Susan Dowd Stone, MSW, LCSW is an award winning therapist, author, advocate and mental health expert who was president of Postpartum Support International, (2006 - 2008), the organization’s vice-president and Conference Chair (2005 - 2006) and currently sits on PSI’s President’s Advisory Council (2008 - 2010). While at PSI, she was a consultant in the development of a national postpartum depression public service announcement campaign with CBS Cares.
Other roles have included board appointments to The National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coaltion,Postpartum Progress, Inc., and S.P.A.R.K.S. Center. Ms. Stone is a NJHSS Certified Perinatal Mood Disorders Instructor and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the MSW program at the Silver School of Social Work, New York University, where she presents on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Interpersonal Psychotherapy. She has also presented on Perinatal Mood Disorders and evidenced based treatment for Rutgers University, UC Berkeley, NASW NYC and many other agencies and professional education programs.
Ms. Stone received her MSW from New York University where she was the recipient of a President’s Service Award. Additional and recent awards include S.P.A.R.K.S. award for maternal mental health advocacy, presented by Congressman Bobby L. Rush (March, 2011), The Mental Health Association Golden Bell Award (May, 2009) the Logan Leadership Award (August, 2009), and the Hudson Perinatal Consortium Community Partner Award (November 2009). On Veterans Day, November, 2009, she was invited to join First Lady Michelle Obama, Jill Biden and Alma Powell at George Washington University as national partners in Mission: Serve were announced.
While working at Hackensack University Medical Center in the Department of Psychiatry, she helped form and facilitate the Postpartum Psychotherapy program which helped assess, identify and treat women at risk or diagnosed with perinatal mood disorders. She also offered socialization groups for new mothers and their babies, as well as individual and group therapy specifically supportive to recovery from perinatal mood disorders. Ms. Stone has received numerous other awards for her initiation and implementation of programs supportive to mental health, including animal assisted therapy.
At the invitation of congressional leaders, including U.S. Senator Robert Menendez and IL Congressman Bobby L. Rush, she has presented at Capitol Hill Press Conference with Brooke Shields and other notable advocates for PPD, spoken at Congressional briefings and is frequently invited to contribute viewpoint or review pending legislation, media content or commentary relevant to PPD issues and emerging research. She is a nationally recognized advocate for the credentialing, promotion and adoption of evidenced based treatments in clinical programs for all licensed mental health professionals. She is a public reviewer for the National Institute of Mental Health.
Ms. Stone maintains a private practice in Englewood Cliffs, NJ called Blue Skye Consulting LLC, specializing in women’s reproductive mental health across the life cycle, trauma treatment, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, DBT and EMDR.