The Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences is hosting three events focused on perinatal mental health and maternal wellness. Assistant Professor Marla Wald, MD, has convened the series with support from the Duke University School of Medicine's interdisciplinary colloquium funding initiative. The lunchtime series, titled "Updates in Perinatal Mental Health & Maternal Wellness: Challenges & Opportunities in the Context of COVID-19 & Mental Health Disparities," to join events: http://bit.ly/PerinatalMHColloquia
Dr. Catherine Monk is Professor of Medical Psychology in the Departments of Obstetrics & Gynecology (Ob/Gyn), and Psychiatry, Research Scientist VI at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, and founding director of the newly launched initiative to embed Women's Mental Health in Columbia's Ob/Gyn Department (Women's Mental Health @Ob/Gyn) where she and other mental health professionals help women with stress, depression, anxiety across the lifespan. After completing her NIH post-doctoral fellowship in the Psychobiological Sciences at Columbia in 2000, Dr. Monk joined the faculty and established the Perinatal Pathways Laboratory.
Dr. Monk's research brings together perinatal psychiatry, developmental psychobiology, and neuroscience to focus on the earliest influences on children's developmental trajectories - those that happen in utero and how to intervene early to help women and prevent risk for mental health disorders in the future children.