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Women and Infants Mental Health Program


The Women and Infants Mental Health (WIMH) Program was born out of research aimed at improving understanding of Mood Disorders in women throughout the lifespan, such as:

  • improving detection and treatment of untreated depression and anxiety during the childbearing years
  • improving access to effective treatments for perinatal depression/anxiety
  • understanding how treated versus un-treated depression and anxiety impacts women and their children
  • understanding the neurobiological and psychological interplay between mothers and their children

The WIMH Program research team is comprised of faculty, trainees, and staff from Psychiatry, Psychology, Obstetrics / Gynecology, Social Work, Pediatrics, Neurology, and Public Health. However, without the help and collaboration of women and their families who choose to participate in research, our improved understanding of mental health issues would not be possible. If you are interested in participating in research with our program, please call the Department of Psychiatry’s Mental Health Research Line at (734) 232-0255, where staff are available to match you to appropriate studies and answer your questions about research. You may also wish to search for studies seeking participants on the website.

Learn more about the different research areas in which the WIMH Program specializes, including research activity and relevant publications/literature:

Depression, Anxiety, and Trauma

Parenting and Fatherhood

Infant Mental Health and Outcomes

Sleep and Circadian Rhythms across the Life Cycle

Brain and Behavior/Imaging Studies

Screening, Access to Care, and Clinical Outcomes