NPA is the home for innovative programs and practitioners. What began as an idea at a NICU psychologists' retreat has become a professional organization. The National Network of NICU Psychologists (NNNP) is a critical next step to improving perinatal care as it coordinates, connects, and educates psychologists around the country who work in the NICU setting.
Co-chairs Drs. Allison Dempsey and Sage Saxton have led the development of advocacy, research, and professional training committees that will transform and elevate the role of mental health care providers in the support of fragile NICU families.
NNNP will hold its first annual meeting under this new leadership and structure on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency Aurora-Denver Conference Center in Aurora, Colorado ahead of NPA's conference, Perinatal Care and the 4th Trimester: Redefining Prenatal, Postpartum, and Neonatal Care for a New Generation.
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We will always work to optimize care for all infants and their families in NICU settings through direct family involvement, staff support, research, and education.
We strive to be the leading voice and resource for mental health services in NICU settings.
VALUES + CORE BELIEFS
Psychologists have unique training and skills to optimize medical, socioemotional, and neurodevelopmental outcomes for NICU infants and families. Psychology services should be integrated into every NICU in the United States.
Implementation of evidence-based, targeted interventions to improve parental, familial and infant mental health is critical to the long-term health and well-being of each child and family.
National collaboration among NICU psychologists is essential to state-of-the art education, clinical research, and advocacy for policy development and change.
GOALS + OBJECTIVES
As a group we will provide mentorship to those entering our profession and advocate for the role of psychologists and other mental health providers in the NICU setting. We shall facilitate collaboration between members of our organization and other medical and mental health advocacy organizations in the field of postpartum and perinatal mental health.
Objectives for 2020:
further development of group leadership and infrastructure
program develpopment that addresses critical gaps in the delivery of perinatal mental health care support
advocacy efforts that promote timely and equitable care
LEADERSHIP + GOVERNANCE