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Release Date: 09/05/2018

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

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

Dr. 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 (clinical) and medicine (clinical) at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Howard received her PhD 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, OCD, and novel treatment approaches in both prevention and treatment of perinatal mood disorders.

Care New England Medical Group (CNEMG) is a patient-centered organization with a mission to improve the overall health of our community. With more than 500 physicians and advanced practitioners, CNEMG offers primary care and specialty services at Butler Hospital, Kent Hospital, The Providence Center, the VNA of Care New England, Women & Infants Hospital, and at CNEMG office locations throughout Southern New England. Many CNEMG providers teach at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, participate in clinical trials, and publish research studies in collaboration with other academic institutions. The combination of teaching, research, and treatment keeps the team at the forefront of medical advances in prevention, intervention and treatment. For more information, visit

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About Women & Infants Hospital

Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, is one of the nation’s leading specialty hospitals for women and newborns. A major teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University for obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics, as well as a number of specialized programs in women’s medicine, Women & Infants is the 9th largest stand-alone obstetrical service in the country and the largest in New England with approximately 8,500 deliveries per year. A Designated Baby-Friendly® USA hospital, U.S.News & World Report 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospital in Neonatology and a 2014 Leapfrog Top Hospital, in 2009 Women & Infants opened what was at the time the country’s largest, single-family room neonatal intensive care unit.

Women & Infants and Brown offer fellowship programs in gynecologic oncology, maternal-fetal medicine, urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery, neonatal-perinatal medicine, pediatric and perinatal pathology, gynecologic pathology and cytopathology, and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. It is home to the nation’s first mother-baby perinatal psychiatric partial hospital, as well as the nation’s only fellowship program in obstetric medicine.

Women & Infants has been designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiography; a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology; a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence by the National Institutes of Health (NIH); and a Neonatal Resource Services Center of Excellence. It is one of the largest and most prestigious research facilities in high risk and normal obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics in the nation, and is a member of the National Cancer Institute’s Gynecologic Oncology Group and the Pelvic Floor Disorders Network.
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