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Michael Silverstein, M.D., M.P.H.
Associate Professor, Pediatrics
Boston University School of Medicine
2006-2009 Cohort
Project Title: "Maternal Depression in the ‘Healthy Families’ Home Visitation Program"

About the Project:

This goal of this project was to design and test a community-based problem-solving intervention for maternal depression.


Michael Silverstein, M.D., M.P.H. is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Boston University. Dr. Silverstein graduated from Harvard University in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, and from Harvard Medical School in 1998. He then did his residency training in pediatrics at the University of Washington, and fellowship in the University of Washington’s RWJ Clinical Scholars Program.

Dr. Silverstein is interested in community-based research that aims to help vulnerable populations of children and their families. Specifically, he is interested in harnessing to potential of community organizations with infrastructures compatible with the delivery of preventive health care and mental health care.

His Physician Faculty Scholars Program project was entitled "Maternal Depression in the ‘Healthy Families’ Home Visitation Program" and involved adapting non-pharmacologic evidence-based modes of depression therapy to the context of community-based home visitation programs. Specifically, he worked with an organization called Healthy Families, which provides home-based support services to first-time adolescent mothers and their babies. His aim, following a brief pilot, was to conduct a cluster randomized controlled trial of the intervention, and to measure its effect on adolescent mothers’ depression and social functioning.

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