Diana Lynn  Barnes Psy.D

Diana Lynn Barnes Psy.D

Diana Lynn Barnes Psy.D is an internationally recognized expert on the assessment and treatment of perinatal mood disorders. A frequently interviewed consultant to the media as well as a trainer and presenter on all facets of perinatal depression, Dr. Barnes is the author of “The Journey to Parenthood: Myths, Reality and What Really Matters.” She has also written a training manual for clinicians and childbirth educators – Transition to Parenthood- A course for expectant parents. Her work on perinatal illness has been published in a number of academic journals, including the Journal of Systemic Therapies, the Annals of the American Psychotherapy Association, the Psychotherapy Networker and the California Therapist. In 2005, she wrote the forward for “Eyes without Sparkle” by Elaine Hanzek. A past president of Postpartum Support International, she currently sits on the President’s Advisory Council. She is also a member of the Los Angeles County Perinatal Mental Health Task Forceas well as a member of the statewide California Maternal Mental Health Task Force. In 2009, she co-founded The Motherhood Consortium. In addition to clinical practice that focuses on women’s mental health around pregnancy and birth, Dr. Barnes is a nationally known forensic expert in women’s reproductive mental health and regularly consults with defense counsel on cases of infanticide, pregnancy denial, neonaticide and child abuse. Her article on infanticide is published in the “Encyclopedia of Motherhood” (Sage, 2010). Diana Lynn Barnes is a fellow of the American Psychotherapy Association and a clinical member of 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 contributions to the field of child-bearing illness and maternal mental health and the 2009 recipient of the Welcome Back Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Eli Lilly.