Anouk de Wit, BS - Doctoral Student
Anouk is enrolled in a combined MD/PhD training program at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands and is on the research team for the Netherlands Study of Depression and Anxiety (NESDA). For her doctoral research, in collaboration with WHARP at Brigham & Women's Hospital, where she will be based in 2019, she will focus her thesis on female sex hormones. She is especially interested in the role of female and male sex hormones in mood.
Cathryn Freid, PhD - Consultant
Dr. Freid is a clinical psychologist in private practice. She consults to WHARP on issues related to mental health assessments and is a Lecturer in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Vanderbilt University, completed her predoctoral internship at the University of Chicago Medical Center and postdoctoral training at the Boston University Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders. After completing her training, Dr. Freid worked at McLean Hospital managing a multi-site R01 investigating treatment for women with substance use disorders and then served as the WHARP Project Manager. Dr. Freid is interested in the assessment of and empirically supported treatments for anxiety, depression and eating disorders and common factors among these disorders that can be targeted in treatment.
Women’s Hormones and Aging Research Program (WHARP) is a clinical and translational research group that aims to advance our understanding and treatment of symptoms resulting from estrogen withdrawal in the brain. This includes affective disturbance, sleep disruption, hot flashes, and cognitive performance. We study the biological basis of these symptoms as well as their interactions and strategies for optimizing treatment in healthy women during the menopause transition, women undergoing anti-estrogen therapy for breast cancer, and using experimental paradigms.