Catherine Monk, PhD

Expertise in: 
Psychology
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Overview

Areas of Expertise / Conditions Treated

Psychology, Clinical Research, Neuro-Development, Neurodevelopmental Disabilities, Neuropsychology, Perinatal Pathology, Women's Health, Women's Mental Health, Psychological Aspects of Infertility, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, Postpartum Depression, Post Menopausal Problems

Academic Appointments

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

Administrative Titles

  • Director, Women’s Mental Health @Ob/Gyn

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Please note: at this time, Dr. Monk is only accepting new patients referred by providers in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center.

Dr. Catherine Monk is Professor of Medical Psychology in the Departments of Obstetrics & Gynecology (Ob/Gyn), and Psychiatry, Research Scientist VI at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, and founding director of the newly launched initiative to embed Women’s Mental Health in Columbia’s Ob/Gyn Department (Women’s Mental Health @Ob/Gyn) where she and other mental health professionals help women with stress, depression, anxiety across the lifespan. After completing her NIH post–doctoral fellowship in the Psychobiological Sciences at Columbia in 2000, Dr. Monk joined the faculty and established the Perinatal Pathways Laboratory

Dr. Monk’s research brings together perinatal psychiatry, developmental psychobiology, and neuroscience to focus on the earliest influences on children’s developmental trajectories — those that happen in utero and how to intervene early to help women and prevent risk for mental health disorders in the future children. Her research has been continuously funded by the NIH since she had her first support as a ‘K’ Career Development awardee in 2001; she also has received funding from the March of Dimes, Johnson & Johnson, the Robin Hood Foundation, the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, and the Bezos Family Foundation.

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia

Gender

  • Female

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Phone Appointments

New and Existing Patients:
646-306-2232

Location(s)

ColumbiaDoctors Midtown
51 West 51st Street
New York, NY 10019
New Patient Appointments:
212-326-8441
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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

  • EPO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • PPO

Local 1199

  • Local 1199

MagnaCare

  • MagnaCare

Multiplan

  • Multiplan

UnitedHealthcare

  • Behavioral Health
  • Medicaid Behavioral Health
  • Medicare Behavioral Health

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

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.

For more information, visit the Perinatal Pathways lab website.

Research Interests

  • Perinatal psychology, psychiatry
  • Psychobiological development
  • Developmental neuroscience

Grants

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

Sep 1 2018 - Jun 30 2023

MOTHERS CHILDHOODS AND THE INTERGENERATIONAL TRANSMISSION OF MENTAL HEALTH RISK IN THE CONTEXT OF ADVERSITY (Federal Gov)

Apr 22 2019 - Mar 31 2023

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

Jul 13 2017 - Apr 30 2022

PROMOTING MOTHER-BABY BONDING THROUGH A RELAXATION ROUTINE DURING PREGNANCY (P&S Industry Clinical Trial)

Dec 20 2016 - Dec 20 2021

PROMOTING MOTHER BABY BONDING THROUGH A RELAXATION ROUTINE DURING PREGNANCY (P&S Industry Clinical Trial)

Sep 21 2016 - Sep 21 2021

PREPP & MENTAL HEALTH IN OBGYN (Private)

Jul 1 2019 - Jun 30 2021

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

Nov 9 2018 - Apr 30 2021

EXPOSOME CONTRIBUTORS TO CHILD HEALTH ORIGINATING FROM NATIONAL FETAL GROWTH STUDY (ECCHO-NFGS) (Federal Gov)

Sep 21 2016 - Aug 31 2020

PRIMARY MATERNAL PREOCCUPATION: UNDERSTANDING THE ROLE OF EARLY LIFE EXPERIENCES ON LEARNING AND MEMORY IN THE PERI-PARTUM PERIOD-NEURAL MODERATORS (Private)

May 1 2018 - Apr 30 2020

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

Jul 15 2016 - Apr 30 2020

TREATMENT OF PARENTS OF INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE AND IMPACT ON CHILD PSYCHOPATHOLOGY (Private)

Nov 1 2018 - Feb 1 2020

SUPPLEMENTAL FUNDING FOR PREPP PROGRAM RESEARCH (Private)

