BIRCWH Research Faculty

Liisa Hantsoo, PhD 

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, PCWBW 

Liisa HantsooDr. Hantsoo is a clinical psychologist with clinical and research background in stress biology. She completed her undergraduate degree in Neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University, doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the Ohio State University, and Health Psychology internship at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, where she subspecialized in Women’s Health. Dr. Hantsoo is trained in cognitive-behavioral therapy and mindfulness based stress reduction, and is available to see patients at 3535 Market Street in University City. Dr. Hantsoo's research focuses on stress, with special emphasis on stress response in the context of the menstrual cycle and PMS/PMDD. Learn about Dr. Hantsoo's research at the Penn Center for Women's Behavioral Wellness.



Sara Kornfield, PhD 

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
PCWBWMaternal Wellness Initiative (MWI) 

Sara KornfieldDr. Kornfield is a licensed clinical psychologist and the Director of the Maternal Wellness Initiative (MWI).  The MWI is a perinatal care-mental health integration program which seeks to enhance health care service delivery in obstetrical settings for pregnant and postpartum women with mental health problems.  As part of this initiative, Dr. Kornfield provides psychotherapy at the Helen O. Dickens Center at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.  As a clinical psychologist at the PCWBW, she provides clinical consultation and ongoing psychotherapy related to women’s behavioral health across the lifespan at 3535 Market Street in University City. She is also trained and certified in providing mental healthcare to the transgender community.  Dr. Kornfield’s research focuses on posttraumatic stress disorder during pregnancy and the development of a brief psychotherapeutic treatment that can be delivered in primary care or prenatal care settings.