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Susan G. Kornstein, M.D.

Susan G. Kornstein, M.D.Susan G. Kornstein, M.D. is Professor of Psychiatry and Obstetrics and Gynecology at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), where she is cofounder and Executive Director of the VCU Institute for Women's Health, designated a National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) in 2003. She is also cofounder and Executive Director of the VCU Mood Disorders Institute and Medical Director of the VCU Clinical Trials Office. She is past chair of the VCU Division of Outpatient Psychiatry at VCU and a past member of the VCU Health System Board, a gubernatorial appointment.

Dr. Kornstein is an internationally recognized researcher and thought leader with expertise in depression and women’s mental health.She has been a principal investigator on over 70 research studies in the areas of depression, anxiety disorders, premenstrual syndrome, and sexual dysfunction. She was an investigator in the recent STAR*D depression study funded by the National Institute for Mental Health and is a Regional Center Director for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Depression Trials Network. She has authored more than 200 scientific journal articles, chapters, and abstracts, and has given many invited presentations at national and international meetings. She is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Women's Health and edited the first comprehensive textbook on women’s mental health (Women's Mental Health: A Comprehensive Textbook, Guilford Press). She is immediate past president of the International Association for Women’s Mental Health and Immediate past president of the North American Society for Psychosocial Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a member of the American College of Psychiatrists. She has been a consultant to the U.S. Surgeon General, DHHS, and NASA on women’s mental health concerns and serves on a number of national advisory boards. She has given over 100 media interviews, including the New York Times, CNN, U.S. News & World Report, Science magazine, and numerous women’s magazines.

Dr. Kornstein has been the recipient of several awards for her research, service, and leadership, including a Distinguished Service Award from the Psychiatric Society of Virginia, a Research Scientist Award from the Medical College of Virginia Foundation, Best Doctors in America, the VCU Women in Medicine and Science Professional Achievement Award, the YWCA Outstanding Woman Award for Health and Science, Jewish Women International’s Woman to Watch Award, and the Lilly Welcome Back Award.

Dr. Kornstein attended college and medical school at Brown University and completed her residency training and a fellowship in consultation-liaison psychiatry at the VCU Medical College of Virginia.

This page last reviewed on June 8, 2015