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Meet the PI Lecture December 13, 2013, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm WPIC Auditorium

Inception, Conception, and Postpartum Psychopathology: A Lifespan Approach to the Process of Parenting

 Alison Hipwell, PhD

  Associate Professor
Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology
University of Pittsburgh





Dr. Hipwell obtained a PhD in Developmental Psychology from the Institute of Psychiatry, University of London, UK, where she examined the effects of postpartum psychosis on the socioemotional development of children jointly admitted to a psychiatric mother-baby unit. From this work, she developed and validated a measure to evaluate mother-infant interaction in this clinical context and in mother-baby units in prison settings to aid in the early detection of infants at risk of neglect or injury. In other longitudinal research, Dr. Hipwell focused on the effects of early mother-infant perturbation from postpartum depression on preadolescent emotion regulation, peer conflict resolution skills, and prosocial development. In 2001, Dr. Hipwell joined the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh as an investigator of the large-scale, prospective Pittsburgh Girls Study (PGS) to examine the development of conduct disorder, depression and substance use in girls from childhood through to young adulthood. As PGS participants become young mothers, Dr Hipwell has developed a program of research aimed at understanding the neural and developmental context of postpartum adjustment and parenting.

Learning Objectives.  Following the lecture, attendees will be able to:

  1. Understand selection vs. elicitation mechanisms of risk for postpartum psychopathology in adolescents
  2. Describe the importance of incorporating observational methods for evaluating parenting behaviors.
  3. Understand new prospective research examining neural circuitry of parenting processes in young mothers.

Continuing Education Credit: The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded .15 continuing education units (CEUs), which are equal to 1.5 contact hours. In accordance with Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education requirements on disclosure, information about relationships of presenters with commercial interests (if any) will be included in materials which will be distributed at the time of the conference.  WPIC is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists.  WPIC maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.  This program is being offered for 1.5 continuing education credits.

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