WHAT WE DO
An overview of our work
Our clinicians deliver innovative treatments and are uniquely positioned to dramatically improve the health of mothers and their families in Washington and beyond.
Our Perinatal Telepsychiatry Clinic provides psychiatric assessments to pregnant and post-partum patients and consults with their healthcare providers, expanding access to mental health care in the age of COVID. Healthcare providers in Washington State are invited to refer their pregnant and post-partum patients who would benefit from a psychiatric assessment. Funded by the Perigee Fund.
877.725.4666 (PAL4MOM), weekdays 9 AM – 5 PM
Partnership Access Line for Moms (PAL for Moms) is a free consultation service offered to any health care provider in Washington State caring for people with mental health needs during and after pregnancy. Staffed by perinatal psychiatrists. Funded by the Washington State Health Care Authority.
Located at UWMC Roosevelt Clinic, this clinic offers preconception counseling, medication management and psychotherapy for psychiatric disorders during pregnancy and postpartum. Key practice principles include close collaboration with Obstetrics and Pediatrics and focus on the mother - baby dyad.
The Parent‐Child Assistance Program (PCAP) is an evidence‐based home visitation case‐management model for mothers who abuse alcohol or drugs during pregnancy. Its goals are to help mothers build healthy families and prevent future births of children exposed prenatally to alcohol and drugs.
RESEARCH AND EVALUATION
Investing in maternal-child mental health is one of the best ways to lessen the occurrence of mental health conditions in future generations. Our ongoing work focuses on making high inter-generational impact with relatively small improvements in care.
Maternal Infant Dyad – Implementation (MInD-I) Project: Implementing Collaborative Care for Vulnerable Perinatal Populations
The MInD-I project, is testing the effectiveness of a novel implementation strategy -- longitudinal remote consultation (LRC) -- to improve the implementation effectiveness of collaborative care for perinatal depression.
Depression Attention for Women Now (DAWN) in Yakima
A feasibility study to test if text messaging, videoconferencing, and other adaptations of Collaborative Care can improve depression care for women in rural health care settings. Pilot testing is taking place in an OB-GYN clinic in Yakima, Washington.
TRAINING AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
We take pride in training the next generation in maternal and child mental health issues.
Moms' Access Project (MAP) ECHO: Perinatal Psychiatry Case Conference Series
MAP ECHO: Perinatal Psychiatry Case Conference Series is a CME-accredited program for providers in Washington State who want to improve the mental health of their pregnant and postpartum patients.
The second year of MAP ECHO is beginning soon! This course is now full. If you are a physician, nurse practitioner or physician's assistant in primary care, family medicine, obstetrics, women's health, psychiatry, or mental health, and are interested in being added to the waitlist, please sign up here.
Open positions: Women's Mental Health Fellowship & Faculty Position
We are seeking applicants for our Women's Mental Health Fellowship and and for an Assistant or Associate Professor position in the Maternal Child Mental Health program.
Perinatal Psychiatry Pathway
We strive to develop the knowledge base and clinical skills of general psychiatry residents at the University of Washington in assessment and treatment of psychiatric symptoms during pregnancy, postpartum, and in women wishing to conceive.
Trauma-Focused Women’s Mental Health Elective
The Trauma-Focused Women’s Mental Health Elective at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System is a year-long rotation for fourth-year UW psychiatry residents. The purpose of the elective is to train residents to become experts in providing comprehensive, trauma-informed psychiatric care to women as part of a collaborative, interdisciplinary team. The core of the elective is direct clinical care with supervision from Katherine Michelsen, MD (Katherine.Michaelsen@va.gov) and Laura Laplante, MD (Laura.Laplante2@va.gov), faculty members with interest and expertise in women’s mental health. In addition to an overall focus on trauma, emphasis is on (a) understanding the impact of gender and the reproductive cycle on the course, manifestations, and management of psychiatric disorders; (b) identifying and reducing barriers to mental health treatment for women; (c) recognizing the effects of sociocultural gender roles and experiences on women’s mental health; and (d) developing an appreciation for the practice, benefits, and limitations of a collaborative care model in the female veteran population.
Perinatal Mental Health Site Visits
The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington believes that one of the best ways to improve perinatal mental health is to work with frontline providers who interact with pregnant and new moms on a daily basis. We are committed to making mental health care accessible for all women in WA state who experience mental health problems during pregnancy and postpartum and to do that, we need strong community partnerships.
Our perinatal psychiatrists are available to visit any practice in Washington state that supports women with perinatal mental health and substance use problems, or is thinking about doing so. Using an interactive approach, we provide a broad overview of best practices for depression screening as well as how best to follow up in the perinatal period. We can accommodate any size group and are happy to tailor our visit to the needs of your clinic. The site visit is free, and we provide continued support through our Perinatal Psychiatry Consultation Line, a free telephone consultation service for health care providers that offers consultation, recommendations and referrals to community resources from a UW psychiatrist with expertise in perinatal mental health.
We would love to learn from your experiences working with pregnant and new moms and are eager to help strengthen the mental health care of your patients. Together, we can provide effective mental health care for every woman who needs it. If you are interested, contact us using the form below.
DISSEMINATION AND IMPLEMENTATION
Our interdisciplinary and collaborative work promotes parental mental health, child development and joyful parent-child interactions.
Mom's Access Project (MAP)
Mom’s Access Project aims to develop a comprehensive database of perinatal mental health services available in Washington.
MOMCare offers an integrated team approach to mental health and depression care in pregnant and postpartum women by using a standardized depression severity assessment and tracking system to monitor the effectiveness of depression care over time.