Megan Galbally  from Murdoch University in Perth Australia.

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    Professor Megan Galbally

    Foundation Chair in Perinatal Psychiatry

    About me

    I hold a Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery and Masters of Psychological Medicine both from Monash University, a PhD from the University of Melbourne, and I am a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. I have been an Office Bearer and Committee member for the Australasian Marce Society since 2003 including holding positions of President and Treasurer and I am currently an elected Board Member of the International Marce Society. I was a founding member and treasurer of the Perinatal and Infant Special Interest Group, RANZCP and established the Victorian Perinatal Special Interest Group in 2003. I currently also hold an honorary position in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Melbourne.

    Previously I was  Head of Unit, Perinatal Mental Health at Mercy Hospital for Women, in Melbourne, a service I developed and expanded over more than a decade to include a range of service initiatives including a specialised antenatal clinic for women with Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder.

    My area of research focus is understanding the relationship between maternal mental illness and child developmental outcomes. I have led the development of two longitudinal research studies, Victorian Psychotropic Registry (VPR) and the Mercy Pregnancy and Emotional Wellbeing Study (MPEWS)  in collaboration with researchers from a broad range of disciplines and institutions. The current study, MPEWS is a longitudinal, pregnancy cohort study co-led with Associate Professor Andrew Lewis. This study has been funded by a National Priority Research Grant from Beyond Blue and a 5 year NHMRC Project Grant. My research interests also include early parenting practices (breastfeeding, sleep, parent-child relationship) and mental health and models of antenatal care for women with Borderline Personality Disorder, Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder.  An area of focus of both the VPR study and MPEWS is the effect of exposure to antidpressant medication in pregnancy on offspring outcomes. This research has resulted in national and international invitations to speak, invited publications including as lead editor of ‘Psychopharmacology and Pregnancy: Treatment Efficacy, Risks and Guidelines’ published by Springer, 2014 and as an expert advisor on the recent revised Clinical Practice Guidelines for Mood Disorders (RANZCP, 2015).




