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Northwestern Researchers Instrumental in Developing New Guidelines to Prevent Depression During and After Pregnancy

Drs. Darius Tandon and Melissa Simon​, two directors of centers within the Institute for Public Health and Medicine (IPHAM) at Northwestern, participated in the development of new recommendations to prevent perinatal depression, especially for women with certain risk factors. The recommendations were put out by the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) and were published in JAMA. 

Dr. Simon is a member of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Dr. Tandon is the principal investigator of the “Mothers and Babies” program, which conducted a number of studies that informed the development of the guidelines.

The new recommendations were reported on widely, including coverage by the New York Times and Reuters Health. Additionally, three researchers from IPHAM authored an editorial about the prevention of perinatal depression and the new USPSTF recommendations in JAMA Psychiatry.