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Cynthia Battle, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior (Research)

Vassar College, B.A.
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Ph.D.
Clinical Internship - Brown University
Postdoctoral Fellowship - Brown University

Brown University Research Website

Research Interests

Dr. Battle is a licensed clinical psychologist whose research focuses on women's perinatal mental health, specifically depression during pregnancy and the postpartum period.  She is currently conducting three treatment development studies to examine the feasibility and acceptability of novel interventions for treating perinatal depression, including:  prenatal yoga, a pedometer-based walking intervention, and home-based family treatment. In addition, Dr. Battle is currently conducting mixed-methods investigation of depression treatment preferences and barriers to care among low-income pregnant women.

Selected Publications

Battle, C. L., Uebelacker, L. A., Howard, M., & Castaneda, M. (2010). Prenatal yoga and depression during pregnancy. Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care, 37, 353-354.

Battle, C. L. & Salisbury, A. L. (2010). Treatment of antenatal depression. [Letter]. Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health, 55, p. 479.

Battle, C. L., Uebelacker, L. A., Friedman, M.A., Cardemil, E.V., Beevers, C.G., Miller, I. W. (2010). Treatment goals of depressed outpatients:  A qualitative investigation of goals identified by participants in a depression treatment trial. Journal of Psychiatric Practice, 16, 425-430.

Powers, S. I., Battle, C. L., Pollack-Dorta, K., Wright, V. & Welch, D. (2010). Adolescent conflict and submission behaviors with mothers predict adolescent girls’ current and future internalizing problems. Research in Human Development, 7, 257-273.

Battle, C.L., Zlotnick, C., Pearlstein, T., Miller, I.W., Howard, M., Salisbury, A.L. & Stroud, L. (2008).  Depression and breastfeeding:  Which postpartum patients take antidepressant medications? Depression and Anxiety 25, 888-891.

Uebelacker, L.A., Battle, C.L., Friedman, M.A., Cardemil, E.V., Beevers, C.G., Miller, I.W. (2008). The importance of interpersonal treatment goals to depressed inpatients. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. 196, 217-222.

Battle, C.L., Zlotnick, C., Miller, I.W., Pearlstein, T., Howard, M. (2006). Clinical characteristics of perinatal psychiatric patients:  A chart review study. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 194, 369-377.

Howard, M., Battle, C.L., Pearlstein, T., & Rosene-Montella, K. (2006). A psychiatric mother-baby day hospital for pregnant and postpartum women. Archives of Women’s Mental Health, 9, 213-218.

Battle, C.L. & Zlotnick, C. (2005). Prevention of postpartum depression. Psychiatric Annals, 35, 590-598. 

Battle, C.L., Shea, M.T., Johnson, D.M., Yen, S., Zlotnick, C., Zanarini, M.C., Sanislow, C.A., Skodol, A.E., Gunderson, J.G., Grilo, C.M., McGlashan, T.H., & Morey, L.C. (2004). Childhood maltreatment associated with adult personality disorders: Findings from the Collaborative Longitudinal Study of Personality Disorders. Journal of Personality Disorders, 18, 193-211.

Cardemil, E.V. & Battle, C.L. (2003). Guess who’s coming to therapy?  Getting comfortable with conversations about rac and ethnicity in psychotherapy. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 34 (3), 278-286.