Meet our speakers


Alain Gregoire

Dr Gregoire is founder and Chair of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance. He is a member of the NICE Guideline Development Group for Antenatal and Postnatal Mental Health, and has contributed to the development of policy, guidance and clinical services in the UK and abroad. He is determined to ensure that all women have access to care for their mental health which is at least as good as the care available for their physical health in pregnancy and postnatally.

Dr Alain Gregoire is Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Southampton. He set up and leads the national award winning Hampshire Perinatal Mental Health Service, which provides comprehensive integrated community and inpatient services to women with severe mental health problems in pregnancy and postnatally. He has conducted research into perinatal services, mental health of mothers in prisons and other aspects of perinatal mental health. He began his postgraduate medical training in obstetrics, but on finding that the most ill women, who also received the worst care, were those with mental health problems, he switched to psychiatry and completed his training at the Maudsley Hospital and Institute of Psychiatry.

Mark Hanson

Professor Mark Hanson is Director of the Institute of Developmental Sciences and British Heart Foundation Professor of Cardiovascular Science at the University of Southampton, UK. He is a founder member and current President of the International Society for the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD).

His research concerns several aspects of development and health, ranging from how the environment during development can affect the risk of non-communicable diseases to population studies aimed at the early identification of risk, so that timely preventative interventions can be made. His work explores the underlying biological mechanisms, including epigenetic processes, which relate to such risks in both developed and developing countries. Mark pioneered LifeLab, a hospital-based education facility which aims to promote health literacy in school students through hands-on experience of current research.

Mark has authored over 400 original papers, reviews and book chapters and 11 books on the applications and implications of developmental science to medicine and society. He is actively engaged in wider understanding of science through public lectures and popular science books. His recent co-authored books include Mismatch – the lifestyle diseases timebomb (2006), Fat, Fate and Disease (2012) and Principles of Evolutionary Medicine (2nd Ed. 2016), all published by OUP.

Carmine Pariante

Carmine M. Pariante is Professor of Biological Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London, and Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist at the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust.

He investigates the role of stress in the pathogenesis of mental disorders and in the response to psychotropic drugs, both in clinical samples and experimental settings. His work focuses on depression and fatigue, with a particular interest in the perinatal period and in subjects with medical disorders. Moreover, he also uses experimental and cellular models.
Professor Pariante has received numerous awards for his research, most recently the 2012 “Academic Psychiatrist of the Year” Award from the Royal College of Psychiatrists, the 2015 Anna-Monika Prize for Research on Depression, the 2016 PNIRS Normal Cousins Award for Research in Psychoneuroimmunology, and the 2017 Adrea Leadsom Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Infant Mental Health.

His dream is that new therapeutic tools targeting the stress system will soon be available to alleviate the suffering of patients with mental health problems.

Fiona Putnam and Henry Everitt

Fi and Henry had their first child in 2015. Their daughter was born two months prematurely and Fiona experienced post partum psychosis soon afterwards out of the blue. She was admitted to hospital and looked after at the Maudsley before a period at Bethlem Mother and Baby Unit. Full recovery took a year, after also suffering severe post natal depression and anxiety. Fiona and Henry both work as actors and Fiona has returned to work and combines her acting with helping to raise awareness about the rare mental illness she suffered from.

Vivette Glover

Vivette Glover is Professor of Perinatal Psychobiology at Imperial College London. In more recent years she has applied her expertise in biological psychiatry to the problems of mothers and babies. In 1997 she set up the Fetal and Neonatal Stress Research Group. The aims are to study fetal and neonatal stress responses, methods to reduce them, and long term effects. Recent projects include studies showing that maternal prenatal stress, depression or anxiety increases the probability for a range of adverse neurodevelopmental outcomes for the child. Her group are also studying the biological mechanisms, including alterations to placental functioning, that may underlie such fetal programming.

