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Dr. Jodi Pawluski is a Neuroscientist, Therapist and Author.  Her work focuses on the Science of Mommy Brain, the Neuroscience of Parenting and Perinatal Mental Health. 

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Dr Jodi Pawluski is a Behavioural Neuroscientist, Psychotherapist and Author based in Rennes, France. Her research is affiliated with the IRSET (UMR_S 1085) a research unit of the INSERM institute, the University of Rennes 1, and the EHESP School of Public Health.

For over fifteen years Jodi has studied the neuroscience of motherhood and the effects of perinatal mental illness and antidepressant medications on the mother and developing offspring. She regularly speaks nationally and internationally about her research findings as well as the fascinating effects of parenting on the brain.

Dr Pawluski regularly speaks with journalists about the neuroscience of parenting and has appeared in the New York Times, Scientific American, CNN, The Boston Globe, to name a few. She has also been on BBC Radio Women's Hour and FranceInter to talk about the maternal brain. 

She is a Postpartum Support International Coordinator for France and a member of the Canadian Perinatal Mental Health Collaborative. She is active in publishing, counseling, mentoring and advocating for improvements to perinatal mental health care.

In 2020 she started a podcast called Mommy Brain Revisited which focuses on bringing current research on the parental brain to the general public. She also regularly blogs about the neuroscience of parenting and perinatal mental health at Inspire the Mind and is the author of Mommy Brain (Larousse)


H.D.R. Sciences de la vie (2019)

  • Universite de Rennes 1, France


Ph.D.     Neuroscience (2007)

  • Program in Neuroscience, Department of Psychology, The University of British Columbia, Canada


M.A.      Psychology (2003), Diploma in Neuroscience.

  • Department of Psychology, Program in Neuroscience, University of Toronto, Canada


B.Sc.      Biopsychology (2000),

  • The University of British Columbia, Canada


PMH-C (Perinatal Mental Health Certification

  • Postpartum Support International 

RPC-C (Registered Professional Counsellor Candidate)

  • Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA)


Certificate in Applied Counselling Studies in The Practice of Psychotherapy (2019)

  • Kelowna College of Professional Counselling, Canada

​Scientific Activities
  • Associate Editor

  • Section Editor Neuroscience

    • Archives of Women's Mental Health Journal  (Springer) @AWMH_Journal

  • Editorial Advisory Board

  • Advisory committee

    • Parental Brain Meetings: @ParentalBrain 

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