SMART Moms Program

SMART Moms LogoChronic stress experienced during pregnancy can lead to significant long-term health problems for mothers and their infants. The SMART Moms (Stress Management And Relaxation Training for Moms) Program is a prenatal stress management program designed to regulate the stress hormone cortisol among low-income women and their infants.


This program is a collaboration between PRO-Health and local prenatal clinics in Long Beach, as well as faculty at UCLA and UCI, and was funded by the National Institute on Child Health and Human Development (PI: Urizar; SC2 HD068878).


Urizar, G., Caliboso, M., Gearhart, C., Yim, I.S., & Dunkel Schetter, C. (2019). Process evaluation of a stress management program for low-income pregnant women: The SMART Moms/Mamás LÍSTAS Project. Health Education & Behavior, 46(6), 930-941. (link)


Urizar, G., Yim, I.S., Rodriguez, A., & Dunkel Schetter, C. (2019). The SMART Moms Program: A randomized trial of the impact of stress management on perceived stress and cortisol in low-income pregnant women. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 104, 174-184. (link)


Kuhlman, K., Urizar, G., Robles, T., Yim, I.S., & Dunkel Schetter, C. (2019). Testing plausible biopsychosocial models in diverse community samples: Common pitfalls and strategies. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 107, 191-200. (link)


Sanchez Hernandez, H., Urizar, G., & Yim, I.S. (2019). The influence of mindfulness and social support on stress reactivity during pregnancy. Stress & Health, 35(3), 330-340. (link)


Scheyer, K., & Urizar, G. (2016). Altered stress patterns and increased risk for postpartum depression among low-income pregnant women. Archives of Women’s Mental Health, 19, 317-328. (link)