Samantha Meltzer-Brody, M.D.

Associate Professor; Associate Chair for Faculty Development; and Director of the Perinatal Psychiatry Program, UNC Center for Women's Mood Disorders


Dr. Samantha Meltzer-Brody


Phone: (919) 445-0215



B.S., Biology and Psychology, Simmons College
M.D., Northwestern University Medical School
Residency, Psychiatry, Duke University Medical Center
Fellowship, Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.P.H., Health Care and Prevention Program, School of Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Summary Statement:

Dr. Samantha Meltzer-Brody, MD, MPH, is an Associate Professor and Director of the UNC Perinatal Psychiatry Program of the UNC Center for Women’s Mood Disorders. Her current clinical and research efforts are focused primarily on Perinatal Depression. She is the recipient of a five-year NIH Career Development Award, K23MH085165, to investigate psychophysiological and genetic models of postpartum depression (PPD) and has recently worked to establish an international postpartum depression genetics consortium (PACT). She is a coinvestigator on a newly awarded R01 investigating a biomarker signature of postpartum depression in African American women. In addition, her funded research has investigated the neuroendocrine (oxytocin, HPA stress axis), genetic and other biological markers of perinatal mood disorders in a cohort of women recruited during pregnancy and followed longitudinally in the postpartum period during lactation. She also studies maternal depression in high-risk groups including adolescent mothers, and mothers of children with neurodevelopment delays as well as investigating new treatment options for depression in perinatal women.

Dr. Meltzer-Brody has participated in a previous AHRQ systematic evidence-based review of perinatal depression. She has published numerous manuscripts in the field of women’s mental health, currently participates in clinical trials research in women’s mood disorders, and serves as the mental health consultant for the North Carolina Women’s Health Report Card. The Triangle Medical Journal recently selected Dr. Meltzer-Brody as one of the “Top-10 Women in Medicine”.  She is also the founder of the Taking Care of Our Own Program, a resource for UNC Health Care employees, and the Associate Chair for Faculty Development.

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