Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Ph.D., IBCLC, FAPA

Expertise

  • Depression in Breastfeeding Mothers
  • Nighttime Parenting and Depression
  • Inflammation and Depression in Breastfeeding Mothers
  • Co-Sleeping, Bed-Sharing, and Breastfeeding
  • SIDS and Breastfeeding
  • Complementary and Alternative Breastfeeding Treatments
  • Diabetes and Breastfeeding
  • Lactation research
  • Medications and Breastfeeding
  • Obesity and Breastfeeding
  • Psychology of Breastfeeding
  • Herbs and Breastfeeding

Previous Conferences

  • Praeclarus Press New Directions in Maternal-Infant Safety
    November 11, 2014 - November 13, 2014
    Atlanta,
    Georgia,
    United States
  • La Leche League of Maine/New Hampshire
    November 8, 2014
    Portsmouth,
    New Hampshire,
    United States
  • Ventura County WIC
    October 24, 2014
    Ventura County,
    California,
    United States
  • Sacramento WIC
    October 10, 2014
    Sacramento,
    California,
    United States
  • Vesta Birth and Beyond
    October 3, 2014 - October 4, 2014
    London,
    Ontario,
    Canada
  • Maternal-Child Health Seminar
    September 30, 2014 - October 2, 2014
    Indianapolis,
    Indiana,
    United States
  • Notre Dame Attachment Parenting and Early Life Development Conference
    September 27, 2014
    South Bend,
    Indiana,
    United States
  • DONA/Lamaze
    September 18, 2014 - September 21, 2014
    Kansas City,
    Missouri,
    United States
  • Connecticut Children's Hospital
    September 12, 2014
    Hartford,
    Connecticut,
    United States
  • September 10, 2014 - September 13, 2014
    Asheville,
    North Carolina,
    United States

About the Speaker

Dr. Kendall-Tackett is a health psychologist and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, and the Owner and Editor-in-Chief of Praeclarus Press, a small press specializing in women's health. Dr. Kendall-Tackett is Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Lactation, Fellow of the American Psychological Association in Health and Trauma Psychology, President of the APA Division of Trauma Psychology, and Editor-in-Chief-elect of Psychological Trauma. She is a Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Texas Tech University School of Medicine in Amarillo, Texas and Research Associate at the Crimes against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire. 

Dr. Kendall-Tackett specializes in women's-health research including breastfeeding, depression, trauma, and health psychology. Her research interests include the psychoneuroimmunology of maternal depression and the lifetime health effects of trauma. Dr. Kendall-Tackett has won several awards for her work including the 2013 Outstanding Research Poster Award from the U.S. Lactation Consultant Association, the 2011 Community Faculty Award from the Department of Pediatrics, Texas Tech University School of Medicine, and the 2011 John Kennell and Marshall Klaus Award for Excellence in Research from DONA International (with co-recipient, Tom Hale). She has authored more than 360 articles or chapters and is the author or editor of 24 books on maternal depression, family violence and breastfeeding. Her most recent books include: Psychological Trauma 101 (2014), The Science of Mother-Infant Sleep (2013), Depression in New Mothers, 2nd Edition (2010), The Psychoneuroimmunology of Chronic Disease (2010), Trauma & Physical Health (2009), and How to Write for a General Audience (2007). She is also co-author (with Nancy Mohrbacher) of Breastfeeding Made Simple, 2nd Edition (2010).  A full listing of her books is available at UppityScienceChick.com, BreastfeedingMadeSimple.com, KathleenKendall-Tackett.com, and PraeclarusPress.com.

Official Bio for Brochure

Dr. Kendall-Tackett is a health psychologist and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, and the Owner and Editor-in-Chief of Praeclarus Press, a small press specializing in women's health. Dr. Kendall-Tackett is Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Lactation, Fellow of the American Psychological Association in Health and Trauma Psychology, President of the APA Division of Trauma Psychology, and Editor-in-Chief-elect of Psychological Trauma. She is a Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Texas Tech University School of Medicine in Amarillo, Texas and Research Associate at the Crimes against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire. 

Dr. Kendall-Tackett specializes in women's-health research including breastfeeding, depression, trauma, and health psychology. Her research interests include the psychoneuroimmunology of maternal depression and the lifetime health effects of trauma. 

Bio for Introduction

 Dr. Kendall-Tackett is a health psychologist and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, and the Owner and Editor-in-Chief of Praeclarus Press, a small press specializing in women's health. Dr. Kendall-Tackett is Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Lactation, Fellow of the American Psychological Association in Health and Trauma Psychology, President of the APA Division of Trauma Psychology, and Editor-in-Chief-elect of Psychological Trauma. She is a Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Texas Tech University School of Medicine in Amarillo, Texas and Research Associate at the Crimes against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire. 

