Daniella  Palermo

Daniella Palermo

Psychiatrist, MD

Not accepting new clients in Providence practice (updated July 08, 2020)

Specialties & Expertise

  • College mental health
  • Race and cultural identity
  • Mood disorders
  • Psychotic disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Life transitions

Professional statement

Dr. Daniella Palermo is an Adult Psychiatrist at the Young Adult Behavioral Health Program in Providence, RI. She works with college and graduate students who are navigating life transitions or experiencing difficulties in family, peer, or romantic relationships. She treats a broad range of psychiatric as well as psychological issues, including mood and psychotic disorders, anxiety, including PTSD and OCD, as well as attentional difficulties, whether due to ADHD or other factors. Through a culturally inclusive approach, she provides a warm, non-judgmental space to allow for exploration of your racial/ethnic and cultural background as it relates to your personal identity.

Dr. Palermo is a physician trained in both pharmacology and psychotherapy and integrates both into every session. At all stages of treatment, she works to promote a collaborative experience, empowering her patients to play an active role in determining the best course of treatment, offering pharmacologic intervention only when it aligns with their treatment goals. She works alongside her patients to help them develop healthier coping strategies and learn to manage their symptoms in order to live a life that aligns with their values.

Dr. Palermo has a history of advocating for underrepresented communities and young adults who may not have access to mental health care due to socioeconomic and cultural barriers. She has conducted qualitative research aimed at exploring the barriers and facilitators to accessing mental health services among underrepresented college students and uses her acquired knowledge to inform her practice. She completed her adult psychiatry residency at Brown University, where she served as chief resident. She remains engaged in shaping residency education in her capacity as the Assistant Curriculum Director for the Brown Adult Psychiatry training program.

Note: If you have been seen by a provider at Young Adult Behavioral Health Program in the past, please call 401-793-8808 (extension 4) to schedule an appointment directly.

Message to clients

As a psychiatrist, my goal is to create a welcoming and nonjudgmental space in which I can get to know you and all that you value while embracing a collaborative approach as we create your individualized treatment plan. As a member of the Latinx community and native Spanish speaker, I particularly enjoy working with individuals of diverse backgrounds, using a culturally inclusive approach in my practice. I am sensitive to and affirmative of differences, whether in a cultural or social context, in order to ensure that you feel safe and understood. I am particularly mindful of potential barriers to accessing care among young adults, including stigma of mental illness, and will work alongside you to ensure your mental health needs are addressed.


College mental health - Navigating the transition into college and stressors of academics, personal relationships, and self-development

Race and cultural identity - Exploring topics of racial, cultural, and ethnic background as it relates to one’s family origins and personal identity

Mood disorders - Depression, dysthymia (mild depression), bipolar disorder, hormone-related mood issues, i.e. Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) and postpartum depression, adjustment disorder with depression

Psychotic disorders - Supporting individuals and families to manage symptoms such as delusions, hallucinations, and agitations while maintaining healthy, supportive relationships

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress


  • Adults (24+)
  • Young adults (18-24)


  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Brown University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • Cigna
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • United Healthcare
  • Providence College Student Health Insurance (Cigna)
  • Johnson and Wales University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • University of Rhode Island (URI) Student Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • Rhode Island College RIC Student Health Insurance (PHCS or Multiplan)
  • Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island

Therapist's note

Please note the following:

  • If you have been seen by a provider at Young Adult Behavioral Health Program in the past, please call 401-793-8808 (extension 4) to schedule an appointment directly.
  • The Young Adult Behavioral Health Program only sees college students who are 18 - 26 years old and graduate students over this age range.
  • Cigna is only accepted if your plan offers out-of-network benefits; please call Cigna to confirm your benefits.
  • Medicaid typically does not cover out-of-state services other than emergency services. While Rhode Island Medicaid covers our services, for those with Medicaid from other states, please contact us so we can check your coverage.


Remote video therapy sessions offered? No

Providence practice

167 Point Street

Suite 161

Providence, RI 02903


  • Mon 12:30pm-5:30pm
  • Tue 12:30pm-5:30pm
  • Wed 12:30pm-5:30pm
  • Thu 12:30pm-5:30pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Young Adult Behavioral Health Program, Attending Psychiatrist, 2018 - Present

Rhode Island Hospital, Inpatient Behavioral Health, Attending Psychiatrist, 2018 - Present

Brown University Psychiatry Residency Program, Assistant Curriculum Director, 2018 - Present

Brown University, Adult Psychiatry Residency Training Program, 2014 - 2018

Johnson and Wales Counseling Services, 2016 – 2017

SUNY Upstate Medical University, MD, 2014

College of Mount Saint Vincent, BS, Psychology, 2008