    • Galbally, M., Watson, S., Lappas, M., de Kloet, E., van Rossum, E., Wyrwoll, C., Mark, P., Lewis, A., (2021), Fetal programming pathway from maternal mental health to infant cortisol functioning: The role of placental 11?-HSD2 mRNA expression, Psychoneuroendocrinology, 127, , pages 105197 -.
    • Aran, P., Lewis, A., Watson, S., Galbally, M., (2021), Major depression and generalised anxiety disorder: An analysis of the effects of remission status and comorbidity on mother-infant emotional availability in the perinatal period, Journal Of Clinical Psychology, , , .
    • Frayne, J., Watson, S., Snellen, M., Nguyen, T., Galbally, M., (2021), The association between mental illness, psychotropic medication use and hypertensive disorders in pregnancy: A multicentre study, Pregnancy Hypertension, 24, , .
    • Aran, P., Lewis, A., Watson, S., Nguyen, T., Galbally, M., (2021), Emotional availability in women with bipolar disorder and major depression: A longitudinal pregnancy cohort study, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, , , pages -.
    • MacMillan, K., Lewis, A., Watson, S., Bourke, D., Galbally, M., (2021), Maternal social support, depression and emotional availability in early mother-infant interaction: Findings from a pregnancy cohort, Journal of Affective Disorders, 292, , .
    • MacMillan, K., Lewis, A., Watson, S., Galbally, M., (2020), Maternal depression and the emotional availability of mothers at six months postpartum: Findings from the Mercy Pregnancy and Emotional Wellbeing Study (MPEWS) pregnancy cohort., Journal of Affective Disorders, 266, , pages 678 - 685.
    • Galbally, M., Watson, S., Boyce, M., Nguyen, T., Lewis, A., (2020), The mother, the infant and the mother-infant relationship: What is the impact of antidepressant medication in pregnancy, Journal of Affective Disorders, 272, , pages 363 - 370.
    • Galbally, M., Watson, S., Keelan, J., MacMillan, K., Power, J., IJzendoorn, M., Lewis, A., (2020), Maternal perinatal depression, circulating oxytocin levels and childhood emotional disorders at 4 years of age: The importance of psychosocial context, Journal of Psychiatric Research, 130, , pages 247 - 253.
    • Galbally, M., Watson, M., van IJzendoorn, M., Saffery, R., Ryan, J., de Kloet, E., Oberlander, T., Lappas, M., Lewis, A., (2020), The role of glucocorticoid and mineralocorticoid receptor DNA methylation in antenatal depression and infant stress regulation, Psychoneuroendocrinology, 115, 104611, pages -.
    • Cowderoy, G., Power, J., Lewis, A., Watson, S., Galbally, M., (2020), The impact of maternal perinatal depression on exposure to reading and screen time for their infants: pilot findings from the MPEWS Study, Australasian Psychiatry: bulletin of The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, 28, 5, pages 559 - 562.
    • Suparare, L., Watson, S., Binns, R., Frayne, J., Galbally, M., (2020), Is intimate partner violence more common in pregnant women with severe mental illness? A retrospective study, International Journal of Social Psychiatry, 66, 35, pages 225 - 231.
    • Galbally, M., Frayne, J., Watson, S., Morgan, V., Snellen, M., (2020), The association between gestational diabetes mellitus, antipsychotics and severe mental illness in pregnancy: A multicentre study, The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 60, , pages 63 - 69.
    • MacMillan, K., Lewis, A., Watson, S., Power, J., Galbally, M., (2020), Maternal psychosocial predictors of pacifier use in a mother-infant interaction task: An observational study from the MPEWS pregnancy cohort, Infant Behavior and Development, 61, , pages 101505 -.
    • Redhead, K., Walsh, J., Galbally, M., Newnham, J., Watson, S., Eastwood, P., (2020), Obstructive sleep apnea is associated with depressive symptoms in pregnancy, Sleep, 43, 5, pages 1 - 7.
    • Mulcahy, M., Rees, R., Galbally, M., Anderson, R., (2020), Health practitioners recognition and management of postpartum obsessive-compulsive thoughts of infant harm, Archives of Womens Mental Health, 23, , pages 719 - 726.
    • Lewis, A., Galbally, M., Watson, S., Porter, E., (2019), Perinatal maternal mental health and infant socio-emotional development: A growth curve analysis using the MPEWS cohort, Infant Behavior and Development, 57, , pages 101336 - 101349.
    • Galbally, M., Lewis, A., Watson, S., Boyce, P., (2019), The role of trauma and partner support in perinatal depression and parenting stress: An Australian pregnancy cohort study, International Journal of Social Psychiatry, 65, 3, pages 225 - 234.
    • Galbally, M., Watson, S., Permezel, M., Lewis, A., (2019), Depression across pregnancy and the postpartum, antidepressant use and the association with female sexual function, Psychological Medicine, 49, 9, pages 1490 - 1499.
    • Galbally, M., Watson, S., Lewis, A., de Kloet, R., van Rossum, E., (2019), Trans-generational stress regulation: Mother-infant cortisol and maternal mental health across the perinatal period, Psychoneuroendocrinology, 109, Nov 2019, pages 104374 -.
    • Galbally, M., Sved-Williams, A., Mercuri, K., Brown, P., Buist, A., (2019), Comparison of public motherbaby psychiatric units in Australia: similarities, strengths and recommendations, Australasian Psychiatry: bulletin of The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, 27, 2, pages 112 - 116.
    • Flowers, A., McGillvray, J., Galbally, M., Lewis, A., (2018), Perinatal Maternal Mental Health and Disorganised Attachment: A Critical Systematic Review, Clinical Psychologist, , , pages -.
    • Galbally, M., Ryan, J., IJzendoorn, M., Watson, S., Spigset, O., Lappas, M., Saffery, R., de Kloet, R., Lewis, A., (2018), Maternal Depression, Antidepressant Use and Placental Oxytocin Receptor DNA Methylation: Findings from the MPEWS Study, Psychoneuroendocrinology, in press, , pages -.
    • Galbally, M., Watson, S., Lewis, A., Teti, D., (2018), Perinatal maternal depression, antidepressant use and infant sleep outcomes: Exploring cross-lagged associations in a pregnancy cohort study, Journal of Affective Disorders, 238, , pages 218 - 225.
    • Watson, S., Lewis, A., Boyce, P., Galbally, M., (2018), Exercise frequency and maternal mental health: Parallel process modelling across the perinatal period in an Australian pregnancy cohort, Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 111, , pages 91 - 99.
    • Groves, K., Lewis, A., Galbally, M., (2018), Prenatal Antidepressant Exposure and Child Motor Development: A Meta-Analysis, Pediatrics, 142, 1, pages e20180356 -.
    • Galbally, M., Watson, S., Ball, H., Lewis, A., (2018), Breastfeeding, Antidepressants and Depression in the Mercy Pregnancy and Emotional Wellbeing Study, Journal of Human Lactation, , , pages 1 - 10.
    • Galbally, M., Haskey, C., (2017), Mood stabilizers in pregnancy and child developmental outcomes: A systematic review, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 51, 11, pages 1087 - 1097.
    • Galbally, M., van IJzendoorn, M., Permezel, M., Saffery, R., Lappas, M., Ryan, J., van Rossum, E., Johnson, A., Teti, D., Lewis, A., (2017), Mercy Pregnancy and Emotional Wellbeing Study (MPEWS): understanding maternal mental health, fetal programming and child development. Study design and cohort profile, International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research, 26, 4, pages -.
    • Galbally, M., Spigset, O., Johnson, A., Kohan, R., Lappas, M., Lewis, A., (2017), Neonatal adaptation following intrauterine antidepressant exposure: assessment, drug assay levels, and infant development outcomes, Pediatric Research: international journal of human developmental biology, 82, 5, pages 806 - 813.
    • Galbally, M., Lewis, A., (2017), Depression and parenting: the need for improved intervention models, Current Opinion in Psychology, 15, , pages 61 - 65.
    • Lewis, A., Galbally, M., Austin, E., (2016), Prenatal maternal mental health and fetal growth restriction: A systematic review, Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, 7, 4, pages 416 - 428.
    • Seth, S., Lewis, A., Galbally, M., (2016), Perinatal maternal depression and cortisol function in pregnancy and the postpartum period: A systematic literature review, BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 16, 0, pages 0 - 0.
    • Galbally, M., Nguyen, T., Snellen, M., (2016), Commentary on RANZCP clinical practice guidelines for the management of schizophrenia and related disorders, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, , , pages 1 - 2.
    • Seth, S., Lewis, A., Saffery, R., Lappas, M., Galbally, M., (2015), Maternal Perinatal Mental Health and Placental 11beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase: pilot findings from the MPEWS study, International Journal of Molecular Sciences (Online), 16, , pages 27482 - 27496.
    • Galbally, M., Snellen, M., Power, J., (2014), ANTIPSYCHOTIC DRUGS IN PREGNANCY A REVIEW OF THEIR MATERNAL AND FETAL EFFECTS, Therapeutic Advances in Drug Safety, 5, 2, pages 100 - 9.