Research Participants

Research is only possible with the help of dedicated families! We greatly appreciate your commitment and support.

We’re currently recruiting for the following studies:

The Roo Study examines potential effects of a mindfulness intervention, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), during pregnancy. MBCT connects women with training in skills that promote well-being, reduce mood symptoms, and improve emotional responding during pregnancy and postpartum. We collect data on mental stress and well-being during pregnancy, as well as infant brain development and well-being postpartum. We examine infant brain development with an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging). This data will provide important information on mood and stress during pregnancy, and how it relates to infant brain development. 

Learn more about our study by visiting our FAQ page. 

Funded by NIMH and Medical Research Foundation of Oregon.

To learn more about this study or to see if you may be eligible to participate, call the INSPIRE Lab at 503-494-4476, or e-mail maternalwellbeing@ohsu.edu.

Postpartum depression is a major public health concern, with consequences that can be enduring for women and their children. However, few evidence-based preventative interventions are available for women at high risk for developing postpartum depression.

The focus of the Maternal Well-Being Study is to connect women with training in skills that promote well-being, reduce mood symptoms, and improve emotional responding during pregnancy and postpartum. We are currently using neuroimaging (Magnetic Resonance Imaging or MRI) to examine how a mindfulness-based intervention, MBCT (Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy), for pregnant women who may be at heightened risk for developing depressive symptoms may work to reduce mood symptoms postpartum. 

Learn more about the study on our FAQ page.

Funded by the NIH (1R21AT010292-01) and Medical Research Foundation of Oregon.

To learn more about this study or to see if you may be eligible to participate, call the SCAN Lab at 503-494-4476, or e-mail maternalwellbeing@ohsu.edu.

The perinatal and postpartum period are periods of increased neuroplasticity. Changes to the structure and function of the brain during this critical period of time are thought to prepare individuals for responding and caring for their infants. For example, increases in reward responding may increase an individual’s connection to their infant. However, multiple pre-pregnancy and perinatal factors may influence how an individual’s brain changes during pregnancy and postpartum. We know little about how pre-pregnancy factors and postpartum experiences may impact changes in the structure and function of the brain over this extended period.

This study is part of a NIDA Center of Excellence with the University of Oregon. Our study within this Center is focused on examining cognitive and emotional processes in individuals from pregnancy through the first year postpartum and how these processes may be different in individuals who are in treatment for opioid use. Additionally, we want to understand how cognitive and emotional changes during the perinatal and postpartum periods are related to interactions between a parent and their infant. As part of the Center, we are engaged in an array of synergistic research with the goal of informing and implementing parenting interventions.

Funded by NIDA

iOPEN Study

The iOPEN Study is interested in working with pregnant women, their partners, and infants to learn more about pregnancy, parenting and infant brain development.

To learn more, visit our iOPEN page HERE

The COPE Study

Learn more about the COPE study here!