We offer women comprehensive treatment tailored to their unique needs. We specialize in treating psychological and psychiatric problems that arise in the context of premenstrual syndromes, infertility, pregnancy, childbirth and menopause. Our psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers share a common commitment to understanding women's mental health needs. Our aim is to provide comprehensive care that relieves distress and promotes well-being and social functioning. To this end we provide a range of psychiatric and psychotherapy/counseling services, including evaluation, medication, couples treatment, group treatment, individual therapy and supportive care.
In collaboration with our colleagues in other specialties, we provide women's mental health services for the following:
The Department of Psychiatry offers a range of services to support women’s wellness during pregnancy. Our faculty includes three women psychiatrists with special expertise in advising women about the use of medication during pregnancy or while breast feeding, mood and anxiety disorders while pregnant or after birth, and support for fathers and partners. Our weekly Five Trimesters Clinic offers evaluations, brief treatment and referral by psychiatrists in training at reduced rates. Although we do not accept direct insurance payments for psychiatric care, we provide all necessary documentation for accessing out of network benefits. Our motto is: Healthy moms. Healthy babies. Happy families.
Lisa Catapano, MD, PhD
Dr. Catapano received her MD and PhD in Neurobiology from Harvard Medical School in 2003. She performed her residency training in psychiatry at GWU and completed a clinical research fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health of the National Institutes of Health, studying the pathophysiology of depression and bipolar disorder. Her clinical interests include anxiety and mood disorders in women, particularly infertility-related and postpartum depression.
Sabine Cornelius, PhD, MSW, LICSW
Sabine Cornelius, PhD, MSW, LICSW, is licensed as an independent clinical social worker in the District of Columbia. In 2002, she obtained her Master’s degree in clinical social work from the Smith College School for Social Work, where she also served as adjunct faculty in 2009. Ms. Cornelius further holds a doctorate degree in economics and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in international mental health at the Department of Mental Health at Johns Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Lori Kels, MD, MPH
Dr. Kels received her MD from the University of Nevada in 2010, and her MPH from the University of Southern California in 2008. She completed her residency training in psychiatry at the George Washington University, where she served as chief resident. Her clinical interests include the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders in women, particularly during pregnancy and the postpartum period.
Julia B. Frank, MD
Dr. Frank is a 1977 graduate of the Yale University School of Medicine. She completed a year of internal medicine residency before finishing a psychiatry residency and fellowship in the department of psychiatry at Yale. She is a member of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, The Association of Women Psychiatrists and the Society for Women's Health Research. She is also a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.
Over the course of her career, Dr. Frank has done research in post partum psychiatric disorders, panic disorder and post traumatic stress disorder. She has written review articles about domestic violence, women's mental health in primary care settings and the psychiatric consequences of head injuries. Her current interests include the treatment of psychiatric disorders in relation to reproductive events (pregnancy, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, perimenopausal psychiatric problems), seasonal affective disorder, depression and anxiety, and ADD in adults. Her approach is practical and eclectic, combining thorough medical evaluation, where indicated, with up to date psychopharmacology and diverse approaches to psychotherapy, especially interpersonal therapy.