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Mickey Sperlich

Assistant Professor of Social Work
University at Buffalo School of Social Work

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

Trauma and mental health challenges in pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period; women’s health; midwifery

Portrait of Mickey Sperlich, University at Buffalo midwifery, childbirth and trauma expert.

Mickey Sperlich is an experienced midwife and researcher who studies the effects of trauma and mental health challenges on childbearing and postpartum experiences and outcomes.

Her first research project culminated in the book "Survivor Moms: Women's Stories of Birthing, Mothering and Healing after Sexual Abuse." She has taken part in several trauma-focused perinatal studies and is co-author of a psychosocial intervention for pregnant survivors of abuse, the "Survivor Moms' Companion."

While working as a midwife, Sperlich became interested in research as an avenue to better understand the needs of clients who were trauma survivors.

Her research includes analyzing ways in which trauma is defined and experienced. She is also interested in developing and evaluating interventions that address issues experienced by survivors of trauma, and that aim to interrupt intergenerational cycles of violence and psychiatric vulnerability.

CONTACT:

Mickey Sperlich, PhD
Assistant Professor of Social Work
University at Buffalo School of Social Work

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