Phyllis Zelkowitz

Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry

Institute of Community and Family Psychiatry
Jewish General Hospital
4333 Cote Ste-Catherine Road,
H3T 1E4

Office: ICFP Room 222
Phone: (514) 340-8222 ext. 5258
E-mail: phyllis.zelkowitz at

Research Areas

Clinical, Developmental, Health

Research Summary

Dr. Zelkowitz’s research focuses on reproductive mental health. As the Principal Investigator of a CIHR Emerging Team in Perinatal Mental Health, she studies hormonal, epigenetic and psychosocial factors associated with maternal mental health and the developing mother-child relationship. Dr. Zelkowitz also investigates social and cultural factors that might contribute to experience of psychological distress in couples using assisted reproductive technology. She leads a CIHR team that will develop a novel mHealth intervention to promote physical and mental health in men facing fertility concerns.


Jewish General Hospital - Phyllis Zelkowitz

Selected References

Zelkowitz, P., Gold, I., Feeley, N., Hayton, B., Carter, C. S., Tulandi, T., Abenhaim, H. A., & Levin, P. Psychosocial stress moderates the relationships between oxytocin, perinatal depression, and maternal behavior. Hormones and Behavior, 66 (2), pp. 351-360.

MacKinnon, A. L., Gold, I., Feeley, N., Hayton, B., Carter, C. S., & Zelkowitz, P. The role of oxytocin in mothers' theory of mind and interactive behavior during the perinatal period (2014) Psychoneuroendocrinology, 48, pp. 52-63.

Read, S. C., Carrier, M-E., Boucher, M-E., Whitley, R., Bond, S., Zelkowitz, P. Psychosocial services for couples in infertility treatment: what do couples really want? Patient Education and Counseling, 94, pp. 390-395.

Tulandi, T., King, L., Zelkowitz, P. Public funding and access to IVF (May 2013) New England Journal of Medicine, 368 (20), pp. 1948-1949.

Updated: November 2014
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