Lee S. Cohen, MD

Dr. Cohen is Director of The Ammon-Pinizzotto Center for Women’s Mental Health at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is also the Edmund and Carroll Carpenter Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He completed his residency training and fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He is a national and international leader in the field of women’s mental health and was among the founders of the field of Perinatal and Reproductive Psychiatry.  His work spans the domains of research, teaching and clinical care in the area of treatment of mood and anxiety disorders with subspecialty interest in psychiatric disorders associated with female reproductive function. These include psychiatric disorders during pregnancy and the post-partum period and mental health. The research which he conducts and oversees has helped to inform the care of patients who suffer from psychiatric illness.

Marlene P. Freeman, MD

Marlene P. Freeman, M.D. is a Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School and the Abra Prentice Foundation Chair in Women’s Mental Health at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is the Associate Director of the Center for Women’s Mental Health at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Medical Director of the MGH Clinical Trials Network and Institute (CTNI).

Dr. Freeman completed medical school at Northwestern University Medical School. She completed residency at the Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Program and a research fellowship in the Biological Psychiatry Program at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.  Her research and clinical expertise is in the areas of mood disorders and women’s mental health.  She also has had clinical and research interests in the areas of nutrition, integrative medicine, and mental health.  She previously directed programs in women’s mental health at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and at UT-Southwestern in Dallas.

She is the Editor-in-Chief for The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.  She is on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology (ASCP) and is a Member of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP). She was a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), and chaired the APA Task Force on Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and was a member of the APA’s workgroup on Major Depressive Disorder treatment guidelines.  She also served as a Member of the Veterans Administration Reproductive Mental Health Steering Committee.

Rachel Vanderkruik, PhD, MSc

Rachel Vanderkruik is the Associate Director of Research and Cognitive Behavioral Services, and a Staff Psychologist with the Center for Women’s Mental Health at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). She completed her predoctoral internship in the Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) track at MGH as she received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from University of Colorado Boulder. She has been trained in evidence-based psychotherapies, including CBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). Rachel also has a Masters in Science from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health where she concentrated in Maternal and Child Health. Her work focuses on the promotion of women’s mental health and wellbeing, particularly during transition time periods (e.g., pregnancy and the postpartum, adolescence). She has training in Mixed Methods Research, Implementation Research, and Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR). Rachel is passionate about increasing access to evidence-based interventions and services through novel delivery methods (e.g., online platforms, peer delivery, and integrated care) and addressing disparities in mental health access and outcomes nationally and on a global scale.

Charlotte Clifford, BA

Charlotte graduated summa cum laude from Colgate University in 2021 with a B.A. in Cellular Neuroscience and a minor in French and was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society. She completed her undergraduate Honors thesis under the guidance of Dr. Wan-Chun Liu on a novel songbird model for Huntington’s Disease. Charlotte also assisted in ASD research in the pediatric department at Jacobi Medical Center. Charlotte is an EMT, Wilderness First Responder, and an outdoor enthusiast. As a clinical research coordinator with the CWMH, Charlotte supports the National Pregnancy Registry for Psychiatric Medications and the UPWARD study. After MGH, Charlotte plans to attend medical school.

Margaret Gaw, BA

Margaret Gaw graduated from Duke University in 2022 with a B.A. in English and minor in Chemistry. She earned High Distinction for her thesis focused on women’s medical narratives surrounding breast cancer and childbirth. During her time at Duke, she was also involved in the Baldwin Scholars program, the Episcopal Center, and club basketball. She volunteered as a doula at UNC Women’s Hospital and conducted research on reproductive health in Durham County. At MGH, she works on the Postpartum Psychosis Project and treatment of postpartum depression, and she plans to apply to medical school next cycle. Originally from Nashville, TN, Margaret loves tennis, reading, playing piano, and exploring the best hiking spots in the area.