Hi, I’m Dr Jen!

It is my mission to bring postpartum and menopausal women clear, science-backed education and tools so they can optimise their brain health and mental well-being to thrive in life and work.

 

Why?

Because I was floored by both postpartum and perimenopause, and I don’t want other women to feel the same.

Even though I am a brain specialist, I had no idea how my brain changed, and how this would make me feel when I became a mother, and again when I became menopausal. So, I went on a mission to find out, and teach myself how to use the changes of these neurological transitions to thrive.

So others don’t have to feel the same, I am dedicated to teaching all women about postpartum and perimenopause (they are more similar than you think!) and their brain and mind, so they can teach themselves to thrive in life and work.

But who am I to teach you this?

I’m Dr Jennifer Hacker Pearson.

I hold a PhD in Medicine (Neuroscience and Pharmacology) from the University of Sydney, and a graduate diploma in Psychotherapy. I am also an accredited meditation teacher, researcher, author, international speaker and consultant. To my three kids I am Mama. That’s my favourite title.

I completed my PhD before I had kids. My work focused on neuroplasticity (the ability of the brain to change in both structure and function in order to adapt) and I was lucky to present this at conferences around the world and publish in very high-ranking peer-reviewed journals such as Nature Neuroscience.

It was during my postpartum struggles, and again during my challenges with perimenopause, that I started applying my neuroscience and neuroplasticity knowledge and tools to teach myself to thrive. My Psychotherapy degree (which I completed after having children) was the cherry on top that bridges the gap between the theory of the brain and mind, and the practice of thriving.

I believe in precision medicine. While there are commonalities in postpartum and menopause, such as hormonal and neurological changes, each woman’s experience is different due to her genetic makeup, environment, lifestyle, and the structure and function of her brain.

To thrive, women need to know how the transition of postpartum and perimenopause may affect them physically, psychologically, emotionally, socially and spiritually, which is why I not only work with individuals, but also team up with organisations to support their female staff, as well as educate health professionals to support their patients and clients.

 

MY PUBLICATIONS INCLUDE:

Nature Neuroscience
Bagley E.E., Hacker J., Chefer, V.I., Malet, C., McNally, G.P., Chieng, B.C.H., Perroud, J., Shippenberg, T.S., Christie, M.J. Drug-induced GABA transporter currents enhance GABA release and produce opioid withdrawal behaviours. Nature Neuroscience (2011) 14: 1548–54

Neuroscience
Hacker, J., Pedersen, N.P., Chieng, B.C.H., Keay, K.A., Christie, M.J. Enhanced Fos expression in glutamic acid decarboxylase immunoreactive neurons of the mouse periaqueductal grey during opioid withdrawal. Neuroscience (2006) 137: 1389-96

Book
I Wish Someone Had Told Me… – Unspoken truths about what really happens to women during labour, childbirth and the first few weeks of motherhood.

 

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