Dr. Kendall-Tackett specializes in women's-health research including breastfeeding, depression, trauma, and health psychology. Her research interests include the psychoneuroimmunology of maternal depression and the lifetime health effects of trauma. 

Presentations

This speaker is pleased to provide presentations on the following topics to professional and parenting conferences. Presentations on other topics may be available upon request and subject to sufficient development lead-time. (For CERP topics, required paperwork will be provided promptly to meet CERP deadlines.)

Burnout, Compassion Fatigue, and Self-Care for Members of the Perinatal Team

60 - 90 minutes
CERP

Working in perinatal care can be deeply rewarding. It can also lead to job-related burnout and secondary traumatic stress. Secondary traumatic stress, or compassion fatigue, can occur when witnessing traumatic events in the workplace.  This can occur when witnessing infant death or traumatic births, or when there is too much work, or work that doesn’t seem to make a difference, and little institutional support. A recent survey by AWHONN of 464 Labor & Delivery nurses found that more than a third reported moderate-to-severe symptoms of traumatic stress as a result of incidents they encountered on the job. This has serious implications for both patients and providers. Burnout and Compassion fatigue/secondary traumatic stress can lead to physical and mental health sequelae for professionals who experiences them. It can also have a negative impact on the care provided. Self-care is essential for being able to provide care to others. In this seminar, participants will learn about the causes and consequences of both burnout and secondary traumatic stress/compassion fatigue. The good news is that there is hope for recovery. Participants will learn some specific strategies for integrating self-care into their care for others.

The Neuropsychological Effects of Sleep Training and Its Implications for Breastfeeding

60 - 90 minutes
CERP

Sleep training continues to be a popular parenting philosophy with its roots in American Behaviorism. The idea behind this approach is that if you want to stop a behavior, don’t “reinforce” it, which increasing its likelihood that it reoccur. Under this school of thought, if you pick up a crying baby, you are just reinforcing the likelihood that the baby will cry more often—especially at night. Recent research has suggested that there is “no apparent harm” to this approach. But is that true? This presentation will describe recent research in neuroscience on the importance of responsive early parenting on brain development, and harmful effects of leaving babies to cry. Non-responsive parenting raises babies’ cortisol levels. Cortisol is toxic to brain cells, particularly in the hippocampus.  This research is also put in the context of current AAP recommendations to keep babies in the parents’ room during the first six months, and how solitary sleep increases the babies’ risk of SIDS.

The Science of Mother-Infant Sleep (2013, Middlemiss & Kendall-Tackett) is a good complement to this presentation.

Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Infant Mortality, Breastfeeding, and Sleep Practices

75 - 90 minutes
CERP

 

The U.S. is now 41st in the world in infant mortality, currently ranking behind many countries that spend far less on healthcare. This low ranking is due in part to racial/ethnic group differences in infant mortality: particularly among African Americans and American Indians, with an infant death rate that is more than twice the rate of whites. In this session, you will learn about the physiology of racism and how it increases risk for health problems, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, depression, and preterm birth. Preterm birth, lower rates of breastfeeding, and unsafe sleep practices increase risk of infant mortality in vulnerable populations. Fortunately, there are ways in decrease infant mortality by helping mothers downregulate stress, and by encouraging breastfeeding and safe sleep practices that are consistent with their cultural values. 

An outline, objectives, and a bibliography for this session are available at: http://www.kathleenkendall-tackett.com/New-Conference-Sessions.html

Birth Trauma: Causes & Consequences of Childbirth-Related PTSD

75 - 90 minutes
CERP

 

Recent studies have found that as many as 1 in 4 women have symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following their births, approximately 9% meet full criteria for PTSD. What types of symptoms do they have and how do these symptoms impact breastfeeding and women’s emotional health?  In this session, you will learn about the new DSM-5 criteria for PTSD and why some types of births are more likely to cause symptoms. You will also learn how these symptoms might impact breastfeeding, and what mothers and practitioners can do to help.

