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About Our Team
- C. Neill Epperson, MD
- Lindsay Sortor, PsyD
- Constance Brady, LCSW
- Sara Kornfield, PhD
- Carrie Malanga, RN, PMHNP-BC
Dr. Epperson was recruited to the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania from Yale University School of Medicine in the Fall of 2009 to initiate and direct the Center's on-going activities. Dr. Epperson, who holds dual appointments in the Departments of Psychiatry and Obstetrics/Gynecology, is internationally renowned for her research in women's mental health, specifically with respect to the pathophysiologyand treatment of premenstrual dysphoric disorder and perinatal depression. Dr. Epperson was one of 30 University of Pennsylvania physicians recognized as "2011-2012 Best Doctors in America," selected by a consensus of her peers. Dr. Epperson has received numerous grants from private foundations, pharmaceutical companies and the National Institutes of Health, including the National Institute on Aging, National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Most recently, Dr. Epperson has been awarded funding from the National Institute on Aging for her research regarding the effects of estrogen and serotonin on cognition in menopausal women. The quality of Dr. Epperson's research has been recognized as outstanding by her peers as evidenced by her extensive grant funding and research publications in top-tier scientific journals.
Click here to watch a video about Dr. Epperson's menopause research studies
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.
Constance Brady, LCSW
Clinical Social Worker
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.
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 to provide 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.
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.
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