Zachary Stowe

Credentials: MD

Position title: Principal Investigator


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.