Payne Whitney Women's Program

The Payne Whitney Women's Program in the Department of Psychiatry at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center was established in 2002 to provide comprehensive care for mental health concerns that are unique to women. Areas of focus include pregnancy and postpartum, pregnancy loss and infertility, premenstrual mood disorders, and menopause. The Program offers state-of-the-art consultation and a variety of treatment options. The program also provides educational opprotunities for healthcare professionals.

Recent studies have shown that women are twice as likely as men to experience anxiety or depression during their life, particularly during times of hormonal changes. Some women may experience a new onset of symptoms associated with pregnancy or menopause, while others with a history of mental health problems will be at increased risk of relapse. These reproductive milestones present an opportunity for comprehensive evaluation, support and treatment.

Program Services

  • Diagnostic and treatment consultations
  • Consultation with partner and family
  • Medication management and psychotherapy, both individually and in groups
  • Psychoeducation including support groups
  • Psychotherapy focused on parenting concerns
  • Links to specialized treatment, including gynecology, endocrinology, and experts in sexual dysfunction
  • Opportunity to participate in research studies
  • Training opportunities for medical students, residents, and postdoctoral fellows
  • Presentations and consultation to academic and community groups


The multidisciplinary team includes psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and nurses with an interest and expertise in the area of women's mental health. The staff uses an integrated treatment approach that considers biological, psychological and social factors.


For additional information, or to make a referral, please contact the Payne Whitney Women's Program

Payne Whitney Women's Program
Weill Cornell Medical College
525 East 68th Street
Box 140
New York, NY 10065
Phone: (212) 746-4850
Fax: (212) 746-8800
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