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Dr. Jodi Pawluski is Neuroscientist, Therapist and Author. She is an international expert on the Science of Mommy Brain, the Neuroscience of Parenting, and Perinatal Mental Health. 

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For over fifteen years Dr Jodi Pawluski has studied the neuroscience of motherhood and the effects of perinatal mental illness and antidepressant medications on the mother and developing offspring. Her research has been published in high-ranking peer-reviewed journals, including top neuroscience journals such as JAMA Neurology and Trends in Neurosciences.

She is internationally recognized expert in her field and regularly speaks nationally and internationally about her research findings related to mommy brain, the neuroscience of parenting, and perinatal mental illness.  She is also 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 is also the author of Mommy Brain: Discover the amazing power of the maternal brain (Demeter Press and in French at Larousse), the first book on the parental brain by a neuroscientist who does research on this topic. 

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, 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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