Mclean Hospital

Center of Excellence in Women’s Mental Health

Leading the field to support the well-being of women and girls

McLean’s Center of Excellence in Women’s Mental Health is dedicated to improving mental healthcare for women throughout the lifespan. The center works to address and create visibility for the unique behavioral and mental health needs of women and girls, which have long been overlooked, and pioneer new standards of care for women worldwide.

The Center of Excellence in Women’s Mental works to improve the mental health of girls and women nationally and globally by leveraging our clinical, research, and education expertise.

We achieve this by:

  • Developing and delivering novel, evidence-based care that addresses the specific mental health needs of girls and women
  • Conducting and disseminating innovative research
  • Providing professional education, training, and community engagement
  • Aligning with public health and related priorities crucial to improving mental health of girls and women around the globe

More than 180 faculty, staff, clinicians, researchers, and educators carry out the center’s mission.

Treatment at McLean
The Hill Center for Women is one of many programs at McLean focusing on the psychiatric needs of women


Shelly F. Greenfield, MD, MPHShelly F. Greenfield, MD, MPH, Chief and Kristine M. Trustey Endowed Chair in Psychiatry

Dr. Greenfield is an addiction psychiatrist, clinician, and researcher. Her research focuses on treatment, gender differences, and health services as relates to substance use. She is a recipient of National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) funding for mentoring in substance use disorder patient oriented research as well as for developing and testing a new manual-based group therapy for women with substance use disorders. Dr. Greenfield is also McLean’s chief academic officer and is a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Amy Gagliardi, MDAmy Gagliardi, MD, Clinical Director

Dr. Gagliardi is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and has been immersed in clinical care of patients with major psychiatric illnesses for more than ten years. She has extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of trauma-related disorders, including advanced training in dialectical behavior therapy, and is devoted to the teaching and supervision of medical students and psychiatric residents.

Kimberlyn Leary, PhD, MPAKimberlyn Leary, PhD, MPA, Senior Advisor

Dr. Leary is an associate professor of psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and an associate professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where she is the “Enabling Change” program director. She is a fellow at the Women and Public Policy Program at the Harvard Kennedy School and with New America’s International Security Program. Leary consults as a senior advisor to the CEO at the National Math and Science Initiative and is a trustee of Amherst College.

Support the Center of Excellence in Women’s Mental Health

A gift to women’s mental health supports the educational, clinical, and research activities of McLean’s Center of Excellence in Women’s Mental Health. Help advance the center’s mission to address and improve the mental health of all women and girls throughout their lives.


Center of Excellence in Women’s Mental Health Steering Committee

Mental Health Care

McLean is home to a number of world-class treatment programs that focus on the mental health of girls and women.

Learn more about our treatment options for girls and women.

Research Initiatives

Investigators at McLean are on the cutting edge of scientific innovation, including studies that focus on women’s mental health.

Learn more about discovery and innovation.

Training Programs

Professional training programs at McLean include a wide array of clinical fellowships in a number of disciplines including geriatric psychiatry, behavioral neurology, addiction psychiatry, and child and adolescent psychiatry. The Women’s Mental Health Psychiatry Fellowship is a philanthropically funded 12-month clinical fellowship designed to provide training in treatments for the major mental health issues facing women and girls. McLean offers advanced social work training for master’s, post master’s, and doctoral-level social work clinicians.

The Gunderson Personality Disorders Institute at McLean provides training to clinicians with the goal of increasing quality of care and access to treatment for patients with BPD. Training workshops and conferences include introductory and advanced courses on mentalization-based treatment, DBT for PTSD, and more.

McLean’s continuing education conferences include conferences and weekly Grand Rounds lectures featuring experts in a wide range of behavioral health topics including addiction, attachment, and coaching in healthcare and leadership.

Advocacy and Community Education

The Women’s Mental Health Leadership Council at McLean works to elevate the needs of women and girls. From the informational On Women’s Minds Luncheon Series to philanthropic planning, the council fosters a number of projects and initiatives.

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