About The Doctor

Dr. Lusskin is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai which she first joined in 2007. She is an Attending in Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Medical Center. She also maintains a private practice in New York City.

From 1993 to 2012, Dr. Lusskin was on the faculty of the New York University School of Medicine where she served as a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Lusskin founded the Reproductive Psychiatry Program at NYU Langone Medical Center and NYU School of Medicine, serving as the first Director from 2003 to 2011. She also served as an attending physician in Psychiatry at NYU Langone Medical Center from 1996-2012.

Since 2005, Dr. Lusskin has been the Director of Psychopharmacologic Agents for the Reproductive Toxicology Center, a Non-Profit Foundation. The Reproductive Toxicology Center operates Reprotox®, a computerized database on the reproductive and developmental effects of drugs and other chemicals, biologics, and physical agents (www.reprotox.org).

Dr. Lusskin was one of the original two co-authors of the Perinatal Psychiatry sections of UpToDate (www.uptodate.com). She serves as a peer-reviewer for the textbook. She has also done peer reviews for a number of scientific journals including the American Journal of Psychiatry, the Archives of Women's Mental Health, Biological Psychiatry, the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology, and Contemporary OB/GYN.

Dr. Lusskin was a member of the Expert Panel of the National Toxicology Program Center for the Evaluation of Risks to Human Reproduction (CERHR) which reviewed the use of stimulants in pregnancy. Dr. Lusskin is an expert consultant to the New York State Department of Health Office of Professional Medical Conduct (http://www.health.ny.gov/professionals/doctors/conduct/).

Dr. Lusskin has given numerous lectures on the use of psychotropic medication in pregnancy and lactation and other topics in Reproductive Psychiatry to professional audiences in the United States, Canada, Europe, Israel, India, and South America. In 2001 Dr. Lusskin founded the annual NYU Reproductive Psychiatry Conference which was one of the first of its kind to be given in the United States. The conference was held six times through 2007 and attracted an international audience. The conference in turn served as the inspiration for the first Reproductive Psychiatry Conference in Israel (2008) for which Dr. Lusskin gave the keynote address.

Dr. Lusskin is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and sits on the President’s Advisory Board of Postpartum Support International (www.postpartum.net) as well as the Advisory Board of The Postpartum Resource Center of New York, Inc. (www.postpartumNY.org).

After graduating from Williams College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, Dr. Lusskin received her medical degree from the New York University School of Medicine and completed her internship and residency in Psychiatry at NYU Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital.

Dr. Lusskin has appeared on many local and national news programs including Good Morning America, The Today Show (with Brooke Shields), CNN, The O'Reilly Factor, Nightline, The Early Show, and The Infinite Mind and Sound Medicine on National Public Radio. She has also been featured in many magazine and internet articles on topics in women's mental health.

Shari I. Lusskin, MD