2018 Annual Forum – February 9, 2018

This year we are bringing the leading expert in maternal mental health, Katherine Wisner, MD, MS to the stage to review her pioneering research, including the largest study to-date published in JAMA in 2013.  She will discuss among other things, depression in African American women, the rising incidence of mental health disorders including bipolar disorders in young women and help us understand the need to address bipolar disorders.

We'll also hear from the pioneer in the relationship between a parent's mental health and an infant's including strategies for addressing infant mental health: Roseanne Clark, PhD.

Attendees will have ample opportunity to network, and will participate in an interactive policy solution round table.


Learn more about how you can sponsor the forum.


February 9, 2018
California Endowment, Los Angeles, CA


Registration and Breakfast

Welcome and Introductions

Dyane Harwood: A Personal Story

Katherine Wisner, MD, MS: 
Maternal Anxiety, Depression and Bipolar Disorders:
onset, screening and more


Roseanne Clark, PhD:
Infant Mental Health

Q & A Panel

Networking Lunch Session

1:30- 2:00pm
2020 Mom: 2017 Recap and 2018 Aims

2:00- 3:00pm
Policy in Action Table Discussions

Katherine Wisner, MD

Katherine Wisner, MD

Dr Wisner is the lead investigator of largest study of MMH disorders in the US and founder of the North American Perinatal Maternal Mental Health Society, bringing together researchers and thought leaders in MMH.

Roseanne Clark, PhD

Roseanne Clark, PhD

Dr Clark is a leader in the infant mental health movement whose work anchors around the critical role of maternal mental health.


Dyane Harwood

Dyane Harwood

Dyane Harwood will be telling her story about suffering from bi-polar disorder in the postpartum period.

Diana Barnes, PhD

Diana Barnes, PhD

Author and expert in the relationship between trauma, psychosis and infanticide.

Robin Hooper, LCSW

Robin Hooper, LCSW

Robin has provided therapeutic services to hundreds of women, children, and their families in her home state of Illinois. She currently works as a case manager for pregnant members who have a mental health diagnosis at a large Managed Care Organization (MCO) for Medicaid recipients.

Forum Registration Fee: $115.00

Live Webcast

Opportunities are available for organizations outside the Los Angeles area to host a live webcast of the Forum on February 9th.  The fee is $295 for an unlimited number of attendees. To view our FAQ on hosting a webcast, please click here.  
To register to host a webcast of the 2018 Forum, please email Kelly Nielson at kelly@2020mom.org. 

First Annual Investor Dinner

This exclusive event is open to investors who have donated $300 or more by January 15, 2018.  By invitation only, attendees will dine with our speakers and sponsors at Noe Restaurant at the Omni Hotel from 5-8pm on Thursday, February 8, 2018. Learn more about becoming an investor.

Continuing Education Credits

Continuing education credit is available for $50 (in addition to the regular registration fee). Credit is offered for psychologists, nurses, MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, LCSWs, and attorneys. Additional information regarding CE registration information is provided here.
IVAT is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. IVAT maintains responsibility for this continuing education program and its content. This training meets the qualifications for up to 5.0 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. The BBS continues to recognize APA as an approved provider of continuing education for LCSWs, LMFTs, LPCCs, and LEPs. IVAT is approved by the California Board of Registered Nurses to offer continuing education for nurses (CEP #13737).  IVAT is approved by the State Bar of California to offer Minimum Continuing Legal Education for attorneys (#11600). CE credits approved by CA agencies are accepted in most states.

Recommended Hotels

(within about 5 miles of the California Endowment)
Sheraton Grand Downtown
The O Hotel
The Hilton Checkers Los Angeles

Past Annual Forums

Materials and highlights from previous forums are available here.