For the last few years Adriana Dyurich, PhD, a recent graduate from the Counseling Department at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, has been imagining an innovative way to offer support and promote wellness for women during the pre and post partum periods.
As a result, she co-created a mobile application to help pregnant and postpartum women identify, manage and prevent peripartum depression. The app, called VeedaMom, is now available to the public using smart phones with IOS technology in the Apple App Store. The app features the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale for the screening of depression, psycho-educational videos, and mindfulness exercises, plus a variety of other features designed to facilitate professional care and make the app fun and user friendly.
Dr. Dyurich based her dissertation research on the experiences of pregnant women using the VeedaMom app. Her qualitative study conducted through her work with a maternal-fetal clinic servicing the women of South Texas provides a deeper understanding of pregnant women's experiences and emotions while using the VeedaMom app as treatment companion.
During the Fall 2017 semester, Dr. Dyurich presented the results of her research at the TAMUCC Doctoral Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT), obtaining the first place and the opportunity to represent our university during the regional competition to be held in Arkansas. She is also the first member of the PhD in Counseling program to obtain such recognition.