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Shannon Lenze, PhD

Current Position
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Education and Training
1995: B.S., Psychology, University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign, Graduated Cum Laude

2003: M.S., Clinical Psychology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

2007: Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

2007-2009: NIMH Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Center for Mental Health Services Research, Washington University in St. Louis. St. Louis, MO

2009-2010: NIMH Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Department of Psychiatry, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO

Areas of Clinical Interest
Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders


Areas of Research Interests
The aims of my research program are to advance the identification and treatment of perinatal mood disorders with the goal to both address maternal suffering and ameliorate risk of intergenerational risk transmission of psychopathology to offspring. Specifically, I am interested in developing psychosocial interventions for perinatal depression that are not only effective in reducing depressive symptoms in mothers, but also in preventing adverse infant outcomes. A key area of focus is on women from impoverished backgrounds where there are substantial barriers to health care and high risks of abuse and neglect of infants and young children.


Key Publications
Lenze SN, Potts MA, (2017 Mar). Brief Interpersonal Psychotherapy for depression during pregnancy in a low-income population: A randomized controlled trial. J Affect Disord. 210: 151-157.  Full Article ->

Lenze SN, Rodgers J, Luby J (2015 Jun). A pilot, exploratory report on dyadic interpersonal psychotherapy for perinatal depression. Arch Womens Ment Health. 18(3): 485-91.  Full Article ->

Rogers CE, Lenze SN, Luby JL (2013 Mar). Late preterm birth, maternal depression, and risk of preschool psychiatric disorders. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 52(3): 309-18.  Full Article ->

Lenze SN, Pautsch J, Luby J (2011 Feb). Parent-child interaction therapy emotion development: a novel treatment for depression in preschool children. Depress Anxiety. 28(2): 153-9.  Full Article ->

Lenze SN, Cyranowski JM, Thompson WK, Anderson B, Frank E (2008 Dec). The cumulative impact of nonsevere life events predicts depression recurrence during maintenance treatment with interpersonal psychotherapy. J Consult Clin Psychol. 76(6): 979-87.  Full Article ->

Lenze SN, Xiong C, Sheline YI (2008 Jan 15). Childhood adversity predicts earlier onset of major depression but not reduced hippocampal volume. Psychiatry Res. 162(1): 39-49.  Full Article ->


Funded Research Projects
NIMH(PI):Perinatal Depression: Dyadic-IPT to Improve Health of Mother and Baby

McDonnell Center for Systems Neuroscience (PI): Baby on the Brain: Neurobiological Mechanisms of Parenting in Postpartum Depression

BJHF/ICTS (PI): Improving Perinatal Depression Outcomes with Mobile Technology