She has published over 450 papers. She has been awarded the Marcé Society Medal and the John Cox medal. She has been a special advisor to the Department of Health on the Family Nurse Partnership and Preparation for Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond, and is currently an advisor to the All Party Parliamentary Group on the First 1001 Days, the Early Intervention Foundation, the Global Alliance for Maternal Mental Health, the NSPCC and is the Biometric lead for the evaluation of the Big Lottery’s Better Start.

Claudia Buss

Claudia Buss is a tenured Professor of Medical Psychology at the Charité Universitätsmedizin, Berlin and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Development, Health and Disease Research Program of the University of California, Irvine.

Dr. Buss received her Ph.D. in Psychobiology from the University of Trier in 2006 and completed part of her doctoral training at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Her research examines the interface between biological, social and behavioral processes in human pregnancy, with an emphasis on outcomes related to fetal development, birth, and subsequent newborn, infant and child development and health. In particular, her work focuses on the interplay between maternal-placental-fetal neuroendocrine, immune, metabolic and genetic/epigenetic processes as putative mechanisms that mediate the effects of the maternal environment (and particularly prenatal stress) on early human development with a focus on the developing brain.

She has published over 80 peer-reviewed scientific papers and lectured extensively at international scientific meetings and universities. Her research program has been continuously supported by several research grants from the U.S. National Institutes of Research, the European Research Council, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Health and other agencies. Dr. Buss is the recipient of several honors and awards, including recognition for her early-career contributions from the International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology.

Ashley Curry

Ashley Curry is a father with lived experience of OCD. He was diagnosed at the age of 35, but has lived with OCD for most of his life. After the birth of his child his condition became more acute, which led him to reach out for help for the first time. With good support and CBT he has recovered, and has lived free of OCD for the past 12 years.
Ashley is a volunteer and awareness advocate for OCD Action and remains passionate about the importance of sharing how debilitating the disorder can be. He has helped to train future therapists in various universities, and has recently been working with parliament to get fathers better access to treatment during the perinatal period.

Camilla Rosan

Camilla has been chairing the organising committee for the MMHA conference and works at the Mental Health Foundation leading a national portfolio of prevention programmes related to families, parenting, infants, children and young people. Camilla is a perinatal clinical psychologist and couple therapist by background and across her clinical career has held a range of therapeutic roles in the NHS, local authority and other third sector organisations. She has specific therapeutic training in video-feedback for positive parenting (ViPP-SD), cognitive behavioural therapy, compassion-focused approaches, emotion-focused couples therapy and mindfulness.

Camilla retains an honorary clinical academic post at Imperial College London in the Centre for Psychiatry, and has published extensively in peer-review journals, therapy manuals, book chapters, policy reports and national guidelines. She has a specialist research interest in developing the field of couples work from pre-conception across the transition to parenthood and beyond and is involved in a number of research trials to develop the evidence-base in this area. She is involved in teaching and supervision on clinical psychology training courses and sits on a number of government level expert advisory groups for mental health.

Catherine Mee

Catherine is the Pathway Lead for Children’s Universal & Universal Plus Services, Tameside Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust.
Catherine’s career has included Accident and Emergency nursing, expedition nursing in the Indian Himalaya, Health Visiting, Practice Teaching and occasional university lecturing.

She was the Parenting Lead in Tameside for fourteen years; this involved multi-agency training and development in parenting education and support, at local NHS Trust, regional and national level, and also operational management and development of the T & G Early Attachment Service. Her current role is manager of health visiting, early attachment and school nursing services across Tameside.

Katie Reid

Katie Reid is a Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist who has worked with parents and infants in Tameside and Glossop Early Attachment Service since 2014. She has 25 years’ experience of working in both adult and child mental health services and has previously taught on the Tavistock Centre M.A. in Psychoanalytic Observational Studies.


