WHAT IF YOU WERE ADDICTED TO OPIOIDS—AND PREGNANT?
Opioid abuse among pregnant women has reached epidemic proportions. We are improving health care and outcomes for women at risk—from the expectant mom recovering from addiction to the new mom suffering from depression.
Spotlight on: POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION
About one in nine women in the U.S. experiences symptoms of postpartum depression.
Postpartum depression is a condition that affects new mothers. Symptoms include:
- Mood swings
- Suicidal thoughts
WHAT MAGEE SCIENTISTS ARE DOING
- We are studying ways to improve access to affordable, quality health care for women, especially women at risk.
- We are exploring the link between the health of the pregnant mother and the long-term health for both mother and child.
- We are evaluating the use of antidepressants with postpartum depression and whether this affects the mother or baby.
Clinical Research & Trials
For over two decades, we have dedicated our clinical research studies and clinical trials to improving the health care of women, men, and infants everywhere. Our research would not be possible without the generous participation of many study volunteers.Learn More
Dr. Elizabeth Krans’ research examines the relationship between obstetric health care utilization and maternal and neonatal outcomes in women with psychosocial risk factors such as substance abuse. Her specific areas of research include improving health care delivery to pregnant women with opioid use disorder and improving the efficiency and effectiveness of prenatal care delivery for women with multiple psychosocial risk factors.
Dr. Judy Chang’s research focuses on the intersection between women — in the context of their lives, sociocultural influences, and interpersonal relationships — and the health services used, offered, and needed. A key aspect of Dr. Chang’s research is exploring physician-patient communication in obstetric care, with the goal of identifying and promoting communication styles that facilitate positive behavioral change.
Dr. John Harris
Dr. John Harris strives to improve healthcare for women through understanding and improving how healthcare systems work. His research focuses on how the health care system can improve care for women with obesity, particularly when patients also have a disability or severe illness. His work has looked at preventive and end-of-life care, and he is presently investigating long-term care, particularly nursing home care.