Kristin Louise Leight, M.D.

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Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Attending Psychiatrist, Penn Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
Assistant Residency Director, Director of Psychotherapy Training, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
Attending Psychiatrist, PAH 6 Spruce Mood Disorders Service, Pennsylvania Hospital
Senior Associate Residency Program Director, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine Psychiatry Residency
Medical Director , Penn Center for Women’s Behavioral Wellness
Department: Psychiatry

Contact information
3535 Market Street
Room 240
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215-746-7201
B.A. (Highest Honors in English and Creative Writing)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1994.
M.A. (Classics and English literature)
Magdalen College, Oxford University, 1997.
M.D. (Medicine)
Harvard Medical School, 2004.
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Description of Clinical Expertise

Women's Mental Health
Perinatal Psychiatry
Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Selected Publications

Leight K: “Case Conceptualization" Differential Psychotherapeutics. Cabaniss and Holoshitz (eds.). New York: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. 2019.

Fitelson E, Kim S, Baker AS, Leight K: Treatment of postpartum depression: clinical, psychological and pharmacological options. International Journal of Women’s Health 3: 1-14, Dec 30, 2010.

Leight KL, Fitelson EM, Weston CA, Wisner KL: Childbirth and mental disorders. International Review of Psychiatry 22(5): 453-71, 2010.

Monk C, Leight K, Fang Y. : The Relationship between Women’s Attachment Style and Perinatal Mood Disturbance: Implications for Screening and Treatment. Archives of Women’s Mental Health 11(2): 117-29, Jun 2008.

Leight, K., Joachim, N.: The Empathy Conference - (a review). Academy Forum 51(2): 10-11, Summer 2007.

Leight K.: “Transitions.” The Soul of a Doctor: Harvard Medical Students Face Life and Death. Pories, Jain and Harper (eds.). Chapel Hill: Algonquin Books, June 2006.

Chen J, Kamath R, Lam A, Litrovnik B, Leight K, Miller S, Sawady J, Schultz A.: How will changes in resident work hours affect medical students? Current Surgery 60(3): 268-70, May-June 2003.

Leight K: Transitions. Current Surgery 60(2): 174-5, March-April 2003.

Altshuler L, Mintz J, Leight K, Frye M, Gitlin M: Subsyndromal depression is associated with functional impairment in patients with bipolar disorder. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry 63(9): 807-11, 2002.

Altshuler L, Mintz J, Leight K: The LFQ: A brief, gender-neutral scale assessing functional outcome. Psychiatry Research 112(2): 161-82, 2002.

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