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Teresa Lanza di Scalea, M.D., Ph.D.


Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Rome, Italy

Ph.D., Neuroscience
Università Tor Vergata of Rome, Italy


Residency, Adult Psychiatry
Brown University

Residency, Adult Psychiatry
Università Tor Vergata of Rome, Italy


Teresa Lanza di Scalea, M.D., Ph.D., is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She is board-certified in psychiatry, specializing in the care of women across the adult lifespan experiencing psychiatric disorders and emotional challenges, with a special focus on the menstrual cycle, pre-pregnancy planning, all stages of motherhood, the menopausal transition, gynecological and breast cancer across all phases of care.

Lanza di Scalea is currently serving patients in the private sector and is the founder of Women’s Psychiatry and Well-Being PLLC. She directs the Professional and Personal Growth in residency training course in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Dell Medical School, a humanities-informed approach to foster well-being and human flourishing in medicine.

Lanza di Scalea received her M.D. degree summa cum laude from the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Rome, Italy, in 2002 and completed adult psychiatry residency at the Università Tor Vergata of Rome, Italy in 2006. As a fourth-year psychiatry resident at the Università Tor Vergata, she was awarded a yearlong visiting research scholarship at the Women’s Behavioral HealthCARE Program of the University of Pittsburgh. In 2009, she earned her PhD in Neuroscience from the Università Tor Vergata of Rome, Italy, focusing on the role of psychosocial factors and metabolic profile in clinical depression during the menopausal transition.

She subsequently completed a second residency in adult psychiatry in the U.S., graduating from Brown University in 2015. During her service at Brown, she took part in the launching of the Menopause Consultation Clinic of the Women’s Medicine Collaborative — the first of its kind in the state of Rhode Island — and served as staff psychiatrist in the Breast Cancer Center of the Lifespan Cancer Institute.

In 2017 she joined Dell Med’s departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Women’s Health as faculty. She served as a collaborative care model consulting psychiatrist in the Women’s Health Integrated Practice Unit and as staff psychiatrist in the Women’s Reproductive Mental Health of Texas. In 2019 and 2021 she led the development and initiation of a maternal mental health training curricula for women’s health specialists as part of the Maternal Levels of Care Level IV requirement for Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin.

Professional Affiliations
  • American Psychiatric Association
  • Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians
  • Texas Medical Association
  • Postpartum Support International
  • North American Menopause Society