Kristin Leight, MD

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Kristin Leight, MD, is a perinatal psychiatrist with the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment and the Garbose Family Special Delivery Unit at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Areas of Expertise: Women's mental health, Perinatal mental health, Mood disorders, Psychodynamic psychotherapy
Phone: 1-800-468-8376

Education and Training

Medical School

MD - Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA


Psychiatry - Columbia University Medical Center/New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York, NY


Women's Mental Health - Columbia University Medical Center/New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York, NY

Graduate Degree

MA - Classics and English literature, Magdalen College, Oxford University, Oxford, England

Titles and Academic Titles

Perinatal Psychiatrist

Departments and Services

Selected Publications


Leight K: “Case Conceptualization" Differential Psychotherapeutics. Cabaniss and Holoshitz (eds.). New York: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. 2019.


Fitelson E, Kim S, Baker AS, Leight K: Treatment of postpartum depression: clinical, psychological and pharmacological options. International Journal of Women’s Health 3: 1-14, Dec 30, 2010.

Leight KL, Fitelson EM, Weston CA, Wisner KL: Childbirth and mental disorders. International Review of Psychiatry 22(5): 453-71, 2010.


Monk C, Leight K, Fang Y. : The Relationship between Women’s Attachment Style and Perinatal Mood Disturbance: Implications for Screening and Treatment. Archives of Women’s Mental Health 11(2): 117-29, Jun 2008.


Leight, K., Joachim, N.: The Empathy Conference - (a review). Academy Forum 51(2): 10-11, Summer 2007.


Leight K.: “Transitions.” The Soul of a Doctor: Harvard Medical Students Face Life and Death. Pories, Jain and Harper (eds.). Chapel Hill: Algonquin Books, June 2006.


Chen J, Kamath R, Lam A, Litrovnik B, Leight K, Miller S, Sawady J, Schultz A.: How will changes in resident work hours affect medical students? Current Surgery 60(3): 268-70, May-June 2003.

Leight K: Transitions. Current Surgery 60(2): 174-5, March-April 2003.


Altshuler L, Mintz J, Leight K, Frye M, Gitlin M: Subsyndromal depression is associated with functional impairment in patients with bipolar disorder. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry 63(9): 807-11, 2002.

Altshuler L, Mintz J, Leight K: The LFQ: A brief, gender-neutral scale assessing functional outcome. Psychiatry Research 112(2): 161-82, 2002.

Awards and Honors

2019, Earl Bond Award for Excellence in Clinical Education 

Roger MacKinnon Award for Outstanding Teaching of Psychiatry by the Columbia Psychiatry residency class of 2013.