Kimberly A. Yonkers M.D.

  • Professor of Psychiatry, of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases) and of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences
  • Director, Center for Well-being of Women and Mothers

Depression in pregnancy and postpartum, psychiatric medications in pregnancies, addiction in pregnancy, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), premenstrual dysphoric disorder, addiction, alcohol, drugs, depression


Through research, I am committed to servicing women who suffer from mood and anxiety disorders. My specific interests have included sex differences in these conditions as well as the relationship and treatment of mood, anxiety and substance use disorder occurring during the premenstrual phase of the menstrual cycle and during pregnancy and parturition. My research foci are several and include determining the efficacy and effectiveness of pharmacological treatments of perinatal mood disorders substance use disorders and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), determine the degree of health care utilization among women with PMDD and perinatal depression and investigating the impact of perinatal depressive, anxiety and substance use disorders on birth outcomes.