Prof. Jeannette Milgrom AM

Appointed Executive Director of the Parent-Infant Research Institute in 2001
Prof. Jeannette Milgrom AM

Executive Director

Jeannette Milgrom established the Parent‐Infant Research Institute (PIRI) in 2001 conducting basic and applied research (ante and postnatal depression, anxiety, prematurity, screening, CDSS, and developing psychological treatments – mothers, fathers and babies).

She has been successful as Principal Investigator on three prestigious National and Health Medical Research and a National Institute of Health grants over the last 5 years, investigating neurobehavioural development in preterm infants and developing internet treatment of postnatal depression. In a landmark publication, improvement in infant brain connectivity (visible on MRI scans) was found following a stress-reduction intervention by parents (Milgrom et al., 2010, Ped Res, 67). She continues to be a leading influence: recently editing a state-of-the-art book on screening.

Jeannette’s successful track record with over 80 grants to date includes six prestigious National and Health Medical Research grants and a National Institute of Health grant. She was a principal researcher in the National Postnatal Depression Program (beyondblue 2002-2006). She now also engages in translation of research to practice and wide-scale implementation has occurred across Australia. Delivery of online e-treatments for perinatal mental health is now a focus. She is an Executive Committee Member of the International Marcé Society for Perinatal Mental Health (formerly President 2014-2016 and Conference Chair in 2016).