Guest Profile

Dr. Catherine Birndorf

Catherine Birndorf, MD, a Contributing Editor to SELF Magazine, is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Obstetrics/Gynecology and founding director of the Payne Whitney Womens Program at The New York Presbyterian Hospital - Weill Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan. Her area of psychiatric expertise is in reproductive mental health, helping women with emotional distress during times of hormonal change, from menses to menopause. She specializes in treating women before, during and after pregnancy, as well as at other times of transition in their lives.

A Smith College graduate, Dr. Birndorf attended Brown University Medical School and did her psychiatry residency at New York Presbyterian Hospital Cornell, serving as Chief Resident. She has received numerous awards and published a number of journal articles and book chapters.

Dr. Birndorfs first book, a womens health self-help book entitled The Nine Rooms of Happiness, co-authored by SELF Magazine Editor-in-Chief Lucy Danziger, will be published in March 2010 by the Voice imprint of Disneys Hyperion publishing.

Dr. Birndorf is a regular mental health columnist for SELF Magazine, and has appeared on television programs including The Today Show, Good Morning America, MSNBC and CNN. She also lectures internationally, educating and advocating for women, and serves on boards of several medical organizations including the Presidents Advisory Council of Postpartum Support International.

Dr. Birndorf practices psychiatry and lives in NYC with her husband and two children.

For a complete list of Dr. Birndorfs clinical appointments, hospital affiliations and areas of research, please contact Lauren Theodore, SELF Magazine, 212-286-8157 or