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.

Also see an interview with Dr. Le, conducted by Michael O'Hara, on the prevention of Postpartum Depression, along with two other leading researchers in the field: Dr. Terry Brugha and Dr. Cindy Lee Dennis.

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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