UMass Researcher Turns Idea Into a Nationally Recognized Program

During her psychosomatic medicine fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Nancy Byatt, D.O., M.B.A., had the opportunity to work as a perinatal psychiatrist at an obstetrics and gynecology (OB-GYN) clinic.

As she learned first-hand just how common depression is among new and expectant mothers, she found herself questioning how psychiatrists could ever effectively handle the burden.

“It also really struck me that the OB-GYNs, who saw these women regularly, wanted to help,” Byatt said. “But, they felt they didn’t have the training to provide adequate care.”

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