About Dr. Barnes

 Diana Lynn Barnes Psy.D

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Diana Lynn Barnes Psy.D is an internationally recognized expert in the field of women’s reproductive mental health. She specializes in the assessment and treatment of  mood and anxiety disorders that occur around the child bearing years. A frequently interviewed consultant to the media as well as a trainer and presenter on all facets of perinatal depression, Dr. Barnes is the editor of “Women’s Reproductive Mental Health Across the Lifespan ” Springer, 2014″ to which she has also contributed the chapter on “The Psychological Gestation of Motherhood”. She is also co-author of “The Journey to Parenthood: Myths, Reality and What Really Matters.” She has written a training manual for clinicians and childbirth educators – Transition to Parenthood- A course for expectant parents. She was a contributing writer to the updated guidelines for the Perinatal Advisory Council of Los Angeles County, in which she wrote a section on “The appropriate guidelines for assessment and treatment of perinatal mood disorders.” Dr. Barnes has also written three home study courses on various facets of perinatal mood disorders for Western Schools in Brockton, Massachusetts. 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 Force, a core faculty member of their Training Institute, as well as a member of the statewide California Maternal Mental Health Collaborative-2020 MOM. In 2009, she co-founded The Motherhood Consortium, an interdisciplinary network of professionals working with mothers, infants and young families.

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 legal 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. She is also a member of the Marce Society and the North American Society of Psychosocial Obstetrics and Gynecology. 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.