Huynh-Nhu (Mimi) Le, Ph.D.

Huynh-Nhu (Mimi) Le


Huynh-Nhu (Mimi) Le, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at George Washington University. She is a clinical and community psychologist with expertise in the prevention and treatment of major depression using cognitive-behavioral interventions. She was/is the PI of two grants funded by the DHHS/HRSA/Maternal and Child Health Bureau: (a) a randomized controlled trial to test the effectiveness of cognitive-behavioral intervention to prevent perinatal depression in low-income at high risk Latinas in the Washington DC community (2004-2008); (b) a community based study to integrate screening and evidence based prevention interventions for perinatal depression in the Women Infants and Children (WIC) program in Washington DC, for low-income ethnically diverse women (2010-2012/current).  In addition, she was the co-investigator of a NIMH intervention development grant, which evaluated a cognitive-behavioral RCT to prevent perinatal depression in low-income predominantly Mexican women in the San Francisco, CA region (NIMH R21 MH 59605; PI: Muñoz; 2000-2003). All of these projects have a predominant focus on low-income Latina immigrants during the perinatal period.



In Press:

Aguilera, A., Miranda, J., Aguilar-Gaxiola, S., Organista, K. C., Gonzalez, G., McQuaid, J., Kohn-Wood, L. P., Le, H. N…. & Muñoz, R. F. (in press).  Depression prevention and treatment interventions: The evolution of the Latino Mental Health Research Program.  In G. Bernal (Ed.), Culturally-informed evidence-based psychological practices for ethnic minorities: Challenges and solutions.  American Psychological Association. 

Lara, M. A., Navarrete, L., Nieto, L., & Le, H. N. (in press). Experiences of sexual, physical and verbal abuse and depressive and anxiety symptoms and history of suicide behavior in pregnant women in Mexico.  Revista Brasileira de Psiquiatria.

Perry, D. F., Le, H. N., Villamil, C., Yengo, J., & Boateng, A. O. (in press). Policy and practice: Integrating perinatal depression screening into WIC at a federally qualified health center.  Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action.


Le, H. N., Perry, D. F., Mendelson, T., Tandon, S. D., & Muñoz, R. F. (2015). Preventing perinatal depression in high risk women: Moving the Mothers and Babies Course from clinical trials to community implementation. Maternal and Child Health Journal.  doi: 10.1007/s10995-015-1729-7


Alexander*, L. A., Rodríguez, M. F., Perry, D. F., & Le, H. N. (2014).  The latent symptom structure of the Beck Depression Inventory: Second edition in Latina pregnant women. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 18, 1132-1141. doi:10.1007/s10995-013-1343-5  (online first, August 2013)

Gonzales*, F. A., Le, H. N., & Perry, D. F. (2014). Using an optimality index to understand perinatal health disparities: A pilot study with Latina immigrants.  Journal of Transcultural Nursing. 25(3), 265-272. doi:10.1177/1043659614522302 (online first, February, 2014)

Le, H.N., Boyd, R. C., & Lara, M. A. (2014). Treatment of depressive disorders and comorbidity in ethnic minority groups.  In C.S. Richards and M.W. O’Hara (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Depression and Comorbidity (pp. 528-545). New York: Oxford University Press. 

Lieberman*, K., Le, H. N., & Perry, D. F. (2014). A systematic review of perinatal depression interventions for adolescent mothers.  Journal of Adolescence, 37, 1227-1235. doi: 10.1016/j.adolescence.2014.08.004

Muñoz, R. F., Schueller, S. M., Barrera, A. Z., Le, H. N., & Torres, L. (2014).  Major depression can be prevented: Implications for research and practice.  In I.H. Gotlib and C.L. Hammen (Eds.), Handbook of Depression - Third Edition (pp. 249-274). New York: Guilford.


Lara, M. A., Navarrete, L., Navarro, C., & Le, H. N. (2013 epub). Evaluation of the psychometric measures for the Postpartum Depression Screening Scale-Spanish Version for Mexican Women. Journal of Transcultural Nursing. doi:10.1177/1043659613493436

Le, H. N., Perry, D. F., Genovez*, M., & Cardeli, E. (2013). In their own voices: Latinas’ experiences with a randomized controlled trial to prevent perinatal depression. Qualitative Health Research, 23(6), 834-846. doi:10.1177/1049732313482591


Christensen, A., Perry, D. F., & Le, H. N. (2011).  Unintended pregnancy and perinatal depression trajectories in low-income, high-risk Hispanic immigrants.  Prevention Science. 12(3), 289-299. doi:10.1007/s11121-011-0213

Christensen, A., Perry, D. F., Le, H. N., & Ahmed, S. (2011). Correlates of unintended birth among low-income Hispanic immigrants at high risk for depression.  Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 13(3), 478-486. doi:10.1007/s10903-011-9437

