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Sara L. Kornfield, PhD

Current Position
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Education and Training
B.A. Psychology, Barnard College, Columbia University, New York, NY. 2003.

M.S. Clinical Psychology, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA. 2008.

Ph.D. Clinical Health Psychology, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA. 2010.

Predoctoral Internship: Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center. 2010.

Post-doctoral Fellowships:
Advanced Fellowship in Primary Care-Mental Health Integration, Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA. 2010-2012.

Fellowship in Perinatal Behavioral Health, University of Pennsylvania Department of Psychiatry , Penn Center for Women's Behavioral Wellness, Philadelphia, PA. 2013.

Areas of Clinical Interest
Perinatal Behavioral Health
Reproductive Psychology
Mood Disorders
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder


Areas of Research Interests
Arousal regulation in posttraumatic stress disorder during pregnancy.
Brief interventions for posttraumatic stress disorder.
Adherence to prenatal care.
PTSD in low-income, minority women.


Key Publications
Kornfield SL, Geller PA, Epperson CN (2014). Maternal Fetal Attachment, Locus of Control and Adherence to STI/HIV Prevention and Prenatal Care Promotion Behaviors in Urban Women. Int J Gynecol Obstet Reprod Med Res. 1(1): 11-18.  Full Article ->

Kornfield SL, Klaus J, McKay C, Helstrom A, Oslin D (2012 Nov). Subsyndromal posttraumatic stress disorder symptomatology in primary care military veterans: treatment implications. Psychol Serv. 9(4): 383-9.  Full Article ->

Geller PA, Psaros C, Kornfield SL (2010 Apr). Satisfaction with pregnancy loss aftercare: are women getting what they want? Arch Womens Ment Health. 13(2): 111-24.  Full Article ->

Kornfield SL, Geller PA (2010 Mar-Apr). Mental health outcomes of abortion and its alternatives: implications for future policy. Womens Health Issues. 20(2): 92-5.  Full Article ->


Funded Research Projects
PTSD and Pregancy: Psychophysiology, response to treatment & pregnancy outcome
NIH Project #: 5K23MH102360-02