About Us


The Postpartum Support International- Connecticut Chapter (PSI-CT) (formally the Connecticut Alliance for Perinatal Mental Health) is a multidisciplinary collaborative working to support and provide resources for women and their families during pregnancy and the postpartum period (also known as the perinatal period).  The alliance first formed as a work group following a PSI Components of Care training in December 2012.  Passion for helping this population fueled the development of a full alliance of professionals and mothers from many different backgrounds.  In July 2016 the alliance became an official state chapter of Postpartum Support International and PSI-CT was born.

PSI-CT Board of Directors

Executive Board

President: Sharon Thomason, Ph.D.  psictpres@gmail.com

Vice President: Presently Open

Secretary: Barbara Ward-Zimmerman, Ph.D.  psictsecretary@gmail.com

Treasurer: Cory Bernard, LCSW   psicttreasurer@gmail.com

PSI Liaison:  Jennifer Vendetti, LMSW  psictliaison@gmail.com

Additional Board Members:

Support Group Committee Chair:  Annie Keating-Scherer, LCSW  psictgroups@gmail.com

Professional Development and Resources Committee Chair:  Martha Adams, LPC psictresources@gmail.com

Communications Committee Chair:  Katie Newkirk, psictcommunications@gmail.com

  • Social Media:  Meagan Fazio, Lindsay Demchak, & Sharon Thomason, Ph.D.
  • Press Releases: Jennifer Vendetti, MSW & Sharon Thomason, Ph.D.
  • Website:  Sharon Thomason, Ph.D.

Events and Fundraising Committee Chair:  Cory Bernard, LCSW psictfundraising@gmail.com

Membership Committee Chair: psictmembershipcommittee@gmail.com

Member-At-Large:  Lisa Candels: psictboardmember@gmail.com

To reach our goal of helping families in all corners of Connecticut, we are working to establish regional representatives who will field inquiries from individuals in their area of the state.

Regional Representatives:

Litchfield:  Lisa Candels (candels@edadvance.com)

Middlesex:  Julie K. Jones, Ph.D. (jjones92@comcast.net) and/or Monica Beylea, MPH, RD (mbelyea@att.net)

Fairfield:  Carla Pileggi Caviola, LPC/LMHC, NCC (elyonpc.carla@yahoo.com) and/or Pamela Allon, MA, LMFT  (center.pps@gmail.com)

New London:  TBD

Hartford:  Art Guerra, APRN (arthur.guerra@hhchealth.org)

Windham:  TBD

New Haven:  TBD