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Women's Behavioral Health

WBH Faculty & Staff


D. Jeffrey Newport, MD, MS, MDiv

Director, Women’s Behavioral Health
Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Health and Gynecology & Obstetrics
Vice Chair for Research, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Health
The Ohio State University College of Medicine






Dr. Newport completed a graduate theological degree before receiving his medical degree from the University of South Carolina.  He subsequently completed both psychiatry residency and a master’s degree in clinical research at Emory University.  He has received numerous awards including the Young Faculty Award from the American Psychiatric Institute for Research and Education, Young Investigator and Independent Investigator Awards from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression, Lilly Fellowship from the Society of Biological Psychiatry, Laughlin Fellowship from the American College of Psychiatrists, Hoechst Marion Roussel Award from the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology, Lilly Psychiatric Research Fellowship from the American Psychiatric Association, Pfizer Psychiatry Resident of the Year Award, and the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Distinguished Physician Alumnus Award.

His research focuses on clinical and preclinical studies of women’s behavioral health with a particular emphasis on the psychobiology of psychiatric illness during pregnancy and the postpartum, the pharmacokinetics of psychotropic medication during pregnancy and lactation, and the persistent neuroendocrine and behavioral impact of early life adverse experiences.

Dr. Newport has numerous reports relevant to women’s behavioral health published in a wide array of journals across multiple specialties including JAMA, the American Journal of Psychiatry, the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatrics, Archives of General Psychiatry, Biological Psychiatry, Neuropsychopharmacology, Neurology, Bipolar Disorders, and the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.

Link to video of remarks by Dr. Newport



Kristen M. Carpenter, PhD

Associate Director, Women’s Behavioral Health
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Health
The Ohio State University College of Medicine







Dr. Kristen Carpenter is a clinical health psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology (joint) at Ohio State. She also serves as Associate Director of Ohio State's Women’s Behavioral Health clinical research program. Dr. Carpenter received her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University, her Masters and Doctorate from The Ohio State University and completed residency and postdoctoral training at Rush University Medical Center and UCLA, respectively.  The primary focus of Dr. Carpenter’s research has been identification of risk factors for sexual and psychological maladjustment in gynecologic and breast cancer patients during various stages of diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship. Dr. Carpenter’s dedication to evidence-based treatment is clear; her research efforts to-date have been in the service of developing an intervention designed to address cancer patients’ unmet sexual health needs. Dr. Carpenter is currently conducting an NCI-funded (R21 CA149675) randomized clinical trial of the intervention developed by she and her colleagues. Dr. Carpenter holds the distinction of being one of the few scholars in the country with significant expertise in both sexuality and cancer survivorship. Through her research, teaching, and clinical work, she has amassed knowledge of both theory and empirical findings in human sexuality and cancer, rendering her uniquely qualified to provide sexuality and body image education to clinicians and researchers alike. She also serves as Communication Chair of the Scientific Network on Female Sexual Health and Cancer (cancersexnetwork.org).



Tamar L. Gur, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Health and Neuroscience
The Ohio State University College of Medicine







Dr Gur received both her medical degree and PhD at the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied the effects of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) on neurogenesis in the laboratory of Dr. Julie Blendy. She completed her residency training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where she honed her research interests in women’s mental health. This interest produced a literature review of the effect of prenatal SSRI on serotonin-related behavior in the offspring, from a preclinical and clinical perspective. Also during this time, she developed a line of research examining the effect of developmental SSRI exposure on the offspring, from gametes through behavioral sequelae. Dr. Gur has been awarded a NARSAD Young Investigator Award to pursue these investigations. She has presented her work nationally, and published in a wide array of journals.



Casia Horseman, MD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Health
The Ohio State University College of Medicine









Julie N. Hyman, MD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Health
The Ohio State University College of Medicine







Dr. Hyman completed her undergraduate degree at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, before obtaining her medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She completed her psychiatry residency at Stanford Hospital and Clinics, where she was awarded the Gulevich Award for humanistic values and excellence in patient care. Dr. Hyman's clinical area of interest is women's behavioral health, with a focus on the reproductive life cycle. She has experience treating premenstrual dysphoric disorder, perinatal psychiatric illness, and perimenopausal behavioral health concerns.


Nichole Storey, MS

Program Coordinator, Women's Behavioral Health