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Laura Sockol

Assistant Professor of Psychology
Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania
Contact: 704-894-2288

Primary Research Interests

Laura SockolPerinatal mental health; depression and anxiety during and after pregnancy; treatments for perinatal psychopathology; cognitive-behavioral therapy for mood and anxiety disorders, particularly among women experiencing problems related to reproductive transitions (pregnancy, postpartum, PMDD, and menopause).

In 2014, Sockol received the Steiner Young Investigator Award from the North American Society for Psychosocial Obstetrics & Gynecology. She was also awarded the Early Career Investigator Award from the Women's Special Interest Group of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.

Video Clips

    • Psychological Problems New Parents Can Experience

      “Baby blues” are normal for moms and dads, but it’s critical to monitor duration and level of distress to avoid more severe depression, anxiety and other disorders.

    • Causes of Depression and Anxiety in New Parents

      A vulnerability stress model: All the things that go along with having a new baby in the house, from the trip home from the hospital to sleep deprivation, can activate pre-existing triggers.

    • Effects of Perinatal Psychological Health on Family

      The psychological health of new mothers and fathers can have profound effects on the fetus, the newborn, siblings and the relationship of parents.

    • Treatment Options for Perinatal Psychological Health

      A wide range of treatment options can be effective for mental health in pregnancy and postpartum periods, including psychotherapy, medication, yoga, mindfulness and exercise.

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