The Mothers and Babies: Mood and Health Research Program

The mission of the Mothers and Babies: Mood and Health Research Program is to develop research aimed at preventing the onset of perinatal depression and improving the mental health of families. Its intent is to focus on underserved populations, including low-income and ethnically diverse populations. Currently, the focus is on predominantly Spanish-speaking Latino populations.

The Mothers and Babies: Mood and Health Research Program fulfills this mission by:

  • Developing, evaluating, and implementing evidence-based interventions to prevent the onset of major depression during pregnancy and postpartum;
  • Conducting research relevant to improving the mood and health of families;
  • Conducting research with ethnically diverse and underserved populations, as a means to reduce health disparities;
  • Training and supporting graduate and undergraduate students with interest in clinical psychology and related areas, and collaborating with other researchers nationally and internationally.

Dr. Huynh-Nhu (Mimi) Le is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at The George Washington University and directs the Mothers and Babies: Mood and Health Research Program.

Listen to a podcast by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau about the Mothers and Babies Project.


Moms Helping Moms: Survey
Moms helping moms: The Mothers and Babies Internet Project Team at Palo Alto University needs your help! In 2009 we launched a web-based program for pregnant women interested in learning skills to manage their mood during and after pregnancy.  We were able to recruit over 5000 pregnant women from all over the world! We are working to update our program and would like to get the input of English and Spanish-speaking pregnant women and recent/new motehrs.  Participation is anonymous, voluntary, and free. For more information, please go to: http:// For more information, email  
New Survey for Health Professionals
An interdisciplinary research team from Spain (Universidad de Zaragoza, Jorge Osma, Ph.D. and Universitat Jaume I, Elena Crespo), USA (George Washington University,  Huynh-Nhu Le, Ph.D., Palo Alto University, Alinne Barrera, Ph.D.), and Switzerland (University of St. Gallen, Tobias Mettler, Ph.D. and Michaela Sprenger) to conducting an international and multicenter study to examine various aspects related to health professionals (working or not in pregnancy or postpartum field).
The survey is completely anonymous and requests information on aspects such as: demographic and labor data, services offered in the workplace for women during pregnancy and postpartum, training and knowledge of perinatal emotional changes, and finally, views on information technology usage.

Our objective is to obtain as many health professionals answers as possible.

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