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Keynote speakers

Prabha Chandra (Winner of the SRIP 2024 Lecturer Award) - "Shaky beginnings - The impact of perinatal violence on birth and beyond"

Dr. Prabha S. Chandra (she/her) is the Dean, Behavioural Sciences and Senior Professor of Psychiatry at NIMHANS, Bangalore and current president of the International Association of Women’s Mental Health. Described as a champion for women’s mental health in India by the Lancet Psychiatry, she established the specialty of Perinatal Psychiatry in India by starting the first Mother Baby Inpatient Psychiatry unit and outpatient perinatal psychiatry service, which has become a model for several Low and Middle Income Countries. Her research interests include 1. Validating culturally appropriate screening methods for perinatal mental health in high volume obstetric clinics and using digital methods of self-screening for Common Perinatal Mental Disorders. 2. Systematic study of the clinical phenotypes and neurobiology of postpartum psychosis and its impact on mother infant relationships. 3. In collaboration with Prof Helen Sharp, she has established the first pregnancy cohort in urban India, now in its 10th year – the Bangalore Child Health and Development Study (BCHADS) that studies maternal mental health, social determinants and child mental health longitudinally. In addition to her 350 journal publications she has published 12 books and 40 chapters. In the last two years she has been leading the ambitious Stree Manoraksha (Protecting Women’s Mental Health) Project in India. She also leads the Centre of Excellence on Gender Based Violence and Mental Health, a think tank of the Government.


Natalie Rosen - "From partners to parents: Couples’ sexual well-being during the transition to parenthood"

Dr. Natalie Rosen (she/her) is a Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Neuroscience and Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada. Her research focuses on understanding how couples cope with sexual dysfunction and changes to their sexual relationship—such as during pregnancy and the postpartum period. She is committed to translating her research findings into novel interventions and to sharing evidence-based information with service providers and the public. Dr. Rosen has authored over 130 peer-reviewed publications and she is the current Past-President of the Canadian Sex Research Forum. As a registered clinical psychologist, Dr. Rosen maintains a small private practice focused exclusively on sex and couple therapy.


Kathryn Humphreys - "Understanding the changing brain: Investigating risk and protective factors in early development"

Dr. Kathryn Humphreys (she/her) is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Human Development at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, USA. She is a clinical psychologist by training and has expertise in infant and early childhood mental health and developmental neuroscience. Currently, she leads the Stress and Early Adversity (SEA) Lab at Vanderbilt University, where she and her team study how children's early experiences are associated with development. Dr. Humphreys’ ultimate goal is to promote healthy development through supporting families during what is often a challenging time.

Her research program consists of both basic and applied work, with more than 170 publications and book chapters on development, adversity, caregiving, and psychopathology. Her work is funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Mental Health, and private foundations. Dr. Humphreys is the recipient of several early career awards, including the Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions from the Association for Psychological Science.

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