Graduate Research Assisstant
My research is focused on exposure to early life stress and the subsequent development of mental health disorders, and encompasses two strands. My first strand of research addresses how experiences of childhood maltreatment and bullying/victimisation lead to the development of psychopathology in later life with a particular focus on identifying protective factors to inform intervention designs. The second strand of my research relates to understanding the contributions of pre and postnatal stress to the development of childhood mental health disorders, and investigating sex differences in such associations.
Symptoms of prenatal depression are associated with raised salivary alpha-amylase levels.
Braithwaite EC. et al, (2015), Psychoneuroendocrinology, 60, 163 - 172
Salivary cortisol response to infant distress in pregnant women with depressive symptoms.
Murphy SE. et al, (2015), Arch Womens Ment Health, 18, 247 - 253
Prenatal risk factors for depression: A critical review of the evidence and potential mechanisms
Braithwaite EC. et al, (2014), Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, 5, 339 - 350
Maternal prenatal depressive symptoms predict infant NR3C1 1F and BDNF IV DNA methylation.
Braithwaite EC. et al, (2015), Epigenetics, 10, 408 - 417
Modifiable predictors of depression following childhood maltreatment: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
Braithwaite EC. et al, (2017), Transl Psychiatry, 7
Maternal prenatal cortisol predicts infant negative emotionality in a sex-dependent manner
Braithwaite EC. et al, (2017), Physiology and Behavior, 175, 31 - 36
Effects of prenatal depressive symptoms on maternal and infant cortisol reactivity
Braithwaite EC. et al, (2016), Archives of Women's Mental Health, 19, 581 - 590
A Role for the Placenta in Programming Maternal Mood and Childhood Behavioural Disorders
Janssen AB. et al, (2016), Journal of Neuroendocrinology, 28
Maternal prenatal depressive symptoms predict infant NR3C1 1F and BDNF IV methylation.
Braithwaite E. et al, (2015), Psychoneuroendocrinology, 61, 4 - 5