Dr. Margaret Spinelli is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University and a former Research Psychiatrist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Dr. Spinelli is the co-Founder and Former Director of the Women’s Program in Psychiatry at Columbia University and the recipient of research awards from the National Institutes of Mental Health to adapt Interpersonal Psychotherapy to depression and pregnancy. She has an expertise in several psychotherapy modalities including psychodynamic, Transference focused, interpersonal and supportive psychotherapies. Dr. Spinelli’s clinical, teaching, research activities and publications have focused on psychiatric disorders during pregnancy and the postpartum periods. In the past 20 years, she has taught and lectured all over the world about perinatal depression. She has worked tirelessly to educate medical faculty, nurses and social workers in psychiatry, pediatrics and obstetrics and gynecology in addition to students and residents in training, She has educated attorneys, law students and judges about the importance of peripartum mental illness and Infanticide.
2016: Distinguished Lifetime Fellow: American Psychiatric Association
2014: Alexandra Symonds Award: Assoc. of Women Psychiatrists and the American Psychiatric Association for advancement of women’s mental health in the fields of clinical services, research, and education.
2010: Maternal and Child Health Community Service Award: Northern Manhattan Perinatal Partnership: New York City Dept. of Mental Health
2010: Channi Kumar Memorial Award: International Marce Society for Prevention of Postpartum Disorders
2004: Manfred S.Guttmacher Award: American Psychiatric Association and American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law: outstanding literary contribution to psychiatry and the forensic sciences
2005: Residents Choice Award: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and the New York State Psychiatric Institute
Dr. Spinelli's research activities have focused on psychiatric disorders during pregnancy and the postpartum periods.
Dr. Spinelli's research has been funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health to treat depression during pregnancy Perinatal Interpersonal Psychotherapy.