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Catherine Birndorf M.D.


Catherine Birndorf, M.D. is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Obstetrics/Gynecology and founding director of the Payne Whitney Women’s Program at The New York Presbyterian Hospital – Weill Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan. Her area of psychiatric expertise is in reproductive mental health, helping women with emotional distress during times of hormonal change, from menses to menopause. She specializes in treating women before, during and after pregnancy, as well as at other times of transition in their lives. A Smith College graduate, Dr. Birndorf attended Brown University Medical School and did her psychiatry residency at New York Presbyterian Hospital (Cornell), serving as Chief Resident. She has received numerous awards and published a number of journal articles and book chapters and actively continues both writing and teaching about women’s mental health and psychiatry. Dr. Birndorf is a regular mental health columnist for SELF Magazine, and has appeared on television programs including The Today’s Show, Good Morning America, The Early Show, MSNBC and CNN. She also lectures internationally, educating and advocating for women, and serves on boards of several medical organizations including the President’s Advisory Council of Postpartum Support International. She has just completed her first book, co-authored with Lucy Danziger, Editor-in-Chief at SELF Magazine, entitled The Nine Rooms of Happiness – Loving Yourself, Finding Your Purpose, and Getting Over Life’s Little Imperfections, published by Hyperion (Voice) March 2010. She practices psychiatry and lives in NYC with her husband and two children.

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