Jennifer Felder, PhD

Title(s)Assistant Professor, Psychiatry
SchoolSchool of Medicine
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    University of Colorado BoulderPh.D.2015Psychology and Neuroscience
    Duke University Medical CenterClinical Psychology Predoctoral Internship (APA accredited)2015Psychiatry
    Davidson CollegeB.S.2007Psychology

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    Jennifer Felder, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist dedicated to promoting women’s health during pregnancy and early parenting (i.e., the perinatal period). She optimizes interventions to improve psychological, behavioral, and physical health outcomes, such as depression, sleep, and preterm birth. She primarily focuses on targeting novel risk factors for depression. In an exciting new arm of her research program, she is developing and evaluating interventions for poor sleep, which is an understudied problem during the perinatal period. She is committed to increasing access to evidence-based interventions, particularly among populations disproportionately affected by poor health outcomes. To this end, she investigates innovative formats for disseminating interventions, such as digital, co-located, and integrated services.

    Dr. Felder received a mentored patient-oriented research career development award (K23) from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), which funds her research at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. The focus of this research is to optimize the Mindfulness-based Childbirth and Parenting program to improve sleep during pregnancy.

    Dr. Felder is also the Principal Investigator of the Research on Expecting moms and Sleep Therapy (REST) Study, which is funded by PTBi. This randomized controlled trial compares digital cognitive behavior therapy for insomnia to usual care among pregnant women.

