The SIP Lab studies how stress during pregnancy impacts newborn and early childhood development.

With the help of families like yours, we explore how environmental factors and experiences that affect moms throughout pregnancy impact the growth and health of children.


Through our partnerships with Mount Sinai School of Medicine and New York Presbyterian Queens began in 2010, over 600 moms have joined us in our efforts to learn about the challenges expecting mothers face and how they contribute to their children’s growth. We have received funding from the National Institute of Mental Health to continue this important work.
Our goal is to identify ways to help expecting mothers foster the best possible development for their children. We work closely with families in the community to better understand how life experiences, genetic makeup, and the environment influence the mental and physical well-being of the child. We hope information gathered from our study will help healthcare providers and researchers identify risks to child development earlier and provide services to help new mothers and their babies.

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Yoko Nomura (Psychology Department)

Assessment Center:

Delaney Room 301

Lab Location:

Science Building Room A341

The Children of Superstorm Sandy

One of our areas of focus within the study is the impact of natural disasters on pregnancy and child development. Natural disasters are an unavoidable part of life that can have long lasting effects on the areas they hit. If you are a mother who was pregnant when Superstorm Sandy struck the area in October of 2012 who also participated in the first phase of the Stress In Pregnancy study, please consider sharing your experiences with us. Your input and participation will contribute to the much needed research about how these events affect the community, and will help future mothers protect their children from adverse influences.

How to Help:

Make an appointment with us so that we can spend some time with you and your child to learn about your experience and see how your child is growing today. If you have not done so already, you can send us an email and receive a survey about your experience during the storm


Congratulations Riya!

Congratulations to Riya Kaushal for winning the The Thomas E. Frumkes Award: For excellence in psychological research.    read more →

Keep up the good work, Wei & Jacob

Congratulations to Wei Zhang and Jacob Ham to have her placenta genetic paper published with read more →

You Go Melissa!

Congrats to Melissa for getting her first first-author paper published with archives of OBGYN.  She is also getting featured at GC on this work.  She started getting media attention across the globe!…


Mount Sinai Hospital

Dr. Yasmin Hurd, Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience
Dr. Holly Loudon MD, Director OB/GYN Clinic
Dr. Joanne Stone MD, Director Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Dr. Jia Chen, Professor of Preventive Medicine
Mount Sinai Hospital, OB/GYN and Reproductive Services

New York Presbyterian Queens

Dr. Gary Eglinton MD, Chairmen of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Dr. Daniel Skupski MD, Director of Maternal-Fetal Medicine
New York Presbyterian Queens, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology