Megan V. Smith
Megan V. Smith
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and in the Child Study Center Director, Mental Health Outreach for Mothers Partnership Director, Yale Child Study Center Parent and Family Development Program, Yale School of Medicine
Elected to the Academy in 2020


Amherst College, 1998, BA, Sociology, Chemistry; Yale University School of Public Health, 2000, MPH, Health Policy; Boston University School of Public Health, 2007, Dr.PH, Maternal & Child Health

Professional Area

Psychiatric epidemiology; development/implementation of science-based mental health interventions to promote health and economic mobility; physical and mental illness prevention in children and families, including during pregnancy and parenting; community-based participatory research; the influence of gender differences on interventions and outcomes.


For the development and study of science-based public health approaches to advancing women’s mental health. Developer of the Mental health Outreach for MotherS (MOMS) Partnership, an established, national model improving the mental health of low-income mothers, and founder of Elevate, a policy lab advancing mental health and economic mobility.