Hudson Santos, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor
Family, Psychiatric/Mental Health, Qualitative & Mixed-Methods Research Methodology, Research, Women’s Health

hsantos@unc.edu

919.966.9483

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Nursing
Carrington Hall, CB #7460
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460

Office: 544

“By helping the mothers emotionally, we support the well-being of the family.”

Hudson Santos, Ph.D, RN is an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing. He earned a Ph.D from the University of Sao Paulo and completed postdoctoral training in symptom science and bio-behavioral research at the Duke University.

Dr. Santos’ research program advances knowledge of the biological and behavioral basis of perinatal mental health conditions (e.g., postpartum depression, anxiety) and their related parental responses and infant outcomes in low-income families. His research program informs naturalistic and low-cost interventions that improve the management of perinatal and postpartum mood symptoms and parent-infant interactions. This work improves infant outcomes and family relationships to mitigate health disparities across generations.

Dr. Santos’ work concentrates in three areas:

  • Configurations and variations of depressive and anxiety symptoms over the first years of postpartum
  • The biobehavioral mechanisms of maternal and paternal depressive and anxiety symptoms, including oxytocin levels and parenting behavior
  • Naturalistic and low-cost interventions to promote mental health wellness in low-income families

ResearchGate

  • 2015 Emerging Nurse Scholar, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto, Canada
  • 2012 Honors Doctorate Scholarship-Research Internship Abroad, Sao Paulo Research Foundation
  • 2010 Honors Doctorate Scholarship, Sao Paulo Research Foundation
  • 2009 Excellence Research Honor. XVI Conference of Graduate Research at the State University of Paraiba
  • 2008 Jane da Fonseca Proença Award. Research Excellence in Psychiatric Nursing, Mental Health and Interpersonal Relationships. Brazilian Association of Nursing.
  • 2007 Jane da Fonseca Proença Award. Research Excellence in Psychiatric Nursing, Mental Health and Interpersonal Relationships. Brazilian Association of Nursing.

Selected Publications