Elizabeth Soliday, PhD
Please note: During the 2012-13 academic year, I will be on sabbatical.
I have been a member of the WSU Vancouver Psychology Department since 1995. I teach classes in child psychology and clinically-related topics. My research focuses on perinatal maternal health, including depression, anxiety, and trauma associated with medical conditions and treatment. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions about any of my classes or my research.
I work in the general area of maternal health and mental health. In particular, I am interested in the perinatal transition, involving the last months of pregnancy and the first months of new motherhood, a time of increased physical and psychological vulnerability for women. My studies focus on how physical factors, such as general health, psychological factors, such as anxiety, and contextual factors, such as birth interventions, interact to predict mothers’ well being over the short and long term. I use both quantitative and qualitative (interview) methods in my research.
Maternal Care Values, Anxiety, and Childbirth Outcomes
This is a series of studies involving obstetric clinic patients, with interrelated goals of: 1) identifying care dimensions women report as most important and beneficial; 2) tracing relationships between care values and childbirth outcomes over time; 3) examining how anxiety may mediate relationships between care values and childbirth outcomes.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Treatments in Obstetric Care
These studies focus on the effects of TCM approaches to a variety of obsetric concerns, with the goal of identifying interventions that may reduce reliance on allopathic obstetric interventions with known risks, including negative psychological responses. Studies involve collaborations with regional colleges of Oriental medicine, TCM obstetric practitioners, and obstetric patients.
For more information, please contact me at email@example.com
Soliday, E. (2012). Childbirth in a technocratic age. Amherst, New York: Cambria Press (access more information at: www.cambriapress.com/books/9781604977981.cfm)
Soliday, E. (in press). Autonomy in maternal accounts of birth after cesarean. Techne: Research in Philosophy and Technology.
Soliday, E. (2011). Labor induction or anxiety reduction? The Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine. URL: http://yjhm.yale.edu/essays/esoliday20110313.htm
Soliday, E., & Fancher, J. (2010). Postpartum depression. In A. O’Reilly & J. G. Golson (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Motherhood. London: Sage.
Soliday, E. (2009). Intensive mothering, intensive visiting: How mothers view prenatal care schedules. Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering, 11, 19-26.
- PhD, University of Kansas, 1995