Erin Murphy Barzilay, MD, PhD, graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania before earning her MD from Thomas Jefferson University’s Sidney Kimmel Medical College. She completed her training in clinical pathology at Massachusetts General Hospital with a focus on clinical chemistry and drug-abuse testing. She then completed an adult psychiatry residency at the UCLA San Fernando Valley Psychiatry Residency Training Program, where she focused on anxiety disorders, substance-use disorders and mood disorders, and completed additional training in women’s reproductive mental health.
Katherine Unverferth MD is the Medical Director of the UCLA Maternal Mental Health Program, overseeing both the Perinatal Intensive Outpatient Program and the Perinatal Partial Hospitalization Program. She is the Co-Director of the UCLA Women’s Life Center, where she teaches residents and fellows Reproductive Psychiatry and helps run the clinic which serves pregnant and postpartum women throughout California. Dr. Unverferth was involved in the creation of the National Curriculum for Reproductive Psychiatry (NCRP). She co-created the module on Premenstrual Mood Symptoms for the NCRP, and co-authored a chapter on Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) which was published in the APA’s textbook, Treatment of Women. She has served as a peer reviewer in Reproductive Psychiatry for Current Psychiatry.
Dr. Unverferth received her BA in Chemistry from Duke University and her MD from Georgetown University School of Medicine. While at Georgetown, she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society and received the Francis L. Clark, Jr. Award for Excellence in Psychiatry. She went on to complete her psychiatric residency at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience, where she served as Chief Resident of Reproductive Psychiatry. She then completed a Mood Disorders fellowship at UCLA. She has previously served on the board of the Southern California Psychiatric Society, and has received the President’s Award for her service.
Misty Richards, MD, MS is the Director of Infant Mental Health of the UCLA Maternal Mental Health Program. She is the Co-Founder and Medical Director of Perinatal Psychiatry for the Maternal Outpatient Mental health Services (MOMS) Clinic in the Department of OB-GYN, where she treats patients with perinatal mood disorders, anxiety, and psychosis while educating the next generation about reproductive psychiatry. She is a child, adult, and reproductive psychiatrist at UCLA who holds a joint appointment in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is double board-certified in child, adolescent and adult psychiatry and specializes in infant mental health, with recent completion of the NAPA Parent-Infant Mental Health Fellowship. Dr. Richards also serves as the Program Director for the UCLA Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship and is highly involved in medical student education as a Core Faculty Educator in the Scientific Foundations of Medicine for the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
Dr. Richards graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychobiology from UCLA, where her interest in perinatal mental health first began while conducting research studying pregnant mothers with anxiety and depression. For the next four years, Dr. Richards was a research fellow at the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation, studying the pathophysiology of mood disorders. At Albany Medical College in New York, Dr. Richards obtained an M.S. in Neuroscience along with her medical degree and was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in Medicine to Tokyo, Japan. Dr. Richards then completed her General Psychiatry Residency and Child Fellowship at the UCLA Semel Institute, where she served as Chief Fellow. Currently, she holds committee positions in the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (Women’s Committee), the Southern California Society of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the American Psychiatric Association (selection committee for the APA/APAF Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship).
Louise Dixon De Silva, PhD is a Clinical Specialist who earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology for the University of California Los Angeles. She completed her APA-accredited internship at the VA Long Beach Healthcare System in Health Service Psychology and worked there as a postdoctoral fellow in Women’s Mental Health. Her clinical areas of expertise are in reproductive mental health, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for anxiety, depression, and PTSD, and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) for emotion dysregulation and other acute mental health problems.
Kelly Wilshusen is a licensed clinical social worker who earned her MSW from UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. Prior to joining the Perinatal team, she worked at UCLA Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital's adult inpatient unit and prior to that, UCLA's emergency room as part of the psychiatric consult liaison team.
James is in charge of outpatient programs for the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA. He is trained in maternal mental health. He is trained in maternal mental health and is the founder of the Maternal Mental Health Program.