The Health-Omics & Perinatal Epidemiology (HOPE) Research Group focuses on maternal perinatal mental health and the developmental origins of mental health.

We seek to better understand individual differences in maternal perinatal mental health and identify the molecular processes that underlie the persisting influence of the prenatal environment on child/adolescent neurodevelopment.

Learn more about ongoing projects here.

HOPE is based at the Yale Child Study Center and the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences within the Yale School of Medicine.

Learn more about the team here.

Why do we care? 

Mental health conditions are the most common medical complications during pregnancy.

The stigma surrounding perinatal mental illness prevents individuals from seeking help.

Suicide and overdose are the leading causes of death in the first year postpartum.

75% of pregnant individuals with mental health complications go untreated.

Neurodevelopment begins in the womb.

The prenatal environment influences health across the lifespan.




National Maternal Mental Health Hotline