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Margaret Howard, PhD
Margaret Howard, PhD
Professor of psychiatry, Brown University, Rhode Island, US
“Each woman has a unique set of experiences, but what unites them is that they are experiencing depression or another mood disorder at a time when there is a strong cultural expectation to be ‘happy’ (during pregnancy or after giving birth). Another thing that unites women with these conditions is a strong desire to become well. Thankfully, these conditions are very responsive to treatment, and it’s so satisfying for me to support my patients and help them recover.”
Areas of expertise
  • Perinatal mental health 
“What drives me in my professional life is a true desire to make a difference in the lives of pregnant and postpartum women. On an individual level, I aspire to guide women on their journey to wellness.”
— Margaret Howard, PhD
  • The Motherhood Center of New York – Chief clinical operations officer, director of outpatient services
  • Care New England – Executive director of women’s mental health, since 2019
  • Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University – Professor of psychiatry and human behavior and clinician educator, since 2000
  • Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island – Division director and founder of Center for Women’s Behavioral Health, since 2011
  • Published, taught, and lectured nationally and internationally on the topic of perinatal psychiatric disorders
  • Coprincipal investigator and consultant on numerous grants related to perinatal mental health
  • Brown University Medical School – Internship and fellowship, 1985–1987
  • Southern Illinois University – PhD in clinical psychology, 1985
  • Southern Illinois University – Master’s degree in counseling psychology, 1983
  • Western Washington University – Bachelor’s degree in psychology, 1979
Academic memberships
  • Member of Postpartum Support International
  • Member of International Marce Society
  • Member of Marce of North America, North American Society for Psychosocial Obstetrics and Gynecology
Awards and achievements
  • Received numerous awards for contributions to perinatal mental health, including the Distinguished Leadership Award by the Committee on Women in Psychology of the American Psychological Association
Appearances and publications in other media
Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine, vol. 84, no. 5, pp. 388–96.,
01 May 2017
Peripartum Depression: Early Recognition Improves Outcomes
The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, vol. 202, no. 2, pp. 154–60.,
03 Feb 2014
Symptoms of the Anxiety Disorders in a Perinatal Psychiatric Sample: A Chart Review
Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care, vol. 37, no. 4, pp. 353–54.,
01 Dec 2010
Prenatal Yoga and Depression during Pregnancy
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