Margaret BublitzAssistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior (Research), Assistant Professor of Medicine (Research)
Dr. Bublitz is an Associate Professor (Research) and Clinical Psychologist working within the areas of women's health and perinatal mental health. Dr. Bublitz's research area aims to understand the biological and psychosocial mechanisms linking psychological stress to poor health, with a specific focus on the impact of stress during pregnancy on adverse neonatal outcomes. She has published some of the first studies to demonstrate a relationship between maternal history of childhood abuse and dysregulated hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal activity over pregnancy. Dr. Bublitz also serves as the Behavioral Healthcare Manager of the Integrated Behavioral Health service at the Women's Medicine Collaborative Primary Care Department. Within this service she supervises behavioral medicine residents in the Brown Clinical Psychology Training Consortium.
Chen, E., Hanson, M.D., Paterson, L.Q., Walker, H.A., Griffin, M.J. & Miller, G.E. (2006). Socioeconomic status and inflammatory processes in children with asthma: The role of psychological stress. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 117, 1014-1020.
Murali, R., Hanson, M.D., & Chen, E. (2006). Psychological stress and its relationship to cytokines and inflammatory diseases. In Plotnikoff, N.P., Faith, R.E., & Murgo, A.J. (eds) Cytokines: Stress and Immunity, 2nd Edition. CRC Press LLC, Florida.
Hanson, M.D., & Chen, E. (2007). Socioeconomic status, race, and body mass index: The mediating role of physical activity and sedentary behaviors during adolescence. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 3, 250-259.
Hanson, M.D., & Chen, E. (2007). Socioeconomic status and substance use behaviors in adolescents: The role of family resources versus family social status. Journal of Health Psychology, 12, 32-35.
Hanson, M.D., & Chen, E. (2007). Socioeconomic status and health behaviors in adolescence: A review of the literature. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 30, 263-285.
Hanson, M.D., & Chen, E. (2008). The temporal relationships between sleep, cortisol, and lung functioning in youth with asthma. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 33, 312-316.
Dunn, E.W., Ashton-James, C.E., Hanson, M.D., & Aknin, L.B. (2010). On the Costs of Self-interested Economic Behavior: How Does Stinginess Get Under the Skin? Journal of Health Psychology, 4, 627-633.
Hanson, M.D. & Chen, E. (2010). Daily Stress, Cortisol, and Sleep: The Moderating Role of Childhood Psychosocial Environments. Health Psychology, 29, 394-402.
Bublitz, M.H. & Stroud, L.R. (2011). Maternal smoking during pregnancy and offspring brain development: A state of the field review. Nicotine and Tobacco Research, 14, (4), 388-397. PMID: 22180574. *Cited in Surgeon General’s Report on Tobacco 2014 (http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/reports/50-years-of-progress/full-report.pdf)
Bublitz, M.H. & Stroud, L.R. (2012). Childhood sexual abuse is associated with cortisol awakening response over pregnancy: Preliminary findings. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 37 (9), 1425-1430. PMID: 22341730
Bublitz, M.H. & Stroud, L.R. (2013). Maternal history of child abuse moderates the association between daily stress and cortisol over pregnancy: A Pilot Study. Stress, 16 (6), 706-710. PMID: 23863127
Magee, S.R., Bublitz, M.H., Orazine, C., Brush, B., Salisbury, A., Niaura, R. & Stroud, L.R. (2014). The relationship between maternal-fetal attachment and cigarette smoking over pregnancy, 18 (4), 1017-1022. Maternal Child Health Journal. PMID: 23892790
Bublitz, M.H., Rodriguez, D., Gobin, A.P., Waldemore, M., Magee, S., Stroud, L.R. (2014). Maternal history of adoption or foster care placement in childhood: A risk factor for preterm birth. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Bublitz, M.H., Parade, S.P. & Stroud, L.R. (2014). The effects of childhood sexual abuse on cortisol trajectories in pregnancy are moderated by current family functioning. Biological Psychology, 103, 152-157.
Massey, S.H., Bublitz, M.H., Magee, S.R., Salisbury, A., Niaura, R.S., Wakschlag, L.S., Stroud, L.R. (2015) Maternal-Fetal Attachment Differentiates Patterns of Prenatal Smoking and Exposure. Addictive Behaviors, 45, 51-56.
Bublitz, M.H., Vergara-Lopez, C., O’Reilly Treter, M., Stroud, L.R. (2016). Association of Lower Socioeconomic Position in Pregnancy with Lower Diurnal Cortisol Production and Lower Birthweight in Male Infants. Clinical Therapeutics, 38 (2), 265-274. PMID: 26749218
Aubuchon-Endsley, N., Morales, M., Giudice, C., Bublitz, M.H., Salisbury, A., Stroud, L.S. (in press). Maternal pre-pregnancy obesity and gestational weight gain influence neonatal neurobehavior. Maternal & Child Nutrition
Bublitz, M.H., Bourjeily, G., Vergara-Lopez, C., Stroud, L.R. (in press). Momentary stress, cortisol, and gestational length among pregnant victims of childhood maltreatment: A pilot study. Obstetric Medicine
Margaret H. Bublitz, PhD, is a research scientist at the Women's Medicine Collaborative and Assistant Professor (research) in the Departments of Psychiatry and Human Behavior and Biology and Medicine at Brown Medical School. She received her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of British Columbia and was then awarded an NIH T32 postdoctoral fellowship in Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine at Brown Medical School. Dr. Bublitz's research area aims to understand the biological and psychosocial mechanisms linking psychological stress to poor health, with a specific focus on the impact of stress during pregnancy on adverse neonatal outcomes. In her research she has demonstrated a relationship between maternal history of childhood abuse and dysregulated hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal activity over pregnancy. She has also reported an association between early life adversity, particularly a history of adoption or foster care placement, and preterm birth.
Principal Investigator, Rhode Island Foundation Medical Research Grant
Mindfulness–based stress reduction to prevent preterm birth.