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Carrie Cornsweet Barber is a clinical child psychologist by training, but over the last fifteen years has developed clinical, teaching, and research interests in how to support new families during pregnancy and the transition to parenting.  Mother of two children now launching themselves into the next phase of life, Carrie was raised in California, studied in Pennsylvania and Tennessee, and was senior psychologist and assistant director of research at the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas, for 13 years.  In 2007, Carrie and her family moved to Hamilton, New Zealand, where she is currently lecturing at the University of Waikato, and doing research on developing ways to help women stay emotionally and physically resilient during pregnancy and early parenting.  Carrie is in the board of Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Aotearoa (PADA), and when she can find some spare time, she writes poetry, sews quilts, and grows things in her haphazard but fruitful garden.

Bridgette Masters-Awatere is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology at the University of Waikato. She convenes the Community Psychology post-graduate programme, a professional training programme that leads to registration as a psychologist in Aotearoa New Zealand. Together with Dr Mohi Rua she Co-convenes the Kaupapa Māori Management Committee (KMMC), a committee that monitors the School's delivery of culturally appropriate and relevant teaching and research material.  Bridgette & Mohi are the Co-Directors of the Māori and Psychology Research Unit (MPRU), which has operated for over 20 years delivering research, publications and reports on research relevant to, and driven by, Māori communities, whānau, students and academics.

Sebastian Dusterwald is a computer programmer with a passion for creating engaging interactive experiences. He first studied computer science with a focus on graphics and multimedia at the University of Waikato, and then later returned to complete an MSc, with a thesis around algorithmically generating castles in voxel worlds. His more than 15 years of programming experience have been invaluable in realising the Positively Pregnant app project. He has a wide range of interests including game, web, and app development, as well as computer graphics and artificial intelligence. In his spare time he works on various hobby game projects.

Lee Cornsweet Barber is an 18 year old transgender* artist living in Hamilton. Lee has been living in New Zealand since the age of seven and has come to think of it as home, though if you met Lee you would notice a still-strong American accent. Lee is an avid artist, and has been since childhood, though this project is their first paid job as a freelance artist. Lee enjoys reading, which relates to their other job working at “Books for Kids” in Hamilton. Lee finds mental health really important in anyone; the idea of working on a project aimed to help with the mental health of pregnant woman was an exciting prospect, and designing Pip, the mascot of the app, was a great experience.

Joseph Graddy is a psychology researcher, programmer, and web developer, from Rotorua living in Hamilton, New Zealand. Joseph loves to study behaviour and has a Masters of Applied Psychology (Behaviour Analysis) from the University of Waikato. In his spare time he likes to play PC games, ride his bike, go for hikes around the Waikato, and play music.

Credits

Author/Designer Carrie Cornsweet Barber

Associate Designer Bridgette Masters-Awatere

Programmer Sebastian Dusterwald

Web design and initial programming Joseph Graddy

Graphic design Lee Barber

Programming and design consultation Annika Hinze, Nic Vandershantz, Claire Timpany, Brian Cole

Narration Gwen Lyon and Alice Kennedy

Audio engineer Luke Jacobs

Audio editing Carrie Cornsweet Barber

Content consultation Clare Barnett, Simone DeGiorgio, Lindsay Fergusson, Marissa Panettiere

Feedback and support Jonathan Ashe, Jordana Bealing, Juliana Brown, Nadine Isler, Horiana Jones, Mia Nelson, Ajay Nielson, Tracey Pires, Sylvie Rabinovich-Bolstad, Neville Robertson, Sabine Seehagan, Sukrita Singh, Kyle Smith, Kerryn Treanor, Jo Wall, and 88 women who participated in the Positively Pregnant pilot study

Supporters

The development of Positively Pregnant has been supported by grants from the University of Waikato, TalkingTech Foundation, and the Waikato DHB Perinatal Mental Health Service.