Libra Group Social Responsibility

Seleni Announces Scholarship Recipients for Maternal Mental Health Online Training

New York, January 15, 2020 – The Seleni Institute has been awarded a grant from a philanthropic donor which provides 40 full scholarships for Seleni’s Maternal Mental Health Intensive Clinical Training online courses. The scholarships valued at $20,000 are targeted to support mental health professionals and students serving underserved populations.

Seleni’s Founder, Nitzia Logothetis, states, “As part of Seleni’s mission, we are committed to providing greater access to care to families affected by perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and perinatal loss. These trainings allow us to reach a broader population served by dedicated mental health professionals. We are thankful to our philanthropic donor and to the scholarship recipients who will be putting these trainings into practice and making a difference in their community”.

Seleni received hundreds of entries from deserving applicants who have dedicated their lives to working with underserved communities. The team was very moved by the many stories the applicants told about their work and applied an extensive selection process. The successful award recipients have been selected and informed. Many have sent a response, including:

“Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be one of the 40 applicants to receive the scholarship. I am truly hoping to gain extensive knowledge and assist the community we serve”. Seema Dharod

“Thank you so much for this opportunity! I am overwhelmed with excitement to get started on this training and improve the care we provide our families in our clinic. Thank you again and I also look forward to being in touch and getting more involved with the Seleni Institute. Warmly” Hayley Leddington Shinerock

“Thank you so much! I truly appreciate the opportunity to further my education and training in serving clients surrounding struggles with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, loss and grief. Thanks again!  Best wishes” Kimberly Rosario

2019 Scholarship Recipients are:

  1. Sharon Itkoff Nacache
  2. Chaquira Andrade
  3. Elliot Parker
  4. Michelle Joseph
  5. Julian Ho
  6. Dewanna Byrd
  7. Melanie Koschnitzke
  8. Nicole Bolognini
  9. Letizia Rossi
  10. Laurie Lunn
  11. Megan Haag-Fisk
  12. Karen Owes
  13. Vu-An Foster
  14. Julia Donahue
  15. Libby Carter-Otuya
  16. Shakila Maloratski
  17. Adefunke Obatusin
  18. Nicole Weathers
  19. Hayley Gonzales
  20. Jesseka C Gerardo Cuevas
  21. Melissa Radhay
  22. Kimberly Loustau
  23. Seema Dharod
  24. Christine Mustaca
  25. Jillian Mabry
  26. Elizabeth Espinosa
  27. Rachel Schimmel
  28. Damaris Lopez
  29. Jamie E Olivieri
  30. Kimberly Rosario
  31. Saarika Bhakta
  32. Hayley Shinerock
  33. Iris Jones
  34. Maria Abramovich-Petis
  35. Lisette Alvarez
  36. Lea Wersan
  37. Christina Smalley
  38. Patricia Thomas
  39. Stringham Marci
  40. Heather Feldman


Seleni is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the emotional health of individuals and families during the family building years. The organization argues that there is a gap in knowledge and understanding that often results in maternal mental health challenges going un-diagnosed or being inappropriately treated. Recognizing this growing need to equip mental health professionals with this critical knowledge to support mothers and their families, this grant will support further education in this specialist branch of mental health.

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