Having piloted a group treatment for peripartum mood disorders that originated in Australia—Group Interpersonal Psychotherapy (G-IPT)—with a group of urban, low-income African American mothers in New Orleans, Assistant Professor Tracy Moran is applying the knowledge gained to future treatment studies conducted in Chicago.

Her goal is to refine existing and develop new approaches to family psychotherapy that address the socioemotional needs of both parents and children and is well received within the family’s cultural context, in order to overcome parents’ physical, financial, and attitudinal barriers to mental health treatment for themselves and their young children.