Howard honored for leadership by American Psychological Association

PROVIDENCE – The American Psychological Association recently presented Margaret Howard, division director of the Center for Women’s Behavioral Health and director of the Day Hospital at Women & Infants Hospital, with its Committee on Women in Psychology 2018 Leadership Award.

“In recognition of her evidence-based and infant-inclusive, high-quality model of delivering mental health services to women experiencing postpartum depression. … Howard is recognized as an outstanding leader within the Brown University medical system,” the award reads.

The award also notes Howard’s work has become a standard of care in Rhode Island and is being replicated across the Northeast and other regions of the country. She has authored numerous publications and presentations, nationally and internationally, on the need for specialized models of care to meet women’s needs during the perinatal transition.

According to the award, “Howard is a role model to trainees and faculty as a woman in a senior leadership position, and an exemplary mentor for mentees who seek her wisdom long past their formal relationship. Her innovative contributions have fostered understanding of women’s lives and improved the status of women. She is truly a distinguished leader for women in psychology.”

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Howard, a member of Care New England Medical Group, is the associate fellowship director for the Brown University/Women & Infants Hospital Women’s Mental Health Fellowship. She is also a professor of psychiatry and human behavior and medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Howard received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Southern Illinois University and completed her internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Brown University. Her primary clinical and research interests are postpartum depression, depression and anxiety disorders during pregnancy, trauma, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and novel treatment approaches in both prevention and treatment of perinatal mood disorders.

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