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Release Date: 04/28/2014

Margaret Howard, PhD, has been named director of the Division of Women’s Behavioral Health at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital. Dr. Howard, who is also director of the hospital’s Day Hospital and a clinical professor in the departments of Psychiatry and Human Behavior and Medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, has served as interim director since 2011.

“Dr. Howard has long been an invaluable member of our clinical and administrative team,” said Raymond O. Powrie, MD, interim chief of the Department of Medicine and senior vice president for quality and clinical effectiveness at Women & Infants Hospital, chief medical quality officer at Care New England, and professor of obstetrics, gynecology and medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. “We are delighted to have her expertise and leadership as we enhance our women’s behavioral health services, working in collaboration with our other Care New England hospitals.”

Dr. Howard received her PhD in clinical psychology from Southern Illinois University. She completed her internship and postdoctoral fellowship at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University’s Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior. She has served as the director of the Mother Baby Perinatal Psychiatric Partial Hospital (Day Hospital) at Women & Infants Hospital since 2000.

Dr. Howard is the associate director of the Women & Infants/Brown University Women’s Mental Health Fellowship and serves as the vice chair of the Care New England Brain and Behavioral Health Council. She is the primary Women & Infants Day Hospital rotation supervisor for clinical psychology residents and also supervises psychiatry residents, primary care residents and Brown medical students.

Her clinical and research interests center on postpartum mood disorders, mother-infant attachment, perinatal anxiety disorders, and novel and integrated treatment approaches for perinatal women.

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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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