Maria Muzik, M.D.
- Associate Professor of Psychiatry
- Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Department of Psychiatry
Dr. Muzik has held a faculty appointment at the University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry since 2006. Her expertise is in women’s mental health, focusing on pregnancy and postpartum, and she conducts cutting-edge research, directs patient care services, and oversees educational programming in these areas.
In her clinical role in the Department of Psychiatry, Dr. Muzik co-directs the Women and Infants Mental Health Program and serves as Medical Director of the Perinatal Psychiatry Clinic, a nationally known program serving hundreds of women each year with pregnancy or postpartum related mood difficulties. Within Michigan Medicine, Dr. Muzik leads the integration of perinatal mental health services within obstetrics, family medicine and pediatrics. Across the state of Michigan, she is the lead perinatal consultant to primary care, public health nursing, community mental health and other health systems. She is a member of the Task Force on Developing the National Curriculum in Reproductive Psychiatry.
Dr. Muzik also co-directs Zero to Thrive, a program that works to transform the lives of young vulnerable children and their families through multi-generational initiatives that will harness the academic strengths of the University of Michigan, engage communities, train the next generation of providers, and promote the long-term health and resilience of populations through research, partnership and service.
Dr. Muzik’s research focuses on the study of stress, trauma and mental illness in the context of childbearing, its influence on parenting and the developing parent-infant relationship, and how to support families in overcoming adversity. She is particularly interested in understanding the links between inherited genes and environmental exposure in shaping a person’s risk and resiliency across the life span.