Department of Psychiatry

Division of Women’s Mental Health

a photo of a sad mental health women with her doctor

Division Overview

The Department of Psychiatry at Sidra will be one of the primary sources for Women’s Perinatal Mental Health Care in Qatar. We will work with our stakeholders to create a state-of-the-art, culturally competent, person and family centered system that promotes recovery/wellness for the Women.

The Women’s Mental Health Division will be led by a Division Chief who will have expertise in perinatal psychiatry.  The Division will include specialist perinatal psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatry nurses and psychiatry fellows and will have access to allied health professionals.

The Women’s Mental Health service will provide essential outpatient; and consultation and liaison service in the outpatient clinic at Sidra. The obstetric services and other relevant stakeholders will be the primary source of referrals for women who have comorbid psychiatric issues during pregnancy and postpartum period.


Division Services

Women with various presentations will be seen in the Women’s Mental Health Service.  We will provide the following services:

  • Initial Evaluations
  • Medication Management
  • Various Psychological Therapies
  • Follow Up Visits


Some of the Common Conditions seen in this service will include:

  • Psychiatric conditions comorbid during pregnancy and postpartum
  • Attachment and Bonding Issues
  • Post-Partum Depression
  • Symptoms of Psychosis
  • Ante-natal Depression- moderate to severe
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Social Phobia
  • Sleep Issues
  • Mood Disorders including Bipolar disorder
  • Delirium
  • Family Issues
  • Bereavement and Loss
  • Self Harm/Injury and Suicidal thoughts.
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Sidra outpatient clinic location map

“Patients and family members, if you are visiting the Sidra Outpatient Clinic, please follow the directions provided in this map for accurate directions. We ensure this map is always current and updated with any changes in routes.”

Women’s Mental Health Clinic is located on 4th  floor of the Outpatient Clinic Building. We will operate 2 days a week, on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:00 am until 3:00 pm


Operating Hours

Sunday - Thursday07:00 am - 03:00 pm

Erin Ruth Valentine

Clinical Psychologist

Sawssan Ahmed

Clinical Psychologist

dr felice watt

Felice Watt

Division Chief - Adult Psychiatry for Women’s Mental Health

Muhammad Waqar Azeem

Chair - Department of Psychiatry

Publications by the division

The Preconception Needs of Women with severe mental illness: a consecutive clinical case series

Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology, 36:3, 87-93...
Thinh Nguyen, Janette Brooks, Jacqueline Frayne, Felice Watt, Jane Fisher

Author(s): Felice Watt

Assessment of Infant Dose Through Milk in a Lactating Woman Taking Amisulpride and Desvenlafaxine for Treatment- Resistant Depression Therapeutic Drug Monitoring

Vol32, Number 6, December 2010...
Ilett, KF, Watt FR

Published: 1 December 2010
Author(s): Felice Watt

The ecosystems perspective in social work: Implications for culturally competent practice with American Muslims

Journal of Religion & Spirituality in Social Work: Social Thought, 1-25....
Ahmed SR, Amer MM, Killawi A

Published: 12 April 2017
Author(s): Sawssan Ahmed

Arab Americans in Context: A Sociocultural Ecological Perspective in Understanding the Arab American Experience

In M. A. Bond, C. Keys, & I. Serrano-García. (Eds.), APA Handbook of Community Psychology. American Psychological Association. Washington DC...
Ahmed SR, Mana M

Published: 15 June 2016
Author(s): Sawssan Ahmed

Psychological assessment and diagnosis

In Amer, M., & Abdo., G. (Eds.), Handbook of Arab American Psychology. Routledge. New York....
Mahmood OM, Ahmed SR

Published: 5 April 2016
Author(s): Sawssan Ahmed


In Amer, M., & Abdo., G. (Eds.), Handbook of Arab American Psychology. Routledge. New York...
Kia-Keating M, Ahmed SR

Published: 12 May 2016
Author(s): Sawssan Ahmed

Sociocultural Factors and Parent–Therapist Agreement on Explanatory Etiologies for Youth Mental Health Problems

Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 1-10...
Yeh M, McCabe K, Ahmed S, Trang D, and Ganger W

Published: 4 June 2015
Author(s): Sawssan Ahmed

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