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Betty Shannon-Prevatt wearing a blue blouse

Betty-Shannon Prevatt

Assistant Professor, Psychology

104 Ledford
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Dr. Prevatt is a Meredith alum. She obtained a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from East Carolina University. After working in several different settings, she opened a private practice with a specialization in reproductive mental health and worked primarily with women and families experiencing infertility and perinatal mood disorders. Dr. Prevatt was prompted to return to graduate school by two factors: 1) she realized her passion for teaching undergraduate students while working as an adjunct professor at Meredith, and 2) she discovered an interest in research when her clinical work in the community necessitated an empirical examination. Dr. Prevatt’s current research interests broadly focus on developing evidence-based interventions for improving maternal mental health. She is particularly interested in examining the needs and experiences of mothers who belong to marginalized groups. Her research has been highlighted by NPR and cited in Vogue magazine. She is thrilled to join the psychology faculty at Meredith where she will get to come full-circle from student to professor.

Academic Credentials

Ph.D. in Psychology, 2018; North Carolina State University

M.A. in Clinical Psychology, 2001; East Carolina University

B.A. in Psychology, 1999; Meredith College

Licensed Psychological Associate (LPA) and Health Services Provider Psychological Associate (HSP-PA) in North Carolina

Professional Credentials

Clinical Psychologist, Private Practice, 2007 – present

Co-founder, Fertility Connections, 2010 – 2014

Disabilities Services Counselor, Meredith College Counseling Center, 2002 –2007

  • Served as Coordinator of Disability Services 2004 –2005

Staff Psychologist, Carolina Neuropsychological Service, August 2001 – October 2002

Psychology Intern, Cherry Psychiatric Hospital, January 2000 – May 2001

Research “Encuesta sobre la Adaptación a la Maternidad” – Experiences and Needs of Hispanic Mothers in the Postpartum Period Project Principal Investigator. January 2017 – present

North Carolina Perinatal Mental Health Resource Needs Assessment Project Principal Investigator, January 2016 – 2018

Adjusting to Motherhood Project Principal Investigator, August 2015 – present

Moms Supporting Moms Program Evaluation Principal Investigator, August 2014 – 2018

Carolina Coping with Infertility Screening (CCIS) Project Co-Investigator, 2012 –2014 Collaboration of Fertility Connections and UNC Fertility Clinic, Chapel Hill, NC

Hurricane Floyd Flood Project Research Assistant, 1999 –2000


Phi Kappa Phi – NCSU, 2018

Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching – Graduate Student Association, NCSU, March, 2018

Student Travel Award $200 – Applied Social and Community Psychology Program, NCSU, Spring 2018

John Oliver Cook Graduate Student Award in Psychology $1,355 – NCSU, 2018

Preparing the Professoriate Fellow – The Graduate School, NCSU, 2017-2018 $2,500 – Crowdsource funded research grant

Award for Excellence in Mentorship – Graduate Student Association, NCSU, March, 2017


Prevatt, B.-S., Lowder, E. M., Desmarais, S. L. (2018). Peer-support intervention for postpartum depression: Participant satisfaction and program effectiveness. Midwifery, 64, 38-47.

Prevatt, B.-S., & Desmarais, S. L. (2018). Facilitators and barriers to disclosure and help-seeking for postpartum mood disorder symptoms. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 22(1), 120-129. doi: 10.1007/s10995-017-2361-5. Winner of the American Public Health Association Lutterman Student Paper Award.

Prevatt, B.-S., Desmarais, S. L., & Janssen, P. A. (2017). Lifetime substance use and postpartum mental health. Archives of Women’s Mental Health, 20(1), 189-199. doi: 10.1007/s00737-016-0694-5


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