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Pamela Geller

Pamela Geller, PhD

Associate Professor

Department: Obstetrics & Gynecology


  • PhD in Clinical Psychology - Kent State University
  • MS in Clinical Psychology - Kent State University

Awards & Honors

  • Drexel Green Grant Award, Drexel Sustainability Council of Drexel Green (2010)
  • APGO Electronic Educational Resource Award (e-ERA), Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO) and the APGO Undergraduate Medical Education Committee (2010)

Memberships / Professional Affiliations

  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (Educational Affiliate)
  • American Psychological Association
  • Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (formerly Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy)
  • Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics
  • Association for Women in Psychology
  • Marcè of North American (formerly Perinatal Mental Health Society)
  • National Women's Health Network
  • North American Society for Psychosocial Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Fellow, Pennsylvania Psychological Association
  • Pennsylvania Public Health Association
  • Philadelphia Behavior Therapy Association
  • Postpartum Support International
  • Society for Behavioral Medicine

Postgraduate Training / Additional Certifications

  • NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship - Joseph L. Mailman School of Public Health of Columbia University

Pamela Geller, PhD, is a research associate professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, with a primary appointment as associate professor of psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences at Drexel University. She and Drexel colleagues created the education curriculum Psychological and Medical Aspects of Pregnancy Loss, which was the recipient of an e-ERA award from the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics.

Dr. Geller is co-founder and co-director of Mother Baby Connections, an intensive outpatient mental health program at Drexel for pregnant and postpartum women experiencing anxiety and depression and their infants. She is an editor of the Health Psychology volume of the Handbook of Psychology (2013), as well as Women’s Health Psychology (2013), both published by Wiley. She has presented her work nationally and internationally and has been featured on BBC Radio programs.


Dr. Geller has studied women’s health issues for over 25 years. She received her MS and PhD in clinical psychology from Kent State University and completed an NIH postdoctoral fellowship in psychiatric epidemiology at the Joseph L. Mailman School of Public Health of Columbia University. Her work focuses on the psychological aspects of events surrounding pregnancy and childbirth, such as infertility, pregnancy loss, and postpartum depression.

With a visiting professorship in neonatology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, she and her colleagues are addressing the experiences of mothers with an infant in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) with ongoing projects relevant to parental distress and adjustment, and nurse education.

Dr. Geller is an active member of an interdisciplinary National Perinatal Association work group that developed guidelines for psychosocial support services for NICU parents. She chairs the Perinatal Loss Exam Development Committee for the Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center (formerly National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses).

In the Media

A Mother-Baby Connection: Drexel clinic fights postpartum depression
Philadelphia Family (Fall 2016)

Drexel’s postpartum depression clinic is first of its kind in the region
Drexel Now (May 24, 2016)

Go ahead and send that sext. It could be good for your relationship.
Washington Post (August 28, 2015)

Sexting may improve your love life
Chicago Tribune (August 11, 2015)

Online survey finds 8 in 10 adults have sexted (August 8, 2015)

Sexting Could be Good for Your Relationship
Newsweek (August 8, 2015) Retrieved from

Yes, Most People You Know Are Probably Sexting
Huffington Post (August 8, 2015)

Could Sexting Help Your Relationship?
NPR (August 8, 2015)

They share infertility struggles online, get more than financial help (April 30, 2015)


Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications

"Effect of previous posttraumatic stress in the perinatal period"
Geller, P. A. & Stasko, E. C.
Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, 46(6), 912-922, doi: 10.1016/j.jogn.2017.04.136 (2017)

"Increasing racially and ethnically underrepresented women in medical school through an innovative program"
Geller, P. A., Bonacquisti, A., Barber, J., & Yeakel, L.H.
International Journal of Medical Education, 8, 187-189. doi: 10.5116/ijme.5918.b789 (2017)

"Neonatal nurses NICU quality improvement: Embracing EBP recommendations to provide parent psychosocial support"
Purdy, I.B., Melwak, M.A., Smith, J.R., Kenner, C., Chuffo-Siewert, R., Ryan, D.J., Geller, P.A., & Hall, S.
Advances in Neonatal Care, 17(1), 33-44. doi: 10.1097/ANC.0000000000000352 (2017)

"Effects of self-efficacy and locus of control on future preconception counseling plans of adult women with Type 1 diabetes"
Grady, C., & Geller, P. A.
Diabetes Spectrum, 29(1), 37-43. doi: 10.2337/diaspect.29.1.37 (2016)

"Clinical health psychologists as interdisciplinary team members in women’s healthcare settings"
Geller, P. A., & Grunberg, V.
Journal of Yoga and Physical Therapy, 5(3), 196. doi: 10.4172/2157-7595.1000196 (2015)

"Recommendations for enhancing psychosocial support of NICU parents through staff education and support"
Hall, S., Cross, J., Seliz, N., Patterson, C., Segre, L., Siewert, R., Geller, P. A., & Martin, M.
Journal of Perinatology, 35(Suppl 1), S29-S36. doi: 10.1038/jp.2015.147 (2015)

"Recommendations for mental health professionals in the NICU"
Hynan, M.T., Steinberg, Z., Baker, L., Cicco, R., Geller, P. A., Lassen, S., Milford, C., Mounts, K., Patterson, C., Saxton, S., Segre, L., & Stuebe, A.
Journal of Perinatology, 35(Suppl 1), S14-18. doi: 10.1038/jp.2015.144 (2015)

"Perinatal depression and anxiety in women with and without HIV infection"
Aaron, E., Bonacquisti, A., Geller, P. A., & Polansky, M.
Women’s Health Issues, 25(5), 579-585. doi: 10.1016/j.whi.2015.04.003 (2015)

