HPA Stress Reactivity and Genetic Influences in Postpartum Depression (PPD)

Principal Investigators: Samantha Meltzer-Brody, MD, MPH

Study Brief: The purpose of this research study is two-fold: 1) to study in women who have had children how the body reacts to two different types of stress, a psychological stress and a biological stress which may lead to knowledge that will aid identification, prevention and/or early treatment of women with PPD, and 2) to learn about possible genetic factors associated with postpartum depression.

You may be qualified if the following applies to you:

  • Between 12 – 24  months postpartum and one of the following:
    • history of PPD, or
    • history of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), or
    • No history of either PPD or MDD
    • Currently euthymic
    • In good health with regular menstrual cycles

Exclusion criteria:

  • Past or current diagnoses of bipolar disorder, postpartum psychosis
  • Currently breastfeeding
  • History of a serious medical illness
  • Currently on antidepressants

Point of Contact: For more information, contact Brenda Pearson, LCSW at 919-843-8084, or email at bpearson@med.unc.edu

Compensation Available:< Parking vouchers and $150 compensation