An outline, objectives and a bibliography for this session is available at: http://www.kathleenkendall-tackett.com/New-Conference-Sessions.html

Weighing in Obesity and Breastfeeding

75 - 90 minutes
CERP

 

Public health officials have been sounding the alarm about the “obesity epidemic,” not only in the U.S., but in industrialized nations around the world. In response, breastfeeding is offered as an important preventative measure for both maternal and childhood obesity. Unfortunately, strategies designed to improve breastfeeding rates among women with higher BMIs often backfire and become self-fulfilling prophecies by discouraging heavier women from breastfeeding. Despite these limitations, breastfeeding has an important role to play in obesity prevention. This presentation provides an overview of current research on surprising causes of obesity, such as sleep disorders, psychological trauma, and discrimination and outlines the limitations of current approaches. This session also describes research on the impact of BMI on breastfeeding, and provides practical steps for working with mothers with higher BMIs. 

An outline, objectives and a bibliography for this session is available at: http://www.kathleenkendall-tackett.com/New-Conference-Sessions.html

Breastfeeding Lowers Women’s Risk of Metabolic Syndrome and Cardiovascular Disease

75 - 90 minutes
CERP

Several recent large clinical trials and meta-analyses have demonstrated that breastfeeding lowers women’s lifetime risk of metabolic syndrome, diabetes and cardiovascular disease in mothers. Further, these studies have documented a dose-response effect: the longer that women breastfeed, the lower the risk. The intriguing question is why this occurs. Research from the field of health psychology provides several possible mechanisms that can explain this effect. In this session, you will learn the many ways that breastfeeding positively affects women's health. Breastfeeding downregulates the stress response, lowers inflammation, decreases depression, improves mother’s sleep quality, decreases daytime fatigue, and even attenuates the effects of psychological trauma.  Results from previous studies will be presented, as well as new data from the Survey of Mothers’ Sleep and Fatigue¸ a survey of 6,410 new mothers. 

Outlines, objectives and the bibliography for this session are available at: http://www.kathleenkendall-tackett.com/metabolic-syndrome.html

Mother-infant Sleep Location and Nighttime Feeding Behaviors

60 - 90 minutes
CERP

Healthcare providers and public health officials are increasingly telling mothers not to sleep with their babies. How is this impacting mothers’ behavior? This presentation will show U.S. data from the Survey of Mothers’ Sleep and Fatigue. The survey data provides information on where babies start and finish the night, what mothers are telling their friends, family and healthcare providers, and how they feel about their sleep arrangements. It also addresses the issue of whether the policy of asking mothers to never share a bed with their babies is having an unintended effect. Our findings show that 44% of mothers, in an effort to avoid bed sharing, are sometimes falling asleep with their babies on couches, sofas, and recliners--sleep surfaces that all sleep experts agree are dangerous for babies. This presentation will also consider the policy implications of the AAP 2011 statement of safe infant sleep, and current findings and advice given to new parents.

An outline, objectives, and a bibliography for this session are available at: http://www.kathleenkendall-tackett.com/sleep-sessions.html

A New Paradigm for Depression in New Mothers

75 - 90 minutes
CERP

Recent research has revealed a surprising link between inflammation and depression. Although inflammation was first identified as a risk factor for postpartum depression in the late 1990s, researchers have recently learned that it underlies all the other risk factors. All other known causes of depression, such as pain, psychological trauma, lack of social support, or sleep problems, trigger the inflammatory response. This research tells us why women are vulnerable to depression in the last trimester of pregnancy and postpartum. It also explains the link between depression in pregnancy and preterm birth, and why breastfeeding protects maternal mood because it downregulates the stress and inflammatory response.

An outline, objectives, and a bibliography for this session are available at: http://www.kathleenkendall-tackett.com/ppd-sessions.html

Nighttime Breastfeeding and Postpartum Depression

60 - 90 minutes
CERP

New mothers are often advised to avoid nighttime breastfeeding in order to prevent postpartum depression. While this advice is well-intended, no one knows if it even works. And it can be quite problematic for breastfeeding mothers to maintain. Using data from the Survey of Mothers’ Sleep and Fatigue, we examine the relationship between feeding method, depression, and maternal fatigue. Consistent with recent studies, our findings reveal that breastfeeding mothers report less fatigue, more and better quality sleep, and lower rates of depression than their formula- or mixed-feeding counterparts. Advising tired new mothers to supplement may well increase their risk of depression. This presentation also summarizes some strategies that can be used to support exhausted new mothers.

An outline, objectives, and a bibliography for this session are available at: http://www.kathleenkendall-tackett.com/ppd-sessions.html

Breastfeeding Made Simple: Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers

75 - 90 minutes
CERP
Each year, hundreds of thousands of women initiate breastfeeding only to stop in the first few days or weeks postpartum. Why does this happen? In this presentation, I describe the seven natural laws for nursing mothers based on the bestselling book, Breastfeeding Made Simple, 2nd Edition (co -authored with Nancy Mohrbacher). These laws are based on the latest research from around the world and will help you work more effectively with mothers so they can

have successful breastfeeding experiences.

