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Fay Womer, MD

Current Position
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

University Roles
Psychiatry Clerkship Director

Education and Training
BA: Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Washington University, 1995-1999
MD: University of Connecticut School of Medicine, 1999-2003
Residency: General Psychiatry, Washington University School of Medicine, 2003-2007
Postdoctoral training: Research Education in Chronic Mental Illness, Yale University School of Medicine, 2007-2009

Major Awards
The Eli Robins Award for Excellence in Clinical Psychiatry, Teaching and Research (Washington University School of Medicine, Dept. of Psychiatry, 2007

Areas of Clinical Interest
Schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression


Areas of Research Interests
Brain abnormalities in schizophrenia and mood disorders

Development of schizophrenia and mood disorders

Cross-ethnic comparisons of major psychiatric disorders


Key Publications
Kong L, Tang Y, Feng W, Driesen N, Womer FY, Guoguang F, Ren L, Jiang W, Cao Y, Blumberg HP, Xu K, Wang F (2013). Functional connectivity between amygdala and prefrontal cortex in medication-naïve individuals with major depressive disorder. Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience [in press].

Kong L, Chen K, Womer F, Jiang W, Luo X, Driesen N, Liu J, Blumberg H, Tang Y, Xu K, Wang F (2013 Jun). Sex differences of gray matter morphology in cortico-limbic-striatal neural system in major depressive disorder. J Psychiatr Res. 47(6): 733-9.  Full Article ->

Liu H*, Tang Y*, Womer F*, Fan G, Lu T, Driesen N, Ren L, Wang Y, He Y, Blumberg HP, Xu K, Wang F (2013 Apr 18). Differentiating Patterns of Amygdala-Frontal Functional Connectivity in Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder. Schizophr Bull. [*co-first authors]  Full Article ->

Xu K, Jiang W, Ren L, Ouyang X, Jiang Y, Wu F, Kong L, Womer F, Liu Z, Blumberg HP, Tang Y, Wang F (2012 Apr 3). Impaired interhemispheric connectivity in medication-naive patients with major depressive disorder. J Psychiatry Neurosci. 37(3): 110132.  Full Article ->

Womer FY, Kalmar JH, Wang F, Blumberg HP (2009 Sep 23). A Ventral Prefrontal-Amygdala Neural System in Bipolar Disorder: A View from Neuroimaging Research. Acta Neuropsychiatr. 21(6): 228-238.  Full Article ->

Womer FY, Wang F, Chepenik LG, Kalmar JH, Spencer L, Edmiston E, Pittman BP, Constable RT, Papademetris X, Blumberg HP (2009 Nov). Sexually dimorphic features of vermis morphology in bipolar disorder. Bipolar Disord. 11(7): 753-8.  Full Article ->