RPRP Staff

Principal Investigator

Jennifer PayneJennifer L. Payne, MD, is the Vice Chair of Research and a Professor at UVA in the Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences, as well as the Director of the Reproductive Psychiatry Research Program (RPRP). She is certified by the by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology in Psychiatry and is an expert in reproductive psychiatry.

Dr. Payne has been conducting clinical research for the past 20 years, with a particular emphasis in perinatal psychiatry for the past 18 years. Her research interests include epigenetic biomarkers of postpartum depression (for which she holds 2 patents), the genetic, biological basis, prevention and treatment of postpartum depression, as well as premenstrual and perimenopausal mood disorders and psychiatric management. Her interests also include defining best practices for management of psychiatric disorders in pregnancy and postpartum.

Dr. Payne has multiple peer-reviewed publications centering on her clinical research, as well as those reviewing forms of depression, with the goal of understanding the etiology of different forms of depression.

For research related inquiries:

Tel: 434-243-0581
Fax: 434-297-7720



Anne Louise Stewart, MD, is an Assistant Professor at UVA in the Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences.


Meeta Pangtey, MPH
Clinical Research Coordinator
Email: uwp7jh@uvahealth.org

Kayla Pennycuff
Clinical Research Coordinator
Email: cfw3nk@uvahealth.org

Lauren Williamson, PhD
Clinical Research Coordinator
Email: lea6d@uvahealth.org