This presentation is based on the book, Breastfeeding Made Simple, 2nd Edition (co-authored with Nancy Mohrbacher). An outline, objectives, and a bibliography for this session are available at: http://www.kathleenkendall-tackett.com/BMS-session.html

Breastfeeding and Survivors of Adverse Childhood Experiences

75 - 90 minutes
CERP

Can events from childhood influence a woman’s current mothering experience? Yes, they can. But they don’t have to be the blueprint for the rest of her life. Adverse Childhood Experiences can influence women through five possible pathways: physiological, behavioral, cognitive, social, and emotional. This session provides an overview of the latest research on the effects of childhood abuse; its impact on breastfeeding; how it can affect a woman’s body, mind and spirit; and what she can do to cope.

An outline, objectives, and a bibliography for this session are available at: http://www.kathleenkendall-tackett.com/trauma-sessions.html

Books appropriate for this presentation include Depression in New Mothers, 2nd Edition, Breastfeeding Made Simple, 2nd Edition, Trauma & Physical Health, and The Health Consequences of Abuse in the Family.

The Impact of Sexual Assault on Childbearing Women

60 - 90 minutes
CERP

Millions of women worldwide have experienced sexual assault, as a child, teen or adult. How do these experiences impact them during the childbearing year? Using new data from the Survey of Mothers’ Sleep and Fatigue, the pregnancy, labor and delivery, and postpartum experiences from 994 sexual abuse/assault survivors are described. These women’s experiences are compared with an age-matched group of childbearing women without a history of sexual assault. In this session, you will also learn about who provides support for sexual assault survivors, their experiences in their families of origin, and how these experiences impact breastfeeding.

An outline, objectives, and a bibliography for this session are available at: http://www.kathleenkendall-tackett.com/trauma-sessions.html

Possible books to order that are relevant to this topic includeThe Lifetime Health Effects of Childhood Victimization, 2nd Ed. (2013, Civic Research Institute), Trauma & Physical Health (2009, Routledge), Health Consequences of Abuse in the Family (2004, APA), and Hidden Feelings of Motherhood, 2nd Ed. (2005, Hale Publishing).

Treatment Options for Depressed Breastfeeding Mothers

75 - 90 minutes
CERP

The negative effects of postpartum depression, on both mother and baby, are too serious to ignore. Fortunately, there are a number of treatments for depression with empirically demonstrated efficacy, including a wide range of non-pharmacologic treatments. Almost all are compatible with breastfeeding. This session summarizes research findings on omega-3s, exercise, bright light therapy, cognitive and interpersonal psychotherapy, St. John’s wort, and antidepressant medications. It also describes the implications of each for breastfeeding.

An outline, objectives, and a bibliography for this session are available at: http://www.kathleenkendall-tackett.com/ppd-sessions.html

Write to Change the World for Mothers and Babies

60 - 90 minutes

Writing about your work is an effective way to educate your colleagues and your clients. It can also change the world --one reader at a time. Many professionals want to write, but are nervous and never attempt it. This session will teach you will learn how to be a more effective and confident writer. We will discuss how to decide on the various types of writing: blogs; articles for websites, magazines, and journals; and books. You will learn how to write readable prose, consider the needs of your audience, overcome writers’ block, and be more efficient. You will also learn some of the basics of marketing your work. If you’ve always wanted to write, or have just been thinking about it, this workshop is for you.

An outline, objectives, and a bibliography for this session are available at: http://www.kathleenkendall-tackett.com/getting-published.html

Contact Info

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+1 (806) 367 9950

Curriculum Vitae

Books

Wendy Middlemiss & Kathleen Kendall-Tackett
January 19, 2014
Depression in New Mothers, 2nd Edition
January 3, 2011
Nancy Mohrbacher
November 1, 2010
Maureen Groer
July 9, 2011
Victoria Banyard, Valerie Edwards
January 14, 2009
Sarah Giacomoni
July 9, 2011
Sarah Giacomoni
July 9, 2011

Speaking Services

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Nearest Airport: 
Amarillo International (AMA)
Willing To Travel To: 
Northeast - US
Mid-Atlantic - US
Southeast - US
Northern Mid-West - US
Central Mid-West - US
Southern Mid-West - US
Northwest - US
Mid-Pacific - US
Southwest - US
East Canada
Central Canada
West Canada
West Europe
United Kingdom
Australia
Languages: 
English

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