Samantha Meltzer-Brody

Ray M. Hayworth and Family Distinguished Professor of Mood and Anxiety Disorders; Associate Professor; Executive Medical Director, UNC Well-Being Program; Associate Chair for Faculty Development; and Director of the Perinatal Psychiatry Program, UNC Center for Women's Mood Disorders

Samantha Meltzer-Brody


Ray M. Hayworth and Family Distinguished Professor of Mood and Anxiety Disorders

Associate Professor

Executive Medical Director, UNC Well-Being Program

Associate Chair for Faculty Development

Director, Perinatal Psychiatry Program


UNC Hospitals - Chapel Hill
UNC Mental Health Specialists - Chapel Hill

Education and Training:

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, holds the Ray M. Hayworth and Family Distinguished Professorship of Mood and Anxiety Disorders and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry UNC School of Medicine. She also serves as the Executive Medical Director for the system-wide Well-Being Program of UNC HealthCare and School of Medicine.

Dr. Meltzer-Brody is also the founder and Director of the UNC Perinatal Psychiatry Program of the UNC Center for Women’s Mood Disorders. Her current research efforts are focused primarily on Perinatal Depression and she is currently funded by multiple NIH grants to investigate epidemiologic, genetic, and other biomarker models of perinatal depression.  She established the international postpartum depression consortium (PACT) and is the co-I of the PPD ACT app, a smart phone study that is a large international genetic study of postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis. Dr. Meltzer-Brody and colleagues also investigate novel treatment options for depression in perinatal women and she is the academic PI for the brexanolone clinical trials. She also collaborates with colleagues on global health efforts including perinatal mental health in Malawi, Africa. Dr. Meltzer-Brody has been named one of the “Top 10 Women in Medicine” from the Triangle Business Journal and is the 2016 recipient of the North Carolina Psychiatric Association Eugene Hargrove Award and the 2015 Arnold Kaluzny Distinguished Alumni Award, from Public Health Leadership Program of the UNC School of Public Health

She is also the founder of the Taking Care of Our Own Program, a resource for UNC Health Care employees, and is the Associate Chair for Faculty Development.

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