Our research has examined the acceptability and efficacy of group and individual versions of the Mothers & Babies intervention in multiple settings that serve pregnant women and new moms.

Mothers & Babies Efficacy

Three randomized controlled trials (RCTs) have provided evidence of the efficacy of the Mothers & Babies Program (MB). These RCTs have demonstrated that MB – when implemented in a group format and led by a trained mental health professional (e.g., clinical social worker) – leads to fewer new cases of clinical depression, reductions in depressive symptoms, and improved mood management. One of these RCTs was done with low-income Latinas receiving prenatal care at a Federally-Qualified Health Center. The most recent RCT was conducted with women enrolled in home visiting programs.

More About Efficacy

Our Research Team

Mothers and Babies Researchers at Northwestern University

Darius Tandon, PhD

Associate Professor, Medical Social Sciences
Associate Director, Center for Community Health

Erin Ward, MA, MSW

Clinical Research Associate

Jaime Hamil, MPH

Research Project Manager

Alicia Diebold, MSW

Research Project Coordinator

Aria Degillio, BA

Research Assistant


Dana Zakieh, BA

Research Assistant

Jessica Jensen, MPH

Research Project Manager

Melissa Segovia, MS

Research Project Coordinator

Molly McGown, MPH, MA

Research Project Coordinator

Cindy Jimenez, BA

Research Assistant


Our MB Collaborators

Huynh-Nhu (Mimi) Le, Ph.D.
The Mothers and Babies: Mood and Health Research Program
George Washington University

Deborah Perry, Ph.D.
Georgetown University
Center for Child and Human Development
Ricardo F. Muñoz, Ph.D.
Latino Mental Health Research Program
University of California San Francisco
Palo Alto University
Alinne Barrera, Ph.D.
Palo Alto University

Tamar Mendelson, Ph.D.
Johns Hopkins University

Gone but not forgotten

We would like to thank the following people for their support of the Mothers and Babies Program, through their efforts as former MB Research Staff and Interns.

Laura Campbell, MBA, MPH, Research Project Coordinator
Buthaina Hakamy, MBBS, Research Assistant
Isabel Munoz, MPH, Research Assistant
Jesus Solano-Martinez, BA, Research Assistant

Current and Past Interns:
Asia Ashford
Cristina Barkowski
Aris Brown
Channon Campbell
Anna Cohen
Carlie Cope
Abigail Fate
Mariana Isaac
Norah Kilpatrick
Kenneth Lim
Kiernan McVay
Sarani Pachalla
Hee Jin Park
Katherine Tangen


We would like to thank the Robert R. McCormick Foundation for their support of the Mothers and Babies Program, including the development of this website.

The ongoing support and collaboration of the State of Illinois Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development has made our work with Illinois Home Visiting Programs possible, in cooperation with the Illinois Children’s Mental Health Partnership.

We are committed to improving the lives of women, children and families through rigorous research addressing perinatal mental health, made possible by our generous sponsors: ASCEND, The Aspen Institute; Florida Association of Healthy Start Coalitions, Friends of Prentice; Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation; the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute; and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The Mothers and Babies Program Team is part of The Center for Community Health at Northwestern University‘s Institute for Public Health and Medicine.

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