Dr. Christina Lakshmi Persaud is a true New Yorker, born in Manhattan + raised in Queens. She developed her fascination with the mind and brain in high school, after taking a Cognitive Science course at Cornell University Summer College. She graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in Neuroscience and Behavior and a Masters in Public Health (MPH) degree. She also earned a Masters in Biomedical Sciences degree at Tufts Medical University. Finally, she received her Doctor of Medicine degree (MD) at SUNY Upstate Medical University and completed her psychiatry residency at Boston University Medical Center, where she served as a chief resident in her final year of training. She is the first physician in her family.
Now, she is realizing her dream of connecting with and helping her fellow New Yorkers as an attending psychiatrist.
Dr. Persaud covers a broad spectrum of concerns, including but not limited to: anxiety, depression, mood disorders, PTSD, psychiatric effects of medical conditions (psychosomatic medicine), academic and professional stress, navigating cultural dynamics. She is a provider of color who takes pride in providing high-quality care and a safe space for everyone. breaks down the internalized stigma often held by patients seeking mental health care for the first time. “Therapy should be part of primary care,” Dr. Persaud says. “Everybody should be seeing a therapist, whether they have a formal diagnosis or not.”
In her spare time, Dr. Persaud likes “doing all the typical New York things. I like checking out the Yankees games. live music, karaoke, and going to the Comedy Cellar.” She is currently training to powerwalk the 2021 TCS New York City Marathon.
ADHD - Skill-building and support around organizational challenges, distracted attention, procrastination; building and maintaining healthy routines and structure
Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Medical professionals' mental health - Support navigating work-related expectations and stress; addressing issues of burnout, hierarchical pressures, and vicarious trauma
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - Healing painful experiences and memories from the past
Adjustment difficulties & disorders - Support around adapting to new and/or challenging life circumstances; skill-building for improved stress management and reduction of anxiety.
This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:
Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.
Years of Experience: 7 years
Montefiore Medical Group, Behavioral Health Integration Program Psychiatrist, 2019 - Present
Skypiatrist, Staff Psychiatrist (telemedicine), 2021 - Present
Boston Medical Center, Resident Psychiatrist (incl. Chief Residency), 2015 - 2019
SUNY Upstate Medical University, MD, 2015
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, MPH, 2010
Tufts Medical Center, MBS in Biomedical Sciences, 2008
Columbia University, BA, 2006
New York: 296840