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Heather Flynn

Heather Flynn

Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Research
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Heather A. Flynn, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and Associate Professor & Vice Chair for Research at the Florida State University College of Medicine in the Department of Medical Humanities and Social Sciences. Dr. Flynn’s research is focused on improved identification and treatment of depression in women, especially around the time of childbearing. Her studies are specifically aimed at developing and testing psychotherapeutic treatments for depression around the time of pregnancy, and on examining the impact of depression remission on obstetrical and infant outcomes. She has published over 50 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles and has received federal and private funding for her research since 1999. Dr. Flynn is also conducting projects focused on advancing the field both nationally and in the state of Florida through facilitating collaborative research networks to enhance synergy among experts in depression and related chronic illnesses. She is the Chair of the Women & Mood Disorders Task Group within the National Network of Depression Centers. She also holds an Adjunct Associate Professor position in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan. She is also a trainer and supervisor in behavioral interventions such as Motivational Interviewing and Interpersonal Psychotherapy.Visit Dr. Flynn's Lab Page


Bachelor of Science, Psychology, Cum Laude, Florida State University, 1990
Master of Science, Clinical Psychology, Florida State University, 1992
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology (APA Accredited), Florida State University, 1996


2012 Scholar, Harvard Macy Program for Leading Innovations in Health Care & Education
2012 The Florida State University Department of Psychology, Doctoral Graduate Award of Distinction
2010 Honorable Mention, University of Michigan Health System “Program of the Year” (Director, Women’s Mental Health and Infants Program)
2010 Advanced Leadership Program, Center for the Education of Women


American Psychological Association, 1995-2001, 2009-present
International Society of Interpersonal Psychotherapy, 2003-present
Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers, 2002-present

Research Focus

1. Development and examination of the effectiveness of psychological interventions to improve detection, treatment engagement and outcomes for depression in women around the time of childbearing
2. Evaluation of the impact of improved maternal depression and functioning on obstetrical and infant outcomes
3. Understanding psychological, structural and health care system influences on depression treatment use in women in health care settings
4. Dissemination and implementation of evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions for depression in health care settings


Peer Reviewed Articles

Swanson, L., Pickett, S., Flynn, H., Armitage, R. (2011). Relationships between depression, anxiety, and insomnia symptoms in perinatal women seeking mental health treatment. Journal of Women’s Health, Apr;20(4):553-8.

Henshaw, E., Flynn, H., Himle, J., O’Mahen, H.A., Forman, J., Fedock, G. (2011). Patient preferences for clinician interactional style in treatment of perinatal depression. Qualitative Health Research, March 23 (EPUB).

O’Mahen, H., Henshaw, E., Jones, J., Flynn, H. (2011). Stigma and depression during pregnancy: Does race matter? Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, Apr;199(4):257-62.

Palladino CL, Flynn, H., Richardson C, Marcus SM, Johnson TR, Davis MM (2011). Lengthened Pre-Delivery Stay and Antepartum Complications in Women with Depressive Symptoms During Pregnancy. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2011 Jun;20(6):953-62

Lancaster, C., Fedock, G., Forman, J., Davis, M., Henshaw, E., Flynn, H.(2011). OB CARES: Providers’ Perceptions of Addressing Perinatal Depression: A Qualitative Study. General Hospital Psychiatry. Gen Hosp Psychiatry. May-Jun;33(3):267-78

Lancaster C, Gold, K., Singh, V. Flynn, H., Campbell, J. (2011). Pregnancy-associated Homicide and Suicide: Findings from the National Violent Death Reporting System. Obstetrics & Gynecology. Obstet Gynecol. Nov;118(5):1056-63.

Sexton, M., Flynn, H., Vazquez, D., Lopez, J., Volling B., McDonough, S, Marcus, S. (2012). Predictors of recovery from prenatal depressive symptoms from pregnancy through postpartum. J Womens Health (Larchmt) Jan;21(1):43-9.

O’Mahen, H, Fedock G, Henshaw E, Himle J, Forman J, Flynn, H. Modifying CBT for Perinatal Depression: What do Women Want? A qualitative study (2012). Cognitive and Behavioral Practice 19. 2May : 359-371

Burnett-Zeigler I, Pfeiffer P, Zivin K, Glass J, Ilgen M, Flynn, H., Austin, K, Chermack S (2012). Psychotherapy Utilization for Acute Depression within the VA Healthcare System. Psychol Serv. May 7

Books and Book Chapters

Flynn, H. Depression and postpartum disorders. A public health perspective of women's mental health. Levin, B.L.; Becker, M.A. (Eds); New York, NY, US: Springer Science + Business Media, 2010. pp. 109-120

Flynn, H. and Himle, J. The role of psychotherapy in treatment resistant depression, In Treatment Resistant Depression. Riba, M., Greden, J. (Eds). In press.

Novick, D And Flynn, H. Psychiatric Symptoms During And Following Pregnancy: Using Psycho-Education, Assessment, And Intervention to Improve Outcomes. Women’s Health Psychology. Spiers M, Geller, P., Kloss J (eds).

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