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Sara L Kornfield

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Director, Maternal Wellness Initiative, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Research Director and Administrative Lead, Mothers MATTER Perinatal OUD Treatment Program, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Department: Psychiatry

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3535 Market Street, 3rd floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 2157461255
Fax: 2155738881
Lab: 2157461255
B.A. (Psychology)
Barnard College, Columbia University , 2003.
M.S. (Clinical Psychology)
Drexel University, 2008.
Ph.D. (Clinical Health Psychology)
Drexel University, 2010.
Post-Graduate Training
Pre-doctoral Internship in Psychology, Northport Veterans’ Affairs Medical Center, Northport, NY, 2009-2010.
Fellowship, Primary Care-Mental Health Integration, Philadelphia, Veterans’ Affairs Medical Center/University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 2010-2012.
Fellowship, Perinatal Mental Health and the Neurobiology of Pregnancy , University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, 2013-2014.
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Selected Publications

Kornfield*, S.L., White*, L.K., Waller, R., Njoroge, W.N., Barzilay, R., Chaiyachati, B.H., Himes, M., Rodriguez, Y., Riis, V.M., Simonette, K., Elovitz, M.A., Gur, R. E. *denotes shared first author: Risk and resilience factors underlying postpartum depression and impaired mother-infant bonding during an acute stressor. Health Affairs 40(10): 1566-1574, October 2021 Notes: doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2021.00803.

Weiss, S., Flynn, H., Christian, L., Hantsoo, L., Lanza Di Scalea, T., Kornfield, S., Muzik, M., Simeonova, D., Strahm, A., & Deligiannidis, K. : Symptom profiles of women at risk of mood disorders: A latent class analysis. Journal of Affective Disorders. Journal of Affective Disorders 12(295): 139-147, August 2021 Notes: doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2021.08.013.

South, E., Lee, K., Oyekanmi, K., Buckler, D.G., Nguemeni Tiako, M.J., Martin, T., Kornfield, S.L., Srinivas, S.: Nurtured in Nature: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial to Increase Time in Greenspace among Urban Dwelling Pregnant Women. Journal of Urban Health 2021 Notes: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11524-021-00544-z.

Sabrina Emms: A Look At How It Feels To Be A New Mother In These Pandemic Times WHYY 2021 Notes: Sara Kornfield interviewed by Sabrina Emms for WHYY Magazine for comments on postpartum depression during the pandemic. https://whyy.org/articles/a-look-at-how-it-feels-to-be-a-new-mother-in-these-pandemic-times/

Alan Weil and Sara Kornfield: Postpartum Depression, Mental Health and Mother-Infant Bonding During COVID-19. A Health Podyssey. Alan Weil (eds.). 2021 Notes: Sara Kornfield interviewed by Alan Weil for A Health Podyssey, the Podcast of the Health Affairs Journal https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/sara-kornfield-on-postpartum-depression-mental-health/id1533852530?i=1000539725416.

Kornfield, S.L., Riis, V.M., McCarthy, C., Elovitz, M..A., Burris, H. H. : Maternal perceived stress is associated with an increased risk of preterm birth in a majority non-Hispanic Black pregnancy cohort. Journal of Perinatology 2021 Notes: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41372-021-01186-4.

Gur, R.E., White, L.K., Waller, R., Barzilay, R., Moore, T.M., Kornfield, S., Njoroge, W.F.M., Duncan, A.F., Chaiyachati, B.H., Parish-Morris, J., Maayan, L., Himes, M.M., Laney, N., Simonette, K., Riis, V., Elovitz M.A.: The disproportionate burden of the COVID-19 pandemic among pregnant black women. Psychiatry Research 293(113475), November 2020 Notes: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychres.2020.113475.

Hantsoo, L., Kornfield, S.L., Iannelli, C., Podcasy, J., Metzger, D., Sammel, M.D., Epperson, C.N.: Glucocorticoid-immune response to acute stress in women and men living with HIV. Journal of Behavioral Medicine 42(6), December 2019 Notes: doi: 10.1007/s10865-019-00029-0.

Hantsoo, L., Kornfield, S.L., Anguerra, Epperson, C.N.: Inflammation: A proposed intermediary between maternal stress and offspring neuropsychiatric risk. Biological Psychiatry 85(2): 97-106, January 2019.

Nguyen, H.B., Loughead, J., Lipner, E., Hantsoo, L., Kornfield, S.L., Epperson, C.N.: What has sex got to do with it? The role of hormones in the transgender brain. Neuropsychopharmacology 44(12): 22-37, 2019.

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