Shayna Pierce

PhD Student

University of Manitoba

Applied (Clinical and Engineering Applications)

Shayna is a PhD student in Clinical Psychology at the University of Manitoba with a background in psychology, biology, and health studies. Clinically, she is passionate about supporting people experiencing mental health challenges during pregnancy and postpartum, including those who have had traumatic birth experiences or a perinatal loss. Beyond her clinical work, Shayna conducts research focused on determining the unmet mental health support needs of women and birthing people experiencing perinatal mental health concerns. She is particularly passionate about developing supports for those who have experienced prior traumatic birth experiences and perinatal loss (miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal loss). Shayna’s long-term career goals as a Clinical Health Psychologist are to advocate for and inform the development of medical practice guidelines and policy for perinatal mental health screening and integration of perinatal mental health services into primary care.

Area of Research Expertise
Perinatal mental health; Mixed-methods; Multidisciplinary care; Program evaluation; Unmet mental health service needs

First Nations land acknowledegement

We acknowledge that the UBC Point Grey campus is situated on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people.

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