Kimberly Ann Yonkers, MD

Professor of Psychiatry, of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases) and of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences; Director, Center for Wellbeing of Women and Mothers

Departments & Organizations

Psychiatry: Adult Psychiatry | Center for Wellbeing of Women and Mothers | Psychological Medicine Service | Psychotherapy Development Center | Women's Behavioral Health Research, Division of | Yale Mood Disorders Research Program

School of Public Health: Chronic Disease Epidemiology

Albert J. Solnit Integrated Training


Discovery to Cure Internship

Office of Student Research

Women's Reproductive Health Research Career Development Center

Yale Medical Group

Office of Cooperative Research


The work of my research group includes investigations into the clinical course, etiopathology and treatment of psychiatric disorders as they occur in women. A major component of this work includes investigations into the occurrence and treatment of illnesses in pregnancy and the postpartum period, and across the menstrual cycle. This area, by its nature, cuts across disciplines and requires psychiatric expertise, as well as knowledge in neuroscience and reproductive biology.

Reciprocally, we assess the effects that psychiatric illnesses and their treatments, have on perinatal outcomes. In a cohort study funded by NICHD, we recruited approximately 2800 women and interviewed them three times during pregnancy. We are assessing whether depression is a risk factor for preterm delivery, independent of antidepressant treatment. This large prospective cohort study includes information on maternal psychiatric illness, antidepressant treatment and other obstetrical risk factors.

We have also been working on ways to screen and treat pregnant and postpartum women with substance use disorders. We use psychotherapies and potentially new pharmacological therapies that are tailored for perinatal women.

Education & Training

MD Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons (1986)
Residency McLean Hospital
Board Certification AB of Psychiatry & Neurology, Psychiatry (1991)

Honors & Recognition

  • Best Doctors in US (2014)

  • Best Doctors In US (2013)

  • Best Doctors in US (2012)

  • Best Doctors in US (2011)

  • Best Doctors in US (2010)

  • Best Doctors in US (2009)

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Contact Info

Kimberly Ann Yonkers, MD
Patient Care Locations
Yale Psychiatry 300 George Street, Ste 9th Floor
New Haven, CT 06511
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Yale PsychiatryTemple Medical Center
40 Temple Street, Ste 6th Floor

New Haven, CT 06510
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Mailing Address
300 George St
New Haven, CT 06511-

Curriculum Vitae

The Center for Wellbeing of Women and Mothers