Maria Muzik MD, MS

Assistant Professor, Psychiatry
Clinical Interests:

Perinatal Psychiatry: Depression and Anxiety during pregnancy and postpartum. Prevention and Therapy of Mother-Infant relationship and attachment disturbances. Impact of maternal/family psychiatric illness on early child development


U of M Psychiatry

Rachel Upjohn Building
4250 Plymouth Rd
Ann Arbor


Medical School or Training

  • Medizinische Universitat Wien, 1989

  • University of Michigan Medical School, 2009


  • University of Vienna, Psychiatry/Adult, 1997

  • University of Michigan Health System, Psychiatry, MI, 2006

Board Certification

  • Psychiatry


Research Interests: Trauma, Stress & Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) during childbearing years Neurobiology of Stress, Depression and PTSD Parent-Infant Relationships in Postpartum Depression and Anxiety Disorders; Infant Attachment Disorders Precursors of early infant stress and emotion regulation


Dr. Muzik is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan conducting research and providing clinical care. She completed her medical training in psychiatry at the University of Vienna in Austria, and at the University of Michigan in the United States. She is a certified psychotherapist in Psychoanalytic Therapy through the Vienna Psychoanalytic Institute, a certified mother-infant psychotherapist through the University of Michigan Infant Mental Health Certificate Program, and a research fellow with the International Psychoanalytic Association. Dr. Muzik also holds a master’s degree in Clinical Research and Statistical Analysis from the University of Michigan, School of Public Health. Clinically she focuses on work with mothers suffering from anxiety, trauma and depression during pregnancy and postpartum, and their infants or young children. She co-directs the University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry Perinatal Clinic and Parent- Infant Program, and she serves as perinatal psychiatry consultant at an Adolescent Youth Clinic in the community. Her research focuses similarly on the study of stress, trauma and mental illness in the context of childbearing, and its influence on the developing mother-infant relationship. She is particularly interested in interactions between biological vulnerability (genetic influences) and environmental factors (parenting in the context of parental psychiatric illness) on infant emotional and biological (stress regulation) development. Dr. Muzik also does research on the effectiveness of attachment-based mother-child psychotherapy for high-risk dyads. Her research is supported by a K23 Career Award from the National Institute of Mental Health, funds through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Todd Ouida Foundation, and the Rachel Upjohn Scholars Foundation; she has also received funding through the University of Michigan Medical School Translational Research Fund and through Medicaid Funding from the state of Michigan.