Infant-Parent Program Clinical Staff

Janelle Albanés-Jower, MS, MFTA

Ms. Albanés-Jower is a registered marriage and family therapist associate at the Infant-Parent Program, where she provides infant-parent psychotherapy for families and early childhood mental health consultation to daycares and preschools. She began with the Infant-Parent Program as a trainee and, prior to her IPP training, she worked as an early interventionist supporting young children ages 0-3 in meeting their developmental milestones. Currently, she continues her work as an infant-parent psychotherapist and primarily provides services to multicultural and Spanish-speaking families in their home using psychodynamic interventions and trauma-informed practice. As a consultant, she is in daycares and preschools collaborating with teachers and other services providers in supporting the social-emotional needs of children and their families.

Lea Brown, LCSW

Ms. Brown has been the clinical supervisor of both infant-parent psychotherapy and early childhood mental health consultation for the past 15 years and serves as a field instructor and field placement liaison for social work students training at the Infant-Parent Program. Ms. Brown also provides direct services in infant-parent psychotherapy, group intervention, and early childhood mental health consultation, as well as training both in the Infant-Parent Program/Daycare Consultants Program and to local and regional infant mental health and early intervention agencies. She has served as a faculty member in the Advanced Clinical Supervision Certificate Program at the Smith College School of Social Work. She is currently an adjunct faculty member for the Coalition for Clinical Social Work through the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis, as well as a community partner in the Community Psychoanalysis Track at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California.

Maya Haskins, LMFT

Ms. Haskins is a licensed marriage and family therapist providing services in early childhood mental health consultation and infant-parent psychotherapy. She is bilingual, bicultural, and provides culturally sensitive and trauma-informed services in Spanish and English to a diverse population. She earned her master’s degree in counseling psychology from the University of San Francisco, followed by two years of training and honing her skills in early childhood mental health at the Infant-Parent Program. Prior to becoming a therapist, Ms. Haskins worked in early childhood education and has extensive experience working in the field. She is deeply committed to supporting administrators, providers, families, and children in group care settings.

Amee Jaiswal, LCSW

Ms. Jaiswal has provided early childhood mental health consultation in childcare centers with Daycare Consultants, a component of the Infant-Parent Program, since 2001. She also works with families as an infant-parent psychotherapist. Ms. Jaiswal has worked with children of various ages and their families in a variety of capacities, including working with children who have developmental delays. She has also provided child and family therapy in a multitude of clinical settings. Ms. Jaiswal has particular experience with persons from diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, including Spanish- and Hindi-speaking families. She is endorsed by the California Center for Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health as an infant-family and early childhood mental health specialist.

Lauren Perez, PsyD

Dr. Perez is a licensed clinical psychologist with the Solid Start Initiative at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (ZSFG), and the co-director of training at the Infant-Parent Program. Dr. Perez provides reflective facilitation and training; infant, perinatal, and child-parent psychotherapy; infant and early childhood mental health consultation; and perinatal mental health and reproductive justice services both within inpatient and outpatient services at the Women’s Health Clinic and Birth Center at ZSFG and other community settings. Dr. Perez is the liaison to the Family Treatment Court system partnered with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. As a bilingual and bicultural Latina clinician, she provides trauma informed and culturally responsive direct services, consultation, and reflective facilitation in both English and Spanish.

Kristin S. Reinsberg, MS, LMFT

Ms. Reinsberg has provided clinical services, supervision, program development and management in the field of infant and early childhood mental health for over 20 years. She is currently the interim director of the Infant-Parent Program (IPP) and the director of Daycare Consultants—IPP's early childhood mental health consultation program—in the Division of Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at UCSF. She is currently the project co-director, along with Barbara Ivins, PhD, of the SAMHSA funded Early Childhood Mental Health Workforce Development Consortium, which is bringing early childhood mental health training and consultation to 10 rural northern California counties over a 5-year period.

Previously, she cofounded and directed the early childhood mental health program serving the San Mateo and Santa Clara counties at Jewish Family & Children’s Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin, and Sonoma Counties. She has extensive experience developing and implementing early childhood mental health consultation programs; providing mental health consultation to shelter, residential, and early childhood programs; and supporting the learning and professional development of early childhood mental health consultants and supervisors by providing training and reflective supervision within her program and to consultants in nearby states.

Ms. Reinsberg also has a private practice in San Francisco where she works with adults, children, and families, and has been a contributor, author, and content expert in the area of early childhood mental health for the Georgetown Center of Excellence for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation and AbilityPath, a website supporting families with children with disabilities. She is endorsed as an infant-family and early childhood mental health specialist and reflective practice facilitator II by the California Center for Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health.

Andrea Scott, LMFT

Ms. Scott is a licensed marriage and family therapist who comes from a long tradition of relationship-based modalities. She divides her time between the Infant-Parent Program at UCSF and private and collaborative practice in the Bay Area.

