2018 Distinguished Keynote Speakers

Chandra Ghosh Ippen, PhD

Dr. Ippen is the Associate Director of the Child Trauma Research Program at the University of California, San Francisco and the Director of Dissemination for Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), an evidence-based treatment for young children who have experienced trauma. She is a clinician, researcher, and trainer and has co-authored over 20 publications related to trauma and diversity-informed practice including the book Don’t Hit My Mommy, which is the manual for Child-Parent Psychotherapy.. Publications include a randomized trial documenting the efficacy of CPP, Guidelines for the Treatment of Traumatic Bereavement in Infancy and Early Childhood (2003), and the Trinka and Sam storybooks.

Dr. Ghosh Ippen has over 14 years of experience training nationally and internationally in CPP and diversity-informed practice. As a first generation East Indian/Japanese American who is fluent in Spanish and past co-Chair of the Culture Consortium of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, she is committed to examining how culture and context affect perception and mental health systems.

Pradeep Gidwani, MD, MPH

Dr. Gidwani is the Director of Projects at the American Academy of Pediatrics, California Chapter 3, San Diego and Imperial Counties (AAP-CA3), and works as part of the team that provides Countywide Coordination and Support for First 5 San Diego’s Healthy Development Services and its Home Visiting Program, First 5 First Steps.  The programs have reached over 25,000 children annually for the last 10 years.  He is a Past President of AAP-CA3.

Dr. Gidwani completed a Pediatric Health Services Research fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital and earned a Master’s in Public Health degree at Harvard University.  He completed his residency at Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, OH, and received his Doctor of Medicine degree from George Washington University.  Prior to medical school, he worked for the National Commission to Prevent Infant Mortality in Washington, DC, and for the Centers for Disease Control.  He received his BA in Anthropology from Northwestern University.

Dr. Jeffrey Rowe, MD

Dr. Rowe is the Supervising Psychiatrist for the Juvenile Forensic Services Division of the Behavioral Health Services Department of the County of San Diego. He is also a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in private practice and an Associate Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at the UCSD School of Medicine.

Dr. Rowe is a clinician, teacher, and consultant. He is well versed in medication therapies, individual psychotherapy, family psychotherapy, behavior modification, group therapy, and school consultation. For many years he assisted the County of San Diego Behavioral Health Services in the development of new mental health treatment programs, supervised the County’s Child Psychiatrists, and provided clinical consultation to the Juvenile Court.


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