October 1 - Psych Grand Rounds  

Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Grand Rounds 2021-2022

October 1, 2021 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. EST

Karen G. Martinez-Gonalez, MD, MSc, Chair, Department of Psychiatry University of Puerto Rico

Prenatal Maternal Stress and Child Development

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Join us as we host Dr. Karen Martinez-Gonalez, Chair, Department of Psychiatry at the University of Puerto Rico as she presents data from two studies evaluating the experience of pregnant and postpartum women during severe stressors. One study will present the cohort who were pregnant during Hurricane Maria and the other cohort has been pregnant during the COVID-19 pandemic. We will present the effect on maternal mental health as well as effects on child development. Karen G. Martinez-Gonzalez, MD, MSc is a child and adolescent psychiatrist in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Puerto Rico where she directs the Center for the Study and Treatment of Fear and Anxiety and is the Chair of the Department of Psychiatry. She also completed a NIH funded Post-Doctoral Master’s in Clinical and Translational Research in 2006 and is now the Principal Investigator and Director of this program. She is also the Principal Investigator of a NIH grant studying the epigenetic and microbial profile of prenatal stress related to Hurricane María. She is an active member of several professional organizations, such as the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) Trauma and Disaster Committee; member of the board of directors and president of the Association for Clinical and Translational Science (ACTS) and was appointed to the Puerto Rico COVID-19 Medical Task Force by the Governor. She is now also the director of the University of Puerto Rico Perinatal Mental Health Center.

The Medical University of South Carolina designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1.0 Credit(s)™. At the completion of the presentation, attendees will be able to:
1. Understand the mechanisms by which prenatal maternal stress can affect child development
2. Explore the experience of Puerto Rican women with multiple severe stressors including the COVID-19 pandemic
3. Be able to apply knowledge to develop preventive strategies in mental health



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