Lara-Cinisomo named to Perinatal Mental Health Society
Sandraluz Lara-Cinisomo, Assistant Professor in Kinesiology and Community Health, has been named to the Board of the Perinatal Mental Health Society (formerly the Perinatal Mental Health Conference), a national nonprofit organization whose vision “is a world in which childbearing women, their children and families enjoy the benefits of mental health and well-being.” The Perinatal Mental Health Society will host the biennial meeting on perinatal mental health in Chicago, Illinois, in November 2017.
Dr. Lara-Cinisomo’s research focuses on addressing mental health disparities in racial and ethnic minorities, low-income women, immigrant Latinas, and military mothers using qualitative, quantitative, and controlled laboratory methods. Prior to joining the University of Illinois faculty, Dr. Lara-Cinisomo completed an NIH-funded T32 Training Fellowship in Reproductive Mood Disorders at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she conducted an innovative biomedical study exploring the association between postpartum depression, hormonal dysregulation and pain sensitivity in a sample of English- and Spanish-speaking Latinas. Her current research examines associations between perinatal depression, breastfeeding practices, stress reactivity, and pain sensitivity in lactating women. Dr. Lara-Cinisomo has published numerous peer-reviewed articles on maternal mental health and co-edited the first reference book on perinatal depression in Latinas with Dr. Katherine Wisner titled Perinatal Depression among Spanish-Speaking and Latina American Women: A Global Perspective on Detection and Treatment.