Oct 30, 2017
Guest: Dr. Catherine Monk, a Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry, and Obstetrics & Gynecology, Director of Research at the Women’s Program, Columbia University Medical Center, and Research Scientist VI at the New York State Psychiatric Institute.
Dr. Catherine Monk is a Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry, and Obstetrics & Gynecology, Director of Research at the Women’s Program, 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 National Institutes of Health fellowship at Columbia University in 2000, joining the faculty there a year later.
A two-time recipient of the prestigious Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Young Investigator Award, her research has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health since she her first support as NIH ‘K’ Career Development awardee in 2001. Dr. Monk’s research brings together the fields of perinatal psychiatry, developmental psychobiology, and neuroscience to focus on the earliest influences on children’s developmental trajectories — those that happen in utero and how to intervene early to prevent risk for mental health disorders in the future children. She is internationally recognized for her contributions to the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease Research model.
Most recently, Dr. Monk has been awarded key roles on the NIH-wide ECHO project, Environmental influences on Children’s Health Outcomes — a seven year, nationwide effort to study early factors, including prenatal, in children’s health outcomes across 50,000 participants. She is a PI on one ECHO award, Investigator on another, and elected by her peers to a two-year term to the ECHO Executive Committee.