Elizabeth Werner, PHD
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 Departments of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Psychiatry at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. She serves as the Director of Clinical Intervention Research in the Perinatal Pathways Lab. Dr. Werner is the co-developer of PREPP, a clinical intervention that aims to prevent postpartum depression, and the director of the PREPP training and certification program.
She serves as the Associate Director of Women’s Mental Health @Ob/Gyn, through which she provides clinical care. Dr. Werner specializes in the treatment of mood disorders and stress management, particularly working with people during the perinatal period, during struggles with fertility, and during assisted reproduction interventions.
Dr. Werner is a co-investigator on several projects funded by the NIH, and has published papers on a variety of topics in the fields of perinatal psychiatry and developmental psychobiology. She was selected as a NIH CHIPS fellow (Child Intervention, Prevention, and Services) and as a New York State Office of Mental Health Policy Scholar.
Areas of Expertise / Conditions Treated
- Anxiety Disorders
- Behavioral Medicine
- Gay and Lesbian Issues
- Individual Brief Psychotherapy
- Individual Psychotherapy
- Postpartum Depression
- Postpartum Mood & Anxiety Disorders
- Pregnancy Losses Counseling
- Pregnancy Termination Counseling
- Women's Mental Health
- Assistant Professor of Behavioral Medicine (in Psychiatry) at CUMC
- NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center
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- Great West (National)
Coventry Health Care
- Coventry Health Care
- Essential Plan
- Medicaid Managed Care
- Medicare Managed Care
- Select Care (Exchange)
- Local 1199
- Traditional Medicare
Quality Health Management
- Quality Health Management
- Behavioral Health
- Medicaid Behavioral Health
- Medicare Behavioral Health
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
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.