Women’s Health research focuses on the areas of:
- Health services outcome
- Patient-provider communication
- Behavioral health and alternative medicine
General women’s health research addresses best practices for improving the quality and cost-effectiveness of women’s care and health services delivery. Specific areas of interest include interventions for intimate partner violence and improved patient-provider communication. A major research focus, in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh’s Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, includes evaluation and treatment of women’s mental health, emphasizing the use of antidepressants by women with postpartum depression, and the impact of treatment on maternal role and infant development.
Descriptive and interventional studies also center on holistic health research, including behavioral, complementary, and alternative medicines. Research into complementary and alternative medicine includes mind-body approaches, such as guided imagery and hypnosis, herbal medicines, and alternative medical practice, including traditional Chinese medicine (acupuncture, herbs).