Kristina M Deligiannidis MD
|Institution||University of Massachusetts Medical School|
|Address||University of Massachusetts Medical School|
328 Shrewsbury Street
Worcester MA 01604
|Institution||UMMS - School of Medicine|
|Department||Obstetrics and Gynecology|
|NIH, NICHD, Program in Developmental Endocrinology and Genetics/Section on Neuroendocrinology||1996||Summer Intramural Research Training Award|
|University of Massachusetts -Amherst||1997||Commonwealth Scholar|
|NIH, NICHD, Program in Developmental Endocrinology and Genetics/Section on Neuroendocrinology||1998
||2000||Predoctoral Intramural Research Training Award|
|University of Massachusetts Medical School||2003
||2004||Charles J. Hoff Scholar|
|2004||T. Byram Karasu Award in Psychotherapy for Medical Students|
||2008||American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology/NIMH Clinical Trials in Psychopharmacology Awards|
|American Psychiatric Association & APIRE||2008
||2009||APA/APIRE Junior Investigator Awards|
|University of Massachusetts Medical School||2009||Paul F. Briscoli Award for Resident-Faculty Academic Collaboration|
|University of Massachusetts Medical School||2009||Resident Educator Award|
|NIH, NIMH, Experimental Therapeutics & Pathophysiology Branch and Behavioral Endocrinology Branc||2009||Residents Elective Program in Clinical Research|
|American Society for Clinical Psychopharmacology||2009||NIMH/NCDEU New Investigator Award|
|2010||Worcester Foundation for Biomedical Research Grant|
|2011||Society for Biological Psychiatry (SOBP) Travel Scholarship Award|
|UMass Medical School, Dept of Psychiatry||2011||Career Development and Research Office Research Fellowship Award|
|UMass Medical School, Office of Faculty Affairs||2011||Faculty Scholar Award|
|UMass Medical School- CCTS- CTSA||2011
||2013||Center for Clinical and Translational Science Pilot Project Program Grant|
|University of Massachusetts Medical School; Dept of Psychiatry||2012||Faculty Teaching Award for Outstanding Resident Teaching |
|University of Pittsburgh/Stanford University||2012
||2014||Career Development Institute (CDI) for Psychiatry Award (NIMH R25MH090947)|
||2018||NIH K23 Career Development Award|
|University of Massachusetts Medical School||2013||Early Career Achievement in Science and Health Award|
|2013||Best Doctors in America|
|2013||National Network of Depression Centers Annual Scientific Conference Travel Award |
Dr. Deligiannidis completed her undergraduate degrees and an Honors Scholars Research Program in Neuroscience and Behavior at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. As a recipient of NIH pre-doctoral Intramural Research Training Awards, she trained in molecular neuroendocrinology research at the NIH/National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development (NIH/NICHD). Her research was in the neural regulation of melatonin in the pineal gland.
Dr. Deligiannidis completed additional research training at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and NICHD during medical school and residency. She received her medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School and completed her psychiatry residency and chief residency in psychopharmacology research at UMass Medical School (UMMS)/UMass Memorial Health Care (UMMHC). Dr. Deligiannidis joined faculty at UMMS in October 2009 as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Dr. Deligiannidis is the Director of the Depression Specialty Clinic, a regional referral center at UMMHC that specializes in the evaluation and treatment of adult patients suffering from major depression, psychotic depression, treatment-resistant depression and bipolar depression.
Dr. Deligiannidis also evaluates and treats women in the Women’s Mental Health Specialty Clinic at UMMHC. She provides consultation and short-term treatment of women suffering from depression and anxiety during pregnancy or the post-partum period. Her expertise is focused on psychopharmacologic complementary/alternative treatments for depression/anxiety/stress during the perinatal period.
Dr. Deligiannidis conducts translational research in the causes of perinatal depression. She also conducts depression research on novel therapeutics. Her research interests include:
Psychoneuroendocrinology (hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal and gonadal axes, gonadal hormones and neuroactive steroids)
Neuroimaging and neuroendocrine biomarkers of depression in women during perinatal period
Gender differences in depression and treatment response
Neuroimaging (MRS, fMRI, PET)
Complementary and alternative/integrative treatments
Dr. Deligiannidis's research efforts have been nationally recognized. She is the recipient of: a 2013-2018 NIH K23 Career Development Award, 2012 Research Career Development Institute (CDI) for Psychiatry Award (University of Pittsburgh/Stanford University), 2011 UMass Medical School Center for Clinical & Translational Science (CTSA) Pilot Grant, a UMMS Faculty Scholar Award, a 2011 Society for Biological Psychiatry Travel Scholarship Award, a 2010 Worcester Foundation for Biomedical Research Grant; a 2009 NIMH/NCDEU New Investigator Award, APA/APIRE Junior Investigator Awards (2008, 2009) and American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology/NIMH Clinical Trials in Psychopharmacology Awards (2007, 2008). At UMass, she has received the Early Career Achievement Award in Science and Health (2013) and several teaching awards.
Dr. Deligiannidis actively participates in national scientific committees and gives scientific presentations locally, regionally and nationally. She is an appointed Young Investigator Member of the International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology (ISPNE) and a member of the Society of Biological Psychiatry (SOBP), the Society of Behavioral Neuroendocrinology (SBE), the Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM), and the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology (ASCP). She serves on the Board of Directors of ASCP and on the Trainee Advisory Board for the international journal, Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica and Co-Chair of the Education Committees for both the ASCP and Society of Biological Psychiatry.
University of Massachusetts Medical School Summer Research Program for Medical Students
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University of Massachusetts Medical School Senior Scholars Project
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University of Massachusetts Medical School Volunteer Research Opportunity
My research lab actively investigates biological markers (endocrine and brain imaging) which may predict which women are at risk or who are "protected" from developing perinatal depression or anxiety.
I have worked with and trained several undergraduate, graduate and medical students in these research studies.
The student's role, once CITI trained, is hands on with research participants under supervision. Students learn about informed consent and perform depression screening in pregnant women and conduct visits on labor/delivery; learn how research interviews are conducted which assess not only psychiatric symptoms but obstetric information; evaluate participants longitudinally from late pregnancy to the postpartum; learn about neuroendocrine biomarkers and their significance towards understanding the pathophysiology of perinatal depression; attend neuroimaging sessions at UMass Medical School, obtain collaborative skills with principal investigator (PI) and research coordinator involved in the study, perform minimal research database entry to be shared with PI and research coordinator, etc. He/she will be able to learn about clinical trial design, recruitment strategies, research ethics, IRB procedures, etc. as they pertain to the study. There are numerous facets in which to be involved, and the student would have a desk adjacent to the research coordinators in our research suite where the PI's office is within the CPRT research group. The student would attend all research group meetings so that he/she would have exposure to the other studies ongoing in the CPRT research group. Direct supervision would be by the PI for the entire research fellowship program.
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