Dr. Nichole Fairbrother gains international recognition for her work on reproductive mental health

Discussion about women’s reproductive mental health is growing -- and a University of British Columbia professor is helping to spread the word.

Dr. Nichole Fairbrother, an Assistant Professor in UBC’s Department of Psychiatry and an affiliate with the University of Victoria’s Division of Medical Sciences, is gaining international recognition for her work on anxiety disorders that affect pregnant and post-partum women.

“The growing interest in this field is both exciting and important,” said Dr. Fairbrother. “People just aren’t aware of how prevalent mental disorders are for pregnant and post-partum women. The good news is that, while these disorders are distressing to the women who experience them, they are highly treatable.”

nfOn August 2, she was quoted in a New York Times article about postpartum obsessive-compulsive disorder. A similar story was published earlier, in late June, by the Huffington Post.

In mid-July, CBC did a radio interview with Dr. Fairbrother, and later posted a story about her new study on women’s fear of childbirth, for which she’s currently recruiting participants. The Squamish Chief also wrote about the study, which was also subsequently picked up by the Vancouver Courier.

Dr. Fairbrother will also present her work in Brisbane, Australia, at the Australasian Marce Society for Perinatal Mental Health 2017 Conference. Her first presentation will focus on a Childbirth Fear Questionnaire (CFQ), which measure women’s fears of childbirth. The second will review the prevalence of anxiety and related disorders among pregnant and postpartum women.

Dr. Fairbrother, alongside her professorship with UBC’s Department of Psychiatry and her affiliation with UVic’s Division of Medical Sciences, also holds several other roles: she is a member of the UBC Island Medical Program; an associate member of the UBC School of Population and Public Health; an adjunct member of the UVic’s Department of Psychology; and a member of the Women's Health Research Institute at BC Women's Hospital. Learn more about Dr. Fairbrother’s research interests here.