School of Nursing receives NIH grant to study an app for pregnant and postpartum women
The School of Nursing received a $2.3 million grant from the National
Institutes of Health to build on use of a promising app-based approach
for preventing and reducing perinatal depressive symptoms.
Patricia Kinser, Ph.D., WHNP-BC, RN, FNAP, FAAN, associate professor, is the principle investigator of the five-year project, “‘Mamma Mia’: A multisite randomized controlled trial of an internet-based program for preventing and reducing perinatal depressive symptoms.”
The web-based intervention “Mama Mia” has been developed and tested in Norway. Kinser will lead a team in building on this work by evaluating an adapted version through a multi-site randomized controlled trial in a large group of diverse women in the U.S. If successful, the project has the potential to change self-management of perinatal depressive symptoms because it is practical, internet-based and low-cost.