Katherine Leah Wisner

  • 10245 Citations
1982 …2023
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Research Interests

Dr. Wisner's main focus is research related to the psychiatric treatment of women of childbearing age. She is internationally recognized as an expert in the treatment of mood disorders in women, with particular expertise in pregnancy and the postpartum period. She has been the principal investigator on multiple National Institute of Mental Health- and foundation-funded research projects including the impact of medication use during pregnancy for Unipolar and Bipolar Disorders, a Randomized Controlled Trial of Estradiol for Postpartum Depression, Screening for Postpartum Disorders, and the efficacy of bright light treatment for patients with bipolar disorder. Other areas of interest in include mood disorders in the premenstrual and perimenopause periods, post-bariatric surgery, complex medical-psychiatric diagnostic assessment and treatment-refractory mood disorders. Dr. Wisner is board-certified in general and child and adolescent psychiatry. Her memberships in scientific societies include the Organization of Teratology Information Specialists, the Teratology Society, and the North American Society for Psychosocial Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Certifications and Licenses

Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Training Experience

1981Internship, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
1985Residency, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
1988Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh

Education/Academic qualification

MD, Case Western Reserve University

… → 1980


  • Depression
  • Pharmacology
  • Psychiatry
  • Women's Health
  • Women's Health / Women's Reproductive Health

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Grants 2012 2023

Research Ethics Committees
Premature Birth
Pregnant Women
Fetal Research
Cytochrome P-450 CYP2D6
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Cytochrome P-450 CYP3A
Pregnant Women

Research Output 1982 2019

Bipolar disorder and psychotropic medication: Impact on pregnancy and neonatal outcomes

Wisner, K. L., Sit, D., O'Shea, K., Bogen, D. L., Clark, C. T., Pinheiro, E., Yang, A. & Ciolino, J. D., Jan 15 2019, In : Journal of Affective Disorders. 243, p. 220-225 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Pregnancy Outcome
Bipolar Disorder
Street Drugs
Mental Health
Blood Pressure
13 Citations

Adjunctive bright light therapy for bipolar depression: A randomized double-blind placebo-controlled trial

Sit, D. K., McGowan, J., Wiltrout, C., Diler, R. S., Dills, J., Luther, J., Yang, A., Ciolino, J. D., Seltman, H., Wisniewski, S. R., Terman, M. & Wisner, K. L., Feb 1 2018, In : American Journal of Psychiatry. 175, 2, p. 131-139 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Bipolar Disorder
2 Citations

Can a framework be established for the safe use of ketamine?

Freedman, R., Brown, A. S., Cannon, T. D., Druss, B. G., Earls, F. J., Escobar, J., Hurd, Y. L., Lewis, D. A., López-Jaramillo, C., Luby, J., Mayberg, H. S., Moffitt, T. E., Oquendo, M., Perlis, R. H., Pine, D. S., Rush, A. J., Tamminga, C. A., Tohen, M., Vieta, E., Wisner, K. L. & 1 othersXin, Y., Jul 1 2018, In : American Journal of Psychiatry. 175, 7, p. 587-589 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Bipolar Disorder