Megan Veenema Smith, DrPH, MPH

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, in the Child Study Center and of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases); Director, New Haven Mental health Outreach for MotherS (MOMS) Partnership

Departments & Organizations

Child Study Center

Psychiatry: Center for Wellbeing of Women and Mothers | MOMS Partnership | Psychology Section | Psychotherapy Development Center

School of Public Health: Chronic Disease Epidemiology

Faculty Research

Office of Cooperative Research


Megan Smith is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and in the Child Study Center in the Yale School of Medicine and in the Division of Chronic Disease Epidemiology in the Yale School of Public Health. Smith is the Founder and Director of the nationally acclaimed New Haven Mental health Outreach for MotherS (MOMS) Partnership, a community-academic partnership to improve maternal mental health among low-income women through a community-driven, place-based approach. Smith is currently working to transform systems of mental health care for low-income women with a particular focus on reducing mental health inequities related to race, ethnicity and poverty. Smith has numerous publications related to poverty, mental health and gender and serves as Principal Investigator on studies ranging from the epidemiology of depressive and anxiety disorders in the perinatal period to the utilization of mobile health technology to reduce depression in mothers.

Education & Training

DrPH Boston University (2007)
BA Amherst College,
MPH Yale University School of Public Health,
Post-Doctoral Fellow Yale University

Honors & Recognition

  • Young Investigator AwardNARSAD Brain and Behavior Research Fund (2011)

  • McKern Scholar Award for Junior Faculty, Yale University

  • North American Society for Psychosocial Obstetrics & Gynecology, Young Investigator Award

  • NIDA Women & Sex/Gender Travel Award

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Contact Info

Megan Veenema Smith, DrPH, MPH
Mailing Address
40 Temple Street
New Haven, CT 06511

New Haven MOMS Partnership