Dr. Lee Cohen is Director of the Center for Women’s Mental Health at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and is the first incumbent of the Edmund and Carroll Carpenter Chair in Psychiatry in Women’s Mental Health at Harvard Medical School. He is a national and international leader in the field of women’s mental health and was among the founders of the field of Perinatal and Reproductive Psychiatry. His work spans the domains of research, teaching and clinical care in the area of treatment of mood and anxiety disorders with subspecialty interest in psychiatric disorders associated with female reproductive function. These include psychiatric disorders during pregnancy and the post-partum period, depression in midlife women and issues related to infertility and mental health. The research which he conducts and oversees has helped to inform the care of patients who suffer from psychiatric illness.
Dr. Cohen received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and his medical degree from Albany Medical College. He completed his internship at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Brighton, Massachusetts and his residency in psychiatry at MGH. After residency, Dr. Cohen completed a fellowship in psychopharmacology in the Clinical Psychopharmacology Unit with a specific emphasis in reproductive pharmacology, and then founded the Center for Women’s Mental Health at MGH. The program has expanded over the last two decades and now includes junior and senior faculty, research fellows, and residents from the psychiatry residency training program at the MGH.
Dr. Cohen has authored or coauthored more than 200 articles, abstracts, and book chapters. His articles have been published in leading medical journals, including American Journal of Psychiatry, Journal of the American Medical Association, and Archives of General Psychiatry. Dr. Cohen has been and continues to be the principal investigator on multiple grants funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other funding agencies and has mentored numerous junior faculty who have become independent investigators. He has received many awards, including the Outstanding Achievement Award for Research from the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society and the Mentorship Award for Exceptional Mentorship of Women Faculty from the Department of Psychiatry at MGH. At the national level, he has served on the Advisory Council to the Office of Research in Women’s Health at the National Institute of Health. This office sets the agenda for research in women’s health across the NIH. He also serves as the co-chair of the Reproductive Mental Health Initiative within the Office of Reproductive Health at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr. Cohen was recently appointed by Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts to serve on the Special Committee Relative to Postpartum Depression which will set the standards for screening and treatment of postpartum depression for women in Massachusetts.