Eydie Moses-Kolko, MD Promoted to Associate Professor of Psychiatry


The Department of Psychiatry is pleased to announce the promotion of Eydie Moses-Kolko, MD to the rank of Associate Professor of Psychiatry. A graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Dr. Moses-Kolko completed an internship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and her psychiatry residency at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC (WPIC). After obtaining postdoctoral training through the federally funded Clinical Psychiatric Research Program, she was recruited to the faculty in 2001 and was appointed into the tenure stream in 2007.

Dr. Moses-Kolko's clinical activities have focused on mood disorders in women, particularly women at reproductive transitions. As a talented perinatal psychiatrist she effectively uses her skills in both obstetrics and teratology to provide high quality clinical services for perinatal patients seen at WPIC's Bellefield Adult Mood Disorders Outpatient Program and to educate residents in perinatal psychiatry through yearly didactic lectures. Nationally-recognized as an expert in perinatal psychiatry and reproductive mood disorders, Dr. Moses-Kolko is routinely sought after to consult on difficult cases. Dr. Moses-Kolko also provides clinical care at WPIC's Intensive Outpatient Program for Young Adults and frequently provides shadowing opportunities for medical students and other trainees to provide experiential education in the treatment of adults with mood, anxiety, and personality disorders.

In addition to her clinical responsibilities, Dr. Moses-Kolko has also been actively engaged in psychiatric research since her residency at WPIC. To date, she has served as the Principal or Co-Principal Investigator for eight research projects sponsored by the federal government and the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation (formally NARSAD), and as a Co-Investigator for numerous other grants.  A pioneer in her field, Dr. Moses-Kolko was the first scientist to examine the safety of administering PET ligands to breastfeeding women, and she is one of only a handful of investigators that has studied the mechanisms of postpartum depression describing diminished monoamine neuroreceptor binding and diminished cortico-limbic neural activity and connectivity to emotional stimuli. Dr. Moses-Kolko?s research activities have resulted in a portfolio of high quality scientific articles in top-tier journals including JAMA, the American Journal of Psychiatry, Biological Psychiatry and Neuropsychopharmacology. In addition, she has served as a reviewer for several scientific journals such as the Archives of General Psychiatry, Biological Psychiatry, and the Journal of Nuclear Medicine. Her other research-related activities include grant reviewing for the Wellbeing of Women's Research Advisory Committee in London, her service on the University of Pittsburgh Institutional Review Board, and her 12-year tenure as a member of the Department of Psychiatry's Research Review Committee. She is also an assistant investigator at the Magee Women's Research Institute and a member of the core faculty of the Department of Psychiatry?s Clinical and Translational Affective Neuroscience Program.

Dr. Moses-Kolko also gives generously of her time to teaching and mentorship. In addition to teaching numerous courses throughout her career for medical students as well as residents and clinical fellows (both in psychiatry and obstetrics and gynecology), she has also presented lectures to graduate students, postdoctoral research fellows, and nursing students on topics ranging from postpartum depression to the neurobiology of the postpartum period. Throughout her career, Dr. Moses-Koko has also mentored numerous graduate students, residents, and junior faculty members.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Moses-Kolko on her promotion.