As part of the Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research, the Stress and Health in Pregnancy Research Program studies how psychosocial factors (stress, social support, and depressed mood) affect health during pregnancy and postpartum, including risk of preterm delivery and postpartum depression. Our studies focus primarily on how stress may increase risk of negative health outcomes by affecting the immune system using psychoneuroimmunology research models.
A central focus of our research is racial disparties in preterm birth. We are also examining maternal factors (e.g., stress, obesity) during pregnancy and postpartum which affect health in infants and toddlers.
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