Maternal and Child Health – Jen Jen Chang, PhD., M.P.H. – Saint Louis University


Children living in homes with depressed mothers are at increased risk for developing problems such as aggression, hyperactivity, depression and anxiety. Children with depressed moms are less likely to develop problem behaviors if their dads are actually engaged in family life.

Dr. Jen Jen Chang is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology at Saint Louis University College for Public Health and Social Justice.  Her research interests includes the effects of short sleep duration on maternal and fetal outcomes as well as adolescent risk behaviors and mental health. She is also interested in maternal depression, modifiable risk factors for preterm delivery and perinatal epidemiology. Dr. Chang has expertise in longitudinal study design and secondary data analysis using data from large national longitudinal studies such as National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY) and National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health). Learn more about Dr. Jen Jen Chang here.