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Current Research Announcements

Below are current research studies being conducted in the field of perinatal mental health. The PSI Research Committee has reviewed study summaries and ethical procedures, and have approved these studies for inclusion on our website.

  • If you have a research project relating to pregnancy, postpartum, or post-loss mental health, you can submit a request for us to include a summary of your project and a call for enrollment.
  • Write to us with questions at psioffice@postpartum.net.
  • Enroll in study? Please visit the link listed below.

New York City Study

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) wants to learn more about mothers who have been depressed after they have given birth (postpartum depression).Our goal is to learn about the needs of women who have experienced postpartum depression and their preferences for treatment.

We are interested in hearing your story. Your input will help DOHMH tailor and develop services for women in New York City. The project is being conducted by Global Strategy Group (GSG). Women that participate in a focus group will receive a thank you of $100. All responses and information will remain confidential.

If interested please call GSG at 212-235-6232 and ask for Quiana Cooper or e-mail Quiana at qcooper@globalstrategygroup.com by Friday, March 20th.

Thank you for your interest in this important project that may help improve the lives of New York City’s mothers and their families.

La Salle University Department of Psychology Call for Research

Are you pregnant? Are you interested in helping with research that will explore women’s physical and psychological experiences during pregnancy?

In order to better understand this unique period, it is important to get information directly from pregnant women.

This study, provided through La Salle University Department of Psychology, hopes to better understand the emotional experiences for women during pregnancy. If you are willing to participate, we will be asking you to complete various questionnaires today. We believe that your responses will help us to create a screening tool to be used in obstetric settings. All of your information and responses will remain confidential and contact information will be provided should you have any questions or concerns at the completion of the study (https://www.psychdata.com/s.asp?SID=156323).

Thank you for your consideration, we truly appreciate your interest and participation!


National Pregnancy Registry for Atypical Antipsychotics

The National Pregnancy Registry for Atypical Antipsychotics is dedicated to evaluating the safety of atypical antipsychotic medications that may be taken by women during pregnancy to treat a wide range of mood, anxiety, or psychiatric disorders. The goal of this Registry is to gather information on the safety of these medications during pregnancy, as current data is limited. All pregnant women ages 18-45 are eligible to enroll in the registry. The Registry website houses information for both participants and clinicians, including enrollment guidelines, resources on atypical antipsychotics, and notes on some of preliminary research findings. Please visit the website HERE for more information. 


 UNC Department of Psychiatry Research — Call for Participants

Have you given birth recently and are you depressed?
Doctors at UNC Chapel Hill are seeking women for a medical research study of an investigational drug for Postpartum Depression.

You may be eligible if you are:

  • Female between the ages of 18 and 45
  • Gave birth 2 weeks to 6 months ago
  • Currently experiencing depression after giving birth

This study requires a 4-day in-patient stay on the Perinatal Psychiatry Unit at UNC hospital. Participants will have their in-patient costs paid for by the research study and will receive up to $1300 for participation.

For additional information, please call Katie at 919-445-0218.
UNC School of Medicine

This study was approved 2/23/15 by the Committee on the Protection of the Rights of Human Subjects Biomedical Institutional Review Board, IRB# 14-0516, and sponsored by the UNC Department of Psychiatry.