Elizabeth Werner, PhD

Expertise in: 
Women's Mental Health, Depression, Anxiety Disorders
Accepting New Patients

Overview

Areas of Expertise / Conditions Treated

Women's Mental Health, Depression, Anxiety Disorders, Postpartum Depression, Postpartum Mood & Anxiety Disorders, Individual Psychotherapy, Individual Brief Psychotherapy, Gay and Lesbian Issues, Psychotherapy, Behavioral Medicine, Women's Mental Health, Pregnancy Termination Counseling, Pregnancy Losses Counseling

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Behavioral Medicine (in Psychiatry) at CUMC

Elizabeth Werner, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Behavioral Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University Medical Center/New York Presbyterian and the Director of Research Operations for the Perinatal Pathways Lab. Dr. Werner serves as a Consultant for the Women’s Program, Columbia University Medical Center and is the Lead Clinician and Clinical Supervisor in the PREPP program in the Perinatal Pathways Lab, a clinical research trial aimed at preventing Postpartum Depression. Dr. Werner is a Co-Investigator on many projects funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, and has published papers on a variety of topics in the fields of perinatal psychiatry and developmental psychobiology. She was selected as a National Institute of Health CHIPS fellow (Child Intervention, Prevention, and Services) and as a New York State Office of Mental Health Policy Scholar.

In addition to her research, Dr. Werner is a clinical psychologist and maintains a clinical practice through Columbia Doctors. Dr. Werner specializes in the treatment of mood disorders and stress management and working with women who are experiencing infertility, pregnancy loss and mood disturbance during the perinatal period.

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia

Gender

  • Female

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Phone Appointments

New and Existing Patients:
646-774-8945

Insurance Accepted

Aetna

  • EPO
  • HMO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • NY Signature
  • NYP Employee Plan
  • POS
  • PPO
  • Signature Administrators
  • Student Health

Coventry Health Care

  • Coventry Health Care

Emblem/HIP

  • ConnectiCare
  • EPO
  • Essential Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO
  • Select Care (Exchange)
  • Vytra

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield

  • Blue Access (Exchange)
  • EPO
  • Gatekeeper (Exchange)
  • HMO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • Pathway (Exchange)
  • POS
  • PPO

Local 1199

  • Local 1199

MagnaCare

  • MagnaCare

Medicare

  • Traditional Medicare (NY)

Multiplan

  • Multiplan

TRICARE

  • TRICARE

UnitedHealthcare

  • Behavioral Health
  • Medicare Behavioral Health

*Please contact the provider’s office directly to verify that your particular insurance is accepted.

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • Internship: Beth Israel Medical Center

Honors & Awards

2010 New York State Office of Mental Health Policy Scholar
2011  Child Intervention, Prevention & Services (CHIPS) Research fellowship, National Institute of Mental Health

Research

Grants

INTERGENERATIONAL TRANSMISSION OF DEFICITS IN SELF-REGULATORY CONTROL (Federal Gov)

Sep 1 2018 - Jun 30 2023

PREVENTING POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION: A DYADIC APPROACH ADJUNCTIVE TO OBSTETRIC CARE (Federal Gov)

Jul 13 2017 - Apr 30 2022

SUPPLEMENTAL FUNDING FOR PREPP PROGRAM RESEARCH (Private)

May 1 2016 - Jun 30 2019

ENVIRONMENTAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH AMONG CHILDREN OF THE NATIONAL FETAL GROWTH STUDY (Federal Gov)

Sep 21 2016 - Aug 31 2018

BREAKING THE CYCLE OF INTERGENERATIONAL DISADVANTAGE: NEURODEVELOPMENT AMONG PUERTO RICAN CHILDREN (Federal Gov)

Sep 21 2016 - Aug 31 2018

PREPP INTERVENTION & RESEARCH (Private)

Oct 1 2016 - Sep 30 2017

PRENATAL STRESS: THE EPIGENETIC BASIS OF MATERNAL AND PERINATAL EFFECTS (Federal Gov)

