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April 19, 2021  

Career Dad - Paternal Mental Health

April 19, 2021

Did you know that 1 in 10 dads get postpartum depression within the first year of their child’s life. 18% of fathers develop anxiety related disorders in the first year and the risk of depression also goes up to 50% if their partner has postpartum depression too. This week’s episode features Daniel B. Singley, Ph.D., ABPP.

Dr. Singley is a San Diego-based board certified psychologist and Director of The Center for Men’s Excellence. His research and practice focus on men’s mental health with a particular emphasis on reproductive psychology and the transition to fatherhood. Dr. Singley won the American Psychological Association’s 2017 Practitioner of the Year Award from the Division on Men & Masculinities. He is Past President of the APA’s Section on Positive Psychology and currently serves on the Board of the APA’s Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinities as well as Postpartum Support International. He conducts trainings and presentations around the country to assist individuals and organizations to enhance their level of father inclusiveness and founded the grant-funded Basic Training for New Dads, Inc nonprofit and Padre Cadre social networking application just for dads in order to give new fathers the tools they need to be highly engaged with their infants as well as their partners. In his free time, Dr. Singley likes to cook, surf, read, and drive his two sons to activities all over town so they can’t escape his annoying shrinky questions. Follow him @MenExcel and

Things we talk about in the episode: 

  • The dude to dad transition - male identity shifts
  • Fatherhood generational gap - the expectations for males to be caregivers and not just providers
  • Masked male depression - how postpartum depression manifests in men and questions to ask your partner if you are concerned about their mental health. 
  • Communication strategies for couples as they navigate the challenging transition into parenthood.


Follow Dr Singley:  @men.excel  and


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