Pregnancy-related stroke through a neuropsychology lens

Erin Sullivan-Baca, Yosefa A. Modiano, Kathryn M. McKenney, Anne R. Carlew

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Objective: Stroke represents a primary cause of morbidity and mortality in pregnant and postpartum people. While pregnancy-related stroke has drawn increased attention in certain domains of health research (e.g. obstetrics, neurology), neuropsychology has yet to contribute to this literature. Given neuropsychologists’ crucial role in stroke evaluation and rehabilitation efforts, our field is poised to offer insights into this important topic. Method: This review presents facts about pregnancy-related stroke most relevant for neuropsychologists, including epidemiology, risk factors, and mechanisms, alongside clinical considerations and open areas of inquiry. Structured in the format of a traditional neuropsychological evaluation, we walk readers through factors to consider in record review, the clinical interview, and providing feedback and recommendations. Conclusions: Pregnancy-related stroke can be associated with marked functional disability and decreased quality of life, and it is notable that prevalence rates are increasing. Presenting at a time when people are experiencing adjustment to a new phase of life, and most commonly affecting women of color and other vulnerable populations, pregnancy-related stroke is a unique condition warranting special attention within the broader stroke discourse. This review aims to serve as a starting point for neuropsychologists to better understand the unique attributes of pregnancy-related stroke through a neuropsychology lens. Beyond that, it aims to promote broader meaningful discussion of neuropsychology’s role in women’s health.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalClinical Neuropsychologist
StateAccepted/In press - 2022


  • Pregnancy
  • peripartum
  • rehabilitation
  • stroke
  • women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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