Julia Seng

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Job Title: 
Research Professor, IRWG; Professor of Nursing, School of Nursing; Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical School; Professor of Women's Studies, LSA
Office Address Line 1: 
G120 Lane Hall
Email Address: 
jseng@umich.edu
Phone Number: 
734-615-0253

Dr. Julia Seng’s research focuses on the effects of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on women’s health and childbearing. Her projects approach this topic from a variety of perspectives. She used qualitative, participatory action research to understand women’s experiences and to inform intervention development. Epidemiological analyses have established that PTSD is associated with pregnancy complications and worse physical health across the lifespan for women. Clinical studies currently are examining neuroendocrine and genetic pathways that link PTSD to preterm birth, lower birth weight, and pregnancy complications. Clinical trial testing of a psychoeducation program for women with abuse-related PTSD, known as the “Survivor Moms’ Companion” are underway in the US and Australia. In addition to studying PTSD, Dr. Seng is working with collaborators in a new trajectory focusing on studies of oxytocin in relation to health outcomes in women.

WORKS WITH

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Research Professor, IRWG; Deborah J Oakley Collegiate Professor of Nursing, Professor of Nursing, School of Nursing; Professor of Women's Studies, LSA; Research Professor, Psychiatry, Medical School
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Research Professor, IRWG
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Research Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine Injury Center, IRWG
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Research Assistant Professor, IRWG; Faculty Associate, Youth and Social Issues, Institute for Social Research; IRWG Executive Committee; SHARP Associate Director
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Assistant Research Scientist, IRWG; Director, SHARP Center
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Research Scientist; IRWG Executive Committee; Professor of Women's Studies and History
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Research Program Lead, IRWG