Who We Are

Who We Are

About DC Metro Perinatal
Mental Health Collaborative

Our Commitment

As a collaborative, we are committed to:

  • Increasing community awareness and understanding of perinatal mental health concerns, so that they can be identified and treated as early as possible

  • Combating the stigma and misconceptions related to perinatal mental health conditions
  • Supporting each other as a community of professionals who have a shared belief that all individuals and families deserve support as they navigate the perinatal experience
  • Advocating for increased access to high-quality perinatal and maternal mental healthcare and related resources
  • Providing our members with quarterly opportunities for advanced learning led by a variety of experts within the field of perinatal and maternal mental health


Barbara Byers, MD, MPH

Barbara Byers, MD, MPH


Emma Basch, PsyD

Vice President

Rachel Schechter, LICSW

Education Chair

Joanna Strait, MSW

Joanna Strait, LICSW

Technology Chair

Lisa Catapano, MD, PhD


Ready to Join the Collaborative?

Click on the button below to fill out an application and a member of our team will contact you.