Shannon L. Clark, M.D. for UC Davis Health

Shannon L. Clark, M.D.

Perinatal Psychiatrist

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Locations and Contact

Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center

Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinic
4860 Y St.
Sacramento, CA 95817

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Phone: 916-734-6900

Additional Numbers

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Physician Referrals

800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Philosophy of Care

Dr. Clark's philosophy of care is one of whole person/mother-infand-dyad/family care during the reproductive period of a women's life. She takes the time understand and weigh the best options for each individual, and prides herself on optimizing experiences for for growing families.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Clark is a perinatal psychiatrist offering comprehensive perconception consultation, prenatal care, and postpartum consultation for women in need of additional mental health support during pregnancy. She also facilitates 2 specialized group visit clinics: 1) C.O.N.N.E.C.T.E.D. (Centering on Nurturing Neonatal/Perinatal Experiences Through Group Education) - a medication management group for pregnant moms who require supportive care or psychiatric medication management throughout pregnancy and the postpartum period; and 2) H.A.L.O. (Healing After Loss Of a Child) - a support group for women and their support persons who have esperienced perinatal loss. Dr. Clark also treats womenwho require treatment for postpartum depression with IV Zulresso, a new highly effective treatment. Dr. Clark is extensively versed in training other physicians to care for and caring for women with opioid use disorder in pregnancy, as well as other substance use disorders.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Clark's research has a three-fold focus:

1.  Prevention:

  • Efficacy of multi-modal prevention models for mood episodes during pregnancy and the postpartum period for women at higher risk.  
  • Efficacy of ECHO Clinical model to improve pregnancy outcomes of pregnant and parenting women with opioid use disorder in rural ares

2.  Medication outcomes:

  • Outcomes of treatment of postpartum depression with IV Zulresso.
  • Collaboration with Family Planning on Dr. Mitchell Creinin's research team trialing hormone contraception for men. Her role is to assess for the presence of any mood side effects.

3. Maintenance:

  • Observing long term outcomes of women treated for postpartum depression with IV Zulresso
  • Observing long term mental health outcomes of women who receive treatment for bereavement after perinatal loss.


Maternal Fetal Medicine

Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis Children's Hospital
Women's Center for Health

Undergraduate School

B.S., Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior, UC Davis, Davis CA 2002

Medical School

M.D., UC Davis School of Medicine, Davis CA 2006


Psychiatry, UC Davis, Sacramento CA 2006-2011


Family and Community Medicine, UC Davis, Sacramento CA 2006-2011


Obstetrics, UC Davis, Sacramento CA 2011-2016

HRSA Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (RCORP-NAS): $500k Award; Title: Implementation of an ECHO Clinic: Optimizing Pregnancy and Infant Outcomes In Drug Addiction & Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (OPIOID Addiction & NAS) Project, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023

$50k Award; Title: Growing Healthy Communities: Training Physicians to Care for the Opioid Dependent Dyad, 2019, 2020

HRSA RCORP Planning $250k Award; Title: Optimizing Pregnancy and Infant Outcomes In Drug (OPIOID) Addiction, 2019, 2020

Norcal Mental Health America - Community Volunteer Award Presented by CA Voices Nor Cal Mental Health America for volunteer services, 2020

Apgo Excellence in Teaching Award, presented by the Association of Professors in Obstetrics and Gynecology to recognize outstanding teachers in obgyn medical education, 2015

Clark SL. Maximizing the number of obsteric providers using medication assisted treatment (MAT) through a standardized acquisition approach. 2021. (recent submission)

Clark SL, Garcia-Ruiz NS. Psychiatric Disorders in Obstetrics. Butler J, Amin A, Fitzmaurice LE, Kim CM (Eds). OB/GYN Hospital Medicine: Principles and Practice, A MCGraw Hill Publication. 2019;A(47):303-309.