About Us

Danya International, Inc.
Founded in 1996, Danya International, Inc., (Danya) is a health communications research firm headquartered in Silver Spring, Maryland, with a second location in Atlanta, Georgia. Our mission is to impact global public health and education through the development and implementation of innovative health communication, research, and technology programs. Danya has a corporate commitment to bring research and technology to people for purposes of improving health, enhancing well-being, and increasing knowledge. To achieve these goals, Danya emphasizes: (1) science-based research and practice evidence; (2) research-to-practice technology transfer; (3) a commitment to the improvement of public health knowledge; and (4) the use of new, appropriate, and practical technologies to communicate public health and educational information.

Danya consists of several core business areas, which encompass child and family health, mental health, substance abuse prevention and treatment, and health promotion initiatives. In particular, Danya continues to build on its strong capabilities, through innovative technology and design, in developing targeted educational materials for various audiences (e.g., parents, youth, teachers, researchers, and healthcare providers) on such issues as Autism Spectrum Disorders, child and adolescent mental health, reproductive health, and applying research to practice.

Michael O’Hara, Ph.D.
Dr. Michael O’Hara is Professor of Psychology and a Starch Faculty Fellow at the University of Iowa. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1980 and has spent his entire academic career at the University of Iowa. Dr. O’Hara has more than 90 publications including journal articles, books, and book chapters, most of which address issues related to perinatal mood disorders. Dr. O’Hara has received several grants from the National Institute of Mental Health and the Health Resources and Services Administration to support his work. He is an associate editor for Psychological Bulletin and he is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Abnormal Psychology and Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology. He is also a section editor for the Archives of Women’s Mental Health. Dr. O’Hara has served as the President of the Marcé Society (the premier international society addressing perinatal mood disorders) and was given its lifetime achievement award (the Marcé Medal) in 2000. He also has served as President of the Society for Research in Psychopathology.

Scott Stuart, M.D.
Dr. Scott Stuart is a Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Iowa. His research interests include perinatal depression and Interpersonal Psychotherapy. He is coauthor (with Michael Robertson) of Interpersonal Psychotherapy: A Clinician’s Guide (2003, Oxford University Press) and has written many peer-reviewed journal articles on perinatal mood disorders. He has been at the University of Iowa since 1991, where he also completed an M.A. in Preventive Medicine. He earned an M.D. from the University of Kansas and completed his residency in Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Stuart and Dr. O’Hara have served as Co-Directors of the Iowa Depression and Clinical Research Center (IDCRC) since 1996. The IDCRC is the site for studies regarding the causes, consequences, and treatment of postpartum and antenatal depression, and is recognized as one of the leading centers in the world for the study of perinatal mental health and for the study of Interpersonal Psychotherapy. The primary foci of the IDCRC are developing new treatments for perinatal women, evaluating those treatments, improving access to effective treatments, and conducting studies which foster illness prevention. The IDCRC also has specific teaching goals, including the training of individuals who will conduct new research (including junior faculty, postdoctoral and graduate students, residents, and fellows) and the training of individuals in the community who can effectively deliver new treatments being developed. Dr. O’Hara and Dr. Stuart have received several grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Health Resources and Services Administration to support their work.


STEP-PPD Developers

Cynthia D. Baker, Ph.D., Principal Investigator, Danya International, Inc.
Hannah Kamke, Project Director, Danya International, Inc.
Michael O'Hara, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, University of Iowa
Scott Stuart, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology, University of Iowa

*Dr. Baker, Ms. Kamke, Dr. O'Hara, and Dr. Stuart have no relevant financial relationships that would create a conflict of interest for this CME activity.

Research Support
Shana Brown, M.P.H.
Greta Tessman
Colleen Carr

Information Technology Services
Emily Glaeser
Yen Wen Chau
Shannon Gallant
Lavanya Gunda
Scott Peterson
Jesse Shugart
Editorial and Quality Assurance
Clifton Coles
Kathleen Cooke
Suzanne Willis


Advisory Panel
Anita Rosen, Ph.D.
Independent Consultant, Council on Social Work Education

Ann Conway, R.N., M.S., M.P.H.
Executive Director, Perinatal Foundation
Wisconsin Association for Perinatal Care

Deborah Schild, Ph.D., M.S.W., M.P.H.
Assistant Professor
University of Michigan School of Social Work

Diana Dell, M.D., FACOG
Assistant Clinical Professor
Duke University School of Medicine

Diane Sanford, Ph.D.
Co-Founder, Women’s Healthcare Partnership

Jane Engeldinger, M.D.
Clinical Professor of OB/GYN
University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

Jane Honikman, M.S.
Director, Postpartum Support International

Jeanne Mahoney, B.S.N.
Director, ACOG Providers Partnership Project
American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Jeffrey Newport, M.D.
Associate Director, Emory Women’s Mental Health Program
Emory University School of Medicine

Karen Kleiman, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.
Founder, Postpartum Stress Center

Kelly Ross, M.D.
Pediatrician, St. Louis Children’s Hospital
Instructor of Pediatrics, Washington University School of Medicine

Laura Miller, M.D.
Director, University of Illinois at Chicago Women’s Mental Health Program
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Illinois at Chicago
Psychiatrist, Illinois Peripartum Mental Health Consultation Service

Maj. Dean Seehusen, M.D., M.P.H., FAAFP
Research Director, Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center Department of Family and Community Medicine

Marie-Michele Leger, M.P.H., PA-C
Director, Clinical and International Affairs
American Academy of Physician Assistants

Martha Creed, M.S.N., R.N.
Member, Wisconsin Task Force on Perinatal Depression

Mary Ciotti, M.D.
Director of Medical Education
University of California—Davis

Patricia Hewson, R.N., M.S.N.
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Philadelphia

Rebecca Cohen
Chair, Wisconsin Task Force on Perinatal Depression
Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services

Roberta Rusch, M.P.H.
Director, Women’s Healthcare Education Office
Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics

Donna Wachter
Executive Director
Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics

Robyn Birkeland, Ph.D.
Independent Consultant, Adolescent Reproductive Health

Roseanne Clark, Ph.D.
Director, Postpartum Depression Treatment Program and Parent-Infant and Early Childhood Clinic
University of Wisconsin Medical School

Terri Clark, Ph.D., M.S.N., CNM
Lecturer, Nurse-Midwifery Specialty
Yale School of Nursing

Special Thanks To:
Alison Abreu, M.D.
Angie Cannon
Claibourne Dungy, M.D.
Jennifer Evans
Christina Franklin
Zachary Franklin
Robin Kopelman, M.D.
Tracy Moran
Laura Prince
Christal Quigley
Eunyoe Ro
Rosita Rodriquez
Asha Rijhsinghani, M.D.
Nizette-Ly Valles
Scot West
Grace A. White
Christy Wolfe

This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHSN278200554095C; ADB No. N44MH54095.

Contact Us

Danya International, Inc.
8737 Colesville Road
Suite 1100
Silver Spring, MD 20910

All comments should be submitted via email to the following address: step-ppd@danya.com