Meesha  Ahuja

Meesha Ahuja

Psychiatrist, MD

Not accepting new clients in Providence practice (updated November 17, 2019)


Specialties & Expertise

  • Medication management
  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Mood disorders
  • Diet & exercise
  • Cultural adjustment
  • Eating disorder
  • Insomnia
  • Life transition / college
  • Relationship issues
  • Substance use
  • Trauma
  • Stress management

Professional statement

Dr. Meesha Ahuja is a psychiatrist and the Director of the Young Adult Behavioral Health Program at Rhode Island Hospital. She received her MD from The Pennsylvania State University and completed her psychiatry residency at Brown University where she served as chief resident and her fellowship at Brown University.

Dr. Ahuja provides primarily medication management for her patients. She has particular expertise in anxiety, panic, depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, substance use, acute stress reactions, grief/trauma, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, life transitions (particularly for college students), and stress management. She enjoys really getting to know patients and understanding them as a person. Patients may see Dr. Ahuja anywhere from once a week to once a month, and typically in conjunction with talk therapy with a therapist.

Dr. Ahuja primarily sees young adult clients, such as college students studying in Providence during the school year, or living in the area during summer and school holidays.

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

My goal as a physician is to really get to know you, to look at all aspects of your life, and to tailor a treatment plan that meets your needs. We at the Young Adult Behavioral Health Program provide both psychopharmacological treatment and counseling, and accept most major insurances. Whether you are transitioning into college, taking time off, or graduating from college, we offer a private space for you, and work with family members and universities to provide individually tailored treatment.
For international / out-of-town students: I was born and raised in Pennsylvania, but come from a cultural background. Many international and out-of-town students find that they have a lot less support here than what they’re used to and may be unfamiliar with getting psychiatric treatment. I work on building an alliance with you to make sure you are comfortable with your care.


Specialties

Medication management - Optimizing medication use to treat psychiatric conditions

ADHD - Primarily medication prescription; neuropsychological evaluation if clients do not have a diagnosis; connecting clients with therapists; and working with the disability office in schools for special adjustments like test time.

Anxiety - Including generalized anxiety, OCD, panic disorder, social anxiety

Mood disorders - Including depression and bipolar disorder

Diet & exercise - A holistic evaluation of the patient's sleep, exercise, and stress management

Cultural adjustment - Including adjusting to college culture from one's hometown; adjustment and culture shock as an international student

Eating disorder - Primary focus on prescribing medication for eating disorders, as well as referring clients to nutrition counseling and therapists

Insomnia - Including mild to serious troubles sleeping, and a holistic assessment of the patient's sleep schedule; diet

Life transition / college - Including adjusting to college, new relationships, graduation, job or career transition

Relationship issues - Relationship differences, breakups, friendships, dating

Substance use - Including alcohol, marijuana, drugs, tobacco

Trauma - Including trauma from relationships, childhood, military trauma, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Stress management - A holistic evaluation of the patient's sleep, exercise, and stress management


General expertise



Out-of-pocket fees


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.


Location(s)

Providence practice

Young Adult Behavioral Health Program Coro East

167 Point Street

Suite 161

Providence, RI 02903

Hours
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Work and Education

Young Adult Behavioral Health Program at Rhode Island Hospital, Director, 2017 - Present
Young Adult Behavioral Health Program at Rhode Island Hospital, Attending Psychiatrist, 2015 - 2017



Brown University Alpert Medical School,Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Women's Mental Health Fellowship
Brown University Alpert Medical School, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Chief Resident, Adult Psychiatry Residency



The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, MD, Medicine
The Pennsylvania State University, BS, Biology and Psychology


Languages

  • English

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