Keshet Ronen

Quarter 1

1. Briefly restate the specific aims or objectives associated with this project

Aim 1: To develop a social media group counseling intervention to prevent perinatal depressive symptoms in adolescents in the Seattle, WA, area.

Aim 2: To evaluate the intervention’s uptake, acceptability, and preliminary impact on mental wellness in a pilot with pregnant adolescents.

Aim 3: To characterize content and patterns of participant engagement with the intervention and identify associations between engagement, content, and mental wellness.

2. Tell us what excites you about the funded project.

Everyone on the team cares deeply about maternal mental health disparities, but this project represents a new research direction and new collaborations for us. The PI’s previous work has involved development and evaluation of social media interventions for adolescents in Kenya, and we are thrilled to combine lessons learned from that work with the expertise of the other team members to create new partnerships and projects in a new area. We especially value the opportunity to collect detailed formative data from the young women we aim to serve to deepen our understanding and drive development of a responsive intervention.

3. Tell us more about your team! 

Keshet Ronen, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Global Health, University of Washington: Keshet holds a PhD in cell and molecular biology but realized as a PhD student that her true passion lay in doing research that addresses global health disparities. Outside of work, Keshet enjoys spending time outside – hiking in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest, riding her bicycle around Seattle, and protecting her backyard chickens from hawk attacks.

Jennifer Unger, Assistant Professor, Departments of Global Health and Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Washington: Jennifer is an obstetrician-gynecologist and clinical researcher focusing on the utilization of novel technologies and behavioral interventions to improve global maternal child health and family planning. Outside of work, Jennifer enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time outdoors with her family.

Amritha Bhat, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, University of Washington: Amritha is a psychiatrist whose clinical practice and research focus on the mental health of pregnant and postpartum women. Outside of work, she enjoys bicycling and listening to music.

Yolanda Evans, Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital: Yolanda is an adolescent medicine physician who provides care to adolescents in the Seattle area for a variety of concerns including eating disorders, obesity, reproductive health and ADHD. Outside of work, Yolanda plays the cello, is a regular blood donor and is involved with her children’s schools.

Elise Healy, Research Assistant, Department of Global Health, University of Washington: Elise Healy is a second-year Master of Public Health student in the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington. Outside of work, Elise enjoys exploring art museums, cooking new recipes, spending time outdoors, and making block prints.