home study courses for Western Schools in Boston.

She is often asked to review other authorsí manuscripts on maternal mental health and in 2005, Dr. Barnes wrote the forward for Eyes without sparkle, by Elaine Hanzak. In 2007, her own book, The journey to parenthood: myths, reality and what really matters, co-authored with Leigh Balber, was published by Radcliffe (Oxford). This book arose out of the class that Dr. Barnes teaches for expectant parents at both Tarzana Hospital and Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital in the Los Angeles area. Dr. Barnes has also completed a training manual for clinicians and childbirth educators called "Transition to Parenthood: A course for Expectant Parents: Exploring the psychological and emotional journey of pregnancy and the postpartum period." †

In addition to a busy clinical practice that specializes in womenís maternal mental health, Diana Lynn Barnes, Psy.D is a nationally known forensic expert in womenís reproductive mental health and regularly consults with defense counsel on cases of infanticide, pregnancy denial, neonaticide, and child abuse. She has been involved in cases in Florida, Wisconsin, Texas, and California. Dr. Barnes is also an assistant adjunct professor at Pierce College and Valley College in Los Angeles. Her work as a psychotherapist who specializes in maternal mental health has been featured in several different television segments, most recently, a segment for KCET public television on a nationally syndicated show called "Life and Times."

For the last two years, Dr. Barnes has been consulting with Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital in Valencia, California, to implement a comprehensive pregnancy and postpartum screening program, which she designed for the hospital. This "model" program will bring together hospital, community and health care providers in a collaborative effort to identify women at risk for mood disorder during their pregnancies, treat them, and follow-up in the early postpartum months so as to eliminate symptoms and return them to functioning.

Diana Lynn Barnes, Psy.D is a fellow of the American Psychotherapy Association, and a clinical member of Postpartum Support International, the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. Dr. Barnes is the 2007 recipient of the Jane Honikman Award for her outstanding service in the field of child-bearing illness and maternal mental health, as well as the 2009 recipient of the Eli Lilly Welcome Back Award for Lifetime Achievement for courage and achievement in the depression community.

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