Jun 1 2011 - Sep 30 2017

THE EFFECTS OF PRENATAL STRESS & POOR NUTRITION ON BRAIN AND COGNITION (Federal Gov)

Sep 23 2011 - Jun 30 2017

PREPP INTERVENTION & RESEARCH PROPOSAL (Private)

Aug 1 2015 - Jul 31 2016

BEHAVIORAL CHANGE IN THE MOTHER-INFANT DYAD: PREVENTING POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION (Federal Gov)

Jan 1 2011 - Dec 31 2013

PERINATAL STRESS AND GENE INFLUENCES: PATHWAYS TO INFANT MOR TALITY (Federal Gov)

Sep 1 2007 - Jul 31 2012

PERINATAL STRESS AND GENE INFLUENCES: PATHWAYS TO INFANT VUL NERABILITY (Federal Gov)

Sep 1 2007 - Jul 31 2012

BIOBEHAVIORAL ASSESSMENT OF STRESS IN ADOLESCENT PREGNANCY: PARINATAL OUTCOMES (Federal Gov)

May 5 2009 - Apr 30 2012

Selected Publications

1. Monk, C., Sloan, R.P., Myers, M.M., Ellman, L., Werner, E., Jeon, J., Tager, F., & Fifer,W.P.(2004). Fetal heart rate reactivity differs by women’s psychiatric status: An early marker for developmental risk? Journal of the American Academy of Child and  Adolescent Psychiatry, 43(3):283-290.

2. Werner, E., Myers, M.M., Fifer, W.P., Cheng, B., Fang, Y., Allen, R., & Monk, C. (2007). Prenatal Predictors of Infant Temperament. Developmental Psychobiology,49(5):474-484.

3. Bergner, S., Monk, C., & Werner, E.  (2008). Dyadic intervention during pregnancy? Treating pregnant women and possibly reaching the future baby. Infant Mental Health Journal, 29(5), 399-419.

4. Werner, E, McDonough, L., Evans, L., Kurzius, L., Kinsella, M., Altincatal, A. & Monk, C. (2012). Higher Maternal Prenatal Cortisol and Younger Age Predict Greater
Infant Reactivity to Novelty at 4 Months: An Observation Based Study, Developmental Psychobiology, 55(7):707-18.

5. Spicer, J., Werner E., Zhao, Y., Choi, C.W., Lopez-Pintado, S., Feng, T., Altemus, M., Gyamfi, C., & Monk, C (2013). Ambulatory assessments of psychological and peripheral stress-markers predict birth outcomes in teen pregnancy. Journal of Psychosomatic Medicine, 75(4):305-13.

6. Doyle C., Werner E., Feng T., Lee S., Altemus M., Isler J.R. Monk C. (2015) Pregnancy distress gets under fetal skin: Maternal ambulatory assessment & sex differences in prenatal development. Developmental Psychobiology, 57(5), 607-625.

7. Werner, E. Gustafsson, H., Feng, T., Lee, S., Jiang, N., Desai, P., & Monk, C. PREPP: Postpartum depression prevention through the mother–infant dyad. Archives of Women’s Mental Health. Epub ahead of print.

8. Gustafsson H.C., Kuzava S.E., Werner E., Monk, C. (2015) Maternal Dietary Fat Intake During Pregnancy Is Associated With Infant Temperament. Developmental Psychobiology, in press.

Reviews

1. Werner, E. &  Monk, C. (2006). Review of Forms of Intersubjectivity in Infant Research and Adult Attachment by Beebe, Knoblauch, Rustin, & Sorter. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training, 43(3), 362-363.

2. Monk, C., Fitelson, E.M., & Werner E. (2011). Mood Disorders & their Pharmacological Treatment during Pregnancy: Is the Future Child Affected? Pediatric Research. 69(5 Pt 2): 3R-10R

3. Werner, E., Miller, M., Osborne, L.M., Kuzava, S., & Monk, C.  Preventing postpartum depression: Review and recommendations Archives of Women’s Mental Health 2015 Feb;18(1):41-60. doi: 10.1007/s00737-014-0475-y. Epub 2014 Nov 25.