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Nancy Byatt recognized with prestigious award from Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine

UMass Medical School Communications

July 25, 2017
  Nancy Byatt, DO, MBA

Nancy Byatt, DO, MBA

Nancy Byatt, DO, MBA, associate professor of psychiatry and obstetrics & gynecology, has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the prestigious Don R. Lipsitt Award for Achievement in Integrative and Collaborative Care from the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine.

Dr. Byatt will accept the award and give a special presentation at the annual meeting of the academy in November. Her presentation will focus on her collaborative work with the Departments of obstetrics & Gynecology and Quantitative Health Sciences developing scalable interventions, including the Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Program for Moms, (MCPAP for Moms), for addressing depression in obstetric settings. MCPAP for Moms promotes maternal and child health by building the capacity of providers serving pregnant and postpartum women and their children up to one year after delivery to effectively prevent, identify and manage depression. It has impacted state and national policies regarding perinatal mental health and increased access to perinatal mental health care for thousands of women. MCPAP for Moms was also recently recognized with national service awards from the American Psychiatric Association and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Sheldon Benjamin, MD, interim chair and professor and of psychiatry, said the award is another national recognition of the groundbreaking work Byatt has spearheaded in collaboration with Tiffany Moore Simas, MD, MPH, MEd, associate professor of obstetrics & gynecology; Jeroan Allison, MD, MS, vice chair professor of quantitative health sciences; and Kathleen Biebel, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry and deputy director of the Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center.

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