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Katherine L Wisner

Katherine L Wisner, MD

Director, Asher Center for the Study and Treatment of Depressive Orders

Norman and Helen Asher Professor

Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Obstetrics and Gynecology


NMH/Arkes Family Pavilion Suite 1000
676 N Saint Clair
Chicago IL 60611

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Depression; Pharmacology; Psychiatry; Women's Health; Women's Health; Women's Reproductive Health

Description of Interests

Dr. Wisner's main focus is research related to the psychiatric treatment of women of childbearing age. She is internationally recognized as an expert in the treatment of mood disorders in women, with particular expertise in pregnancy and the postpartum period. She has been the principal investigator on multiple National Institute of Mental Health- and foundation-funded research projects including the impact of medication use during pregnancy for Unipolar and Bipolar Disorders, a Randomized Controlled Trial of Estradiol for Postpartum Depression, Screening for Postpartum Disorders, and the efficacy of bright light treatment for patients with bipolar disorder. Other areas of interest in include mood disorders in the premenstrual and perimenopause periods, post-bariatric surgery, complex medical-psychiatric diagnostic assessment and treatment-refractory mood disorders. Dr. Wisner is board-certified in general and child and adolescent psychiatry. Her memberships in scientific societies include the Organization of Teratology Information Specialists, the Teratology Society, and the North American Society for Psychosocial Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Professional Education

MD: Case Western Reserve University (1980)
Postdoctoral Fellowship: University of Pittsburgh, Epidemiology (1988)
Residency: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Child Psychiatry (1985)
Internship: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pediatrics (1981)

Most Recent Publications

Lara-Cinisomo S, Wisner KL, Burns RM, Chaves-Gnecco D.
Qualitative Health Research. 2014 Feb;24(2):232-241.doi:10.1177/1049732313519866.
ISSN: 10497323

O'Hara MW, Wisner KL.
Best Practice and Research: Clinical Obstetrics and Gynaecology. 2014 Jan;28(1):3-12.doi:10.1016/j.bpobgyn.2013.09.002.
ISSN: 15216934

Thurston RC, Luther JF, Wisniewski SR, Eng H, Wisner KL.
Fertility and Sterility. 2013 Dec;100(6):1667-1672.doi:10.1016/j.fertnstert.2013.08.020.
ISSN: 00150282

Wisner KL, Wisniewski SR, Eckhardt CL, Luther JF, Eng HF, Bogen DL.
American Journal of Psychiatry. 2013 Nov;170(11):1364-1365.doi:10.1176/appi.ajp.2013.13040472r.
PMID: 24185244   ISSN: 0002953X

Selected Books and Book Chapters

Wisner KL, Lara-Cinisomo S, Pinheiro E, Luther J. Characteristics of Hispanic women screened for postpartum depression.. In: Lara-Cinisomo S, Wisner KL, editors. 2013. Perinatal depression among Spanish-Speaking Women: A Global perspective on prevalence, treatment, and outcomes.. New York City: Springer

Wisner KL, Sit DKY, Reynolds SK, Bogen DL, Sunder KR, Altemus M, Misra D, Perel JM. Mental health and behavioral disorders in pregnancy.. In: Gabbe SG, Niebyl JR, Simpson JL, Galan H, Goetzl L, Jauniaux ERM, Landon M, editors. 2008. Obstetrics: Normal and Problem Pregnancies, 6th edition. Burlington: Academic Press 175-199.

Moses-Kolko EL, Meltzer CC, Berga SL, Wilson M, Wisner KL. Postpartum depression: The clinical disorder and application of PET imaging research methods.. In: Bridges RS, editor. 2008. Neurobiology of the Parental Brain.. Burlington: Academic Press 175-199.

Wisner KL. The Longitudinal Laboratory of Women's Reproductive Health.. In: First MB, Regier D, Sirovatka P, editors. 2007. Age and Gender Considerations in Psychiatric Diagnosis: A Research Agenda for the DSM-V.. Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Association 101-112.

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