Mount Sinai Health System

Environmental Medicine and Public Health Seminar

Title: Development Begins before Birth: Prenatal Origins of Risk for Psychopathology

Speaker: Catherine Monk, Ph.D.

Associate Professor | Department of Psychiatry, Behavioral Medicine & Developmental Neuroscience | Director of Research, The Women's Program | Columbia University Medical Center

Short Bio:

Dr. Catherine Monk is Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry, and Obstetrics & Gynecology, Director of Research at the Women’s Program, and Senior Sackler Scientist Columbia University Medical Center, and Research Scientist VI at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Originally trained as a clinical psychologist treating children and adults in a program that emphasized the developmental origins of psychopathology, Dr. Monk completed her postdoctoral research training in the Psychobiological Sciences via a NIH T32 at Columbia University in 2000, joining the faculty there a year later. She is a two-time recipient of the NARSAD Young Investigator Award, and a recipient of a Klerman Honorable Mention for Outstanding Research citation. Her research has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health since she her first support as a NIH ‘K’ CDA awardee in 2001.


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.

Date: October 12th, 2017                                                                 

Time: 12:00-1:00pm

Location: CAM Building, 17 East 102nd Street, West Tower Elevator, 5th Floor, D5-122

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*Light lunch will be provided

Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

CAM Building, West Tower Elevator, 5th Floor, D5-122