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Clinical Science Brown Bag Series

Tuesday, October 31, 2017,
  • Location: Wilson Hall • 111 21St Ave S • Nashville, TN 37240
  • Room: 316

Steven Brunwasser, PhD

Department of Medicine

Vanderbilt University

Reducing the burden of perinatal psychopathology in an academic medical system: Toward an integrated care program

Mental health disorders, particularly depression and anxiety, are among the most common health conditions complicating pregnancy and the first year postpartum (collectively, the perinatal period). Perinatal stress and psychopathology have been linked to a variety of lasting health complications in both mothers and their exposed offspring. The costs attributed to perinatal psychopathology are enormous, with the majority of the burden attributed to poor health outcomes in exposed children. In this talk, I will describe a research program aimed at reducing the burden of perinatal psychopathology at Vanderbilt. The program has three primary objectives: (1) improving identification of high-risk pregnancies and service-linkage, (2) identifying biobehavioral mechanisms by which prenatal psychopathology affects the developing fetus and confers risk for lasting health complications, and (3) preventing perinatal psychopathology by embedding mental health services within prenatal care practices. This talk will emphasize the importance of interdisciplinary collaborations in advancing scientific discovery and progressing toward translation of clinical research findings in the framework of a learning health care system.