People

Program Director

Zachary Stowe

Credentials: MD

Position title: Principal Investigator

Email: zstowe@wisc.edu

Zachary N. Stowe, MD, is the Director of the Women’s Mental Health Program within the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He collaborates with colleagues across departments within the UW and across the country at multiple research universities. The goal of his research is understand the course and impact of maternal mental illness, substance abuse, or trauma histories during pregnancy and the postpartum period.  Through his research, he has contributed to the development of treatment guidelines for mental illness for expecting and new mothers. Current studies include examining the impact of maternal stress during the perinatal period and risk to the offspring as well as interactions of genetics and exposures on determining the developmental trajectory. In addition to his research activities, he maintains an active clinical practice focusing on women’s mental health and the perinatal period, and is highly dedicated to the mentorship of students, residents, and faculty.

Dr. Stowe earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, completed his residency in the Department of Psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center followed by a fellowship in Psychopharmacology at Emory University. Dr. Stowe is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and a member of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology. He has received numerous awards for both research, teaching, and mentoring – including: ‘Red Sash Teach Award’, Educational Achievement Award, and the Distinguished Mentor Award for his teaching/mentoring efforts. He received the Dean’s Award at Emory, the Gerald Klerman Investigator Award, and has directed two center grants from the National Institute of Health. He has served on the mentoring committee for seven K-Awards for faculty research development. He is a reviewer for over 10 peer reviewed journals and he lectures regularly at national and international meetings.

Affiliated Faculty

Josh Cisler

Credentials: PhD

Position title: Affiliated Faculty

Email: josh.cisler@austin.utexas.edu

Dr. Josh Cisler received a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville in 2010. His research at that time focused on emotional and cognitive mechanisms that mediate anxiety disorders. He completed a clinical internship at the Medical University of South Carolina through the National Crime Victim Research and Treatment Center, where his research focused on understanding risk factors for psychopathology following trauma, with a particular focus on assaultive events (e.g., physical and sexual assault). He then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Brain Imaging Research Center at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, where he received training in fMRI methodology and advanced computational approaches to imaging analysis. He was on the faculty of the Brain Imaging Research Center from 2012-2016, and recently joined the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin Madison in 2016. Most importantly, Josh is the proud owner of two golden retrievers.

Amy Cochran

Credentials: PhD

Position title: Affiliated Faculty

Email: cochran4@wisc.edu

Research Team

Rena Doyle

Credentials: BSN, RN

Position title: Research Nurse

Email: rdoyle@uwhealth.org

Tijana Sagorac Gruichich

Credentials: BS

Position title: Research Specialist

Email: sagoracgruic@wisc.edu

Tijana is a 2020 UW Madison graduate where she majored in Spanish and Global Health on the Pre-Medical School track. She first joined WMHP during undergrad working under Dr. Amy Cochran. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and being outdoors.

Alan Chen

Position title: Research Assistant

Email: aychen7@wisc.edu

Alan is an undergraduate at UW-Madison pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. He is passionate about the treatment of psychiatric disorders and the advancement of mental health research. He hopes to go to medical school to become a psychiatrist and further pursue these goals. In his free time, he likes to play the guitar and cook.

Alyssa Mendelowitz

Position title: Research Assistant

Email: amendelowitz@wisc.edu

Alyssa is an undergraduate at UW-Madison pursuing a Bachelor of Science in both Psychology and Neurobiology on the Pre-Medical School track. She has always been passionate about helping people and is very interested in diagnosing and treating psychiatric illnesses. She hopes to accomplish these goals by going to medical school and becoming a psychiatrist. In her free time, she likes to sing, play piano, and exercise.