Virginia Commonwealth University

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Featured Researcher

Research Expertise and Focus

Aging and the Life Course, End-of-Life and Postpartum/Maternal Health with a focus on the ways that macro social factors affect individual-level health, health behaviors, and psychosocial well-being

Professional Highlights

Fellow, Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Board Chair, Renew Richmond

Education and Training

Ph.D., Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J.

M.S., Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J.

Selected Publications

Balbierz A, Bodnar-Deren S, Wang JJ, Howell EA. Maternal depressive symptoms and parenting practices 3-months postpartum. Matern Child Health J. 2015 Jun;19(6):1212-9. doi: 10.1007/s10995-014-1625-6. PubMed PMID: 25374288; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4422772.

Howell EA, Bodnar-Deren S, Balbierz A, Loudon H, Mora PA, Zlotnick C, Wang J, Leventhal H. An intervention to reduce postpartum depressive symptoms: a randomized controlled trial. Arch Womens Ment Health. 2014 Feb;17(1):57-63. doi: 10.1007/s00737-013-0381-8. Epub 2013 Sep 10. PubMed PMID: 24019052; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3947932.

Howell EA, Bodnar-Deren S, Balbierz A, Parides M, Bickell N. An intervention to extend breastfeeding among black and Latina mothers after delivery. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2014 Mar;210(3):239.e1-5. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2013.11.028. Epub 2013 Nov 18. PubMed PMID: 24262719; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3938878.