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    Optimizing a Mindfulness-Based Intervention for Poor Sleep Quality During Pregnancy
    NIH K23AT009896Jun 15, 2018 - May 31, 2023
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Felder JN. Implementing the USPSTF Recommendations on Prevention of Perinatal Depression-Opportunities and Challenges. JAMA Intern Med. 2019 Feb 12. PMID: 30747945.
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    2. Felder JN, Lee K. Association of Early Introduction of Solids With Infant Sleep. JAMA Pediatr. 2019 Feb 01; 173(2):194. PMID: 30508020.
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    3. Felder JN, Roubinov D, Bush NR, Coleman-Phox K, Vieten C, Laraia B, Adler NE, Epel E. Effect of prenatal mindfulness training on depressive symptom severity through 18-months postpartum: A latent profile analysis. J Clin Psychol. 2018 Jul; 74(7):1117-1125. PMID: 29488628.
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    4. Roubinov DS, Felder JN, Vieten C, Coleman-Phox K, Laraia B, Adler N, Wilson L, Epel E, Bush NR. Maternal depressive symptoms and infant healthcare utilization: The moderating role of prenatal mindfulness. Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2018 Jul - Aug; 53:82-83. PMID: 29361308.
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    5. Felder JN, Baer RJ, Rand L, Jelliffe-Pawlowski LL, Prather AA. Sleep Disorder Diagnosis During Pregnancy and Risk of Preterm Birth. Obstet Gynecol. 2017 09; 130(3):573-581. PMID: 28796676.
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    6. Felder JN, Banchefsky S, Park B, Dimidjian S. Public Attitudes and Feelings of Warmth Toward Women and Men Experiencing Depression During the Perinatal Period. Psychiatr Serv. 2017 Aug 01; 68(8):796-802. PMID: 28412893.
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    7. Felder JN, Epel ES, Coccia M, Puterman E, Prather AA. Effects of daily maladaptive coping on nightly sleep in mothers. Psychol Health. 2018 01; 33(1):144-157. PMID: 28391720.
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    8. Felder JN, Epel E, Lewis JB, Cunningham SD, Tobin JN, Rising SS, Thomas M, Ickovics JR. Depressive symptoms and gestational length among pregnant adolescents: Cluster randomized control trial of CenteringPregnancy® plus group prenatal care. J Consult Clin Psychol. 2017 Jun; 85(6):574-584. PMID: 28287802.
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    9. Felder JN, Laraia B, Coleman-Phox K, Bush N, Suresh M, Thomas M, Adler N, Epel E, Prather AA. Poor Sleep Quality, Psychological Distress, and the Buffering Effect of Mindfulness Training During Pregnancy. Behav Sleep Med. 2018 Nov-Dec; 16(6):611-624. PMID: 28060531.
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    10. Dimidjian S, Arch JJ, Schneider RL, Desormeau P, Felder JN, Segal ZV. Considering Meta-Analysis, Meaning, and Metaphor: A Systematic Review and Critical Examination of "Third Wave" Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies. Behav Ther. 2016 11; 47(6):886-905. PMID: 27993339.
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    11. Felder JN, Lemon E, Shea K, Kripke K, Dimidjian S. Role of self-compassion in psychological well-being among perinatal women. Arch Womens Ment Health. 2016 08; 19(4):687-90. PMID: 27138783.
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    12. Felder J.N., Segal, Z., Beck, A., Sherwood, N.E., Goodman, S.H., Boggs, J., Lemon, E., Dimidjian, S.An Open Trial of Web-Based Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Perinatal Women at Risk for Depressive Relapse. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice. 2016.
    13. Dimidjian S, Goodman SH, Felder JN, Gallop R, Brown AP, Beck A. Staying well during pregnancy and the postpartum: A pilot randomized trial of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for the prevention of depressive relapse/recurrence. J Consult Clin Psychol. 2016 Feb; 84(2):134-45. PMID: 26654212.
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    14. Dimidjian S, Goodman SH, Felder JN, Gallop R, Brown AP, Beck A. An open trial of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for the prevention of perinatal depressive relapse/recurrence. Arch Womens Ment Health. 2015 Feb; 18(1):85-94. PMID: 25298253.
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    15. Dimidjian S, Beck A, Felder JN, Boggs JM, Gallop R, Segal ZV. Web-based Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy for reducing residual depressive symptoms: An open trial and quasi-experimental comparison to propensity score matched controls. Behav Res Ther. 2014 12; 63:83-9. PMID: 25461782.
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    16. Felder J, Dimidjian S, Beck A, Boggs JM, Segal Z. Mindful mood balance: a case report of Web-based treatment of residual depressive symptoms. Perm J. 2014; 18(4):58-62. PMID: 25141988; PMCID: PMC4206173.
    17. Boggs JM, Beck A, Felder JN, Dimidjian S, Metcalf CA, Segal ZV. Web-based intervention in mindfulness meditation for reducing residual depressive symptoms and relapse prophylaxis: a qualitative study. J Med Internet Res. 2014 Mar 24; 16(3):e87. PMID: 24662625; PMCID: PMC3978551.
    18. Felder JN, Smoski MJ, Kozink RV, Froeliger B, McClernon J, Bizzell J, Petty C, Dichter GS. Neural mechanisms of subclinical depressive symptoms in women: a pilot functional brain imaging study. BMC Psychiatry. 2012 Sep 21; 12:152. PMID: 22998631; PMCID: PMC3500241.
    19. Felder JN, Dimidjian S, Segal Z. Collaboration in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy. J Clin Psychol. 2012 Feb; 68(2):179-86. PMID: 23616298.
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    20. Dichter GS, Felder JN, Green SR, Rittenberg AM, Sasson NJ, Bodfish JW. Reward circuitry function in autism spectrum disorders. Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci. 2012 Feb; 7(2):160-72. PMID: 21148176; PMCID: PMC3277365.
    21. Dichter GS, Felder JN, Smoski MJ. The effects of Brief Behavioral Activation Therapy for Depression on cognitive control in affective contexts: An fMRI investigation. J Affect Disord. 2010 Oct; 126(1-2):236-44. PMID: 20421135; PMCID: PMC2929307.
    22. Dichter GS, Sikich L, Mahorney S, Felder JN, Lam KS, Turner-Brown L, Bodfish J. fMRI tracks reductions in repetitive behaviors in autism: two case studies. Neurocase. 2010 Aug; 16(4):307-16. PMID: 20178033; PMCID: PMC3709853.
    23. Dichter GS, Felder JN, Petty C, Bizzell J, Ernst M, Smoski MJ. The effects of psychotherapy on neural responses to rewards in major depression. Biol Psychiatry. 2009 Nov 01; 66(9):886-97. PMID: 19726030; PMCID: PMC3657763.
    24. Dichter GS, Felder JN, Bodfish JW. Autism is characterized by dorsal anterior cingulate hyperactivation during social target detection. Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci. 2009 Sep; 4(3):215-26. PMID: 19574440; PMCID: PMC2728636.
    25. Smith MA, Greene-Naples JL, Lyle MA, Iordanou JC, Felder JN. The effects of repeated opioid administration on locomotor activity: I. Opposing actions of mu and kappa receptors. J Pharmacol Exp Ther. 2009 Aug; 330(2):468-75. PMID: 19403853; PMCID: PMC2713083.
    26. Smith MA, Greene-Naples JL, Felder JN, Iordanou JC, Lyle MA, Walker KL. The effects of repeated opioid administration on locomotor activity: II. Unidirectional cross-sensitization to cocaine. J Pharmacol Exp Ther. 2009 Aug; 330(2):476-86. PMID: 19403852; PMCID: PMC2713084.
    27. Smoski MJ, Felder J, Bizzell J, Green SR, Ernst M, Lynch TR, Dichter GS. fMRI of alterations in reward selection, anticipation, and feedback in major depressive disorder. J Affect Disord. 2009 Nov; 118(1-3):69-78. PMID: 19261334; PMCID: PMC2745481.
    28. Dichter GS, Felder JN, Bodfish JW, Sikich L, Belger A. Mapping social target detection with functional magnetic resonance imaging. Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci. 2009 Mar; 4(1):59-69. PMID: 19015088; PMCID: PMC2656884.
    29. Dichter GS, Felder JN, Smoski MJ. Affective context interferes with cognitive control in unipolar depression: an fMRI investigation. J Affect Disord. 2009 Apr; 114(1-3):131-42. PMID: 18706701; PMCID: PMC2656256.