Julia Santana Parrilla is a current MSc student at the School of Population & Public Health. Her research committee includes Dr. Susan Cox (W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics, UBC) and Dr. Hamideh Bayrampour (Assistant Professor, Department of Family Practice, UBC).

Julia is also a Qualitative Graduate Research Assistant at the Stigma and Resilience Among Vulnerable Youth Center (SARAVYC, UBC Nursing), working closely with Dr. Elizabeth Saewyc (Execurtive Director of SARAVYC and Acting Director of Nursing, UBC) and Dr. Jennifer Wolowic (Managing Director of SARAVYC).

Her Thesis project, “Anxiety and depression during pregnancy: maternity care provider perspectives” is a qualitative study that aims to garner an understanding of maternity care provider (MCP) attitudes and perspectives toward anxiety and depression during pregnancy as well as the women experiencing them. The resultant knowledge will be utilized to inform a Knowledge Translation strategy aimed at MCPs to be more responsive to the needs of Canadian women. Identifying and addressing anxiety and/or depression during pregnancy holds the potential to lessen maternal and child morbidity and mortality. Unfortunately, both have been neglected in research and care priority settings.