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Women's Behavioral Health

WBH Research


Women's Behavioral Health at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is a leading women’s behavioral health research center. Our studies explore the causes, results, and treatment of stress and stress-related illness arising during life events that are unique to women.  Current areas of research emphasis include Maternal-Fetal Psychiatry and Women's Integrated Sexual Health.

The goal of our Maternal-Fetal Psychiatry research is to maintain and improve the health of new and expectant mothers while safeguarding the well-being of their babies.  These studies examine the course and severity of stress-related illnesses during pregnancy and the postpartum period, pregnancy-related changes in the clearance of psychiatric medications, levels of infant medication exposure during pregnancy and breastfeeding, and the well-being of infants whose mothers experienced perinatal mental illness and/or received psychiatric medication during pregnancy.

In our Women's Integrated Sexual Health (WISH) research, our aim is to enable women who are experiencing sexual dysfunction to achieve healthy, satisfying sexual lives.  Our studies examine female sexual dysfunction arising in various contexts including gynecologic and breast cancers, childbearing and the transition into menopause, identifying causes and risk factors and testing novel treatment approaches for sexual dysfunction.

Become a part of our research team!

We are currently enrolling participants in the following studies:

Enhancing Sexuality After Cancer