New Jersey Chapter
American Academy of Pediatrics
3836 Quakerbridge Road
Suite 108
Hamilton, NJ 08619

Phone: 609-842-0014
Fax: 609-842-0015

Elliot Rubin, MD, FAAP
Chapter President

Fran Gallagher, MEd
Executive Director

Harriet Lazarus, MBA
Deputy Director

Bert Mulder
Director, Membership & Events

Program Contacts

Harriet Lazarus, MBA
Deputy Director

Phone - 609-842-0014
Fax- 609-842-0015
EPIC - Postpartum Depression Training Program
The Pediatric Council on Research and Education, the foundation of the American Academy of Pediatrics/NJ Chapter was a grant through the NJ Department of Health and Senior Services to provide postpartum depression training sessions to pediatric offices throughout the State. Since mothers of newborns visit their child’s pediatrician on a regular basis within the first 3 months of their child’s life, pediatricians are in a unique position to recognize, respond to and intervene if a new mother exhibits signs of possible postpartum depression The 1 ½ - 2 hour training is titled, EPIC – PPD. EPIC stands for Educating Practices in their Communities. EPIC trainings work with the entire office staff to educate and create changes in practice patterns. The training is held in the primary care provider’s office/health center at a time that is convenient for all physicians and office staff to participate. The training team is comprised of an appropriate medical professional and a regional mental health services representative. The program is currently applying to offer CME and CNE credits to eligible participants.

Benefits of participating in the EPIC – PPD training include: 
  • Better understanding of the prevalence and seriousness of perinatal mood disorders
  • Learn how to effectively utilize screening tools for perinatal mood disorders
  • Learn how to incorporate screening tools into practice patterns
  • Learn how to establish protocols for referrals and follow up
Benefits for patients include:
  • Enhanced capacity to recognize signs of maternal depression, preventing possible abuse and neglect of patients
  • Increased quality of care for entire family
  • Team approach to delivery of care
  • Entire office engaged in care process
  • Better ability for staff to interact with patients