Elizabeth Blackwell fellow recognised for contribution to science
6 July 2015
Dr Rebecca Pearson, a research associate in epidemiology in the School of Social and Community Medicine, has been highly commended for her work on maternal mental health in the 2015 L’Oréal UK & Ireland Fellowships For Women in Science awards.
The awards are offered to outstanding female postdoctoral researchers by a partnership between L’Oréal UK & Ireland, the UK National Commission for UNESCO and the Irish National Commission for UNESCO, with the support of the Royal Society.
Dr Pearson, who is based in the Centre for Academic Mental Health, presented her latest research to a panel of judges at the final stage of the Fellowship awards at the Royal Society in London last month, and received a Highly Commended certificate, including £1,000 flexible research funding.
Dr Pearson’s work focuses on postnatal maternal depression, a well-known risk factor for psychological difficulties in children, which poses a substantial global economic and health burden. Using her Elizabeth Blackwell Institute Early Career Fellowship award, Dr Pearson’s work investigates the mechanisms underlying the risk of developmental difficulties in the children of mothers who are depressed during pregnancy and after birth, taking into account social policy and economic systems in both high- and low-income countries, and to translate this into preventative interventions.