Our multidisciplinary approach to research results in important knowledge that helps families and public health policy makers improve well-being. Relationships of Parent-Infant Social, Emotional and Brain Development (RISE) is our current project.

The RISE Project

RISE Project

In our RISE (Relationships of Parent-Infant Social, Emotional, and Brain Development) project, we explore how everyday stress impacts mental and emotional demands related to pregnancy and parenting in mothers, and we seek to further understand how a newborn's body and brain develops. Some of the mothers use cannabis (marijuana) to cope with the demands, and we are also very interested in knowing more about how the use of cannabis (marijuana) may impact the brains of the new mothers and their babies. Findings from this project will help us support mothers' health and their relationships with their new babies.



We've published our research and findings in journals, encyclopedias and edited collections.

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