Dr. Jodi Pawluski is a Neuroscientist and Therapist supporting peripartum mental health. She received her PhD in Neuroscience from The University of British Columbia in 2007 after completing a Master of Arts in Psychology at the University of Toronto in 2003. Recently she has completed a certificate in the practice of psychotherapy. She is currently a researcher at the University of Rennes 1 in France and a therapist offering online therapy to those in need. For over a decade her research has focused on the neuroscience of motherhood and the role of maternal mental illness and antidepressant medications on the brain and behavior of the mother and developing offspring. One key theme that has come from her research is that effective treatment to maintain maternal mental health is necessary. She regularly speaks nationally and internationally about her research findings and publishes her work in scientific journals. She is on the editorial board of journals such as Archives of Women’s Mental Health (Springer) and is an advocate for increasing awareness on how the brain is affected by pregnancy and motherhood during health and disease. She is thrilled to be part of CPMHC to ensure that a national perinatal mental health strategy is put in place. No mother should be without the support that she needs. (twitter: @JodiPawluski / insta: @jodi.pawluski / http://www.jodipawluski.com)
Dr. Hicks is a social worker, researcher, clinician, yoga & meditation teacher specialized in perinatal and infant mental health. She began this work in Windsor, ON and is now Research Faculty at the Renée Crown Wellness Institute at the University of Colorado – Boulder. She completed a dual-title PhD in Social Work and Infant Mental Health at Wayne State University, including a year-long clinical internship at the University of Michigan with their Reproductive Psychiatry Team. She subsequently completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at University of Denver focused on utilizing interpersonal therapy with depressed pregnant women and how this may mitigate the intergenerational transmission of risk of depression to their infants. Her work specifically focuses on investigating resiliency factors and interventions (specifically mindfulness-based) that improve wellbeing during pregnancy and postpartum for the whole family system. She is passionate about supporting ways to integrate evidence-based methods into behavioral health settings, ensuring that no family is left behind. This not only includes trans-disciplinary collaborations, but also developing and disseminating interventions that are culturally relevant, trauma-informed and most of all useful and effective to ALL parents and their children. As a social worker, she works to translate her research findings to policy and system-level change. She brings the unique perspective of working within health care systems within Canada and the United States.