Although rates of depression are continuing to rise among low-income ethnic minority women and their children, preventive screening practices in this population are rare. The goal of the Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies Project was to identify women at high imminent risk for depression during pregnancy and to determine biological and psychosocial factors associated with increased depression risk.
This project was a collaboration between PRO-Health, UCI collaborators, and local prenatal organizations in Los Angeles County and was funded by the National Institute on Mental Health (PI: Urizar; M-RISP Subproject Award, R24 MH073882).
Urizar, G., Yim, I.S., Kofman, Y.B., Tilka, N., Miller, K., Freche, R., & Johnson, A. (in press). Ethnic differences in stress-induced cortisol responses: Increased risk for depression during pregnancy. Biological Psychology. (link)
Amirkhan, J.H., Urizar, G., & Clark, S. (2015). Criterion validation of a stress measure: The Stress Overload Scale. Psychological Assessment, 27(3), 985-996. (link)