Sona Dimidjian, PhD

Dr. Sona Dimidjian is the Director of The Renée Crown Wellness Institute and Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her research focuses on cultivating mental health and well-being among women, children, families, and communities. She studies the impact of behavioral approaches and contemplative practices, such as mindfulness meditation, in healthcare and educational settings. Her work focuses on key developmental transitions, such as the perinatal period, early childhood, and adolescence. She also has a longstanding interest in expanding access to effective care using both digital technology and community-based partnership. She is the recipient of numerous awards acknowledging her teaching and clinical research. She received her BA in Psychology from the University of Chicago and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Washington.

Lee S. Cohen, MD

Dr. Cohen is Director of The Ammon-Pinizzotto Center for Women’s Mental Health at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is also the Edmund and Carroll Carpenter Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He completed his residency training and fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He is a national and international leader in the field of women’s mental health and was among the founders of the field of Perinatal and Reproductive Psychiatry.  His work spans the domains of research, teaching and clinical care in the area of treatment of mood and anxiety disorders with subspecialty interest in psychiatric disorders associated with female reproductive function. These include psychiatric disorders during pregnancy and the post-partum period and mental health. The research which he conducts and oversees has helped to inform the care of patients who suffer from psychiatric illness.

Sherryl Goodman, PhD

Dr Goodman is a Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Psychology at Emory University with a secondary appointment as Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emory University School of Medicine.  Dr. Goodman recently served as Editor of the Journal of Abnormal Psychology. She currently serves as Director of Graduate Studies in her department. Her research interests, grounded in the field of developmental psychopathology, primarily concern the mechanisms by which mothers with depression may transmit psychopathology to their children and how to prevent or treat depression that occurs during the perinatal time period. In close collaboration with colleagues, graduate and undergraduate students, she currently directs research on: (a) depression in mothers as an early life stress for infants, (b) vulnerabilities to depression in children of depressed mothers, and (c) interventions to prevent and treat perinatal depression.

Kalin Ellison

Kalin is one of the team members at Massachusetts General Hospital, who will be conducting your five phone interviews throughout the study. She graduated from Cornell University in 2019 with a major in Human Biology, Health, and Society, and a minor in global health. Kalin is passionate about improving the intersection of reproductive health and mental health for all women. In her free time, Kalin loves singing, playing the piano, and exploring Boston.

Eileen Nolan

Eileen is one of the team members at Massachusetts General Hospital, who you may speak with during your screening call or any of the five study interviews. Eileen graduated from Boston University in 2019 with degrees in biology and health science. She is particularly interested in promoting equitable access to mental health care and social support for new and expectant mothers. Eileen has also participated in academic programs in Ireland and Lebanon focused on public health, and she loves to travel, stay active, and solve crossword puzzles in her free time.

Katherine Dunn

Katherine is one of the team members at Massachusetts General Hospital who you may speak with during your five study interviews. She graduated from Brown University in 2020 with a concentration in Neuroscience. Katherine is passionate about studying the intersection of neuropsychiatry and women’s reproductive health as well as promoting mental health equity. In her spare time, Katherine enjoys hiking, photography, and horseback riding.

Margaux Kanamori

Margaux is a sophomore at Williams College majoring in Psychology and English, and she is interning with the MGH Center for Women’s Mental Health during the Fall of 2020. She is a member of the Berkshire Doula Project and an editor for the Williams Literary Review, and she has experience working in community outreach for her school. She also enjoys spending time singing in her A Capella group on campus and playing the violin. In the future, she hopes to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology and is interested in counseling work and women’s reproductive health.

Laurel Hicks

Laurel is one of the coaches for the Mindful Mood Balance for Moms online program and is part of the University of Colorado-Boulder study team. You will talk to her during your randomization call to find out which group you will be in for the study. Laurel went to Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. She is passionate about improving wellness for all people during pregnancy and the postpartum period. Laurel loves doing yoga, hiking, and cuddling with her yorkie, Ginger.

Natalie Coleman

Natalie is one of the research assistants on the UPWARD study and is part of the University of Colorado Boulder team. You may talk to her during your screening call or enrollment. She is passionate about women’s mental health and motivated to increase access to quality care. Natalie has her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Colorado Boulder.  In her free time she loves traveling to new places, cooking and baking, and skiing.

Laurel Kordyban

Laurel is a research assistant working on the UPWARD Study as part of the University of Colorado team. You may talk to her during your screening call and your initial phone interview. Laurel attended the University of Wisconsin – Madison where she studied Neurobiology, Gender & Women’s Studies, and Global Health. She cares about empowering people in their health care decisions and ensuring equitable access to care.

Kelsey Phinney

Kelsey is a research assistant working on the UPWARD study as part of the University of Colorado team. You may have texted with her while scheduling your screening call and also spoken with her during your initial study phone interview. Kelsey attended Middlebury College where she studied Neuroscience, and she will be starting graduate school at the Colorado School of Public Health in the fall of 2020. Kelsey is passionate about working towards a healthcare system that offers affordable, accessible, equitable and prevention-based treatment options readily available to all. In her free time, she loves spending time in nature and making pen-and-ink drawings.

Heather Anne Harmon, MPH

Heather is Program Manager at the Ammon-Pinizzotto Center for Women’s Mental Health at MGH. She is responsible for ‘behind-the-scenes’ work, like data management, project reporting and this very website. She has previously worked in health policy, global health delivery, and research management, and received her MPH from the University of Michigan. She is passionate about advancing health equity among vulnerable populations, especially mothers and infants. In her free time, she crochets, cross-stitches, and tends her balcony garden.

Anne Fritzson

Anne is a Graduate Research Assistant on the UPWARD study, so you may have spoken with her during the initial study phone call. She is a Clinical Psychology graduate student at the University of Colorado Boulder and is passionate about the promotion of perinatal wellness, with a particular focus on affordable and accessible treatment options. Anne loves martial arts and spending time outside with her dog and her cat. Yes, she walks her cat!

Rachel Vanderkruik, PhD

Rachel is one of the coaches for the Mindful Mood Balance for Moms online program and is a Clinical Fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital. You may talk to her during your randomization call to find out which group you will be in for the study. Rachel is passionate about increasing access to evidence-based interventions and services through novel delivery methods (e.g., online platforms, peer delivery, and integrated care) and addressing disparities in mental health access and outcomes nationally and on a global scale.

Chris Mellinger, PhD

Dr. Chris Mellinger is a research associate at the Renée Crown Institute at the University of Colorado Boulder. As a social psychologist, his research interests focus on implicit measurement strategies for assessing stereotyping and prejudice. He is also interested in the way that group memberships affect that way that people think about themselves and others. Chris is primarily involved in analyzing data for the UPWARD project. In his spare time, Chris enjoys outdoor activities such as rock climbing, hiking, and camping.