Shy C. Porter, Ph.D., LMFT



Department of Psychiatry
Georgetown University School of Medicine

2115 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20007

Phone: (202) 687.0100
Fax: (202) 687-0694 


Dr. Porter is a couple and family therapist and perinatal mental health clinician and researcher. Her clinical populations of interest include couples, adolescent and adult individuals, and women (alone or with their partners) seeking mental health treatment before, during, and after pregnancy.  

Dr. Porter’s research has focused on the reproductive health needs of women, specifically issues related to the preconception, pregnancy, and postpartum periods. She has particular interest in the needs of women of color; to this end, much of her research has examined racial/ethnic disparities in sexual and reproductive health. In her clinical practice, Dr. Porter uses this expertise to provide psychological support services to a diverse array of women at all stages along the pregnancy spectrum.  

Research Interests

Psychopathology, trauma, couple relationship processes, parenting, and co-parenting.
Perinatal mental health, maternal health, pregnancy outcomes, adverse reproductive health conditions, and issues related to preconception, pregnancy, and postpartum processes for adolescents, adult individuals, and couples.
Racial/ethnic health disparities in adolescent and adult sexual and reproductive health.

Research Projects and Publications



  • University of Maryland, College Park (May 2020)
  • Major in Family Science, Specialized Focus on Maternal & Child Health
  • Dissertation: “Examining Racism as a Risk Factor for Uterine Fibroids among African American Women”


  • University of Maryland, College Park (May 2016)
  • Major: Couple and Family Therapy
  • Thesis: “Preliminary Validation of the Plausibility of Intraracial Marriage Scale: A Study of Upwardly Mobile African American Women”


  • Syracuse University (May 2014)
  • Major: Psychology and Public Relations
  • Minor: Child and Family Studies
  • Distinctions: Renée Crown Honors Program; Phi Beta Kappa
  • Honors Capstone: “Exploring Student Perceptions of Resident Advisors”