Principal Investigator (PI); Founder, PI, and Executive Director, MOMS Partnership®
Megan V. Smith, MPH, DrPH, is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry & the Child Study Center at the Yale School of Medicine and in Social & Behavioral Sciences in the Yale School of Public Health where she conducts research and teaches and mentors students. Dr. Smith’s longstanding research interest has been in community-partnered research in the area of maternal and child mental health and racial, ethnic and gender-based disparities in mental health and illness. A major component of this work has included translational and community-partnered research in the occurrence and treatment of mental illnesses in pregnancy and the postpartum period, and their impact on pregnancy outcome and mental health across the life course. Dr. Smith is the Founder and Director of the MOMS Partnership®, a novel, two generational approach to promote the mental health of overburdened and underserved mothers that began in New Haven, Connecticut and is currently being replicated in additional locations across the U.S. In addition to her work on MOMS, Dr. Smith is the principal investigator on several federally-funded grants focused on depression, trauma and smoking interventions in pregnancy, the postpartum period, and the parenting years and is co-Director of the Yale Parent and Family Development Program, a center dedicated to the promotion of mental wellbeing for families throughout their parenting years. Dr. Smith is a former recipient of a Building Interdisciplinary Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) career award from the National Institute of Health, Office of Research on Women’s Health and early investigator awards from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression and the North American Society for Psychosocial Obstetrics & Gynecology. Dr. Smith serves on the board of the Connecticut Association for Human Services and the National Diaper Bank Network.