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We take pride in training the next generation in maternal and child mental health issues.

Moms' Access Project (MAP) ECHO: Perinatal Psychiatry Case Conference Series

MAP ECHO: Perinatal Psychiatry Case Conference Series is a CME-accredited program for providers in Washington State who want to improve the mental health of their pregnant and postpartum patients.

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The second year of MAP ECHO is beginning soon! This course is now full. If you are a physician, nurse practitioner or physician's assistant in primary care, family medicine, obstetrics, women's health, psychiatry, or mental health, and are interested in being added to the waitlist, please sign up here.

Open positions: Women's Mental Health Fellowship & Faculty Position

We are seeking applicants for our Women's Mental Health Fellowship and and for an Assistant or Associate Professor position in the Maternal Child Mental Health program.

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Perinatal Psychiatry Pathway

We strive to develop the knowledge base and clinical skills of general psychiatry residents at the University of Washington in assessment and treatment of psychiatric symptoms during pregnancy, postpartum, and in women wishing to conceive.

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Trauma-Focused Women’s Mental Health Elective

The Trauma-Focused Women’s Mental Health Elective at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System is a year-long rotation for fourth-year UW psychiatry residents. The purpose of the elective is to train residents to become experts in providing comprehensive, trauma-informed psychiatric care to women as part of a collaborative, interdisciplinary team.  The core of the elective is direct clinical care with supervision from Katherine Michelsen, MD ( and Laura Laplante, MD (, faculty members with interest and expertise in women’s mental health. In addition to an overall focus on trauma, emphasis is on (a) understanding the impact of gender and the reproductive cycle on the course, manifestations, and management of psychiatric disorders; (b) identifying and reducing barriers to mental health treatment for women; (c) recognizing the effects of sociocultural gender roles and experiences on women’s mental health; and (d) developing an appreciation for the practice, benefits, and limitations of a collaborative care model in the female veteran population.

Perinatal Mental Health Site Visits

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington believes that one of the best ways to improve perinatal mental health is to work with frontline providers who interact with pregnant and new moms on a daily basis. We are committed to making mental health care accessible for all women in WA state who experience mental health problems during pregnancy and postpartum and to do that, we need strong community partnerships.


Our perinatal psychiatrists are available to visit any practice in Washington state that supports women with perinatal mental health and substance use problems, or is thinking about doing so. Using an interactive approach, we provide a broad overview of best practices for depression screening as well as how best to follow up in the perinatal period.  We can accommodate any size group and are happy to tailor our visit to the needs of your clinic. The site visit is free, and we provide continued support through our Perinatal Psychiatry Consultation Line, a free telephone consultation service for health care providers that offers consultation, recommendations and referrals to community resources from a UW psychiatrist with expertise in perinatal mental health.


We would love to learn from your experiences working with pregnant and new moms and are eager to help strengthen the mental health care of your patients. Together, we can provide effective mental health care for every woman who needs it. If you are interested, contact us using the form below.

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