Research is sorely needed to investigate innovative approaches to maternal mental health promotion amongst Black women, who have the highest rates of adverse maternal health outcomes (e.g., maternal mortality), lower utilization of and access to prenatal care, and significant lifetime and chronic stress exposure that increases the risk of maternal depression.
Through a survey of Black women throughout the United States, this project aims to answer the question: How well are digital health platforms meeting the mental health needs of Black women, and how can they be designed to better meet their needs?
This project is funded through a seed grant from Georgia Tech.
Principal Investigator: Dr. Andrea Parker
Co-Investigators: Dr. Rasheeta Chandler & Dr. Natalie Hernandez
In another project, we are using mixed methods (surveys, social media analyses, and hair cortisol and skin conductance response measurement) to measure the burden to Black mothers of the chronic stress of dual pandemics: structural racism and discrimination (SRD) and COVID 19.
This project is funded through a grant from the NIH.
Principal Investigator: Dr. Natalie Hernandez
Co-Investigators: Dr. Rasheeta Chandler, Dr. Andrea Parker & Dr. Sierra Carter