Perinatal Mental Health (PMH)

Perinatal Mental Health (PMH) is a sub-specialization within the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) track, focusing on mental health knowledge and skills during pregnancy and postpartum phase. This track is offered to all eligible current PMHNP track students and graduates.

The PMH sub-specialization is only available to current PMHNP student; grant funding will end in Spring 2014 and this will no longer be available.


Graduates of the PMH track will be able to:

  • Conduct accurate mental health assessment of pregnant women and in their postpartum phase based on DSM criteria.
  • Have cutting edge psycho-pharmacological knowledge along with skills that will help women and their families make appropriate treatment decisions
  • Conduct psychodynamic and other interpersonal therapy with these women and their families
  • Have basic understanding about the natures of dyadic interactions between mother and child and have basic skills for interventions and making referrals.
  • Understand variations of perinatal mental health issues across cultures and socioeconomic variable differences.

Infant Mental Health Certificate

If you are interested in a graduate certificate in infant mental health, visit the Barnard Center for Infant Mental Health and Development section.

This multidisciplinary advanced training opportunity provides a foundation of knowledge, as well as practical applied experience, in clinical, consultation and leadership services in infant mental health.

How to Apply

Current UW School of Nursing PMHNP students should apply directly to Patty Betrus (katy@uw.edu) or Yoriko Kozuki (ykozuki@uw.edu). Also, please complete the following form designating your interest in the program and submit it to Justin McClanahan (justmcc@uw.edu) or Jody Okamura (jokamura@uw.edu).

Non-UW students, including graduates of the PMHNP track, should apply to the PMHNP track under one of the following program options:

*See the PMH Curriculum Overview for more information on applying as a Post-Master's student.