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Carolyn Cesta

PhD student

About me

As a doctoral student in epidemiology my research focuses on how mental health influences reproductive health, and vice versa. 

Specifically, my thesis work investigates 1) how stress, depression, and antidepressant use affect in vitro fertilization outcome, and 2) the relationship between polycystic ovary syndrome and psychiatric disorders.


  • MSc (Medical Sciences, Physiology and Pharmacology) McMaster University
  • BSc (Biology and Pharmacology) McMaster University


Depression, anxiety, and antidepressant treatment in women: association with in vitro fertilization outcome
Cesta Ce, Viktorin A, Olsson H, Johansson V, Sjölander A, Bergh C, et al
Fertility and sterility 2016;105(6):1594-1602.e3

Polycystic ovary syndrome and psychiatric disorders: Co-morbidity and heritability in a nationwide Swedish cohort
Cesta Ce, Månsson M, Palm C, Lichtenstein P, Iliadou An, Landén M
Psychoneuroendocrinology 2016;73():196-203

Effect of Nicotine Exposure During Pregnancy and Lactation on Maternal, Fetal, and Postnatal Rat IGF-II Profile
Gruslin A, Cesta Ce, Bell M, Qiu Q, Petre Ma, Holloway Ac

Effects of rosiglitazone on ovarian function and fertility in animals with reduced fertility following fetal and neonatal exposure to nicotine
Petrik Jj, Gerstein Hc, Cesta Ce, Kellenberger Ld, Alfaidy N, Holloway Ac
ENDOCRINE 2009;36(2):281-90