Women's Mental Health @ UH

Mission Statement

To provide comprehensive behavioral health care to women across the lifespan.  To work collaboratively with our obstetrical and primary care colleagues to deliver care in a coordinated and integrated fashion.  To contribute to the fields of Psychiatry and Obstetrics through excellence in research and education. 
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Clinical Services

We offer a unique and innovative clinical program that is sensitive to the psychological health of women throughout the lifespan.  As a group, we have particular expertise in managing psychological concerns around pregnancy and postpartum, pregnancy loss, infertility, PMDD, menopause and female sexual dysfunction.

Outpatient Services

  • Preconception Evaluation and Counseling for women who are considering pregnancy and have concerns about maintaining their emotional wellness or managing their psychiatric medications during this transition.
  • Specialty Consultation for women who are in established psychiatric care and desire input from one of our specialist Psychiatrists on managing their treatment during the pregnancy or postpartum period.  After 1 or 2 consultation sessions, feedback and recommendations are provided to both the patient and her outpatient provider.
  • Evaluation and Ongoing Management for women who do not have a current treating psychiatric clinician.  After a thorough initial evaluation we will provide feedback and work collaboratively to develop a treatment plan.  If clinically indicated, we will follow for medication management and/or ongoing psychotherapy.

Inpatient Services

  • Consultation and Liaison Services We provide ongoing support to our colleagues in Obstetrics and Gynecology to better care for their patients who are admitted to the hospital.
  • Maternal Mental Health Program in the NICU Via a unique clinical program, we are available to meet with mothers of babies in the NICU for psychiatric evaluation and treatment.

A Woman's Story

Chrissy Teigen, 31, a Sports Illustrated cover girl, a New York Times best-selling cookbook author, and a host of the Emmy-nominated TV series Lip Sync Battle has written an article about her post-partum depression for Glamour Magazine. It is honest, intimate and very true.


A central goal of our service is to increase the awareness and expertise of future healthcare providers in the field of women’s mental health.  We provide teaching for trainees across disciplines via both classroom instruction and clinical supervision.  We are now accepting applications for 2016- 2017 Public and Community Psychiatry Women's Mental Health Track Fellowship.  Eligibility is open to psychiatric physicians and advance practice nurses. Interested individuals may contact Sarah Nagle-Yang, M.D. at 216-983-4838 or email Sarah.nagle-yang@uhhospitals.org. 

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Understanding the emotional health needs of women is a central goal of our program.  Our individual research interests vary and include: unique program development, emotional health concerns in the setting of high-risk obstetrics, female sexuality and chronic pain.

Development Award to Fund Midlife Wellness for Women Study

Dr. Danette Conklin, Director of Midlife Wellness, was recently awarded a Minority Faculty Development Award, a three-year research award funded by University Hospitals of Cleveland. The purpose of this award is to support research and career development for minority, junior faculty who exhibit a commitment to a career in academic medicine and possess superior academic and clinical skills. As a recipient of this award, Dr. Conklin will be conducting an exploratory study using cognitive-behavioral group therapy (CBGT) for women with mood disorders (depression or bipolar disorder) who are transitioning through menopause. This study is being done to determine if CBGT improves quality of life, decreases daily life interference and reduces problematic hot flashes and/or night sweats differently in African-American females compared to Caucasian females diagnosed with depression or bipolar disorder with or without an anxiety disorder. For more information on this study, please see the Mood Disorders Ongoing Studies page at or call 216/844-2862.

Our Team


Jaina Amin, M.D.

Co-Program Director, Women's Mental Health Services, UHCMC
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry, CWRU SOM
Dr. Amin has been working to develop a women’s mental health program at University Hospital and a community mental health agency, Connections.  Her interests are in working with women with mental health concerns who are contemplating pregnancy, pregnant, or postpartum; and working with individuals with eating disorders.  Dr. Amin is an active member of the local and state chapters of the American Psychiatric Association, and is an active voting member of these boards.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Masters in Biology - Purdue University
Medical Degree - Indiana University, School of Medicine.  
Adult Psychiatry Residency and Community Fellowship - University Hospitals of Cleveland. 

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Sarah Nagle-Yang, M.D.

Co-Program Director, Women's Mental Health Services UHCMC

Assistant Professor, Psychiatry, CWRU SOM

Dr. Nagle-Yang’s clinical and research interests include psychiatric disorders and other mental health issues occurring during pregnancy, postpartum or menopause.   She works closely with the high-risk Obstetrics team and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) to provide psychiatric support for women experiencing pregnancy or childbirth complications.  She is also available for outpatient appointment at MacDonald Hospital for consultation or ongoing management.  She collaborates with two community mental health centers to provide medication management to their pregnant or postpartum clients.

Dr. Nagle-Yang works closely with physician trainees at UH to augment their knowledge of Women’s Mental Health and is a founding member of the UH Women’s Mental Health Interest Group.  She is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, the Marce Society, the North American Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology and The National Task Force on Women’s Reproductive Mental Health.

Medical Degree - University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, 2005 
Residency in General Adult Psychiatry - Albert Einstein College of Medicine/ Montefiore Medical Center in New York City, 2009
Fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine - University Hospitals 

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Jeffrey Janata, Ph.D.

Division Chief, Psychology, UHCMC
Professor, Psychiatry, CWRU SOM
Dr. Jeffrey Janata has been on the medical staff at University Hospitals since 1986, and is an expert in medical psychology with a special interest in pain and neurological disorders.  His work emphasizes the bidirectional relationships between health and behavior, with clinical and research interests in women’s health issues such as pelvic pain and sexual function.

