Sewanee and Yale Collaborations

Megan Smith

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry in the Yale Child Study Center and of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases); Director, New Haven Mental health Outreach for MotherS (MOMS) Partnership, Yale School of Medicine and Yale School of Public Health
B.A., Amherst College; M.P.H., Yale School of Public Health; Dr.P.H., Boston University

Megan V. Smith is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Child Study and Public Health at the Yale University School of Medicine.  Dr. Smith conducts clinical and community-partnered research in the area of maternal and child mental health and racial, ethnic and gender-based disparities in mental health and illness and teaches in the Yale School of Public Health. Dr. Smith serves on the Mood Disorders Literature Review Subgroup, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V) of the Gender/Cross Cultural Study Group, the State of Connecticut Maternal and Child Health Advisory Committee and is the Principal Investigator of the New Haven Mental health Outreach for MotherS (MOMS) Partnership, a community-academic collaboration to create citywide systems for low-income mothers and their children in New Haven, Connecticut. With a network of 513 mothers living in New Haven, this community-academic partnership works to meet complex needs of mothers who may be struggling with mental health issues. Mothers in New Haven who have been trained in research methods and mental health outreach—called Community Mental Health Ambassadors—help lead the efforts of the MOMS Partnership throughout the city. The MOMS Partnership represents a coordinated effort by the Yale Department of Psychiatry, the City of New Haven and the New Haven mothers themselves. She is a recipient of a Building Interdisciplinary Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) career award from the National Institute of Health, Office of Research on Women’s Health and Young Investigator Awards from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression and the North American Society for Psychosocial Obstetrics & GynecologyDr. Smith also serves as a board member of the National Diaper Bank Network and co-chairs the Yale School of Medicine Program on the Psychobiology of Parenting and Partnerships