Professor Jeannette Milgrom has been involved in clinical practice and research on difficulties in the mother-infant interaction and postnatal depression (PND) since 1978, and has held a Harkness Fellowship in the USA as well as an O’Rouke Fellowship in Paris for work with families and infants. She has developed a model centre for families and infants, the “Infant Clinic”, and her signature programs include the HUGS intervention program targeting the parent-infant relationship and her postnatal depression treatments.
Professor Milgrom established the Parent-Infant Research Institute to bring together the latest research evidence and clinical approaches to advance our understanding and support for perintal mental health. Professor Milgrom has published widely in the area and held a number of long-term research grants, including numerous randomised controlled trial of screening (n=5000) and evaluating comparative treatments of postnatal depression. She is Professor of the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Melbourne and Director of Clinical & Health Psychology at Austin Health, Melbourne, Australia where she manages psychologists in the Mental Health Clinical Service Unit and across medical services.
Professor Milgrom also leads the Perinatal Depression e-Consortium (PDeC) in delivering online MumMoodBooster internet postnatal depression treatment to all Australian women over the last 2 ½ years, supported by Department of Health funding.
Professor Milgrom has a strong international standing as a current Executive Committee Member of the International Marcé Society for Perinatal Mental Health. As a previous President of Marcé, she was Conference Chair for the 2016 International Conference in Melbourne. She has also been a CI on two large scale UK grants by the National Institute for Health Research & Policy Research Programme: (NIHR 2013-17).
She is active professionally, having held positions in the Australian Association for Infant Mental Health (Victorian Branch) and as Chair of the College of Health Psychologists, Australian Psychological Society. She has worked closely with beyondblue since 2001 and was Chair of the beyondblue Workforce Training Committee as part of the Perinatal Depression Initiative (2011-2013).