The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Maternal Perceptions of Opiate Addiction and Child Development Services from Pregnancy through the First Year Postpartum

Date Funded: 
Apr 12, 2017
Funding Organization: 
Center for Research on Families at UMass Amherst and the Healthy Development Initiative at UMass Springfield

Dr. Mary Paterno of the College of Nursing, and her co-PI, Dr. Elizabeth Peacock-Chambers, have been awarded a Community Partnership Grant by the Center for Research on Families at UMass Amherst and the Healthy Development Initiative at UMass Springfield.

Described as  “innovative” and “highly significant,” their proposal will investigate “Maternal Perceptions of Opiate Addiction and Child Development Services from Pregnancy through the First Year Postpartum.” It is one of two pilot grants of $15,000 each awarded through the new Community Partnership Research Grant Initiative, part of an emerging commitment to create and nurture ongoing collaborations between UMass researchers and community partners in the Springfield area, designed to increase the health and well-being of Springfield residents.

Dr. Paterno is a certified nurse-midwife who is interested in innovative community and clinical solutions to improve perinatal, postpartum, and contraceptive care for vulnerable women. Dr. Peacock-Chambers is a pediatrician and part of the Baystate Health Center for Quality of Care Research. They are partnering with Tinamarie Fioroni, LMHC, from the Behavioral Health Network in Springfield.