Before becoming a therapist, Ms. Scott was a movement analysis practitioner who trained in the Duggan/French Approach in Barcelona, Spain. This training was uniquely instrumental to Ms. Scott’s professional trajectory. Upon moving back to the United States after 14 years abroad, Ms. Scott trained in somatic psychotherapy at John F. Kennedy University under the tutelage of then-program director, Mark Ludwig, LCSW. Ms. Scott sought out a specialization in trauma informed therapy with Infants, toddlers, and parents. The supervision and mentorship of Dr. Linda Perez and Sister Fran Kearney at the Mount St. Joseph/St. Elizabeth recovery program for women with substance abuse challenges helped Ms. Scott develop needed infant and toddler skills.

Ms. Scott went on to work in the SEED Program for six years with founder Dr. Kathryn Orfirer, an Infant-Parent Program alum, at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. By way of the Infant-Parent Program diaspora, Ms. Scott came home to roost in the Infant-Parent Program in 2016. There, she has been immersed in daycare consultancy work. Ms. Scott consults to a variety of sites, all of whom work with socially and economically vulnerable populations. She is keen to bring to the forefront notions of social justice, diversity, inclusion and belonging as she continues to develop a trauma-informed, relational and somatic perspective in her infant-toddler mental health consultancy work.

Maria Seymour St. John, PhD, LMFT

Dr. St. John is an associate clinical professor with the UCSF Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and co-director of training for the Infant-Parent Program. Endorsed by the California Center for Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health as an infant-family and early childhood mental health specialist, reflective facilitator II, and mentor, Dr. St. John’s areas of expertise include infant-parent psychotherapy, diversity and inclusion, and reflective supervision. She is a member of the faculty of the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California and also of the Barnard Center Advanced Clinical Training Program at the University of Washington.

Dr. St. John is licensed as a marriage and family therapist and completed her doctoral training in the UC Berkeley Department of Rhetoric, an interdisciplinary critical studies program. She has published on subjects related to race, class, gender, and sexuality in infant mental health work in numerous books and journals, including Infant Mental Health JournalZero to Three, Feminist Studies, Studies in Gender and Sexuality, Attachment and Sexuality, and the World Association of Infant Mental Health Handbook of Infant Mental Health. She is a developer of and national trainer on the Diversity-Informed Tenets for Work with Infants, Children, and Families. Her book, Focusing on Relationships: An Effort That Pays, was published by Zero to Three in 2019. She holds a psychotherapy and consultation practice in Oakland.

Anna Spielvogel, MD, PhD

Dr. Spielvogel is a health sciences professor on recall in the UCSF Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences who specializes in perinatal psychiatry. She is a past director of the High-Risk Obstetrics Clinic and  residency training at ZSFG. At present, Dr. Spielvogel teaches, supervises, and provides patient care in the Infant-Parent Program and the Ob-Psych Program. In addition, she serves as psychiatrist to the ZSFG High User Emergency Department Case Management Program. Across all settings, Dr. Spielvogel is a certified Jungian analyst and has been dedicated to teaching interdisciplinary providers how to develop an in-depth approach to patients, as well as identifying obstacles to optimal health care for patients with mental illness and options for primary health care providers and mental health providers to overcome them.

Abby Waldstein, MEd

Ms. Waldstein has worked as an infant mental health clinician for the past 18 years. She holds a master's degree in child development from the Erikson Institute of Chicago, with a specialization in infant studies and at-risk children from birth to three from the Erikson Institute’s Irving B. Harris Infant Mental Health Certificate Program. Ms. Waldstein is endorsed as an infant-family and early childhood mental health core provider and reflective practice facilitator by the California Center for Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health.

As part of her work with the Infant-Parent Program, Ms. Waldstein has provided mental health consultation to subsidized childcare centers, consulted to residential and out-patient substance abuse treatment programs for mothers and their infants, facilitated therapeutic play groups, provided clinical supervision to staff, and developed and taught on-going seminars in infant and preschool development to the Infant-Parent Program’s training program, as well as to other agencies in San Francisco. Her publications include Inclusive Interaction in Infant-Parent Psychotherapy, published by the Zero to Three Press.

Esther Wong, LCSW

Ms. Wong is a licensed clinical social worker who obtained her master’s degree from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. As an early childhood mental health consultant in the Infant-Parent Program, Ms. Wong provides trauma-informed and culturally sensitive program consultation to staff and administrators at childcare centers and a residential substance abuse treatment program for mothers, as well as direct therapy services to young children and families. She has previous experience providing crisis and outpatient therapy services to children, adolescents, adults, and families in home, community, and clinic settings and providing individual, family, group, and milieu therapy in daycare and therapeutic preschool settings. Ms. Wong is currently a fellow in the Napa Infant-Parent Mental Health Fellowship Program.