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Reaching and Supporting Mothers with Depressive Symptoms and Anxiety in Early Intervention with Marcia Mandel, PhD and Linda Beeber PhD, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN,

Tuesady March 20, 2018 12-2 pm (arrive at 11:30 a.m. to sign in and for “meet and greet” reception catered by Vimala’s CurryBlossom Cafe)

HANDOUTS 3.20.2018


This presentation will provide information about the impact of maternal depression on young children and effective ways for Early Intervention Service Coordinators and other home visitors to support these families. The presenters will summarize the results of research describing maternal depression and the mental health profiles of mothers of children enrolled in the North Carolina Infant-Toddler Program. Efforts currently under way to determine the feasibility of integrating evidence-based screening and intervention practices for families coping with depression into early intervention services will also be described.


Marcia Mandel, PhD, is Director of the Durham Children’s Developmental Services Agency, which provides services to infants and toddlers at risk for or with developmental delays and disabilities through the North Carolina Infant-Toddler Program (NC ITP) in the NC Division of Public Health. A clinical psychologist, she has over thirty years of experience supporting families with young children by providing direct services, training and supervising staff, and developing and leading programs in varied settings. She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry in the UNC School of Medicine, and President of the Leo M.Croghan Memorial Foundation, which supports training for professionals and parents in the field of developmental disabilities in young children.

Linda Beeber, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN is the Frances H. Fox Distinguished Term Professor in the UNC- Chapel Hill School of Nursing and has practiced psychiatric mental health nursing and conducted mental health research funded through NIH, DHHS and private foundations. Dr. Beeber and her multidisciplinary collaborators have conducted community-based research focused on reducing maternal depressive symptoms and enhancing parenting in populations of unserved high-risk (e.g., low-income, newly-immigrated/limited English language proficient) mothers of infants and toddlers. Dr. Beeber’s work has shown that reduction of barriers and provision of culturally and contextually tailored, evidence-based interventions can effectively reduce maternal depressive symptoms and improve parenting, two threats to optimal child outcomes. Her team has led the development of models to deliver evidence-based treatment for depression and anxiety that reach vulnerable underserved populations by embedding care in trusted, community-serving organizations (e.g., Early Head Start, Nurse-Family Partnership, and federally-funded Early Intervention).

Learning Objectives:

At the completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the potential impact of maternal depression on the development of young children.
  2. List simple, concrete ways to support depressed mothers of young children with   developmental delays. 


  • Alvarez S.L., Meltzer-Brody S., Mandel M., Beeber L. (2015). Maternal Depression and Early Intervention: A Call for an Integration of Services. Infants & Young Children. 28(1):72-87. DOI: 10.1097/IYC.0000000000000024
  • Beeber, L., Meltzer-Brody, S., Martinez, M., Matsuda, Y., Wheeler, A., Mandel, M., LaForett, D. R., & Waldrop, J. (2016). Maternal depressive symptoms: An opportunity and need to treat in early intervention programs. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 1-10. DOI: 10.1007/s10995-016-2189-4.

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