Women's Mental Health Fellowship

AY2018-19 fellowship: no longer accepting applications.
AY2019-20 fellowship: we will begin accepting applications in early 2018.

WMH Fellowship AY2018-19 brochure 

About the Fellowship

The fellowship in Women's Mental Health at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, provides exciting subspecialty training opportunities for residents interested in the ways sex and gender can exert a major influence on the course, expression and treatment of psychiatric disorders. The purpose of the fellowship is to train expert clinicians in the psychiatric care of women, and in the assessment and treatment of psychiatric symptoms linked with female reproductive cycle transitions.

Fellowship Information

Fellowship Faculty
  • Dr. Hadine Joffe. Program Director, Women's Mental Health Fellowship Program
  • Dr. Geena Athappilly. Co-Director, Women's Mental Health Fellowship Program; Clinical Director of Women's Mental Health, Brigham Psychiatric Specialties
  • Dr. Deborah Knudson-Gonzalez. Associate Program Director, Women's Mental Health Fellowship Program; Clinical Director of Women's Mental Health, Fish Center for Women's Health
Goals

The goal of the fellowship is to train leaders in women's mental health to adeptly treat women with psychiatric disorders by understanding the following concepts and developing the following skills:

  • Acquire expertise in treating psychiatric disorders associated with the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, the postpartum period, and menopause transition, as well as hormonal treatments.
  • Understand the influence of sex and gender on the expression of major psychiatric illnesses, and the treatment implications of these influences.
  • Understand the influence of sex and gender on medical and gynecologic disorders, as they relate to co-morbid psychiatric symptoms and emotional reactions.
  • Develop an in-depth appreciation of the influence of sociocultural gender roles on psychopathology.
Clinical Sites

Primary Sites:

  • Women's Mental Health Service at the Gretchen and Edward Fish Center for Women's Health: A service that offers comprehensive outpatient mental health care as part of an integrated, multidisciplinary program including primary care and other specialty care services.
  • BWH Women's Mental Health Service at Brigham Psychiatric Specialties: An outpatient service offering consultation, diagnostic evaluation, pharmacotherapy and brief psychotherapy for women with reproductive-related psychiatric or psychological symptoms.
  • BWH Reproductive Psychiatry Consultation Service: A service that provides psychiatric consultation to inpatients on BWH obstetric and gynecologic units.  The service also provides diagnostic evaluation and brief interventions for women within BWH outpatient perinatal clinics.

Secondary Sites:

  • Dana Farber Cancer Institute Women's Psychosocial Oncology Services: The Dana Farber Cancer Institute Psychosocial Oncology Department offers psychopharmacology, cognitive-behavioral and problem-focused psychotherapy to women experiencing cancer-related issues such as emotional distress, cognitive changes, body image changes, sexual health, relationship concerns, parenting concerns, existential concerns and grief.
  • McLean Hospital: As part of this elective the fellow will be involved/participate in psychiatric units designed to treat women with eating disorders and borderline personality disorder.
  • Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Psychiatric Clinic: Offers consultation, diagnostic evaluation and treatment for women who are struggling with difficult emotional reactions to infertility and its treatment or women who have mental health problems and infertility.  Patients are treated through infertility work up and treatment, pregnancy and postpartum.
Education

Didactics:

  • Weekly Women's Mental Health Rounds: A one hour-long multi-disciplinary case conference in which the fellow as well as other trainees and faculty from different disciplines have an opportunity to discuss and receive interdisciplinary feedback/supervision from peers and faculty. 
  • Monthly Outside Speaker Series: Approximately once per month, guest lecturers representing various subspecialties of women's mental health or disciplines that intersect or cross-collaborate with women's mental health will present to the group.
  • Journal Club: Bi-monthly Journal Discussion: The fellow meets bi-monthly with core faculty to discuss articles pertaining to women's mental health.  The journal discussion will follow a preplanned curriculum and also incorporate most recent articles related to topics within women's mental health.

Supervision:

  • The fellow has approximately 2-4 hours of individual supervision per week with the core faculty of the fellowship.  More supervision is available with adjunct faculty, if needed.

Academic Project:

  • This fellowship emphasizes clinical experience, but also includes a scholarly project, the nature and scope of which depends on the fellow's interests. These projects can range from conducting an independent research project and publishing the results, to collaborating on an ongoing research project, to co-authoring a journal article or book chapter, to peer-reviewing others' research or publishing a book review. For those who are interested, there may be an opportunity to expand the academic project to include a larger amount of protected research time throughout the course of the fellowship.  Those fellows anticipating a career in academic psychiatry will be encouraged to submit a paper for publication and/or present at a regional or national conference.

