Kimberly Ann Yonkers MD
Professor of Psychiatry and of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences; Director, Center for Wellbeing of Women and Mothers
The work of my research group includes investigations into the clinical course, etiopathology and treatment of psychiatric disorders as they occur in women. A major component of this work includes investigations into the occurrence and treatment of illnesses in pregnancy and the postpartum period, and across the menstrual cycle. This area, by its nature, cuts across disciplines and requires psychiatric expertise, as well as knowledge in neuroscience and reproductive biology.
Reciprocally, we assess the effects that psychiatric illnesses and their treatments, have on perinatal outcomes. In a cohort study funded by NICHD, we recruited approximately 2800 women and interviewed them three times during pregnancy. We are assessing whether depression is a risk factor for preterm delivery, independent of antidepressant treatment. This large prospective cohort study includes information on maternal psychiatric illness, antidepressant treatment and other obstetrical risk factors.
We have also been working on ways to screen and treat pregnant and postpartum women with substance use disorders. We use psychotherapies and potentially new pharmacological therapies that are tailored for perinatal women.
Education & Training
- Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons (1986)
- McLean Hospital
- Board Certification
- Psychiatry, Board Certified (1991)
Honors & Recognition
- Best Doctors in US