Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Penn PROMOTES Research on Sex and Gender in Health

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Our team, led by Dr. Maria Oquendo and Dr. Courtney Schreiber, is comprised of a group of experienced and skilled researchers and clinicians, all working towards the common goal of understanding sex differences and biases in physical and behavioral health.  

Maria Oquendo, MD

Administrative Director, Penn PROMOTES Research on Sex and Gender in Health
Maria Oquendo
Chair, Department of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine 

Background

Dr. Oquendo is an international leader in the treatment and neurobiology of mood disorders, with a special focus on suicide, as well as global mental health. She has extensive experience in clinical work, research, and administration. Early in her career, Oquendo was associate director of an inpatient unit focused on training residents in the treatment of acutely psychotic patients. In 2006, she became director of research clinics at Columbia, overseeing nearly 30 entities. In 2007, she was named vice chair for education and training, and later director of residency training.  She came to the University of Pennsylvania in 2017 after being appointed chair of the department of psychiatry. 

As an investigator, Oquendo has been continuously funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) since 1999 and has over 300 peer-reviewed publications. In addition to being elected President of the American Psychiatric Association, Oquendo serves as president of the International Academy for Suicide Research and vice president of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. She has been actively involved in a number of other professional societies as well as the National Advisory Mental Health Council, reviewing all grants to be funded by the NIMH and advising the director on strategic planning.

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3535 Market Suite
Suite 200
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Email: moquendo@mail.med.upenn.edu

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Courtney Schreiber, MD, MPH

Research Director, Penn PROMOTES Research on Sex and Gender in Health
 
Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Attending in Obstetrics and GynecologyHospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Director, Penn Family Planning and Pregnancy Loss Services (PEACE)
Program Director, Fellowship in Family PlanningHospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Background

Dr. Schreiber has over 18 years of experience in researching reproductive epidemiology and contraceptive technologies. Recognized by Best Doctors of America 2015-2018, Dr. Schreiber also sees patients at the Penn Family Planning and Pregnancy Loss Center at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Her clinical expertise includes family planning, miscarriage, and ectopic pregnancy. She received her doctor of medicine from the New York University School of Medicine in 1999 and her Masters of Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh in 2005. 

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3400 Spruce Street, 1000 Courtyard
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 615-6531

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Arden McAllister

Program Coordinator, Penn PROMOTES Research on Sex and Gender in Health
Contact Information 

3400 Spruce Street, 1000 Courtyard
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: 215-662-3532

Email: Arden.McAllister@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

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Research Faculty

Liisa HantsooLiisa Hantsoo, PhD 

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

Dr. 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. Click here for more information about Dr. Hantsoo's research.

 

Sara Kornfield, PhD 

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
PCWBW, Maternal Wellness Initiative (MWI) 

Dr. 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.

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Clinical Team

Sarah MathewsSarah Mathews, MD, NCMP  

Center Psychiatrist, PCWBW 

Dr. Mathews is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at the Perelman School of Medicine. She has advanced training in geriatric psychiatry. Dr. Mathews also has a particular interest in issues related to the behavioral health of aging and aged women, including the management of cognitive disorders, depression, and anxiety. Dr. Mathews has experience working with women throughout the reproductive lifecycle, including treating psychiatric illness during pregnancy and the postpartum period through the post-menopausal period. She provides clinical services at both 3535 Market Street in University City and in Center City at Penn Medicine Washington Square. 

Dr. Mathews successfully met the criteria and passed the examination necessary to become a North American Menopause Society (NAMS) Certified Menopause Practitioner (NCMP). Founded in 1989, NAMS is North America's leading nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health and quality of life through an understanding of menopause. Those who hold the NCMP certification have demonstrated special interest and competency in the field of menopause. These include physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, nurses, pharmacists, among others. Dr. Mathews also received the 2013 Albert Stunkard Faculty Recognition Award.  This award is given annually to four faculty members who are outstanding teachers and mentors.  The graduating resident class selects award winners who have significantly influenced their education and training.

 

Lindsay SortorLindsay Sortor, PsyD

Senior Center Psychologist, PCWBW 

Dr. Sortor is a clinical psychologist with expertise in reproductive and perinatal issues as well as psycho-oncology. Her specific areas of interest include infertility, perinatal mood disorders, parental adjustment, and NICU support.  Dr. Sortor also offers support to women at various stages of cancer diagnosis and treatment, and is available to see patients at 3535 Market Street in University City.

 

Liisa HantsooLiisa Hantsoo, PhD 

Clinical Psychologist, PCWBW 

Dr. 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. Click here for more information about Dr. Hantsoo's research.

Sara Kornfield, PhD 

Clinical Psychologist, PCWBWMaternal Wellness Initiative (MWI) 

Dr. 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 health care 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.

Constance BradyConstance Brady, LCSW 

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, PCWBW 

Connie is a licensed clinical social worker with advanced training in dialectical and cognitive-behavioral therapies and clinical hypnosis.  She holds a Master of Science degree in Social Work from Columbia University.  Prior to joining PCWBW, Connie completed two years of postgraduate clinical training as a Behavioral Health Fellow at Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry where she provided individual treatment for persons with severe and persistent mental illness and responded to psychiatric crises in the community.  Connie’s clinical practice includes designing targeted interventions using behavioral activation, stress management, and response prevention techniques to address symptoms of anxiety and depression associated with infertility, perinatal loss and mood disorders. 
 

Carrie Malanga RN, PMHNP-BC

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, PCWBW 
Clinical Director, Perinatal Center of Excellence — Mothers MATTER

Carrie Malanga is a licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with an emphasis in Women’s Health.  Carrie completed both her Advanced Practice Nursing degree at the University of Pennsylvania. She has clinical experience in treating women with perinatal mood disorders, infertility issues, as well as working with women and pregnant patients experiencing chronic or acute psychiatric illness.   Carrie also has experience in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness Meditation, as well as Gestalt Therapy.  Prior to becoming an Advanced Practice Nurse, Carrie was a birth and postpartum doula as well as a childbirth educator.   Carrie also has over ten years of experience working in wilderness therapy, where she employed the natural environment as a component in her therapeutic work with individuals, couples and families.  

 

Sharnise Dozier, B.S. 

Patient Service Associate 

(215) 573-8886

Sharnise Dozier graduated from Bloomsburg University with a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences. She is currently enrolled at Capella University for a M.S. in Psychology. Sharnise spent a year working with children with disabilities at Resources for Human Development. She is currently the Patient Service Associate at the PCWBW and eventually hopes to open up her own non-profit for child therapy.  

 

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