Kirsten Barnicot

Kirsten Barnicot is a Research Fellow at Imperial College London and Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust. Her area of special interest is the prevention and treatment of inter-generationally transmitted psychopathology, with a particular focus on personality disorder and complex trauma and on psychological interventions in the perinatal period.

She has recently completed an NIHR Postdoctoral Research Fellowship evaluating the interplay between post-traumatic stress disorder and personality disorder, and the implications of this comorbidity for psychological treatment. Other recent work includes an evaluation of the impact of maternal antenatal anxiety on child development, stress responsivity and epigenetics as part of the ACORN project led by Professor Paul Ramchandani. She is currently leading an evaluation of a video feedback parent-infant intervention for parents with enduring difficulties in managing emotions and behaviour.

Louise Howard

Professor Howard studied medicine at University College London. She trained in general medicine in Bloomsbury obtaining the Membership of the Royal College of Physicians in 1991.

After completing her general psychiatric training and obtaining the MRCPsych she obtained a Wellcome Trust Health Services Research Training Fellowship in perinatal psychiatry. Her work on the outcome of pregnancy in women with severe mental illness was awarded the Association of European Psychiatrists Research Prize in 2004. She has also been awarded the Institute of Psychiatry Dennis Hill Prize (1996) and the Royal College of Psychiatrists Bronze Medal research prize (1997).

She is currently Chair of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence Guideline Development Group on Antenatal and Postnatal Mental Health, a professional member of the WHO and NICE/SCIE guideline development groups on Preventing and Reducing Domestic Violence, and a member of the International Editorial Board of the British Journal of Psychiatry and Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences. She is Head of the Section of Women’s Mental Health at the Health Service and Population Research Department, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. NIHR Research Professor in Maternal Mental Health


Sheila Redfern

Dr Sheila Redfern PhD is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychologist and Head of Service: Specialist Trauma and Maltreatment at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families.
Prior to working at Anna Freud, Sheila worked for 20 years as an NHS consultant clinical psychologist in CAMHS teams across SLAM and South West London and St. George’s NHS Mental Health Trusts. Sheila was also a senior lecturer in psychology for 10 years at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Medical School. Sheila established a service which she ran for three years for adolescents with emergent borderline personality disorder and self-harm, using a Mentalization Based Treatment Programme.

At Anna Freud Sheila works clinically with LAC, foster carers and adoptive parents and parents and adolescents, mostly using mentalization based treatments. She co created the Reflective Fostering Programme for foster carers. Sheila is an accredited Video Interaction Guidance (VIG) practitioner.
Sheila is co-author with Ali Cooper of Reflective Parenting: A Guide To Understanding What’s going on in your child’s mind published by Routledge.

Susie Orbach

Dr. Susie Orbach is a psychoanalyst and psychotherapist. She co-founded The Women’s Therapy Centre in London in 1976 and The Women’s Therapy Center Institute in New York City in 1981.

She is author of eleven books and has recently published In Therapy based on her BBC Radio 4 series of the same name. Her book Bodies won the Women in Psychology award for best book. She has a strong interest in social policy. She has also been a member of government expert panels, and co-authored a government paper Two for the Price of One, about the impact of body image during pregnancy and after birth.

For ten years, she served as Visiting Professor of Psychoanalysis and Social Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science in the University of London. With American colleagues, she devised The Body Observational Diagnostic Interview (B.O.D.I.), an assessment and clinical tool useful in addressing the intergenerational transmission of body and eating issues. She is the recipient of many honorary doctorates and has lectured and has supervised in Australia, New Zealand, North America, Europe, Brazil, Peru, India, and China.

Holli Rubin

Holli Rubin is a psychotherapist specializing in body image and is the co-author of ‘Two for the Price of One’ she wrote with Susie Orbach.

Her participation in governmental organisations, activist groups, public forums, print, radio, and television media outlets, as well as through her private therapy practice in London is raising awareness of body image and provides a platform for girls to begin to understand their relationship with their own bodies and to ultimately live comfortably in them.