Projects

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PCORI Project 

Advancing Perinatal Mental Health and Well-being: The DC Mother-Infant Behavioral Wellness Program 

The project is funded by the PCORI and is a randomized controlled trial that will evaluate the effectiveness of patient navigation and enhanced mental health care for women of Black/African descent in the Washington DC area. Dr. Huynh-Nhu Le and and Dr. Catherine Limperopoulous at Children's National Hospital are co-PIs of this grant. 

https://www.pcori.org/research-results/2021/advancing-perinatal-mental-health-and-wellbeing-dc-mother-infant-behavioral

https://developingbrainresearchlaboratory.org/pcori.html 


Early Childhood Innovation Network (ECIN) study

Professor Le is collaborating as a research consultant with the Early Childhood Innovation Network on one of their innovations projects. HealthySteps at Children's National Community Health Centers, to conduct a pilot study to examine the feasibility and acceptability of a virtual wellness group intervention for mothers within pediatric settings. 


Cultural adaptation of the Mothers and Babies Course for rural women in Sub-Saharan Africa

 

In collaboration with Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Dr. Le adapted the Mothers and Babies Course for pregnant women and mothers with children under age 2, based on input from informant interviews with staff and perinatal women. Pregnant women, postpartum mothers with their infants, and other caregivers (e.g., grandmothers) participate in the Mothers and Babies Course alongside an intervention focused on early childhood development.  These interventions take place in the Neighbor Women’s Groups in the women’s respective villages in Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana, and Zimbabwe. Preliminary findings indicate positive reductions in maternal depression and uptake of early stimulation behaviors. See also: https://www.crs.org/stories/supporting-mothers-western-kenya.


Prevention of perinatal depression in women in Spain: An international collaboration

Project Goal: To examine the feasibility of integrating screening for prenatal depression and evaluating the Mothers and Babies Course as a preventive intervention for depression for pregnant high-risk women in two-hospital clinics in Madrid and Oviedo, Spain. This work was initially funded by the GWU’s Global Women’s Institute. Also, see http://blogs.uned.es/mbc/.

Investigators: Dr. Mimi Le, Dr. Maria Fe Rodríguez Muñoz, Dr. Christina Soto-Balbuena 

 
 

Adaptation and Pilot Study of the Heart2Heart Intervention for Women Pregnant with a Fetus Diagnosed with Congenital Heart Disease: Perinatal Distress and Mindfulness Outcomes (Dissertation) 

  • Student Researcher: Melissa Julian 

  • Project Goal: The purpose of this study is to develop a new psychological intervention for women carrying fetuses with congenital heart disease (CHD) and to present the feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary efficacy results of the intervention in reducing depression, anxiety, and perceived stress, with a focus on mindfulness components. 

 

 


Understanding Healthcare Providers' Perspectives on Perinatal Depression and Perinatal Mental Health Services in Rural Kenya

  • Student Researcher: Kantoniony Rabemananjara  

  • Project Goal: This qualitative study seeks to gain the perspectives of healthcare providers (HCP) on Perinatal Depression (PD) and related mental health services to help inform the development of a screening program and interventions for PD in a new prenatal clinic in rural Kenya. 

 

Presentation

Poster Presentation

Second-year clinical psychology doctoral student, Melissa Julian, presented her Second Year Project about resilience resources on postpartum depression at the Marce of North America (MONA) Perinatal Mental Health Conference in October 2019

Second-year clinical psychology doctoral student, Melissa Julian, presented research findings at the Marce of North America