Dr. Zucker specializes in the spectrum of maternal mental health issues as well as parenting and attachment relationships.
Dr. Jessica Zucker is a licensed clinical psychologist in Los Angeles specializing in women’s health with a focus on reproductive and maternal mental well-being. Jessica works with women struggling with fertility issues, pregnancy, perinatal loss, during transitions in motherhood, supporting prenatal and postpartum adjustments, treating perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, pregnancy and postpartum body image concerns, and in the midst of relationship challenges after the birth of a child.
She offers short-term and long-term psychotherapy as well as consultation services for women, couples and families, companies, and innovative campaigns centered around maternal health.
Dr. Zucker brings an expertise grounded in a global viewpoint to her practice, writing, books, speaking engagements, and multimedia projects. With a background in international public health and human development, Dr. Zucker addresses not only the issues women and families experience surrounding attachment and maternal health, but also focuses on delivering information and tools to women, as well as healthcare practitioners, with the aim of creating greater understanding, prevention, early identification, and treatment of widespread maternal mental health issues.
Perinatal depression has been named the number one complication of pregnancy. In the U.S., 15% to 20% of new mothers, or approximately 1 million women each year experience perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Perinatal mood disorders can affect any woman, regardless of age, income, culture or education. Studies show that babies well-being, development, and attachment relationships are directly tied to the mother’s physical and emotional health. Dr. Zucker is devoted to addressing these vital issues that have the potential to impact the entire family throughout the lifespan.
From her work in Africa, India, Nepal, across Europe and the United States as well as fellowships at Harvard University, through Columbia University in the Netherlands, and Israel, Dr. Zucker has extensively studied women’s global health concerns, gender, and perinatal psychology from a multitude of perspectives. Combined with over ten years of experience in psychodynamic psychotherapy, mindfulness-based practices and depth psychology in her clinical practice, Dr. Zucker is committed to helping women and families cultivate tools to sustain thriving, fulfilling lives.
She runs a full-time private practice in Los Angeles. Jessica is a frequent contributor to myriad publications, including: The Huffington Post, Medium, Every Mother Counts, Fit Pregnancy, Goop, “The Conversation” on Lifetime, Glamour Magazine, and PBS’s This Emotional Life, where she helped create the award-winning Early Childhood Attachment Toolkit distributed to women in hospitals, birth centers, and pediatricians offices across the country. Her research on women’s health culminated in an award-winning dissertation and a resultant book project. In addition, Jessica has contributed to various books pertaining to the maternal mental health landscape. Dr. Zucker’s perspectives are further captured through her involvement in mental health focused podcasts, NPR, documentary film projects, and live speaking engagements.