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.
Our Mothers and Babies team has conducted a variety of research studies that examine intervention impact on maternal and child health and intervention implementation. Research-to-date has shown that Mothers and Babies is effective in preventing the onset of major depression and reducing depressive symptoms. Mothers and Babies was recently highlighted by the United States Preventive Services Task Force as effective in preventing postpartum depression. See the article detailing their recommendation here.
Importantly, our research has also demonstrated that women receiving Mothers and Babies understand intervention material and find the skills useful in their daily lives. Providers delivering Mothers and Babies—both mental health professionals and individuals without formal mental health training (e.g., home visitors) have demonstrated excellent fidelity when implementing.
For more information on results from previous Mothers and Babies studies, click on the Effectiveness button below. Here you will find a list of publications that describe effectiveness and implementation outcomes from our Mothers and Babies research.
For providers and agencies interested in adding an evaluation component to their implementation of Mothers and Babies, click on the Research Resources button below. Here you will find a list of different assessments that can be used to assess various client (e.g., depressive symptoms, perceived stress) and implementation (e.g., fidelity) outcomes.
For a list of current and recently completed Mothers and Babies projects, click on the Current/Past Research button below. Here you will find a short description of each of our current and recently completed studies as well as a contact person to receive more information about each project.
Mothers and Babies Researchers at Northwestern University
Darius Tandon, PhD
Associate Professor, Medical Social Sciences
Erin Ward, MA, MSW
Clinical Research Associate
Jaime Hamil, MPH
Research Project Manager
Alicia Diebold, MSW
Research Data Analyst
Dana Zakieh, BA
Cristina Barkowski, BA
Jessica Johnson, MPH
Sr Program Administrator
Research Project Coordinator
Aiko Lovejoy, BA
Tiffany Madison, BS
Tamar Mendelson, Ph.D.
Johns Hopkins University
We would like to thank the following people for their support of the Mothers and Babies Program, through their efforts as former staff and interns with Team MB!
Molly McGown, MPH, MA, Research Project Coordinator
Aria DeGillio, BA, Research Assistant
Buthaina Hakamy, MBBS, Research Assistant
Cindy Jimenez, BA, Research Assistant
Florencia Romero, BS, Research Assistant
Isabel Munoz, MPH, Research Assistant
Jesus Solano-Martinez, BA, Research Assistant
Laura Campbell, MBA, MPH, Research Project Coordinator
Melissa Segovia, BA, MS, Research Project Coordinator
Mya Achike, MPH, Research Assistant
Emma Gier, MPH candidate
Katherine Cohen, MPH candidate
Virlyn Collantes, MSW candidate
Hee Jin Park
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.