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Riah Patterson, M.D., C'05 To Give Talk on "A Psychiatrist's Perspective on Women's Health"

Patterson_WGS_event_imageThe Women's and Gender Studies Colloquium invites you to a talk by our outstanding alumna, Riah Patterson. 

Patterson graduated from Sewanee in 2005 with a Religion major, Psychology minor, and Women's Studies concentration. She achieved her Medical Doctorate in 2012 and is currently completing her residency in the General Psychiatry Residency Unit at UNC Chapel Hill. Patterson has spent a great deal of time working with women patients who suffer from mood disorders and depression related to pregnancy in UNC's Perinatal Unit.

In her lecture, Patterson broadly analyzes women's health from a psychiatric perspective. She reflects on how her academic studies in Religion, Psychology and Women's Studies at Sewanee informed her career path in psychiatry and led her to undertake multiple outreach activities related to women's health. She discusses her work as an intern during her senior year at Sewanee with the Magdalene House, which is a rehabilitation program for women who struggle with criminal histories, drug addiction and prostitution. Patterson then focuses on her experiences in the field of psychiatry with an emphasis on women's mental health. She presents a few case studies that illustrate the scope of issues she encounters treating women with mental illness, touching on psychosis, depression, postpartum and reproductive issues. Finally, she explores some of the ethical implications, capacity evaluations, and myths about treatment options for women.

This talk is sponsored by the Lectures Committee, the Religion Department, and the Wick.

The talk with take place on Tuesday, April 7 at 4:30p.m. in Gailor Auditorium.