Research Team

Principal Investigator

D. Elizabeth Jesse, PhD, CNM

Dr. Elizabeth Jesse

Dr. Elizabeth Jesse is a Professor of Nursing at East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, and holds a joint appointment as an Associate Professor at Brody School of Medicine, Greenville. She is a nurse-midwife and Principal Investigator of the Insight-Plus Study. Her midwifery experiences with diverse groups of women fostered her research commitment to understanding and addressing the needs, unique challenges, and health disparities that confront underserved women from culturally diverse populations. She has a particular focus on the mental health of low-income and minority pregnant women.

Contact Information:
D. Elizabeth Jesse, Ph.D, CNM
Professor Graduate Nursing Science
ECU College of Nursing
3160 Health Sciences Bldg
Greenville, NC 27858
Website: http://www.insightplus.org
Office: 252-744-6384
Cell: 252-258-1344
Fax: 252-744-6393


We acknowledge and appreciate the Insight-Plus Study staff and co-investigators for their tireless work on our project, A Public Health Program to Reduce Risk of Antepartum Depression (NIMH, R34 MH086680-01A1, 2010-2013).

Staff included: Project Coordinator, Elizabeth Feldhousen, PhD, LMFT; Group Facilitators, Lynn Battle-Owens, MS, LPCA; Renee’ L. Pearson, MSW, LCSW, LCAS; Kelly Phillips, MS, LMFT; Resource Mom, Gwendolyn Morning, BSW & Tara King; and Interpreter, Gary Ambert, MA. We also thank our research assistants including, Akeen Hamilton, Lisa Buchner, Mariza James, Meagan Capers, Kelly Dewald, Farrah Forney, Alanna James, and Robert Rhodes.

Study co-investigators included: Shelia Bunch, PhD, LCSW, Professor and Director of the School of Social Work at East Carolina University. Bradley Gaynes, MD, MPH, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina and a Faculty Research Fellow of the Sheps Center for Health Services Research; Edward R. Newton, MD, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Brody School of Medicine, Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine since 1998 and Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Brody School of Medicine (1998-2012); and Mel S. Swanson, PhD, Professor and Statistician, East Carolina University, College of Nursing; and consultant Steve Hollon, PhD, Professor and Gertrude Conaway Professor of Psychology and Professor of Psychology and Human Development Professor of Psychiatry, Vanderbilt University.