stock-footage-bright-future-woman-silhouette-hope-conceptEmily C. Dossett, MD, MTS serves as the Assistant Medical Director for Women’s Health and Reproductive Psychiatry for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health.  As a reproductive psychiatrist, Dr. Dossett works with women struggling with mental and emotional issues connected to times of hormonal change, including pregnancy, the postpartum, the menstrual cycle, and perimenopause.  Her work for DMH aims to improve mental health care for all women served by the Los Angeles County safety net.  Initiatives include improved training and capacity building in maternal mental health across DMH, integrating reproductive life planning into regular mental health services, and promoting efforts to improve mental health and reduce disparities in African American infant and maternal mortality rates, to name a few.  In addition, as the Supervising Psychiatrist for the Women’s Community Re-Entry and Education Program, her clinical work at DMH focuses on justice-involved women with mental illness. 

Along with her role at DMH, Dr. Dossett currently serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California (LAC+USC) Medical Center. She founded and directs the Women’s Mental Health Program, a collaborative effort that integrates mental health care into prenatal care clinics as well as pediatric services for perinatal women with multiple medical, psychiatric, and social needs. She has the privilege of teaching reproductive psychiatry to medical students, psychiatric residents, psychosomatic fellows, and OBGYN residents and faculty.

Dr. Dossett’s research interests focus on public policy and access to services for perinatal mental health care. Recent research projects have been funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the California Health Care Foundation. She also works as a mental health consultant to MAMAs Neighborhood, a Department of Health Services initiative focused on improving multi-disciplinary services for high-risk pregnant and postpartum women in Los Angeles County. Her policy involvement includes membership on numerous expert advisory boards, including the California State Task Force on Maternal Mental Health and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology’s Expert Working Group on Maternal Mental Health.

Dr. Dossett writes and speaks extensively on topics related to perinatal mental health locally, regionally, and nationally. She can be contacted directly via the tab below for information about speaking or consulting services.  

PLEASE NOTE that Dr. Dossett has permanently closed her private practice and is no longer accepting new patients for consultations or ongoing care.  If you are seeking services from a reproductive psychiatrist, please contact the Postpartum Support International helpline, which can be accessed from their website, postpartum.net.