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Nov. 13, 2006

Talk On Postpartum Depression To Be Held Nov. 16

Dr. Lisa Segre, adjunct assistant professor of clinical psychology in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Department of Psychology, will deliver a free, public talk on "Postpartum Depression: The Untold Story" from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, on the Mezzanine Floor of the Cottage Bakery and Café, 14 S. Linn St.

Segre is a research scientist in the research group of Dr. Michael O'Hara, UI professor of psychology and Starch Faculty Fellow, who has studied postpartum depression for more than 20 years. Working together in the area of services research, Segre and O'Hara have begun implementing depression screening and treatment for low-income women.

In the Nov. 16 presentation, which is co-authored by O'Hara, Segre will provide a description of the disorder as well as an overview of current research findings including its prevalence, negative effects on children, and models of identification and treatment. She also plans to discuss the fact that maternal depression during pregnancy and the postpartum period is common, ranging between 6.5 and 12.9 percent. However, the significant negative effects of depressive symptoms on the well being of the mother and child make it important to identify at-risk mothers and provide treatment.

She says that although awareness of the disorder is increasing, there remains a surprising lack of understanding among health and mental health professionals as well as the general public.

The talk is the third to be presented by Café Scientifique of Iowa City during the 2006-2007 academic year. Sessions are held on the second Thursday of the month from September to May. Café Scientifique of Iowa City is a meeting forum where the public is invited to explore and debate the latest ideas in science, mathematics, medicine and technology. The Web site for Café Scientifique is located at: http://www.physics.uiowa.edu/cafe/.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Gary Galluzzo, 319-384-0009, gary-galluzzo@uiowa.edu