Research lays a foundation of knowledge for understanding psychopathology, mental health and the relationship between psychological factors and physical disease. Research also provides a body of evidence to guide clinical practice, including empirically validated methods to assess people and their problems and empirically supported methods of prevention and treatment.

Research findings should also identify those interventions that have been shown to be more effective than no treatment or alternative forms of treatment. Just as research informs clinical practice, clinical experiences provide a source of ideas and hypotheses for research. Research also provides ideas for new directions and applications for the field of clinical psychology, including links between clinical psychology and research in other behavioral, biological, and social sciences.

Therefore, Maternal Mental Health NOW is dedicated to:

(1) providing access to up-to-date empirical research articles for our health care community providers and to the women and families they serve; and

(2) supporting local research studies that focus on maternal mental health. This is important because, maternal mental health is a dynamic and fast-paced research field and you can help move the field forward with your participation!

We take a team approach to this effort. Our research subcommittee regularly updates the Training Institute’s materials and this webpage, in order to objectively maintain academic rigor and provide research opportunities to our community.

The six broad areas of research that we update include Screening, Interventions, Risks, Outcomes, Neurobiology and Disparities Research. We also include a research folder focused on our conference topic, which changes every 2 years. Please click on the links below for additional information, including abstracts and in some cases full-length articles.

Please contact the research subcommittee with any questions by emailing us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Research Requests: The research committee is looking for research participation opportunities to share with our members on the Maternal Mental Health NOW website. If you are involved with an Institutional Review Board (IRB) approved research study focused on maternal mental health that is recruiting reproductive aged women in 2020, please email the following to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.:

  1. Contact Info: University/College, name of team members
  2. A high quality PDF of your research flyer (with IRB number) and logo (as applicable)
  3. A brief (2 sentence) description of the population you seek, e.g.  pregnant women or mothers of 1-4 year olds

For an example, please click here.  The committee will review your materials and let you know whether the project will be showcased on the website.  

Research Participation: If you are interested in participating in local research studies, please click here for current opportunities. We make certain that all studies represented are certified by an Institutional Review Board (IRB) and are appropriate for our members. However, Maternal Mental Health Now does not endorse or financially support any of these studies and therefore has no vested interest. Apply to participate at your own risk/benefit.