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

Mothers & Babies Evaluation

Mothers & Babies Teams have been evaluating outcomes and implementation of the intervention using surveys sent to patient/client recipients as well as implementing staff members and MB facilitators. Study designs include randomized controlled trials (RCTs) in clustered phases or stepped-wedge implementation, staff training evaluations with 6-month follow-up surveys, staff competencies/self-efficacy surveys, cost-effectiveness measures, using administrative data to track adoption and MB dosage, and fidelity monitoring. Client mental health outcomes and changes in depressive symptoms over time are always assessed alongside program implementation.

If you are interested in evaluating the program at your implementing site or bringing a comprehensive MB research intervention to your FQHC, private clinic, home visiting program, WIC site or educational facility, contact Erin Ward at or leave a message through our Contact Us page. Some sample surveys are available upon request or at

For research articles and details about the program’s Efficacy and Effectiveness, click the icon below:

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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

Cristina Barkowski, BA

Research Assistant

Dana Zakieh, BA

Research Assistant

Jessica Johnson, MPH

Research Project Manager

Melissa Segovia, MS

Research Project Coordinator

Molly McGown, MPH, MA

Research Project Coordinator



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

Previous Staff Members and Interns

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
Aria DeGillio, BA, Research Assistant
Mya Carter, MPH, Research Assistant
Isabel Munoz, MPH, Research Assistant
Buthaina Hakamy, MBBS, Research Assistant
Cindy Jimenez, BA, Research Assistant
Jesus Solano-Martinez, BA, Research Assistant
Florencia Romero, BS, Research Assistant

Current and Past Interns:

Nadezh Mulholland
Cristina Barkowski
Katie Michel
Maegan Ramchal
Channon Campbell
Hee Jin Park
Sarani Pachalla
Carlie Cope
Norah Kilpatrick
Abigail Fate
Anna Cohen
Asia Ashford
Mariana Isaac
Kenneth Lim
Kiernan McVay


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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