What to expect when you’re not expecting a pandemic

About this forum

Wednesday, July 1, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted the wellbeing of pregnant and recently pregnant people. As a part of the COVID-19 Mental Health Forum Series hosted by Dr. Karestan Koenen, this panel combines expertise from epidemiology, maternal fetal medicine, and psychiatry to discuss the effects of the pandemic on mental and physical health during pregnancy.  Experts discuss recent findings from studies around the world and approaches for how to respond to the challenges of pregnancy during the COVID-19 pandemic. The forum also includes a Q&A session moderated by Dr. Archana Basu.


Karestan Koenen, PhD
Professor of Psychiatric Epidemiology
Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

Archana Basu, PhD
Research Associate, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
Instructor, Harvard Medical School Massachusetts General Hospital

Sonia Hernandez-Diaz, MD, DrPH
Professor of Epidemiology
Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

Diego Wyszynski, MD, MHS, PhD
Executive Director, International Registry of Coronavirus Exposure in Pregnancy
CEO, Pregistry

Nancy Byatt, DO, MS, MBA, FACLP
Medical Director, MCPAP for Moms
Executive Director, Lifeline4Moms
Director, Women’s Mental Health Division, Department of Psychiatry
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Obstetrics & Gynecology and Population & Quantitative Health Sciences