Jodi Pawluski 

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I'm a behavioral neuroscientist and a therapist. For over a decade my research has focused on the neuroscience of motherhood and the effects of maternal mental illness and antidepressant medications on the mother and offspring. One key theme that has come from my research experience is that effective treatment to maintain maternal mental health is necessary. I regularly speak nationally and internationally about my research findings as well as the fascinating effects of motherhood on the maternal brain. I also host the podcast Mommy Brain Revisited where I talk with experts in the field on of the neuroscience of parenting. For more see research and media.

Recently I have completed additional training in applied counselling and psychotherapy. My focus is to provide support and counselling for women struggling with their transition to pregnancy and motherhood, feelings about their medication use, and struggles with loss. I am a Registered Professional Counsellor-Candidate (RPC-C) with the Canadian Professional Counselors Association. You can find me as a Tinto Expert in Counselling on the Tinto App.

I am a Canadian based in France where I live with my husband and 2 young children. I gave birth to one child in Belgium and one in the USA so I have a bit of an understanding of the feelings associated with becoming a parent as well as what it is like to live and mother in a foreign country; the challenges with language, customs, cultural expectations, loneliness and lack of family support. 


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


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

  • Associate Editor - Women's Mental Health - Frontiers in Global Women's Health

  • Editorial Board member - Archives of Women's Mental Health (Springer) @AWMH_Journal

  • Editorial Board member - Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy (Elsevier)

  • Editorial Advisory Board - Journal of Neuroendocrinology (Wiley) / Guest Editor Parental Brain Special Issue

  • Guest Editor - European Journal of Neuroscience (Wiley) Sex Difference Special Issue

  • Advisory committee - Parental Brain Meetings: @ParentalBrain 

  • Fellow, International Behavioral Neuroscience Society • www.ibnsconnect.org @IBNSConnect

  • Member, Canadian Perinatal Mental Health Collaborative 

  • Postpartum Support International Coordinator for France

  • Tinto Expert Counsellor - Tinto App