Ph.D., Northwestern University
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Associate Professor, UW Department of Psychiatry
Dr. Clark is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Wisconsin Medical School. She is the Director of the Parent-Infant and Early Childhood Clinic and the Postpartum Depression Treatment Program. Dr. Clark developed the Parent-Child Early Relational Assessment, an instrument used in over 300 clinical programs and studies internationally. Dr. Clark conducts research and has written numerous articles on postpartum depression, maternal employment, and early parent-child relationships. She is currently the Principal Investigator on two NIMH funded studies. The first is examining the efficacy of two psychotherapy approaches for women experiencing depression in the postpartum period. The second is a collaborative study with investigators at Yale University and University of Massachusetts-Boston investigating the validity of screening and assessment instruments of social-emotional behavior in infants and young children and parent-child relationships. Dr. Clark’s research has informed policy and practice related to maternal and child mental health. She is committed to raising awareness regarding the importance of early identification, evaluation and treatment of postpartum depression to enhance the wellbeing of women, their infants and families.
Clark, R., Tluczek, A. & Wenzel, A. (2003). Psychotherapy for postpartum depression: A preliminary report. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 73(4), 441-454.
Clark, R. & Fenichel, E. (2001). Mothers, babies and depression: Questions and answers. Zero to Three, 22(1), 48-50.
Clark, R., Hyde, J.D., Essex, M.J., & Klein, M.H. (1997). Length of maternity leave and quality of mother-infant interactions. Child Development, 68, 364-383.
Clark, R., Keller, A.D., Fedderly, S.S., & Paulson, A.W. (1993). Treating the relationships affected by postpartum depression: A group therapy model. Zero to Three, 13(5), 16-23.
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