Doctoral Degree - Case Western Reserve University, 1984
Behavioral Medicine Fellowship - University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
Director of the Division of Psychology - University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
Professor of Psychiatry, Anesthesiology and Reproductive Biology - Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.  

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Sheryl Kingsberg, Ph.D.

Division Chief, OB/GYN Behavioral Medicine, UHCMC
Professor, OB/GYN and Professor, Psychiatry, CWRU SOM
Dr. Kingsberg’s primary research interests are in treatments for female sexual disorders and the psychological aspects of infertility and menopause. She has numerous publications in many national and international journals, sits on the editorial board of Menopause and has authored numerous chapters on topics including perimenopause and sexuality, oocyte donation, infertility and aging, the treatment of psychogenic erectile dysfunction and sexuality after cancer.

Her areas of clinical specialization include sexual medicine, female sexual disorders, cognitive behavioral psychotherapy, menopause, pregnancy and postpartum mood disorders, psychological aspects of infertility, and psychological and sexual aspects of cancer.   She is an active member in a number of national and international organizations including the American Psychological Association and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. She currently sits on the Board of Trustees of The North American Menopause Society, and is an associate editor for the Journal of Sexual Medicine. Dr. Kingsberg s a past president of The International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health.

Doctoral Degree - University of South Florida, Tampa
Fellowship in Sexual Medicine - University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
Division Chief of OB/GYN Behavioral Medicine - University Hospitals
Professor in ReproductiveBiology and Psychiatry  - Case Western Reserve University

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Danette Conklin, Ph.D

Director, Midlife Women for Wellness UHCMC
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry CWRU SOM
Trained in cognitive behavioral, gestalt and interpersonal therapies, Dr. Conklin joined the Mood Disorders Program within the Department of Psychiatry at UHMG and CWRU SOM on June 1, 2013. She provides outpatient psychotherapeutic services for individuals and families. She also performs psychological diagnostic assessments and facilitates group therapy sessions within the Mood Disorders Intensive Outpatient Program.

Dr. Conklin is Director of Midlife Wellness for Women, a section of the Mood Disorders Division dedicated to women facing midlife issues, addressing primarily depression and the unique developmental milestones associated with women’s mental health during the pre-, peri-, and post-menopausal period. Her mission is to advance insight into non-pharmacological treatments for maturing women whose health and wellbeing have been impacted during menopause, a natural but often challenging developmental milestone.

Dr. Conklin is an Assistant Professor at Case Western Reserve University. She also serves as a lecturer for the women’s mental health curriculum for second- and third-year psychiatry residents. 


Doctoral Degree - Fielding Graduate University
Post-Doctoral Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Pre-doctoral Residency - Twin Valley Behavioral Healthcare
Pre-Doctoral Internship Training - Wayne State University School of Medicine

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Sarah Lytle, MD

Medical Director, Child and Adolescent Consult-Liaison Service UHCMHC
Senior Instructor, Psychiatry, CWRU SOM
During her fellowship, Dr. Lytle served as Chief Academic Resident. She has received numerous awards including the Mahmoud Parsa Excellence in Research award through her residency program, the Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Foundation best in Member-in-Training Category Research Award, and was awareded a fellowship for the Group for Advancement of Psychiatry. She has published in the area of child rearing and immigration, ethics, psychiatric issues and HIV/AIDS, and pediatric bipolar disorder.  She has a special interest in the mental health needs of adolescent mothers and the emotional development of children in the first years of life. 

Medical Degree - Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine 
Adult Psychiatry Residency - University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship - University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

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Lulu Zhao, M.D.

Physician, General Obstetrics & Gynecology, Ob/Gyn Behavioral Medicine, UHCMC
Assistant Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology, CWRU SOM
Dr. Zhao joined the Women’s Mental Health Program at University Hospitals in August of 2015. She completed her Obstetrics & Gynecology training at Case Medical Center, and went on to complete a fellowship focusing on women’s mental health at the University of Michigan. Dr. Zhao works closely with the Department of Psychiatry in the diagnosis and management of mood disorders throughout the female life cycle, with a focus on during pregnancy and other hormonal transitions. She also has experience in substance use disorders during pregnancy. She is available for consultation at MacDonald Women’s Hospital, as well as at the Landerbrook Health Center. She is an active member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).

Bachelor of Arts in the History of Medicine and Science – Yale University
Medical Degree – Medical College of Georgia 
Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency - University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
Women’s Health Fellowship – University of Michigan

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Susan Hatters Friedman, M.D. 

Professor of Psychiatry & Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Case Western Reserve University Division Director, Forensic Psychiatry, UHCMC

Dr. Friedman’s areas of clinical specialization include mental health during pregnancy and the postpartum. She has provided maternal mental health care in a variety of settings including community mental health centers, the maternity hospital, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and a women’s correctional facility. Dr. Friedman was awarded the Association of Women Psychiatrists Marian Butterfield early career psychiatrist award for her contributions to women’s mental health. She is an active member of a number of national and international organizations including the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry and the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, and is a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. She has published more than 100 articles (including in World Psychiatry and the American Journal of Psychiatry) as well as book chapters.  She is active in teaching medical students, residents, and fellows.

Medical Degree – Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine 
Residency in General Adult Psychiatry – University Hospitals of Cleveland
Fellowship in Women’s Mental Health/ Research - University Hospitals of Cleveland
Fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry - University Hospitals of Cleveland

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