Who We Are

Study Team

Principal Investigator


Jennifer Felder, Ph.D

Jennifer N. Felder, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral fellow in the UCSF Preterm Birth Initiative and the Psychology and Medicine training program. Dr. Felder completed her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at University of Colorado Boulder, and her clinical internship at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Felder is passionate about improving the mental health and well-being of pregnant and postpartum women by developing effective treatments and increasing access to care. Her previous research has examined online and in-person mindfulness programs to prevent depression in pregnancy.



Elissa Epel, Ph.D

Elissa Epel, Ph.D, is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, at University of California, San Francisco. She studies psychological, social, and behavioral processes related to chronic psychological stress. With her collaborators, she has conducting clinical trials to examine the effect of mindfulness training programs on stress during pregnancy, and on parenting stress for mothers of children with developmental disorders. Dr. Epel studied clinical and health psychology at Yale University (PhD, 1998). She completed a clinical internship at the Palo Alto Veterans Healthcare System and an NIMH postdoctoral fellowship at UCSF.

Aric Prather, PhD

Dr. Prather is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at UCSF. His research focuses on complex interactions between psychological processes and sleep as they relate to physical and mental illness. Dr. Prather received his Ph.D. in Clinical and Biological & Health Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh in August 2010 following completion of his Clinical Psychology Pre-doctoral Internship at Duke University Medical Center.

Project Coordinator


Alison Hartman, BA

Alison Hartman, B.A., is the Project Director for the REST Study. In 2015, Alison earned her bachelor's degree in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis. Her research interests are in maternal mental health and women's reproductive health.

Research Assistants


Angad Jhandi

Angad is a sophomore at UC Berkeley currently pursuing a degree in psychology. He is specifically interested in how changing mind and behavior can contribute to better overall health. In his free time, Angad enjoys hiking, cooking, and music. After graduation he hopes to continue his education and pursue a career in the medical field.


Andrea Donis

Andrea Donis is a 4th year student at UC Berkeley pursuing a B.A in Social Welfare. Her research interests include understanding mental health disparities across different communities. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology where she can look into these interests more deeply, and eventually incorporate them in her work as a clinician.