Elizabeth Werner, PHD

Women's Mental Health, Psychology
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Please note: At this time, Dr. Werner is only accepting new patients referred by providers in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center.

Elizabeth Werner, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Behavioral Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University Medical Center/New York Presbyterian and the Director of Research Operations for the Perinatal Pathways Lab. Dr. Werner serves as a Consultant for the Women’s Program, Columbia University Medical Center and is the Lead Clinician and Clinical Supervisor in the PREPP program in the Perinatal Pathways Lab, a clinical research trial aimed at preventing Postpartum Depression. Dr. Werner is a Co-Investigator on many projects funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, and has published papers on a variety of topics in the fields of perinatal psychiatry and developmental psychobiology. She was selected as a National Institute of Health CHIPS fellow (Child Intervention, Prevention, and Services) and as a New York State Office of Mental Health Policy Scholar.

In addition to her research, Dr. Werner is a clinical psychologist and maintains a clinical practice through Columbia Doctors. Dr. Werner specializes in the treatment of mood disorders and stress management and working with women who are experiencing infertility, pregnancy loss and mood disturbance during the perinatal period.

Areas of Expertise / Conditions Treated

  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Behavioral Medicine
  • Depression
  • Gay and Lesbian Issues
  • Individual Brief Psychotherapy
  • Individual Psychotherapy
  • Postpartum Depression
  • Postpartum Mood & Anxiety Disorders
  • Pregnancy Losses Counseling
  • Pregnancy Termination Counseling
  • Psychotherapy
  • Women's Mental Health

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Behavioral Medicine (in Psychiatry) at CUMC

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center


  • Female

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51 West 51st Street
Suite 1
New York, NY 10019

Insurance Accepted


  • Aetna Signature Administrators
  • EPO
  • HMO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • NYP Employee Plan
  • NY Signature
  • POS
  • PPO
  • Student Health


  • EPO
  • Great West (National)
  • HMO
  • POS
  • PPO

Coventry Health Care

  • Coventry Health Care


  • ConnectiCare
  • EPO
  • Essential Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO
  • Select Care (Exchange)
  • Vytra

Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield

  • EPO
  • HMO
  • PPO

Local 1199

  • Local 1199

MagnaCare (National)

  • MagnaCare


  • Railroad
  • Traditional Medicare


  • Multiplan

Quality Health Management

  • Quality Health Management


  • Behavioral Health
  • Medicaid Behavioral Health
  • Medicare Behavioral Health

*Please contact the provider’s office directly to verify that your particular insurance is accepted.

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • Internship: Beth Israel Medical Center

Honors & Awards

2010 New York State Office of Mental Health Policy Scholar
2011 Child Intervention, Prevention & Services (CHIPS) Research fellowship, National Institute of Mental Health


Selected Publications

1. Monk, C., Sloan, R.P., Myers, M.M., Ellman, L., Werner, E., Jeon, J., Tager, F., & Fifer,W.P.(2004). Fetal heart rate reactivity differs by women's psychiatric status: An early marker for developmental risk? Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 43(3):283-290.

2. Werner, E., Myers, M.M., Fifer, W.P., Cheng, B., Fang, Y., Allen, R., & Monk, C. (2007). Prenatal Predictors of Infant Temperament. Developmental Psychobiology,49(5):474-484.

3. Bergner, S., Monk, C., & Werner, E. (2008). Dyadic intervention during pregnancy? Treating pregnant women and possibly reaching the future baby. Infant Mental Health Journal, 29(5), 399-419.

4. Werner, E, McDonough, L., Evans, L., Kurzius, L., Kinsella, M., Altincatal, A. & Monk, C. (2012). Higher Maternal Prenatal Cortisol and Younger Age Predict Greater
Infant Reactivity to Novelty at 4 Months: An Observation Based Study, Developmental Psychobiology, 55(7):707-18.

5. Spicer, J., Werner E., Zhao, Y., Choi, C.W., Lopez-Pintado, S., Feng, T., Altemus, M., Gyamfi, C., & Monk, C (2013). Ambulatory assessments of psychological and peripheral stress-markers predict birth outcomes in teen pregnancy. Journal of Psychosomatic Medicine, 75(4):305-13.

6. Doyle C., Werner E., Feng T., Lee S., Altemus M., Isler J.R. Monk C. (2015) Pregnancy distress gets under fetal skin: Maternal ambulatory assessment & sex differences in prenatal development. Developmental Psychobiology, 57(5), 607-625.

7. Werner, E. Gustafsson, H., Feng, T., Lee, S., Jiang, N., Desai, P., & Monk, C. PREPP: Postpartum depression prevention through the mother-infant dyad. Archives of Women's Mental Health. Epub ahead of print.

8. Gustafsson H.C., Kuzava S.E., Werner E., Monk, C. (2015) Maternal Dietary Fat Intake During Pregnancy Is Associated With Infant Temperament. Developmental Psychobiology, in press.


1. Werner, E. & Monk, C. (2006). Review of Forms of Intersubjectivity in Infant Research and Adult Attachment by Beebe, Knoblauch, Rustin, & Sorter. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training, 43(3), 362-363.

2. Monk, C., Fitelson, E.M., & Werner E. (2011). Mood Disorders & their Pharmacological Treatment during Pregnancy: Is the Future Child Affected? Pediatric Research. 69(5 Pt 2): 3R-10R

3. Werner, E., Miller, M., Osborne, L.M., Kuzava, S., & Monk, C. Preventing postpartum depression: Review and recommendations Archives of Women's Mental Health 2015 Feb;18(1):41-60. doi: 10.1007/s00737-014-0475-y. Epub 2014 Nov 25.