New Study to focus on a multi-disciplinary approach to Maternal Depression

Cynthia Connelly, director of nursing research at USD’s Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, is leading a $3.1 million, five-year study to identify and treat maternal depression. Funded by the National Institutes of Health, her Perinatal Mental Health Project is the recipient of the largest single grant in the university’s history.

“The various academies — the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Nursing, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists — all support using screening as a part of the practice,” says Connelly. “But there are terrible cost constraints and time constraints that undermine the best intentions.”

Can I just say YAY for now? I’ll definitely be writing more about this study but right now, neither of the kids are napping and my eyes are not staying open on their own very well. But overall I am excited about the potential for this study and can’t wait to share more thoughts!

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