Eynav Elgavish Accortt

Eynav Elgavish Accortt
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center ·  Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Ph.D. Clinical Psychology

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Introduction
I am interested in the physiological risk factors that put women at higher risk for depression, anxiety and other mental disorders. My research focuses on mood and anxiety disorders during the female reproductive life course and in response to illness. As a clinical scientist, I am also interested in testing the effectiveness of alternative and cognitive-behavioral interventions for depressed and anxious women in pregnancy and postpartum.
Additional affiliations
July 2015 - May 2016
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Position
  • Research Psychologist
August 2014 - July 2015
University of California, Los Angeles
Position
  • Clinical Research Associate
September 2012 - present
University of California, Los Angeles
Position
  • NIMH Postdoctoral Fellow
Description
  • NIMH sponsored postdoctoral fellowship in Biobehavioral Issues in Mental and Physical Health at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Education
July 2002 - July 2009
The University of Arizona
Field of study
  • Clinical Psychology
August 1995 - January 1999
Georgetown University
Field of study
  • Biology

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Publications (30)
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Objective Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) are common and can interfere with pregnancy, delivery and the postpartum period. Best practice includes symptom screening, patient education and appropriate referrals, however, many hospitals struggle to identify and support PMAD patients. Therefore, the Cedars-Sinai Postpartum Depression Scree...
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Purpose To determine whether a diagnosis of a perinatal mood and anxiety disorder (PMAD) is associated with adverse perinatal outcomes. Methods Mental health symptom screening and diagnostic data from 82 women with single gestation in the Healthy Babies Before Birth study conducted from 2013 to 2018 were obtained by clinic interview. If a woman sc...
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Background: Younger women with chronic disease (<60 years of age), especially women with stereotypically "men's" heart disease (HD), are understudied. Unique difficulties may occur with HD, which is less commonly associated with women, compared with breast cancer (BC). Similarities may also exist across younger women, as chronic disease is less nor...
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Purpose: Postpartum depression (PPD) is a common pregnancy complication. The association between cesarean delivery (CD) and PPD has shown conflicting results in prior studies, although emergent CD appears to be a clear risk factor. Establishing PPD risk is critical and may, however, be related to the unplanned nature of the CD, rather than the surg...
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Background: Depression is a common complication of pregnancy and vitamin D deficiency is one biological risk factor for postpartum depression (PPD). Methods: We evaluated the ratio of 24,25(OH)2D and 25(OH)D serum concentrations referred to as the Vitamin D Metabolite Ratio (VMR), a new candidate biomarker during pregnancyand its relationship with...
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Prenatal vitamin D deficiency and prenatal depression are both separately associated with adverse perinatal outcomes; however, to our knowledge no studies have investigated the effects of having both risk factors. Our objective was to determine to what extent vitamin D deficiency predicts adverse perinatal outcomes and whether elevated depressive s...
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Cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors are well established. However, little is known about a woman's cardiovascular response to pregnancy, which appears to be an early marker of future maternal CVD risk. Spontaneous preterm delivery (sPTD) has been associated with a ≤3-fold increased risk of maternal CVD death later in life compared with having...
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Importance: Women are 2 to 3 times more likely than men to experience depression in their lifetime, and the greatest risk occurs during the reproductive years. As an obstetrics and gynecology physician or provider, you will likely encounter women who are at risk of development or relapse of a mental disorder during this vulnerable time. Objective...
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Background Allostatic load (AL) is an index of multi-system physiological “wear-and-tear,” operationalizing emergent chronic disease risk and predicting morbidity and mortality. AL has been proposed as an organizing framework for studying pregnancy outcomes and additional AL biomarkers for the study of maternal health would be valuable. Objectives...
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Vitamin D deficiency and elevated pro-inflammatory cytokines have each been associated individually with postpartum depression (PPD). African American women are at increased risk for prenatal vitamin D deficiency, inflammation, and prenatal and postpartum depressive symptoms, but biological risk factors for PPD in this population have rarely been t...
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Depression, sleep disturbance, and vasomotor symptoms are common in breast cancer survivors (BCS), especially in younger women diagnosed before menopause. Risk factors and mechanisms for depression in this population are relatively unexplored. In 163 young BCS, vasomotor symptoms were significantly associated with higher depressive symptoms (β=0.26...
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Complications related to preterm birth (PTB) and low birth weight (LBW) are leading causes of infant morbidity and mortality. Prenatal depression is a hypothesized psychosocial risk factor for both birth outcomes. The purpose of this systematic review was to examine evidence published between 1977 and 2013 on prenatal depression and risks of these...
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Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) is a chronic condition that significantly affects a woman's well-being on a monthly basis. Although co-occurrence of PMDD and major depressive disorder (MDD) is common, most studies examine whether women with PMDD are at risk for depression and investigations of PMDD in depressed women are scant. Therefore, th...
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Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), a diagnosis included for further study in the DSM-IV-TR (American Psychiatric Association 2000), lacks a structured interview. The reliability of a Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV-TR-Defined PMDD (SCID-PMDD) was assessed with 96 participants who spanned the full range of premenstrual problems. All in...
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Pre-menstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), a dysphoric form of pre-menstrual syndrome, is included as a diagnosis for further study in the DSM-IV-TR (APA, 2000). The present study investigated whether a marker of risk for major depressive disorder (MDD), prefrontal brain asymmetry, also characterizes women with PMDD. In a sample of 25 college women w...
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Assessment of dog health is based, at least initially, on observations made by health care providers, veterinarians and veterinary technicians, and pet owners when they provide history upon presentation of their pet. It is therefore important to understand how attachment relationships to companion dogs affect the health reports made by pet owners,...
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Epidemiological data on the prevalence of mood disorders demonstrate that major depressive disorder (MDD) is approximately twice as common in women as in men and that its first onset peaks during the reproductive years. We aimed to review key social, psychological, and biological factors that seem strongly implicated in the etiology of major depres...
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Resting frontal electroencephalographic (EEG) asymmetry has been hypothesized to tap a diathesis toward depression or other emotion-related psychopathology. Frontal EEG asymmetry was assessed in college women who reported high (n = 12) or low (n = 11) levels of premenstrual negative affect. Participants were assessed during both the follicular and...
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The VpreB/lambda5 surrogate L chain complex is an essential component of the pre-B cell receptor, the expression of which serves as an important checkpoint in B cell development. Surrogate L chains also may serve as components of murine pro-B cell receptors whose function is unknown. We have produced two new mAbs, R3 and R5, that recognize a differ...
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The VpreB/λ5 surrogate L chain complex is an essential component of the pre-B cell receptor, the expression of which serves as an important checkpoint in B cell development. Surrogate L chains also may serve as components of murine pro-B cell receptors whose function is unknown. We have produced two new mAbs, R3 and R5, that recognize a different V...

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Aim to better understand reproductive mood and anxiety disorders.
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Investigated resting frontal electroencephalographic (EEG) asymmetry in young women with PMDD symptoms.
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The Postpartum Heart Health Registry is designed to understand how early cardiovascular screening and evaluation can help child bearing women reduce their risk of developing heart disease later in life. This database of women with complications during pregnancy will allow us to track for possible heart problems and to study possible links between complications during pregnancy, mental health, and heart health.