Emotion Processing in Offspring of Mothers with Depression Diagnoses

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In this Papers Podcast, Dr. Katie Burkhouse discusses her co-authored JCPP Annual Research Review paper ‘Annual Research Review: Emotion processing in offspring of mothers with depression diagnoses – a systematic review of neural and physiological research’ (https://doi.org/10.1111/jcpp.13734).

There is an overview of the paper, methodology, key findings, and implications for practice.

Discussion points include:

  • How health care professionals can impact the ‘vulnerability process’ to help alter the outcomes for offspring of depressed mothers.
  • Targeted interventions in the pre-conception period.
  • Suggestions for women and birthing people, who have a history of mental health conditions and are considering having a baby, to promote healthier emotional development of their offspring.
  • Potential biological markers that may be used to inform early targeted prevention efforts for high-risk populations and the forms of interventions.
  • What needs to change within the current provision of health care to see a reduction in disruptions in emotion processing patterns amongst high-risk offspring.
  • Paternal depression and the limited research currently available.

In this series, we speak to authors of papers published in one of ACAMH’s three journals. These are The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry (JCPP)The Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH) journal; and JCPP Advances.

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Dr. Katie Burkhouse
Dr. Katie Burkhouse

Katie Burkhouse, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and a Clinical Psychologist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Binghamton University (SUNY) and completed her Clinical Internship at UIC. Her program of research broadly focuses on identifying behavioral-brain risk phenotypes and preventive interventions for youth depressive disorders. Much of this work focuses on utilizing multiple levels of analysis (i.e., behavioral, EEG, pupil dilation, fMRI) to identify cognitive-affective processing styles involved in the transmission of depression from parents to their offspring. A second focus of her research involves applying this mechanism-based work to prevention and intervention efforts for youth at high risk for depression. The ultimate goal of this work is to improve the identification and prevention of internalizing disorders in children and adolescents. (Bio from Nationwide Children’s Hospital).

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