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Pooja Lakshmin, MD, Psychiatry, Washington, DC

PoojaLakshminMD

Psychiatry Washington, DC

Women Focused

Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences George Washington University School of Medicine

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Summary

  • Dr. Pooja Lakshmin, MD is a board-certified psychiatrist and freelancer writer, specializing in women's mental health and perinatal psychiatry. She maintains a private practice in Washington, DC and is a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at the George Washington University School of Medicine, where she is a clinical supervisor in the Five Trimesters perinatal psychiatry clinic. She applies an integrative approach to taking care of women suffering from maternal mental health conditions, and is active in maternal mental health advocacy work and community building. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Maternal Mental Health Leadership Alliance, and the Clinical Psychiatry News Editorial Advisory Board. Her writing has been published in the New York Times, Medscape, and Doximity, and her advice has been featured in Glamour, Harper's Bazaar, The New York Times, Bustle, among others. She holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa in Women's Studies and the Biological Basis of Behavior, and an MD from Sidney Kimmel Medical College in Philadelphia. Dr. Lakshmin received the 2016 Diane K. Shrier award for research in Women's Mental Health, and the 2018 Polinger Perinatal Mental Health grant from Mary's Center for Maternal and Child Health in Washington DC. Her research has focused on various aspects of women’s mental health including testimonial psychotherapy for survivors of intimate partner violence, ethnographic study of women in India suffering from depression, and the neural basis of sexual response in women. Dr. Lakshmin is most passionate about empowering women and sees her clinical work as a perinatal psychiatrist as an extension of this mission. She can be found on Twitter @PoojaLakshmin and Instagram @womensmentalhealthdoc.
  • When Your Friend Is Pregnant and Depressed

    A common refrain in my office, where I take care of women suffering from perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, is some version of: "I've been miserable for mont

    Saying 'No' Is Self-Care for Parents

    While swapping horror stories of PTA wars, overscheduling and toddler meltdowns, parents these days will inevitably ask one another, "But, are you taking care o

Education & Training

  • George Washington University
    George Washington UniversityResidency, Psychiatry, 2014 - 2016
  • Rutgers-NJMS
    Rutgers-NJMSPost-Doctoral Fellowship, Neural Basis of Human Sexuality, 2012 - 2014
  • Stanford University
    Stanford UniversityResidency, Psychiatry, 2010 - 2012
  • Sidney Kimmel Medical CollegeClass of 2010, MD
  • University of PennsylvaniaBA, Women's Studies, Biological Basis of Behavior, Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude with Distinction, 2002 - 2006

Certifications & Licensure

  • TX State Medical License
    TX State Medical License 2021 - 2022
  • DC State Medical License
    DC State Medical License 2014 - 2022
  • CA State Medical License
    CA State Medical License 2011 - 2022
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Psychiatry

Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • Diane K. Shrier Award for Research in Women’s Health 2016

Publications & Presentations

PubMed

Authored Content

  • When Your Friend Is Pregnant and DepressedDecember 2019
  • Saying ‘No’ Is Self-Care for ParentsOctober 2019
  • Rape, Pregnancy, and Mental Health: What the Politics IgnoresSeptember 2019
  • Social Media Is Not Bad for Health CareMarch 2019
  • Social Media Is Not Bad for Health CareMarch 2019
  • 10 Things a Psychiatrist Wants You to Know About Postpartum DepressionDecember 2018
  • 10 Things a Psychiatrist Wants You to Know About Postpartum DepressionDecember 2018
  • What Makes Busy Women Go to the PsychiatristNovember 2018
  • What Makes Busy Women Go to the PsychiatristNovember 2018
  • What Makes Busy Women Go to the PsychiatristNovember 2018
  • We Don’t Need Self-Care; We Need BoundariesOctober 2018
  • We Don’t Need Self-Care; We Need BoundariesOctober 2018
  • 3 Tips to Ease the Impostor Syndrome StruggleAugust 2018
  • Quote of the DayApril 2018
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Press Mentions

  • How to Get Free Mental Health Help During the Coronavirus Pandemic
    How to Get Free Mental Health Help During the Coronavirus PandemicMay 13th, 2020
  • Managing Your Mental Health as a New Mom During COVID-19
    Managing Your Mental Health as a New Mom During COVID-19May 1st, 2020
  • How to Deal with Overwhelming Feelings During This Crisis
    How to Deal with Overwhelming Feelings During This CrisisApril 17th, 2020
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Grant Support

  • Polinger Family Foundation GrantMary's Center for Maternal and Child Health2018–Present

Research History

  • Lead Investigator - GWU & National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences in IndiaUsing ethnographic methods, and in partnership with NIMHANS in Bangalore, we studied women being treated for depression & anxiety. Goals include gaining a nuanced understanding of women's experience of living with depression and anxiety, and uncovering how women found meaning in their suffering.2015 - Present
  • Co-Investigator, GWU & Northern Virginia Family ServicesAdapting testimonial psychotherapy for Latina survivors of intimate partner violence. Testimonial therapy is a therapeutic ritual applied as a unique treatment modality for populations not amenable to Western therapy. Ours is the first documented application specific to immigrant IPV survivors.2014 - 2018
  • Post-Doctoral Research Fellow - Rutgers University Psychology Department(Advisor Barry Komisaruk Ph.D) Analyzing brain activity in humans using functional MRI; Establishing sequence of activation in brain regions leading up to, during, & after female orgasm; Mapping genital projections to somatosensory cortex in men & women; Mapping genital pain response2012 - 2014

Professional Memberships

  • Marcé International Society for Perinatal Mental Health
    Member
  • North American Perinatal Mental Health Society
    Member
  • International Association for Women's Mental Health
    Member