Parental mental health disorders are prevalent in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) despite prior history of mental health needs or not. The NICU itself is a risk factor for developing mental health needs, however, screening and treatments for parental mental health needs are not currently a standard of practice in NICUs. There is a growing body of literature supporting that parental mental health disorders left undiagnosed and treated affect outcomes of children and their families. Due to this, there is a higher need for standardized screening, diagnosis, and treatment of parental mental health needs. This talk will focus on current recommendations and novel strategies for treatment of parental mental health in the NICU.
Margaret “Katie” Hoge, M.D. completed her medical school at Wake Forest School of Medicine (’14). She completed her pediatric residency (’17) and neonatal-perinatal medicine fellowship (’20) at UT Southwestern in Dallas, Texas. Currently, she is completing a second fellowship in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics at UT Southwestern in Dallas. Her career goals are to continue to improve the care and developmental outcomes of NICU patients and their families both in the NICU and post NICU discharge through novel clinical care. Her research focuses on the effects a NICU admission on parental mental health and its impacts on outcomes for NICU graduates and their families, particularly focusing on the concept of Vulnerable Child Syndrome. She has been internationally recognized for her work in this field by creating novel preventative therapies. She is currently serving as the American Academy of Pediatrics Trainees and Early Career Neonatologists (TECaN) National Advocacy Campaign Chair which is focusing on raising awareness on the importance of mental health within the NICU.