Catherine Monk, PhD
Associate Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry and Obstetrics and Gynecology)
Director of Research in the Women's Program in the Department of Psychiatry, CUMC
Research Scientist VI, New York State Psychiatric Institute
Co-Director, Domestic Violence Initiative, Department of Psychiatry, CUMC
Catherine Monk holds a joint appointment as an Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry, and Obstetrics & Gynecology. Reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of her research, she is affiliated with two divisions in Psychiatry: Behavioral Medicine and Developmental Neuroscience. She is Director for Research at the Women’s Program and Co–Director of the Domestic Violence Initiative. After completing her NIH post–doctoral fellowship in the Psychobiolgoical Sciences at Columbia in 2000, Dr. Monk joined the faculty and established the Perinatal Pathways Laboratory. She also maintains a clinical practice primarily focused on treating women during the perinatal period.
Treatment of women during the perinatal period, with special focus on depression, anxiety, pregnancy loss, infertility.
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Phone: (646) 774-8941
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We conduct research studies with pregnant women and their babies to improve their well–being and their future children’s lives. For nearly 20 years, we have contributed to the scientific evidence showing that when pregnant women experience stress, anxiety, and depression, it affects them as well as their offspring in utero. There is a ‘third pathway’ for the familial inheritance of risk for psychiatric illness beyond shared genes and the quality of parental care: the impact of pregnant women’s distress on fetal and infant brain–behavior development. Our projects involve fetal assessment, newborn neuroimaging, genetics, epigenetics, psychoneuroimmunology, mother–child interaction, and supportive interventions to (1) characterize maternal experiences and the effects on children’s development and (2) promote maternal psychobiological health for the mother–child dyad.