Researchers Rachel Brown and Dr. Jamie Seabrook, studied health data from 25,000 pregnant women and have shown that depression is the largest driver of substance use during pregnancy. 

It is well known that tobacco, alcohol, and cannabis use during pregnancy are associated with poor birth outcomes, yet many women continue to use these substances during pregnancy.

Researchers at Western University and its affiliate Brescia University College have now shown that depression is the single largest driver of substance use during pregnancy, highlighting the need for greater supports for the mental health of pregnant mothers.

Dr. Don Richardson, recognized for his research innovations related to veterans with PTSD

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Dr. Don Richardson was recognized at the 2019 Lawson Impact Awards for his research and innovation in working with veterans with military-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  His study titled, “Predicators of Long-Term Treatment Outcome in Combat and Peacekeeping Veterans with Military-Related PTSD,” was recently published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.


Lawson research coordinator recognized for contribution to spinal cord and acquired brain injury research

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At the 2019 Lawson Impact Awards, Saagar Walia was awarded the Staff Award of Excellence for his contributions in his role as research coordinator and manager for the Research 2 Practice (R2P) team at Parkwood Institute Research (PIR), a program of Lawson Health Research Institute (Lawson).