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2010 Hero in Women’s Mental Health Award to be Presented at Ninth Annual Women’s Mental Health Symposium, Jan. 16

December 18, 2009

MEDICAL WRITERS/ASSIGNMENT EDITORS NOTE:  Media are welcome to cover this event. Participants will be available for interviews; to make arrangements, please contact Mary Dickinson, Department of Psychiatry, UA College of Medicine, (520) 626-3261, cell phone (520) 991-9116, mdickins@email.arizona.edu

Two Southern Arizona women will receive the 2010 Hero in Women's Mental Health Award during the Ninth Annual Women’s Mental Health Symposium on Saturday, Jan. 16. The symposium will be held 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., at the University of Arizona Student Union Memorial Center Grand Ballroom (third floor), 1303 E. University Blvd., on the UA main campus in Tucson.

The award celebrates the contributions of individuals who inspire others to help improve women’s mental health, says Kathy Smith, MD, clinical assistant professor with the University of Arizona College of Medicine Department of Psychiatry. “We recognize that we must work together as a community to address the needs of women who are affected by mental health problems.”

Terry Scallon, RN, BSN, IBCLC, and Alison Sutton-Ryan, LCSW, LISAC, are being honored for their positive impact on women’s mental health, including advocacy, patient care, public policy and leadership. The award will be presented between 10:15-10:35 a.m. by Marlene Freeman, MD, of the Center for Women’s Mental Health at Massachusetts General Hospital Center in Boston. (Dr. Freeman established the Women’s Mental Health Program at the UA in 2000.)

“The award recipients have been shining examples of individuals who have led the way in Arizona to diagnose and treat women with postpartum depression, and support their colleagues in doing so,” says Dr. Smith. Postpartum depression (PPD) affects 12 to 15 percent of women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). PPD involves significant symptoms of depression and lasts for weeks or months following childbirth (unlike postpartum blues, which occur in about 80 percent of women and last one to two weeks). In addition to directly influencing the emotional wellbeing of mothers, PPD has been shown to affect marital relationships, mother–infant bonding and infant behavior. Federal legislation currently is moving forward in the U.S. Congress that will mandate screening all pregnant/postpartum women for PPD and increase funding for its treatment and research. Several states already have implemented screening or are in the process of doing so. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that physicians screen all pregnant/postpartum women for PPD and that communities develop educated health-care providers to treat women who are found to have PPD.

Terry Scallon, RN, BSN, IBCLC

Terry Scallon, RN, BSN, IBCLC (international board certified lactation consultant), works full-time for Carondelet St. Joseph’s Hospital and per diem at Northwest Medical Center in Tucson. She currently directs St. Joseph’s perinatal support group (perinatal refers to the period five months before and one month after childbirth). She has worked in the maternal/child setting since 1989. In 2002, she became a lactation consultant (a health-care professional who specializes in helping mothers to breastfeed their babies and resolve breastfeeding problems). Five years ago, she began working in postpartum depression/perinatal mood disorders at St. Joseph’s where, in the summer of 2007, she co-facilitated the first couple’s group for pregnant and postpartum women. A native of Milwaukee, Wisc., she earned a bachelor of science in nursing degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee before moving in 1984 to Tucson where she raised her three children.

Alison Sutton-Ryan, LCSW, LISAC

Alison Sutton-Ryan, LCSW, LISAC, is a licensed clinical social worker and independent substance abuse counselor and a psychotherapist. She developed and facilitates the Mother-to-Mother Pregnancy and Postpartum Support Group at Northwest Medical Center’s Women’s Center and also maintains a private practice in Northwest Tucson with a special emphasis in perinatal mood disorders. She has worked in a variety of capacities serving women and adolescents, including legislative work for the National Organization for Women, as a therapist at Cottonwood de Tucson and as a social worker at the Women’s Center at Northwest Medical Center. She received her bachelor of social work degree from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va., and her master’s degree in clinical social work from the Smith College School for Social Work in Northampton, Mass. She lives in Tucson with her husband and two children.

Ninth Annual Women’s Mental Health Symposium

The Women’s Mental Health Symposium is sponsored by the UA Department of Psychiatry and presented by the department and the UA National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health. The symposium addresses current mental health issues specific to women and is open to the public and health-care providers, including nurses, midwives, physicians, psychologists and students. Tuition includes course materials, general and breakout sessions, CME/CE credit and lunch. Students can attend at a reduced rate. (Free parking is available in the Second St. garage, corner of Second St. and Mountain Ave.) The program is accredited for CME, nursing and psychology continuing education credits. For more information about the symposium, visit the Web site: www.psychiatry.arizona.edu/html/programs/wmhp/2010symposium.htm or call the UA Department of Psychiatry, (520) 626-1392.

Following is the symposium agenda:

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Registration

8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Welcome/Update on Women's Mental Health Program, Marlene P. Freeman, MD and Kathy W. Smith, MD

9:00 – 10:15 a.m. Keynote: “Borderline Personality Disorder in Women,” Barbara E. Pritchard, PhD

10:15 – 10:35 a.m. Award Presentation for “Hero” in Women’s Mental Health

10:35 – 10:45 a.m. Break and change classrooms

10:45– 11:45 a.m. Breakout Sessions I:

Integrative Medicine Track, part 1, Complementary and Alternative Treatments for Major Depressive Disorder, Marlene P. Freeman, MD

Sleep Disorders Track, part 1, Sleepless in Arizona: An Overview of Sleep Disorders, Joanna Katsanis, PhD

Menopause and Hormone Replacement, Ilana Addis, MD

When Healthcare Providers seek Substance Abuse Treatment, Larry Oñate, MD

11:45 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. Break, change classrooms and pick up boxed lunch

12:05 - 1:05 p.m. Breakout Sessions II:

Sleep Disorders Track, part 2, Women and Sleep, Richard R. Bootzin, PhD

Perinatal Track, part 1, Communicating Risks to Patients, Dee Quinn, MS, CGC

Bipolar Disorder in Pregnant and Postpartum Women, Marlene P. Freeman, MD

Treatment of Co-occurring Disorders in Female Adolescents, Frances L. Moore, MD

1:05 – 1:10 p.m. Break and change classrooms

1:10 – 2:10 p.m. Breakout Sessions III:

Integrative Medicine Track, part 2, Food and Mood, Victoria Maizes, MD

Perinatal Track, part 2, Teratogens: Updates on Exposures During Pregnancy, Dee Quinn, MS, CGC

Diagnosis and Treatment of Depression and Anxiety in Pregnant and Postpartum Women, Kathy W. Smith, MD

2:10 – 2:20 p.m. Break and change classrooms

2:20 – 3:20 p.m. Breakout Sessions IV:

Integrative Medicine Track, part 3, Yoga and Depression, Amy Weintraub, MFA, ERYT-500

Domestic Violence: A Personal Story, Liz Kinsworthy, MC, RN, CS

Fibromyalgia Pain Management, Steven R. Galper, MD, JD

Psychosocial Aspects of Oncology: Prevention and Survivorship, Karen L. Weihs, MD

3:20 – 3:30 p.m. Break and change classrooms

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions V:

Integrative Medicine Track, part 4, Infertility and Stress, Mark D. Gilbert, MD, FRCP (c)

Emotional Awareness: Differences Between Men and Women, Richard D. Lane, MD, PhD

Diagnosis and Psychopharmacological Treatment of ADHD in Children and Adults, Kathy W. Smith, MD

Dementia/Alzheimer’s Disease in Women, Geoffrey L. Ahern, MD, PhD

4:30 - 4:45 p.m. Adjourn/Evaluations