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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.

Level of Counselor Self-Efficacy and the Ability to Recognize Treatment Barriers Experienced by Mental Health Professionals in Working with Postpartum Depression Clients

Primary Researcher: Katherine Tomiczek, MA, LMFT , Doctoral Candidate

This research is being conducted by Katherine J. Tomiczek who is a student in the College of Counseling, Psychology, and Social Sciences at Argosy University Online working on a dissertation. This study is a requirement to fulfill the researcher’s degree and will not be used for decision-making by any organization.

Participation is comprised of completing two consecutive surveys.  Participation will take approximately ten minutes.  To participate one will need to have treated at least one client with symptoms of or a diagnosis of Postpartum Depression.  Data collection will conclude on February 28 2017.

Participate in the Study


Are you currently in your second or third trimester of pregnancy?

If so, your participation in research may benefit the field of clinical psychology by helping researchers and clinical practitioners better understand women’s emotional experiences during pregnancy. If you are willing to participate, you will be asked to complete an anonymous online survey that consists of several questionnaires. All of your responses will remain confidential, and the contact information of researchers will be provided should you have any questions or concerns regarding the study. This study has been reviewed in accordance with La Salle University Institutional Review Board (IRB) guidelines.

Link: http://lasalle.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_5cOgMiWvq0LPLmd

Thank you for your time. We appreciate your interest, as well as your consideration in participating in this study.

Victoria Hartman
Department of Psychology
La Salle University


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.

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