Mercedes Szpunar, MD, PhD
Mercedes Szpunar, MD, PhD

Mercedes Szpunar, MD, PhD

Staff Psychiatrist

Mercedes Szpunar, MD, PhD

Staff Psychiatrist

Mercedes Szpunar, MD, PhD completed the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry in 2014. Her PhD thesis focused on the impact of stress on breast cancer progression and metastasis at the level of the tumor microenvironment. She graduated from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Psychiatry Residency Research Track and the UCSD Women’s Reproductive Mental Health clinical training program in 2018. She went on to complete a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Advanced Fellowship in Women’s Health in 2020. Her most recent project, based at the San Diego VA, was designed to characterize mood disturbances, PTSD, and anxiety in perinatal women veterans, as well as examine neuroendocrine and inflammatory changes in this cohort. Recent honors include acceptance to the American Psychiatric Association Research Colloquium for Junior Investigators in 2018 and the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology New Investigator Award in 2020. She is thrilled to begin her first faculty position with the MGH CWMH team in 2021!