Maternal Well-Being Study

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. 

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


Mother and baby