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Jodi L. Pawluski, PhD

  • Speaker Type: GOLD Perinatal 2019
  • Country: France

Dr. Pawluski is a researcher at the Research Institute for Environment and Occupational Health (Irset-Inserm UNR1085) at the University of Rennes 1, France. She obtained her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from The University of British Columbia in 2007 after obtaining a Master of Arts in Psychology from the University of Toronto in 2003. She was a postdoctoral fellow at The Child and Family Research Institute, at UBC, and continued postdoctoral training at the School for Mental Health and Neuroscience, Maastricht University, The Netherlands. From 2012-2014 she was a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Ohio University, USA. Dr. Pawluski has been an invited speaker at many international conferences over the past 10 years and she has over 50 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals. She has over 2000 citations (over 200 citations per year for the past four years). Dr. Pawluski is on the editorial board for Archives of Women’s Mental Health (Springer), Journal of Neuroendocrinology (Wiley) and Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy (Elsevier). She is a Fellow of the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society and is an advocate for increasing awareness about brain changes in parenting and how they may be related to peripartum mental illness.

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Parental Brain Plasticity: Implications for Peripartum Mental Illness
The parent-child relationship has a profound impact on society, yet our knowledge of neurobiological processes mediating the parent - child relationship are limited. We know that the transition to parenting is marked by pronounced effects on the physiology, neurobiology and behavior of the new parent. These effects are most pronounced in the mother during pregnancy and postpartum but are also evident in new fathers and are set in place to ensure that offspring survive. Unfortunately, during reproductive years, up to 20% of women around the globe will suffer from a perinatal mental illness, such as perinatal depression. These mental illnesses can markedly affect the brain, behavior and physiology of the mother and child and we have yet to determine how to effectively treat and ultimately treat these disorders. This presentation will provide a summary of the neurobiology of parenting and what we know about changes in the parental brain with mental illness. A discussion of treatment effects will also be provided. With increased research and awareness of the neurobiology of parenting we will be able to promote the health and well-being of mother and child.
Presentations: 15  |  Hours / CE Credits: 13.5  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks
Hours / CE Credits: 1 (details)  |  Categories: Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders