Catherine Monk, PhD

Expertise in: 
Psychology
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Overview

Areas of Expertise / Conditions Treated

Psychology, Clinical Research, Fetal Pathology, Invitro Fetal therapy, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Neuro-Development, Neurodevelopmental Disabilities, Neuropsychology, Perinatal Pathology, Women's Health, Women's Mental Health

Academic Appointments

  • Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry and Obstetrics and Gynecology) at CUMC

Administrative Titles

  • Director of Research in the Women's Program in the Department of Psychiatry, CUMC
  • Research Scientist VI, New York State Psychiatric Institute
  • Co-Director, Domestic Violence Initiative, Department of Psychiatry, CUMC

Catherine Monk holds a joint appointment as an Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry, and Obstetrics & Gynecology. Reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of her research, she is affiliated with two divisions in Psychiatry: Behavioral Medicine and Developmental Neuroscience. She is Director for Research at the Women’s Program and Co–Director of the Domestic Violence Initiative. After completing her NIH post–doctoral fellowship in the Psychobiolgoical Sciences at Columbia in 2000, Dr. Monk joined the faculty and established the Perinatal Pathways Laboratory. She also maintains a clinical practice primarily focused on treating women during the perinatal period.

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia

Gender

  • Female

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Phone Appointments

New and Existing Patients:
646-774-8941

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • PhD, Graduate School of the City University of New York
  • Internship: Montefiore Medical Center

Research

We conduct research studies with pregnant women and their babies to improve their well–being and their future children’s lives. For nearly 20 years, we have contributed to the scientific evidence showing that when pregnant women experience stress, anxiety, and depression, it affects them as well as their offspring in utero. There is a ‘third pathway’ for the familial inheritance of risk for psychiatric illness beyond shared genes and the quality of parental care: the impact of pregnant women’s distress on fetal and infant brain–behavior development. Our projects involve fetal assessment, newborn neuroimaging, genetics, epigenetics, psychoneuroimmunology, mother–child interaction, and supportive interventions to (1) characterize maternal experiences and the effects on children’s development and (2) promote maternal psychobiological health for the mother–child dyad.

Research Interests

  • Perinatal psychology, psychiatry
  • Psychobiological development
  • Developmental neuroscience

Grants

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

Sep 21 2016 - Aug 31 2023

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

Jul 13 2017 - Apr 30 2022

IN UTERO ASSESSMENT OF THE HUMAN NEURAL CONNECTOME AND LATER CHILD BEHAVIOR (Federal Gov)

Jul 15 2016 - Apr 30 2020

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

Sep 21 2016 - Aug 31 2018

CENTER FOR RESEARCH ON ETHICAL, LEGAL AND SOCIAL IMPLICATIONS OF PSYCHIATRIC, NEUROLOGIC AND BEHAVIORAL GENETICS (Federal Gov)

May 3 2013 - May 31 2018

PREPP INTERVENTION & RESEARCH (Private)

Oct 1 2016 - Sep 30 2017

SUPPLEMENTAL FUNDING FOR PREPP PROGRAM RESEARCH (Private)

May 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

PREGENCY AS A WINDOW TO FUTURE CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH (Federal Gov)

Sep 15 2015 - Apr 30 2016

SERATONERGIC MODULATION OF BRAIN DEVELOPMENT: GENETIC AND PHARMACOLOGIC INFLUENCES ON STRUCTURE, FUNCTION, AND BEHAVIOR (Federal Gov)

Sep 1 2010 - Apr 30 2016

EARLY-LIFE PHTHALATE EXPOSURE, THYROID FUNCTION AND CHILD COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT (Federal Gov)

Dec 1 2004 - Mar 31 2016

THE MUSICAL CONNECTIONS LULLABY PROJECT (Private)

Mar 4 2014 - Mar 31 2015

PREPP INTERVENTION & RESEARCH PROPOSAL (Private)

Oct 15 2013 - Oct 14 2014

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

  • Do, C., Lang, C.F., Lin, J., Krupska, I., Gaba, A., Darbary, H., Petukhova, L., Vonsatte, J.P., Gallagher, M.P., Goland, R.S., Clynes, R.A., Dwork, A., Kral, J.G., Monk, C., Christiano, A.M., Tycko, B. (2016) Mechanisms and disease associations of haplotype dependent allele specific DNA methylation. American Journal of Human Genetics 98(5), 934-955.
  • O’Connor, T.G., Monk, C., & Burke, A.S. (2016) Maternal Affective Illness in the Perinatal Period. Current Psychiatry Reports 18(3), 24.
  • Walsh, K., Basu, A., Werner E., Lee, S., Feng, T., Osborne, L.M., Rainford, A., Gilchrist, M., Monk, C. (2016) Associations Among Child Abuse, Depression, and Interleukin-6 in Pregnant Adolescents: Paradoxical Findings. Psychosomatic Medicine, epub ahead of print.
  • Monk, C., Feng, T., Lee, S., Krupska, I., Champagne, F.A., Tycko, B. (2016) Distress During Pregnancy: Epigenetic Regulation of Placenta Glucocorticoid-Related Genes and Fetal Neurobehavior. American Journal of Psychiatry, 173(7), 705-713.
  • Monk, C., Georgieff, M.K., Xu, D., Hao, X., Bansal, R., Gustafsson, H., Spicer, J., Peterson, B.S. (2016). Maternal Prenatal Iron Status and Tissue Organization in the Neonatal Brain. Pediatric Research 79(3), 482-488.
  • Werner, E.A., Gustafsson, H.C., Lee, S., Feng, T., Jiang, N., Desai, P., Monk, C. (2016) PREPP: postpartum depression prevention through the mother-infant dyad. Archives of Women’s Mental Health, 19(2), 229-242.
  • Gustafsson, H.C., Kuzava, S.E., Werner, E., Monk, C. (2015) Maternal Dietary Fat Intake During Pregnancy Is Associated With Infant Temperament. Developmental Psychobiology 58(4), 528-535.
  • Chapman, A., Monk, C. (2015) Domestic Violence Awareness. American Journal of Psychiatry, 172:10, 944-5.