Health Services Research

The PERC Center is engaged in CDC, NIH, PCORI, and foundation funded research projects with a range of collaborators at non-profit organizations, academic institutions, and healthcare organizations. Projects aim to improve our understanding of how to best improve access to quality and timely mental health and substance use care for perinatal individuals.

Current projects:

  • MInD study, A Dyadic Approach to Perinatal Depression Treatment in Primary Care: Studying the effect of a parenting intervention to learn more about treatment and support for families affected by depression and anxiety in pregnancy. Funding: National Institute of Mental Health. Learn more through our recruitment flier.
  • Roadmap for Evaluating Access Programs: Developing best practices in evaluating programs that seek to increase access to PMH care. Funding: CDC. Learn more about how to get involved in this study. Learn more through our recruitment fliers (for providers and for patients).

Past projects:

  • MITHRA study, Mobile Mental Health in Community-Based Organizations A Stepped Care Approach to Women’s Mental Health: Developing and testing the feasibility of a mobile-based app (MITHRA) in CBOs in rural India to screen, track and treat perinatal depression. Funding: National Institute of Mental Health.
  • Leveraging texting to support maternal wellbeing in the perinatal period study: Single blind randomized pilot evaluation study to measure the feasibility and preliminary effectiveness of the text based mentoring program, NurtureNW. Funding: the Garvey Institute.
  • Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders: Building the Capacity of Birth Doulas to Improve Access to Care and Outcomes for Parents and Babies: A mixed methods analysis to understand the behavioral health needs of doula clients, and the behavioral health training needs of doulas, to conduct a pilot implementation of a training or intervention and to assess the impact of the training or intervention. Funding: Institute of Translational Health Sciences.

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