Jennifer Felder, PhD

Asst Professor
+1 415 476-7014

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.


Cannabis-related diagnosis in pregnancy and adverse maternal and infant outcomes.

Drug and alcohol dependence

Bandoli G, Jelliffe-Pawlowski L, Schumacher B, Baer RJ, Felder JN, Fuchs JD, Oltman SP, Steurer MA, Marienfeld C

Outcomes of Online Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Patients With Residual Depressive Symptoms: A Randomized Clinical Trial.

JAMA psychiatry

Segal ZV, Dimidjian S, Beck A, Boggs JM, Vanderkruik R, Metcalf CA, Gallop R, Felder JN, Levy J

Prenatal Maternal Objective and Subjective Stress Exposures and Rapid Infant Weight Gain.

The Journal of pediatrics

Felder JN, Epel E, Coccia M, Cordeiro A, Laraia B, Adler N, Coleman-Phox K, Bush NR

855: Risk of adverse birth outcome among Black women with post-traumatic stress disorder.

American journal of obstetrics and gynecology

Brittany D. Chambers, Rebecca J. Baer, Gretchen Bandoli, Jennifer Felder, Sky K. Feuer, Elena Flowers, Linda Franck, Anu Manchikanti Gomez, Deborah Karasek, Nichole L. Nidey, Scott P. Oltman, Elizabeth Rogers, Karen Scott, Larry Rand, Kelli K. Ryckman, Laura L. Jelliffe-Pawlowski

Insomnia During Pregnancy.

Jennifer N. Felder, Kathryn A. Lee

Pregnant Patient Perceptions of Provider Detection and Treatment of Insomnia.

Behavioral sleep medicine

Felder JN, Hartman AR, Epel ES, Prather AA

Associations between unstable housing, obstetric outcomes, and perinatal health care utilization.

American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology MFM

Pantell MS, Baer RJ, Torres JM, Felder JN, Gomez AM, Chambers BD, Dunn J, Parikh NI, Pacheco-Werner T, Rogers EE, Feuer SK, Ryckman KK, Novak NL, Tabb KM, Fuchs J, Rand L, Jelliffe-Pawlowski LL

Effect of prenatal mindfulness training on depressive symptom severity through 18-months postpartum: A latent profile analysis.

Journal of clinical psychology

Felder JN, Roubinov D, Bush NR, Coleman-Phox K, Vieten C, Laraia B, Adler NE, Epel E

Maternal depressive symptoms and infant healthcare utilization: The moderating role of prenatal mindfulness.

General hospital psychiatry

Roubinov DS, Felder JN, Vieten C, Coleman-Phox K, Laraia B, Adler N, Wilson L, Epel E, Bush NR

Sleep Disorder Diagnosis During Pregnancy and Risk of Preterm Birth.

Obstetrics and gynecology

Felder JN, Baer RJ, Rand L, Jelliffe-Pawlowski LL, Prather AA

Public Attitudes and Feelings of Warmth Toward Women and Men Experiencing Depression During the Perinatal Period.

Psychiatric services (Washington, D.C.)

Felder JN, Banchefsky S, Park B, Dimidjian S

Effects of daily maladaptive coping on nightly sleep in mothers.

Psychology & health

Felder JN, Epel ES, Coccia M, Puterman E, Prather AA

Depressive symptoms and gestational length among pregnant adolescents: Cluster randomized control trial of CenteringPregnancy® plus group prenatal care.

Journal of consulting and clinical psychology

Felder JN, Epel E, Lewis JB, Cunningham SD, Tobin JN, Rising SS, Thomas M, Ickovics JR

Poor Sleep Quality, Psychological Distress, and the Buffering Effect of Mindfulness Training During Pregnancy.

Behavioral sleep medicine

Felder JN, Laraia B, Coleman-Phox K, Bush N, Suresh M, Thomas M, Adler N, Epel E, Prather AA

Role of self-compassion in psychological well-being among perinatal women.

Archives of women's mental health

Felder JN, Lemon E, Shea K, Kripke K, Dimidjian S

An Open Trial of Web-Based Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Perinatal Women at Risk for Depressive Relapse

Cognitive and Behavioral Practice

Felder J.N., Segal, Z., Beck, A., Sherwood, N.E., Goodman, S.H., Boggs, J., Lemon, E., Dimidjian, S.

An open trial of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for the prevention of perinatal depressive relapse/recurrence.

Archives of women's mental health

Dimidjian S, Goodman SH, Felder JN, Gallop R, Brown AP, Beck A

Mindful mood balance: a case report of Web-based treatment of residual depressive symptoms.

The Permanente journal

Felder J, Dimidjian S, Beck A, Boggs JM, Segal Z

Web-based intervention in mindfulness meditation for reducing residual depressive symptoms and relapse prophylaxis: a qualitative study.

Journal of medical Internet research

Boggs JM, Beck A, Felder JN, Dimidjian S, Metcalf CA, Segal ZV

Neural mechanisms of subclinical depressive symptoms in women: a pilot functional brain imaging study.

BMC psychiatry

Felder JN, Smoski MJ, Kozink RV, Froeliger B, McClernon J, Bizzell J, Petty C, Dichter GS

Collaboration in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy.

Journal of clinical psychology

Felder JN, Dimidjian S, Segal Z

Reward circuitry function in autism spectrum disorders.

Social cognitive and affective neuroscience

Dichter GS, Felder JN, Green SR, Rittenberg AM, Sasson NJ, Bodfish JW

fMRI tracks reductions in repetitive behaviors in autism: two case studies.


Dichter GS, Sikich L, Mahorney S, Felder JN, Lam KS, Turner-Brown L, Bodfish J

The effects of psychotherapy on neural responses to rewards in major depression.

Biological psychiatry

Dichter GS, Felder JN, Petty C, Bizzell J, Ernst M, Smoski MJ

Autism is characterized by dorsal anterior cingulate hyperactivation during social target detection.

Social cognitive and affective neuroscience

Dichter GS, Felder JN, Bodfish JW

The effects of repeated opioid administration on locomotor activity: I. Opposing actions of mu and kappa receptors.

The Journal of pharmacology and experimental therapeutics

Smith MA, Greene-Naples JL, Lyle MA, Iordanou JC, Felder JN

The effects of repeated opioid administration on locomotor activity: II. Unidirectional cross-sensitization to cocaine.

The Journal of pharmacology and experimental therapeutics

Smith MA, Greene-Naples JL, Felder JN, Iordanou JC, Lyle MA, Walker KL

fMRI of alterations in reward selection, anticipation, and feedback in major depressive disorder.

Journal of affective disorders

Smoski MJ, Felder J, Bizzell J, Green SR, Ernst M, Lynch TR, Dichter GS

Mapping social target detection with functional magnetic resonance imaging.

Social cognitive and affective neuroscience

Dichter GS, Felder JN, Bodfish JW, Sikich L, Belger A