Webinar: Supporting Mothers with Maternal Depression through Our Work in Head Start and Early Head Start


Linda S. Beeber, PhD, RN, FAAN
Frances Hill Fox Term Professor
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Nursing

Mailing Address: 
1000 Medical Drive, CB # 7460
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460


Linda S. Beeber, PhD, RN – an advanced-practice psychiatric mental health nurse – is a Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing. Dr. Beeber has taught and practiced psychiatric nursing for over 38 years and conducted clinical research in the area of depression in low-income mothers of young children whose life circumstances create disparities in mental health care. She currently is the Principal Investigator on two randomized clinical trials testing in-home, interpersonally-based psychotherapy for depressive symptoms in two populations of Early Head Start parents, English-speaking mothers (supported by a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health) and in newly-immigrated, Spanish-speaking Latina mothers (supported by a University-Early Head Start Partnership Grant from ACF/ACYF). She was the Principal Investigator on an ACF-funded University-Early Head Start Partnership grant to develop and test a curriculum for Early Head Start staff to identify, support and refer parents (mothers, fathers, grandparents, foster parents, etc.) who have depressive symptoms. She is currently the Principal Investigator on a grant funded by the National Institute of Mental Health to determine the feasibility of the depression reduction intervention in Latina mothers with limited English language proficiency recruited from a variety of community agencies (child care centers, primary health care settings, social service agencies).  Her interest is in bringing effective, culturally congruent mental health care to parents and children who are living with limited resources and in challenging conditions.