Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Asher Center for the Study and Treatment of Depressive Disorders


The Asher Center and our faculty members contribute much to education at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, the broader Northwestern University, field colleagues, and our community. We believe that educating future generations and sharing knowledge gained through our research is key to better clinical outcomes related to depressive disorders.

Learn more about our educational opportunities and activities below.

Fellowship Position in Perinatal and Women's Mental Health

The Asher Center in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is committed to recruiting and training fellows to provide care for women across the reproductive lifespan and particularly during pregnancy and postpartum.

We offer a one-year fellowship with an optional second year for two candidates. Candidates will join a rich, collaborative environment with other clinicians and scientists in the Feinberg School of Medicine and throughout the University. The fellowship presents opportunities to complement existing clinical and research initiatives in women’s and perinatal mental health.

Asher Center Learning Series

Psychiatry Resident Elective

At the Asher Center, senior residents from the McGaw Psychiatry Residency Program have the opportunity to learn about the special behavioral health needs of women’s during their reproductive years.  In addition to seeing new intakes in a perinatal clinic, as well as individual supervision with Asher faculty (Drs. Clark and Sit), the residents have the opportunity to spend elective time in a perinatal HIV clinic, women’s neurology clinic, high-risk OB rounds, hospital consult-liaison cases, and working on a scholarly project.

Additional Contributions

Journal Club


Asher faculty are currently mentors for the following: Area of Scholarly Concentration Medical Student, Post-doctoral Reproductive Psychiatry Student, Undergraduate Student Externship, Clinical Psychology Students, Psychiatry Residents, BIRCWH Awardee, Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellow, K-Award Applicants, and junior faculty researchers. 

Additional Programs

Northwestern University Interdepartmental Neuroscience (NUIN) PhD Program, Dr. Radulovic

Feinberg Medical Students

Lurie Children's Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship (Residency) Program
Case Consultation: Postpartum Depression in Adolescents for Child Psychiatry - Dr. Wisner

Clinical Psychology PhD Program Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Postpartum Depression in Fathers - Dr. Fisher

External Workshops and Presentations

Education Workshop

Kara Driscoll, MD, chaired a workshop, If We Build It, They Will Come: Constructing a Perinatal Psychiatry Curriculum at the 2013 Perinatal Mental Health Workshop in Chicago, Illinois. The workshop included presentations describing women’s mental health psychiatry fellowships and perinatal programs from across the United States.  Additionally, material was presented outlining the steps for making women’s psychiatry an ABPN-recognized subspecialty as well as the development of ACGME-accredited fellowships.  Through the use of a complex perinatal case, the needs of this specialty population were illustrated as means of informing a curriculum.  Finally, workshop attendees imagined future opportunities for perinatal mental health education in the US; a lively discussion ensued.  

Invited Lectures


Online Learning

Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health CME Series, Dr. Wisner