About Our Team
- Nellie Carter, MD
- Penelope Carter, MD, Medical Director
- Lauren Dubner, MD
- Megan Johnson LCSW
- Esha Khurana, MD
- Sara Kornfield, PhD
- Reid Mergler, MD
- Sheila Shanmugan, MD, PhD
- Lindsay Sortor, PsyD
- Caren Kelman, LCSW
Dr. Carter is a clinical psychiatrist and the Medical Director of Penn Center for Women’s Behavioral Wellness. She also works with the broader Penn Medicine system, as a perinatal psychiatrist with the Richard D. Wood Jr. Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment (CFDT), and as a child and adolescent psychiatrist with the CHOP Center for Advanced Behavioral Healthcare. She received her medical degree from University of Virginia School of Medicine. She completed her adult psychiatry residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She completed Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, during which she was the inpatient chief fellow. Dr. Carter has academic interests in investigating the impact of trauma exposures on mental and physical health.
Megan is a licensed clinical social worker with training in cognitive-behavioral therapy and mindfulness-based stress reduction. She holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining PCWBW in October 2021, Megan spent five years at Thomas Jefferson University’s Family Center, where she delivered psychotherapy to pregnant and parenting women struggling with both perinatal mental health concerns and substance use disorders. Megan has special interest and experience with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, infertility and assisted reproduction, pregnancy after loss, traumatic delivery, and parental adjustment. Megan’s approach focuses on helping patients understand how their past experiences, environment, relationships impact their emotional health while also empowering them to move forward with self-compassion.
Dr. Khurana is a psychiatrist at Penn who specializes in women's behavioral health, integrated health, trauma-focused medicine, as well as psycho-oncology and palliative care. She completed her medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania, and her residency training in psychiatry from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Her experience providing medical management and therapy for patients with perinatal mood disorders, PTSD, fertility issues, and substance use across the age spectrum and in diverse populations at varying levels of care, acuity and setting contributes to her whole-person-centered approach.
Dr. Kornfield is a licensed clinical psychologist, the Clinical Director of PCWBW, and leads 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, development of a brief psychotherapeutic treatment that can be delivered in primary care or prenatal care settings, and improving access to perinatal mental health care. See her publications here.
Sheila Shanmugan MD, PhD, is a reproductive psychiatrist at the Penn Center for Women’s Behavioral Wellness. Her clinical expertise includes perinatal and postpartum psychiatric disorders, perimenopausal mood disorders and cognitive dysfunction, menopausal hormone therapy, and PMDD. In Women’s clinic at the Outpatient Psychiatry Center, she supervises senior resident physicians who treat patients with hormone-related psychiatric symptoms. She is also a physician-scientist with research funding from the NIH and Brain and Behavior Research Foundation. Her work has been published in top journals including the American Journal of Psychiatry and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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.
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