Dr. Byatt is a psychiatrist, physician-scientist, and perinatal mental health expert who has focused her career on improving health care systems to promote maternal mental health. She is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Ob/Gyn, and Quantitative Health Sciences at UMass Medical School. She is the Founding Medical Director of MCPAP for Moms, a statewide program that has impacted state and national policies and funding regarding perinatal mental health and increased access to perinatal mental health care for thousands of women. She directs the Division of Women’s Mental Health within the Department of Psychiatry at UMass Medical School. She is also the Executive Director of Lifeline4Moms (www.lifeline4moms), a new center which aims to help the health care community optimize maternal mental health.
Dr. Byatt has several federal grants that focus on developing and testing scalable interventions for addressing depression in obstetric settings. She frequently serves on national advisory boards and expert work groups focused on improving perinatal mental health. Her academic achievements have led to over 100 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters and national presentations and numerous national awards.