JOPPPAH Editorial Staff

Editor-in-Chief: Stephanie Dueger, PhD, LPC

Stephanie Dueger has been providing psychotherapy in private practice since 2006. She works gently and respectfully with individuals, couples, and families with young children from an attachment-based and somatically informed lens. Stephanie received her MA from Naropa University in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology in 2005 (Wilderness Therapy), and her PhD from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, with an emphasis in Somatic and Perinatal Psychology in 2015. She presents internationally and is completing her first book for expectant parents. Stephanie lives in Boulder, CO.

Managing Editor: Keelee Lynn DeRosier, BA, CMT

Keelee Lynn (Stephanie) DeRosier is a mother, writer, philosopher, and APPPAH-trained pre- and perinatal educator with a background in massage therapy, several styles of energy work, accounting, and a long history as a jack-of-all-trades. Keelee cultivates relationships and builds community by supporting the transcendental wisdom each person carries with them between and beyond the gates of life. Keelee is a member of APPPAH’s Diversity Committee.  She is currently developing prenatal and perinatal educational material to collaborate with instructors in K-12 classrooms.

Associate Editor: Mariana Cerquiera, MD, MPsy, CPM, LM 

Mariana Cerqueira is both a traditional and alternative health care professional. Born in Portugal, Mariana graduated from medical school in 2008, and in 2014 she completed her Master’s in Clinical Psychology, specializing in Prenatal, Perinatal and Early Childhood Psychology. Prior to moving to the US, she worked as an occupational health physician, and also as an energetic healer and regression therapist. Mariana did an internship with a Hospital Mental Health department for Early Childhood as a clinical psychologist and also conducted leading-edge Heart Rate Variability research in Fetal Psychology at the OBGYN department of Hospital Beatriz Ângelo, in Lisbon, afterwhich she decided to study midwifery, graduating from Maternidad La Luz in El Paso working mostly with families from Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. Since 2017, Mariana has focused her practice in the development of techniques and tools for health care professionals to support the goal of leaving better children for the planet.

Associate Editor: Thomas Verny, MD, DPsych, DHL (Hon), FRCPC, FAPAM

Thomas R. Verny is a psychiatrist, writer and academic. After publishing his book, The Secret Life of the Unborn Child (1981), he founded the Pre- and Perinatal Psychology Association of North America (PPPANA) in 1983 (renamed APPPAH in 1995) and served as its president for eight years. In 1986 he launched the Association's Journal (JOPPPAH), which he edited until 1990 and continues to serve on the JOPPPAH Editorial Board. Thomas continues to lecture and lead workshops on Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Psychotherapy through-out Canada, the United States, Europe, South America and Southeast Asia. He is member of the Ontario Review Board (ORB). Presently Thomas is in the final stages of editing hie new book, THE EMBODIED MIND. Thomas lives in Stratford, ON, Canada.

Assistant Editor - Jazman Allen, PhD

Jazman Allen is a postdoctoral psychology fellow specializing in prenatal, perinatal, and early childhood mental health. She is passionate about her work, which focuses on promoting healthy early attachment relationships between very young children and their caregivers, which includes completing neurodevelopmental evaluations with this population. Dr. Allen received her Psy.D. from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, with an emphasis on Child and Adolescent Psychology in 2019. In addition to her graduate education, she pursued play therapy training at UC San Diego’s play therapy certificate program, received training on the Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood (DC: 0-5), and completed certification in Brazelton Touchpoints. Dr. Allen is a member of APPPAH’s Diversity Committee. Over the course of her career, she hopes to continue working within underserved and diverse communities with limited resources to increase visibility, accessibility, and availability of prenatal and perinatal psychological services.