"Maternal fetal attachment, locus of control and adherence to STI/HIV prevention and prenatal care promotion behaviors in urban women"
Kornfield, S. L., Geller, P. A., & Epperson, C. N.
International Journal of Gynecological, Obstetrical, and Reproductive Medicine Research, 1(1), 11-18 (2014)

"Rates and predictors of prenatal depression in women living with and without HIV"
Bonacquisti, A., Geller, P. A., & Aaron, E.
AIDS Care, 26(1), 100-106. doi: 10.1080/09540121.2013.802277 (2014)

"Providing sensitive care for women with HIV who have a history of childhood sexual abuse"
Aaron, E., Criniti, S.M., Bonacquisti, A. & Geller, P. A.
Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 24(4), 355-367. doi: 10.1016/j.jana.2013.03.004 (2013)

"Condom-use intentions and the influence of partner-related barriers among women at risk for HIV"
Bonacquisti, A., & Geller, P. A.
Journal of Clinical Nursing, 22(23-24), 3328-3336. doi: 10.1111/jocn.121001(2013).

Recent Book Chapters

"Maternal experience of neonatal intensive care unit hospitalization: trauma exposure and psychosocial responses"
Geller, P.A., Bonacquisti, A. & Patterson, C.A.
In M. Muzik & K.L. Rosenblum (Eds.), Motherhood in the Face of Trauma: Pathways of Healing and Growth. New York: Springer, pp. 227- 247. 10 (2018)

"Mother-infant bonding mediates relationships between postpartum depression, anxiety, and emotion recognition"
Friedman, K., Grunberg, V., Spiers, M., & Geller, P. A.
In A. Freitas-Magalhaes (Ed.), Emotional Expression: The Brain and the Face (vol. 9, pp.86-131). Porto, Portugal: FEELab Science Books (2017)

"Obstetrics and reproductive health"
Geller, P.A. & Bonacquisti, A.
In T. Hadjistavropoulos & H.D. Hadjistavropoulos (Eds.), Fundamentals of Health Psychology. Don Mills, Ontario, Canada: Oxford University Press, pp. 210-222 (2014)

"Women’s health: Obstetrics and Gynecology"
Geller, P. A., Nelson, A. R., Kornfield, S. L. & Silverman, D. G.
In C. Hunter, C. Hunter & R. Kessler (Eds.), Handbook of Clinical Health Psychology in Medical Settings: Evidence-Based Assessment and Intervention. New York: Springer, pp. 327-367 (2014)

Geller, P. A. (2014). Pregnancy, An overview. In A. C. Michalos (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-being Research. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer, pp. 5030-5033.

Other Recent Publications

"Why then, why now: Interview with founding women’s health SIG chair, Dr. Helen L. Coons"
Roke, K., Kruper, A., Mailey, E., Geller, P.
Outlook Newsletter: Society of Behavioral Medicine, Winter 2017

"The NICU family journey: Admission through discharge"
Grunberg, V.A., Geller, P.A., & Patterson, C.A.
Progress Notes: The Newsletter of The Society of Pediatric Psychology, Division 54, American Psychological Association, 40(1), 13 (2016)

"Psychologists in the neonatal intensive care unit"
Bonacquisti, A., Geller, P.A., & Patterson, C. A.
Progress Notes: The Newsletter of The Society of Pediatric Psychology, Division 54, American Psychological Association, 39(2), 6 (2015)


Recent Invited Presentations

"Women’s perinatal journey: Current perspectives and empirical investigations of pregnancy loss"
Geller, P.A.
Invited keynote speaker, inaugural Involuntary Pregnancy Loss Convention, Holy Family University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 2018

"Mother Baby Connections"
Geller, P. A. & Posmontier, B.
Invited presentation, Innovation: Intensive Perinatal Mental Health Programs seminar conducted at 31st Postpartum Support International annual conference, Houston, Texas, July 2018

"Women’s perinatal journey and the Mother Baby Connections program"
Geller, P. A.
Invited presentation, College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Seminar, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 2017

"I wanna sext you up"
Stasko, E.C., & Geller, P.A.
In Gross Anatomy: Sex
Invited presentation, annual Philadelphia Science Festival, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 2017

"'Let's Talk about Sext, Baby!' Sexting and satisfaction among adults"
Stasko, E.C., & Geller, P.A.
Invited presentation, inaugural Sexting Arts Festival, New York, New York, April 2017

"Working with dying patients and their families"
Geller, P. A.
Invited presentation, Behavioral Medicine department, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Cooper University Hospital, Camden, New Jersey, December 2016

"Perinatal mental health issues: Current approaches to research, intervention and medical education"
Geller, P. A.
Invited presentation, Cooper Health System Psychiatry Grand Rounds, Cooper University Hospital, Camden, New Jersey, September 2016

"Women’s Health Psychology"
Geller, P. A.
Invited presentation, A Collaborative & Comprehensive Approach to Women’s Musculoskeletal Health in the Translational Medicine and Applied Biotechnology Workshop Presentation Series, Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 2015

"Mental healthcare of women in the US"
Geller, P. A.
Invited presentation by the State Department for female doctors and health practitioners from Afghanistan. The visitors were on a 21-day program in the U.S. entitled “Women’s Health,” as part of the International Visitors Leadership Program, organized by Citizen Diplomacy International (formerly International Visitors Council), the exclusive partner for the U.S. Department of State’s top exchange when they have visitors within the tristate region, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, August 2015.

Contact Information

Academic Office

Department of Psychology
Stratton Hall, Room 280
3201 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: 215.553.7117