Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Faculty Profiles
Katherine L Wisner, MD

Katherine L Wisner, MD

Norman and Helen Asher Professor

Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Obstetrics and Gynecology

Focus of Work

Bio

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 Cont...[Read full text]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.[Shorten text]

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Education and Certification

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