Women's Mental Health

The Center for Women’s Mental Health at Mass General is a perinatal and reproductive psychiatry information center.


About Our Clinical Program

Our clinical program offers services in the following areas:

  • Psychiatric Disorders During Pregnancy
    The Pregnancy Consultation Service offers comprehensive evaluation and treatment for women with psychiatric disorders who are pregnant and for those who wish to conceive.
  • Postpartum Psychiatric Disorders
    Patients with postpartum psychiatric disorders including postpartum depression and anxiety disorders receive evaluation and treatment by clinicians with particular expertise in this area. Pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatments are offered as well as referrals to support services in the community specifically designed for postpartum women.
  • Breastfeeding and the Use of Psychiatric Medications
    Postpartum depression is frequently seen in women after childbirth. Clinical consultation is offered to women who may benefit from the use of medication and who wish to breastfeed, taking into account all available information regarding the safety of this practice during lactation.
  • Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) and Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)
    Our clinical program offers pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic therapies to women with both premenstrual depression and/or anxiety.
  • Psychiatric Symptoms Associated with Menopause
    Menopausal women and women beginning to experience early “perimenopausal symptoms” frequently suffer from depressive symptoms.

Conditions We Treat

  • Menopause

    Menopause refers to the time in a woman’s life when the menstrual cycle stops permanently. It is a normal, natural event that occurs in all women.

  • Pregnancy

    A pregnancy is divided into three phases, called trimesters. Each trimester has its own significant milestones.

  • Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)

    A much more severe form of the collective symptoms known as premenstrual syndrome (PMS), premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) is a chronic medical condition that requires attention and treatment.

  • Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

    Most women experience some unpleasant or uncomfortable symptoms during their menstrual cycle.

Our Staff

  • Lee S. Cohen, MD, Director
  • Marlene P. Freeman, MD, Associate Director
  • Laura F. Petrillo, MD, Director of Training
  • Ruta Nonacs, MD, PhD, Editor-in-Chief womensmentalhealth.org
  • Betty Wang, MD, Staff Psychiatrist
  • Mary Collins, MD, Staff Psychiatrist
  • Allison  Baker, MD, Staff Psychiatrist
  • Charlotte Hogan, MD, Staff Psychiatrist
  • Edwin Raffi, MD, MPH, Staff Psychiatrist
  • Adele C. Viguera, MD, MPH, Senior Research Psychiatrist
  • Hadine Joffe, MD, MSc, Senior Research Psychiatrist
  • Adriann Farrell, MA, Program Coordinator
  • Alexandra Sosinsky, BS, Program Coordinator
  • Laura Cheng, BA, Clinical Research Coordinator
  • Gina Savella, BS, Clinical Research Coordinator
  • Katie McInerney, ScM, Biostatistician
  • Lauren Claypoole, BA, Clinical Research Coordinator
  • Olivia Noe, BS, Clinical Research Coordinator
  • Gabrielle Wood, BS, Program Assistant

Contact Us

More Information

For further information please contact:

Perinatal and Reproductive Psychiatry Clinical Research Program
Massachusetts General Hospital
185 Cambridge Street, Suite 2200
Boston, MA 02114

For an appointment please contact Mass General Clinical Program intake at 617-724-7792.

Clinical appointments are located at:

55 Fruit Street
Wang 8
Boston, MA 02114

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