Elizabeth Soliday, PhD

Associate Professor, Psychology
Phone: (360) 546-9727
Fax: (360) 546-9038
Located in Classroom (VCLS) 208P
Office Hours: by appointment
Support Staff: Janet DeWitt

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 and mental health. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions about any of my classes or my research. 


Research Emphasis
I work in the general area of maternal health and mental health.  In particular, I am interested in the perinatal transition, or the last months of pregnancy and the first months of new motherhood. These are times of increased physical and psychological vulnerability for women and their newborns. I use both quantitative and qualitative (interview) methods in my research.  

Ongoing studies relate to improving maternal care and the childbirth experience to help pave the way to a positive early parenting experience. With colleagues from across the nation, I am researching complementary therapies and their effects on women's birth experiences and outcomes. Other studies involve theoretical tests of birth-related decision making among young adults.    
For more information, please contact me at esoliday@vancouver.wsu.edu

Graduate Students

Due to campus and program structure, I am not able to supervise clinical psychology doctoral students on-site. If you are interested in discussing my participation on your graduate committee, please feel free to contact me at esoliday@vancouver.wsu.edu.

Recent Publications

Soliday, E. & Tremblay, K. A. (2013). Provider trust: A useful concept in maternal care. Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Health, 27(3), 193-209.

Soliday, E. & Hapke, P. (2013). Research on obstetric acupuncture: The U.S. contribution. Medical Acupuncture, 25(4), 252-260.

Soliday, E. Tremblay, K., & Sayyam, J. (2013). Pathways to violated expectations of epidural uptake: A mixed-methods study. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology. DOI: 10.1080/02646838.2013.830175

Soliday, E. & Hapke, P. (2013). Patient-reported benefits of acupuncture in pregnancy. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 19(3), 109-113.

Soliday, E. (2012). Childbirth in a technocratic age: Documentation of women’s expectations and experiences. Amherst, NY: Cambria Press.  *For a full review, see: Pincus, J. (2013). Childbirth in a technocratic age: Documentation of women’s expectations and experiences. [Book review]. In Birth, 40(2), 150-151.




  • PhD, University of Kansas, 1995