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Council on Women's Mental Health

The Council on Women’s Mental Health is responsible for prioritizing and advancing clinical knowledge and research related to the diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric illnesses unique to women, the treatment of disorders during the reproductive years, the special risk factors and pharmacologic considerations unique to female patients, and health care access and outcome disparities associated with gender, including intersectional issues. The council facilitates the centralization of APA work related to women’s mental health, and serves as a source of information, guidance, and support for other APA components.

Highlights of Responsibilities

  • Works with other APA components to advise and assist on matters unique to women’s mental health.
  • Acts as APA’s expert on issues related to women’s mental health, providing the Administration or external partners with feedback on relevant policies, documents, and guidelines.
  • Addresses the clinical care and provision of services related to the diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric illnesses and special risk factors of female patients.
  • Works to increase the awareness of outcome disparities and promotes policies aimed at improving women’s mental health across the lifespan.
  • Leads APA’s initiatives and policy development around timely and ongoing issues which impact women patients.

Staff Liaison

Council Members

  • Ludmila De Faria, M.D., DFAPAChairperson
    2024-2026
  • Madeleine Becker, M.D., M.A.
    2024-2027
  • Obianuju Berry, M.D., M.P.H.
    2024-2027
  • Helen Blaisdell-Brennan, M.D., FAPAAssembly Representative
    2024-2025
  • Nancy Byatt, DFAPA
    2024-2027
  • Nicole Cirino, M.D.
    2024-2025
  • Uriel Halbreich, M.D., DLFAPA
    2024-2026
  • Priya Kumar-Kaparaboyna, M.D.Early Career Psychiatrist Representative
    2024-2026
  • Jennifer Payne, M.D., DFAPA
    2024-2026
  • David Silver, M.D., FAPA
    2024-2025
  • Carole Warshaw, M.D.
    2024-2026
  • Katherine Wisner, M.D., DLFAPA
    2024-2025
  • Carol Bernstein, M.D., DLFAPACorresponding Member
    2024-2025
  • Eman El Gamal, M.D., DFAPACorresponding Member
    2024-2025
  • Nichole Goodsmith, M.D., Ph.D.Corresponding Member
    2024-2025
  • Cheryl Hurd, M.D., DFAPACorresponding Member
    2024-2025
  • Guitelle St.Victor, FAPACorresponding Member
    2024-2025
  • Kimberly Yonkers, M.D., DLFAPACorresponding Member
    2024-2025

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