May 1 2016 - Jun 30 2019

BREAKING THE CYCLE OF INTERGENERATIONAL DISADVANTAGE: NEURODEVELOPMENT AMONG PUERTO RICAN CHILDREN (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 - 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

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

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

Sep 1 2010 - May 31 2015

EFF OF A MAJOR CLIMATIC EVNT -SPRSTRM SANDY ON PREG OUTCMS AND TELOMERE LENGTH (FACTOR-LITVAK/MONK) (Federal Gov)

May 15 2013 - Apr 30 2015

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

PATERNAL CRIMINAL JUSTICE INVOLVEMENT AND SUBSTANCE USE IN C HILDREN & ADOLESCENTS (Federal Gov)

Aug 1 2008 - May 31 2012

MATERNAL INCARCERATION AND COURSE OF CHILD PSYCHOPATHOLOGY I N THE SOUTH BRONX (Federal Gov)

Sep 1 2007 - May 31 2012

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

May 5 2009 - Apr 30 2012

MATERNAL INCARCERATION AND COURSE OF CHILD PSYCHOPATHOLOGY IN THE SOUTH BRONX (Federal Gov)

Jul 16 2009 - Jun 30 2011

AUTONOMIC CONTROL & BIRTH OUTCOMES IN MINORITY WOMEN (Federal Gov)

May 10 2006 - Apr 30 2010

Selected Publications

  • Walsh, K., McCormack, C. A., Webster, R., Pinto, A. Lee, S., Feng, T., Krakovsky, H. S., O’Grady, S. M., Tycko, B., Champagne, F. A., Werner, E. A., Liu, G., Monk, C. (in press). Maternal Prenatal Stress Phenotypes Associate with Fetal Neurodevelopment and Birth Outcomes. PNAS.
  • Monk, C., Webster, R. S. McNeil, R. B., Parker, C. B., Catov, J. M., Greenland, P., Bairey Merz, C. N., Silver, R. M., Simhan, H. N., Ehrenthal, D. B., Chung, J. H., Haas, D. M., Mercer B. M., Parry, S., Polito, L., Reddy, U. M., Saade, G. R., Grobman, W. A. Associations of perceived prenatal stress and adverse pregnancy outcomes with perceived stress years after delivery. Archives of Women’s Mental Health. PMID: 31256258 DOI: 10.1007/s00737-019-00970-8
  • Mangla, K., Hoffman, M. C., Trumpff, C., O’Grady, S., Monk, C. Maternal self-harm deaths: an unrecognized and preventable outcome. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. 2019. DOI: 10.1016/j.ajog.2019.02.056. PMID: 30849358
  • Monk, C., Lugo-Candelas, C., & Trumpff, C. Prenatal Developmental Origins of Future Psychopathology: Mechanisms and Pathways. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology. 2019;15:317-44. DOI: 10.1146/annurev-clinspy-050718-095539. PMID: 30795695.
  • Gustafsson, H. C., Goodman, S. H. Feng, T., Choi, J., Lee, S., Newport, D. J., Knight, B., Pingeton, B., Stowe, Z. N., Monk, C. (2018). Major depressive disorder during pregnancy: Psychiatric medications have minimal effects on the fetus and infant yet development is compromised. Development and Psychopathology. 2018;30(3):773-85. DOI: 10.1017/S0954579418000639. PMID: 30068426
  • Lugo-Candelas, C., Monk, C., Duarte, C. S., Posner, J. Shared genetic factors, fetal programming, and the transmission of depression. Lancet Psychiatry. 2018;5(10):771-3. DOI: 10.1016/S2215-0366(18)30356-0. PMID: 30245186.
  • Gustafsson, H. C., Grieve, P., Werner, E. A., Desai, P., & Monk, C. Newborn electroencephalographic correlates of maternal prenatal depressive symptoms. Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease. 2018;9(4):381-5. DOI:10.1017/S2040174418000089. PMID: 29508679.
  • Scorza, P., Duarte, C. S., Hipwell, A. E., Posner, J., Ortin, A., Canino, G., Monk, C. Program Collaborators for Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes. Intergenerational transmission of disadvantage: Epigenetics and parents’ childhoods as the first exposure. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 2018 Feb 23. DOI: 10.1111/jcpp.12877. PMID: 29473646.