Hamideh Bayrampour Basmenj

Assistant Professor

Research Interests

Perinatal Period
Drugs and Pregnancy / Breast Feeding
Developmental Outcomes
Maternal Mental Health
Perinatal Anxiety
Pregnancy Outcomes
Prenatal Cannabis Use

Relevant Degree Programs

Affiliations to Research Centres, Institutes & Clusters



Poor mental health is common during pregnancy and is strongly associated with several adverse maternal and child outcomes with long term consequences such as postpartum depression, preterm birth, and developmental problems in offspring. Identification of pregnant women who have poor mental health or are at risk for developing these conditions is important, particularly as there is evidence that non-pharmacologic options are effective in their management during the antenatal period. My research has been focused on identifications of risk factors of transient and chronic maternal mental health as well as its trajectories over the perinatal period. I am also interested in conceptualization and measurement of maternal, screening and addressing poor maternal mental health. Pregnancy outcomes and labour interventions are other areas of my research interests.

Research Methodology

Mixed Methods Research
Systematic Reviews
Concept Analysis
Scale Development
cohort studies


Master's students
Doctoral students
Postdoctoral Fellows
Any time / year round

Perinatal health

Perinatal Cannabis use

Pregnancy Outcomes

I support public scholarship, e.g. through the Public Scholars Initiative, and am available to supervise students and Postdocs interested in collaborating with external partners as part of their research.
I support experiential learning experiences, such as internships and work placements, for my graduate students and Postdocs.
I am open to hosting Visiting International Research Students (non-degree, up to 12 months).

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