Perinatal Behavioral Health Needs Enduring


Cynthia Rogers, MD is a perinatal and child and adolescent psychiatrist, is the director of the Washington University Perinatal Behavioral Health Service, which provides mental health screening and multimodal treatment for perinatal mental health disorders in pregnant and postpartum women at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital. She also directs the NICU Behavioral Health Clinic where she treats formerly preterm and infants with psychiatric symptoms. She obtained her undergraduate degree in psychology from Harvard University and completed her medical training, general psychiatry residency, child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship and postdoctoral research training at Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Rogers also co-directs the multidisciplinary Washington University Neonatal Development Research (WUNDER) lab where she investigates the relationship between altered neonatal brain development, psychosocial risk factors like exposure to maternal depression, and childhood psychiatric disorders utilizing MRI in several longitudinal studies. Dr. Rogers’ research is particularly focused on studying high risk populations including children born preterm, children with elevated sociodemographic risk, and children born to parents with psychiatric illnesses.

Jerri Michael, Director of Strategic Initiatives – Jerri holds a graduate certificate in Psychoanalytic Practice with Children and Families, a B.S in Organizational Leadership and an Associate Degree in Nursing. She is a trained mental health counselor (UK). Jerri has been involved with maternal, child health issues for over twenty-five years, focusing on system and policy changes in maternal behavioral health and early care and education. Jerri joined Generate Health in 2011 to develop and implement the current Perinatal Behavioral Health Initiative. She has leveraged her expertise in networking and creating relationships of trust with individuals and organizations in underserved neighborhoods and communities into a multi-sector 16 organization Perinatal Resource Network, providing screening, assessment treatment and case management to women with identified perinatal behavioral health concerns. She has used her expertise in training, leadership, organizational development and strategic planning to engage and retain a broad array of service providers. Prior to joining Generate Health, she worked in Kuwait as a defense contractor providing direct operational and executive support overseeing and coordinating daily actions, operations, and performance tasks in support of executive oversight of a Department of Defense contract, Operation Enduring Freedom. Her initial training as a maternal child health provider, international breastfeeding consultant and parent educator has provided a sound foundation for the current areas of responsibility. Jerri continues to represent Generate Health in the St. Louis community by serving on the Regional Early Childhood Council’s Health/Mental Health Committee, MHB-System of Care Initiative, Great Circle Healthy Family Advisory Council, For The Sake of All School Based Clinics and is active in her local community.


About this Program:

The perinatal workforce development training will focus on 1) informing participants of signs, symptoms and treatments regarding possible behavioral health needs of the perinatal population and 2) allowing participants the opportunity to hear the personal stories of women who have experienced the need for services and share their insights into the needs of the behavioral health delivery system. Part one (150 minutes) will focus on identifying signs and symptoms of individuals with perinatal behavioral health needs and discussing possible treatment modalities. Creating successful linkages will be a primary goal. Behavioral health services will include those specifically tailored to perinatal women with emphasis on mental health, substance use, and trauma services. Part two (90 minutes) will include a panel of women who have experienced the need for perinatal behavioral services sharing their stories and then participants will break into small groups of 5-8 people to apply what they have heard/learned into possible action steps to better address this need in the community.



  • Identify signs and symptms that perinatal women and their family’s experience that may demonstrate the need for services.
  • Describe treatment modalities for perinatal behavioral health concerns.
  • Recognize what perinatal women see as their most important needs. What would have made their access to services easier?
  • Describe how to connect with, welcome and engage perinatal women in need of behavioral health services and offer resources available in St. Louis.

Panel of Perinatal Women:

3-6 women who have received perinatal services were recruited from the Queen of Peace Center, which provides substance use and mental health services to pregnant and post-partum women.