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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. Her research is affiliated with the Institut de recherche en santé, environnement et travail (Irset, UMR_S 1085), a research unit of the INSERM institute, the University of Rennes, France.

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. Her work has been published in high-ranking peer-reviewed journals, including top neuroscience journals such as JAMA Neurology and Trends in Neurosciences.

She regularly speaks nationally and internationally about her research findings as well as the fascinating effects of parenting on the brain. She is active in counseling, mentoring and advocating for improvements to perinatal mental health care and research on the parental brain.

In 2020 Dr. Pawluski started a podcast called Mommy Brain Revisited which focuses on bringing current research on the parental brain to the general public. She also recently published a book titled Mommy Brain: Discover the amazing power of the maternal brain (Demeter Press and in French at Larousse)

Dr Pawluski's work has appeared in the New York Times, Scientific American, CNN, The Boston Globe, Die Zeit, Elle, Marie Claire, to name a few. She has also talked about all things mommy brain on national radio in France (FranceInter) and BBC Radio Woman's Hour.


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


Motherhood Studies Certified

  • by Dr Sophie Brock

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

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​Scientific Activities
  • Guest Editor

    • Journal of Neuroendocrinology - Parental Brain 2022 Special Issue​

  • 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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