Dr Andrew Mayers

Dr Andrew Mayers



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Mental health

Child and family mental health


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Research: Perinatal mental health

This page examines current and completed research that I have been involved with, focusing on perinatal mental health. The current work is being undertaken with my research team (mostly psychology students) and with research groups and national charities. Previous projects were completed at the perinatal mental health unit at Calmore, Southampton (the unit now operates from Winchester).

Current work

Midwives' perceptions on knowledge and training in perinatal mental health

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Health visitors' perceptions on knowledge and training in perinatal mental health

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GPs' perceptions on knowledge and training in perinatal mental health

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Fathers who have witnessed wife/partner's birth trauma

We asked fathers about that experience, what information they were given and what support they received subsequently. More details coming soon

Future work

Future studies will focus on more aspects of fathers' mental health, and further studies examining health professionals perceptions of what knowledge and training they have with regard to perinatal mental health (this time with obstetricians and practice nurses).

Completed (and published) work

Postnatal sleep - a pilot study

Given the relationship between poor sleep and depression,(see sleep research pages) it makes sense that this may also have an impact for new mothers. Many new mums experience reduced sleep, but how does that influence mood? In this longitudinal study we explored that relationship, in what was a pilot study for a larger piece of work that became a PhD project. Click here to find out more

Is poor sleep a risk factor for postnatal depression?

Following on from that pilot study. my former PhD student (Dr Lauren Kita) explored the extent that poor sleep may be a risk factor for postnatal depression. It may seem obvious that sleep is compromised in pregnancy, and after the baby is born. However, what if that sleep is poorer even accounting for that? What does that mean for the mother's mood? Click here to find out more

Cognition and mother-infant interaction in serious mental illness

It is well known that the attachment bond between mother and infant is crucial to help a child develop socially cognitively and emotionally. So, what happens when that bond is compromised when the mother experiences poor mental health. In this study conducted with University of Southampton) we explored mother-infant interaction in mothers with serious mental illness. Click here to find out more.

Related publications

Steadman, J., Pawlby, S., Mayers, A.G., Bucks, R.S., Miele-Norton, M., Gregoire, A. & Hogan, A.M. (2007): An Exploratory Study of the Relationship between Mother-Infant Interaction and Maternal Cognitive Function in Mothers with Mental Illness. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 25 (4), 255-269.