Diverse Voices Virtual Talk - Violence and Women: Trauma and Addiction Impacts on Pregnant/Postpartum Women

Date and Time

– September 29, 2022, 03:00 PM EDT

Virtual only.


Event Information

ORWH’s quarterly lecture series, “Diverse Voices: Intersectionality and the Health of Women,” amplifies research that incorporates an intersectional framework and addresses the breadth of topics relevant to the health of women. The September 29, 2022, session of “Diverse Voices" will focus on violence and women including trauma and addiction impacts on pregnant women and postpartum women as well as centering survivors of gender-based violence, e.g., immigrant women, sexual and gender minority women, and female sex workers. This session will feature presentations from Natacha De Genna, Ph.D., of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and Sahnah Lim, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.I.A., of the New York University Grossman School of Medicine.


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Natacha De Genna, Ph.D., headshotNatacha De Genna, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, 
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Dr. De Genna studies patterns of commonly used substances in young people and those who are pregnant and parenting. She is currently conducting a study of cannabis and tobacco use in pregnant people under the age of 22 and associated infant outcomes. This mixed-methods project seeks to center the voices of young pregnant people with qualitative interviews to better understand the context of perinatal substance use and child development. This study also includes standardized assessments, medical chart data, urine and saliva samples, and data on social service usage. Dr. De Genna's research is intersectional, acknowledging interactions among race, sex assigned at birth, substance use, structural racism and discrimination, exposure to violence, and mental and reproductive health..

Sahnah Lim, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.I.A., headshotSahnah Lim, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.I.A.
Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health
New York University School of Medicine

Dr. Lim is a health disparities researcher who conducts applied, community-engaged studies that seek to address gender-related health issues among hard-to-reach populations such as sex workers and immigrant survivors of gender-based violence. Her research uses intersectionality and syndemic frameworks, and trauma-informed approaches to understanding how multiple marginalization impact mental and sexual health outcomes. Dr. Lim is a mixed-methods researcher with expertise in psychosocial statistics and survey methods.