Alexandra Sacks, MD is a reproductive psychiatrist affiliated with the Women’s Program at the Columbia University Medical Center and a candidate at the Columbia University Psychoanalytic Center for Training and Research. A leading expert in “matrescence,” she is known for popularizing the concept in her TED talk with over 1.5 million views worldwide, and in her New York Times article “The Birth of a Mother,” the number one most read piece of 2017 for the “Well Family” section, where she is a regular contributor. Dr. Sacks was a scholar at the DeWitt Wallace Institute for the History of Psychiatry and serves on The American Psychoanalytic Association advisory board for media education and the advisory board for Parents magazine. Her work on matrescence and “mommy brain” has been featured in TIME, NPR, The Washington Post, and The Boston Globe. Dr. Sacks is developing a motherhood podcast with Gimlet Media. Her first coauthored book What No One Tells You: A Guide to Your Emotions From Pregnancy to Motherhood will be published on April 23, 2019 by Simon and Schuster.


Dr. Sacks is an American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology certified psychiatrist who works in consultation and ongoing treatment. In addition to general psychiatry/psychotherapy, she is one of a small  group of medical doctors worldwide who have received specialty fellowship training in Reproductive Psychiatry.


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