Calendar of Event
 Event Title: SSRI Antidepressants during Pregnancy: The Evolving Story
 Date: 4/9/2010      Time: 11:00am -- 12:30pm
Place: NYS Psychiatric Institute - 1051 Riverside Drive - 1st Floor Auditorium - NY, NY 10032

Speaker: Katherine Wisner, MD
Professor of Psychiatry
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Host: Dr. Kristin Leight


Katherine L. Wisner M.D., M.S., is Professor of Psychiatry, Obstetrics/Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, Epidemiology and Women’s Studies at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and director of the Women's Behavioral HealthCARE program at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC) of the University Pittsburgh Medical Center. She serves as an investigator at the Magee-Womens Research Institute and is an adjunct faculty member of RAND Corporation, Pittsburgh.

Dr. Wisner obtained an M.S. in Nutrition and an M.D. from Case Western Reserve University, followed by a general and child psychiatry residency at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and WPIC. She completed her post-doctoral fellow in Epidemiology at the University Of Pittsburgh Graduate School Of Public Health and a fellowship in Professional Ethics at Case Western Reserve University in 1996.

Dr. Wisner's focus is research on the psychiatric treatment of women of childbearing age. She is an expert in the treatment of depression during pregnancy and the postpartum period. She is the principal investigator on several National Institute of Mental Health research projects including the impact of treatment using a class of antidepressant medications on maternal role functioning during the first postpartum year, the use of antidepressants during pregnancy, novel treatments for postpartum depression and the efficacy of bright light treatment for patients with bipolar disorder.

Dr. Wisner is board-certified in general, child and adolescent psychiatry. Her memberships in scientific societies include the Organization of Teratology Information Specialists, North American Society for Psychosocial Obstetrics and Gynecology, American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (Chair of Human Subjects Committee) and the Marce International Society for the Study of Childbearing-Related Psychiatric Illness (current President). She has authored more than 150 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.