Le, H. N., Perry, D. F., & Stuart, E. A. (2011).  Evaluating a preventive intervention for perinatal depression in high-risk Latinas. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 79(2), 135-141. doi:10.1037/a0022492


Perry, D. F., Ettinger, A. K., Mendelson, T., & Le, H. N. (2011).  Prenatal depression predicts postpartum maternal attachment in low-income Latina mothers with infants.  Infant Behavior and Development, 34, 339-350. doi:10.1016/j.infbeh.2011.02.005

Tandon, S. D., Cluxton-Keller, F. Leis, J., Le, H. N., & Perry, D. F. A (2011, online). Comparison of three screening tools to identify perinatal depression among low-income African American women. Journal of Affective Disorders, 36(1/2), 155-162. doi:10.1016/j.jad.2011.07.014


Lara, M. A., Navarro, C., Navarrete, L., & Le, H. N. (2010). Retention rates and potential predictors in a longitudinal randomized controlled trial of postpartum depression. Salud Mental, 33, 429-436.

Le, H. N., Zmuda, J., Perry, D. F., & Muñoz, R. F. (2010).  Transforming an evidence-based intervention to prevent perinatal depression for low-income Latina immigrants.  American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 80(1), 34-45. doi:10.1111/j.1939-0025.2010.01005.x

Le, H.N., Perry, D. F., & Ortiz, G. (2010). The Postpartum Depressive Screening Scale-Spanish Version: Examining the psychometric properties and prevalence of risk for postpartum depression.  Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 12, 249-258. doi 10.1007/s10903-009-9260-9

Sheng, X., Le, H. N., & Perry, D. F. (2010).  Perceived satisfaction with social support and depressive symptoms in perinatal Latinas. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 21(1), 35-44. doi:10.1177/1043659609348619.


Hochhausen*, L., Perry, D. F., & Le, H. N.  (2009). Community-based mental health service utilization among low-income Latina immigrants. Community Mental Health Journal, 47(1), 14-23.  doi:10.1007/s10597-009-9253-0

Lara, M. A., Le, H. N., Letechipia, G., & Hochhausen*, L. (2009). Depressive symptoms and risk factors in pregnancy in Latinas in the U.S. and Mexico. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 13(4), 567-576. doi:10.1007/s10995-008-0379-4

Le, H. N., Sheng, X., & Perry, D. F. (2009).  Using the Internet to screen for postpartum depression.  Maternal and Child Health Journal, 13(2), 213-221. doi:10.1007/s10995-008-0322-8

Muñoz, R.F., Le, H.N., Clarke, G.N., Barrera, A.Z., & Torres, L.D. (2009). Preventing first onset and recurrence of major depressive episodes. In I.H. Gotlib and C.L. Hammen (Eds.). Handbook of Depression – Second Edition (pp. 533-553). New York: Guilford.


Hochhausen, L., Perry, D. F., & Le, H. N. (2008).  From the inside out: Understanding limited service use among Latina immigrants. The Community Psychologist, 41(3/4), 49-52. Retrieved from 

Le, H. N. & Pinderhughes, E. E. (2008).  Special Issue editors: Introduction to excavating culture, Applied Developmental Science, 12(4), 161-162. doi:10.1080/10888690802387765

Le, H. N., & Lambert, S.F. (2008).  Culture, context, and maternal efficacy in Latina mothers.  Applied Developmental Science, 12(4), 198-201. doi:10.1080/10888690802388136

Le, H. N., Ceballo, R., Chao, R., Hill, N. E., Murry, V. M., & Pinderhughes, E. E.  (2008). Excavating culture: Disentangling ethnic differences from contextual influences in parenting.  Applied Developmental Science, 12(4), 163-175. doi:10.1080/10888690802387880

Le, H. N., Lara, M. A., & Perry, D. F. (2008).  Recruiting Hispanic women in the U.S. and women in Mexico in postpartum depression prevention research. Archives of Women’s Mental Health, 11(2), 159-169. doi:10.1007/s00737-008-0009-6

Stuart, E. A., Perry, D. F., Le, H. N., & Ialongo, N. (2008). Estimating intervention effects of prevention programs: Accounting for noncompliance.  Prevention Science, 9(4), 288-298. doi: 10.1007/s11121-008-0104-y



Muñoz, R. F., Le, H. N., Ghosh Ippen, C., Diaz, M.A., Urizar, G., Soto, J., Mendelson, T., Delucchi, K., & Lieberman, A. F. (2007).  Prevention of postpartum depression in low-income women: Development of the Mamás y Bebés/Mothers and Babies Course. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 14, 70-83. doi:10.1016/j.cbpra.2006.04.021