Improving Outcomes

Condition: Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders


Key Inclusion Criteria

  • Pregnant black women
  • At least 18 years old
  • English speaking

Key Exclusion Criteria

  • Women over the age of childbearing potential
  • Men
  • Non-English speaking individuals

Full Study Name

Improving Mental Health Outcomes Among Los Angeles’ Pregnant & Postpartum Black Women Study (IRB no. 56984)   


This study focuses on patients who are pregnant and participating in the Mind & Body Support Circles at Cedars-Sinai or Watts Healthcare. The study is designed to investigate the variation in preferences and need for mental health services in black pregnant women, particularly those who experience an adverse pregnancy outcome and require additional treatment in the Maternal Fetal Care Unit or whose babies require treatment in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

The study also aims to understand how mental health screening, evaluation and support can help women reduce their risk of developing postpartum depression. Assessing the effectiveness of the Mind & Body Support Circles support group series will provide patient-centered data that can be used in future clinical care services planning. 

Principal Investigator

Eynav Accortt, PhD


Eynav Accortt, PhD
Phone: 310-423-8744