Keynote speaker one pager - Parent Professional Advocacy League

Keynote Speaker Victoria Costello Victoria Costello of The Mental Health Mom Blog (, comes to mental health advocacy as someone in recovery from depression and addiction, and as the mother of two sons who’ve faced mental disorders. As a science writer and speaker to parent groups and professionals, she often addresses the many and often surprising ways mental disorders travel through families and how parents can be empowered to reverse such legacies, a topic she explores in‐depth in her memoir, A Lethal Inheritance, A Mother Uncovers the Science Behind Three Generations of mental Illness (Prometheus Books/2012). Victoria has written about parenting and mental health for HuffingtonPost, Scientific American Mind, Brain World, Mamapedia and LA Parent. In her day job as Social Media and Community Editor for the Public Library of Science, PLOS (, Victoria works to communicate many areas of science and medicine to a broad audience.