Evaluation:

  • Fellows will meet weekly with their supervisor at the clinical sites for case review as well as general feedback. These weekly meetings also provide an opportunity for discussion of strengths and weaknesses and to formulate constructive plans for improvement, and meeting fellows' career goals. More formal career mentorship and counseling will occur between the Fellowship Director and the fellow as the year progresses. At the conclusion of the fellowship the program supervisor fills out a formal written review that evaluates the skills and attitudes of the fellow. Fellows will also have an opportunity to provide feedback about their experience through evaluation forms of the program and faculty. The feedback gathered from these evaluations is discussed at the next quarterly meeting of the program leadership and used to adapt and improve the program year to year.

Fellowship Structure:

The fellowship begins July 1st and lasts one full calendar year. Fellows will see patients both at the Fish Center for Women's Health as well as the BWH Women's Mental Health service and the BWH Reproductive Psychiatry Consultation service, both on the main BWH campus.

Fellowship Benefits:

The fellowship offers a competitive salary and generous benefits options.  Fellows are given four weeks of vacation time, three days for educational pursuits, and four days for research/scholarly projects per year. 

Academic Appointment:

Successful applicants must qualify for a Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital clinical appointment.

Past Fellows

  • 2015-2016: Kara Brown, MD
  • 2014-2015: Marley Doyle, MD
  • 2013-2014: Deborah Knudson-Gonzalez, MD
  • 2012-2013: Lindsey Merrill, MD
  • 2011-2012: Nina Isakovich, MD
Application Process

Applications are now being accepted for the 2018-2019 academic year!

Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.  As applications are received and reviewed, qualified candidates will be invited for an interview day.

Eligibility: Applicants must have completed or plan to complete an ACGME-accredited psychiatry residency by the fellowship start date (July 1, 2018), and must be able to be licensed to practice medicine in Massachusetts by the start date.

To apply: submit the application requirements listed below to Michelle Laflam, the Fellowship Coordinator.

Email: mlaflam1@bwh.harvard.edu | Phone: 617-732-5056

Address: Women’s Mental Health Fellowship
Att: Michelle Laflam
60 Fenwood Road
Boston, MA 02115

Application requirements:

  • A completed application (click here)
  • CV
  • Personal Statement
  • Medical school transcript
  • USMLE results
  • Three letters of recommendation
Faculty and Clinical staff
  • Geena Athappilly, MD, Geriatric Psychiatrist, Brigham Psychiatric Specialties, Department of Psychiatry, Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Sharon Bober PhD, Psychologist, Director of the DFCI Sexual Health Program, Division of Psychosocial Oncology, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Department of Psychiatry at Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Karen Fasciano, Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist, Director of Young Adult Mental Health, Division of Psychosocial Oncology, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Department of Psychiatry, Brigham and Women's/Faulkner Hospitals
  • Jill M. Goldstein PhD, Director of Research, Connors Center for Women's Health and Gender Biology, Brigham and Women's Hospital; Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Florina Haimovici MD, Psychiatrist, Department of Psychiatry, Brigham and Women's/Faulkner Hospitals
  • Hadine Joffe, MD, MSc, Psychiatrist, Director, Women's Mental Health Fellowship and Women's Mental Health Division; Director, Research Development and the Women’s Hormones and Aging Research Program in the Department of Psychiatry, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Deborah Knudson-Gonzalez, MD. Women's Mental Health and Forensic Psychiatrist, the Fish Center for Women, Department of Psychiatry, Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Fremonta Meyer, MD, Psychiatrist in Women's Cancers and Cancer-Associated Cognitive Assessments, Division of Psychosocial Oncology, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Department of Psychiatry, Brigham and Women's/Faulkner Hospitals
  • Leena Mittal MD, Psychiatrist, Director, Reproductive Psychiatry Consultation Service, Department of Psychiatry, Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Halyna Vitagliano, MD, Psychiatric Liaison to Hematologic and Neuro-Oncologic Services, Division of Psychosocial Oncology, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Department of Psychiatry at Brigham and Women's Hospital
Affiliated Clinical Staff
  • Lorna Campbell, LICSW, Social Work Manager, Brigham Psychiatric Services, Department of Psychiatry, Brigham and Women's/Faulkner Hospitals
  • Yvette Berger, LICSW, clinical psychiatric social worker, The Fish Center for Women's Health, Department of Psychiatry, Brigham and Women's/Faulkner Hospitals
  • Samara Grossman, LICSW, clinical psychiatric social worker, The Fish Center for Women's Health, Department of Psychiatry, Brigham and Women's/Faulkner Hospitals 

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