Changes in Infant Emotion Regulation Following Maternal Treatment for Postpartum Depression

Tuesday, April 11, 2023, 2:00 pm EDT
Meet the Scientist - April 2023

Postpartum depression affects up to 1 in 5 mothers and is associated with elevated rates of emotional, behavioral, and cognitive problems in offspring. It may have particularly negative effects on infant emotion regulation - the ability to modify emotions in the service of future goals. Emotion regulation plays a key role in the transmission of risk from mothers to offspring and is an important predictor of mental health across the lifespan. This webinar will discuss the results of a BBRF-funded study that examined the impact of cognitive behavioral therapy for postpartum depression on observed and neurophysiological markers of infant emotion regulation and the transmission of regulatory support from mothers to infants.

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Presented by 
Ryan J. Van Lieshout, M.D., Ph.D., FRCPC
Ryan J. Van Lieshout, M.D., Ph.D., FRCPC

Canada Research Chair in the Perinatal Programming of Mental Disorders

Albert Einstein/Irving Zucker Chair in Neuroscience

Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences

Cor Member, Offord Centre for Child Studies

MD/PhD Program Director

Interim Director of the Graduate Program in Neurosciences

McMaster University, Canada

2015 Young Investigator Grant

Dr. Van Lieshout is the Canada Research Chair in the Perinatal Programming of Mental Disorders, the Albert Einstein/Irving Zucker Chair in Neuroscience at McMaster, Interim Director of the Graduate Program in Neurosciences at McMaster, and a psychiatrist at the Women's Health Concerns Clinic at SJHH where he sees women struggling with mental health problems during pregnancy and the postpartum period.

His primary research interests are in the developmental origins of adult disease and in particular the perinatal programming of psychiatric disorders. To date, this has focused on examining links between maternal pre-pregnancy overweight/obesity and mental health in offspring, as well as associations between being born at extremely low birth weight and later psychopathology.

He is also interested in the diagnosis and treatment of psychopathology during pregnancy and the early postpartum period, and the impact these disorders and their treatments have on neurodevelopmental outcomes (including psychiatric risk) in offspring.

Moderated by 
Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D.
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation

President and CEO

Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D., serves as the President & CEO of the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, the largest private funder of mental health research grants. Dr. Borenstein developed the Emmy-nominated public television program “Healthy Minds,” and serves as host and executive producer of the series. The program, broadcast nationwide, is available online, and focuses on topics in psychiatry in order to educate the public, reduce stigma and offer a message of hope. Dr. Borenstein also serves as Editor-in-Chief of Psychiatric News, the newspaper of the American Psychiatric Association.

Dr. Borenstein is a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and serves as the Chair of the Section of Psychiatry at the Academy. He also has served as the President of the New York State Psychiatric Association. Dr. Borenstein earned his undergraduate degree at Harvard and his medical degree at New York University.