Friday, August 8, 2014

Welcome!


Greetings! I am a psychiatrist and writer working in the Washington, DC metro area. I grew up in suburban Maryland and enjoy writing in all genres, from poetry to short stories to creative nonfiction and op-eds. I am particularly interested in writing about mental health issues for the general public, to increase awareness and reduce stigma and misinformation. As a minority female and careerwoman, I am also dedicated to expanding awareness of women's and cross-cultural/Asian-American issues as well. I have additional experience with military psychiatry and PTSD issues. (I also absolutely adore food from all over the world.)

I have been a Health contributor to The Daily Beast.

I write a blog now for Psychology Today called Culture Shrink.

I have work forthcoming or published in The Washington Post, Bethesda Magazine, The Rumpus, XOJane, In These Times, The Toast, DAME Magazine, Salon, The American Scholar, Quartz, Aeon, Paste Magazine, New York Post, Good Housekeeping, Medium's The Archipelago, AlterNet, The Manifest-Station, Storyscape Journal, Little Patuxent Review, Role Reboot, Niche Literary Magazine, Tishman Review, Star 82 Journal, Work Stew, Gargoyle Magazine, Hyphen Magazine, Full Grown People (anthology available on Amazon), District Lines, Yellow Chair Review, Outside In Literary and Travel Magazine, So To Speak Blog, The New Physician, Medical Student JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association), Answers I'll Accept (anthology available on Amazon), The Pharos, How Does That Make You Feel (anthology available on Amazon) and more.

I'm available for freelance pieces on mental health and women's health and sociocultural/psychological issues, and for background quotes and expert opinion consultations as well.

Here are links to some other pieces:

Issues/Opinion:
Washington Post, September 2015 / New York Post, September 2015
Washington Post, February 2015
In These Times, November 2014
DAME Magazine, July 2015 / Salon, July 2015
Work Stew, September 2014
Role Reboot, December 2014
Role Reboot, March 2015
AlterNet, March 2015
So To Speak Journal Blog, March 2015
Reporting on Health, April 2015
AlterNet, May 2015
Paste Magazine, June 2015
Quartz, Dec 2015
Aeon, February 2016
DAME Magazine, March 2016
DAME Magazine, August 2016

Literary Nonfiction/Personal Essay:
Bethesda Magazine, July-August 2014 (Winner, 2014 Bethesda Magazine Essay Contest)
The Rumpus, November 2014
The Toast, March 2015
Medium: The Archipelago, February 2015 (Notable Essay in The Best American Essays 2016)
Outside In Magazine, 2013
XOJane, August 2014
Star 82 Review, December 2014
Paste Magazine, January 2015
Good Housekeeping, July 2015
The American Scholar, November 2015

Fiction/Poetry/Criticism:
Outside In Magazine, 2014
Storyscape Journal, Fall 2014
Niche Literary Magazine Blog, December 2014
Niche Literary Magazine, June 2015
Hyphen Magazine, September 2015
Yellow Chair Review, December 2015
District Lit, February 2016
The Tishman Review, May 2016 (Poem nominated for The Best of the Net 2016)

Writing Interview:
Niche Literary Magazine, July 2015

Media Appearances/Quotes:
The Michael Smerconish Show, SiriusXM Radio, September 2015
The Gil Gross Show, Talk 910 AM San Francisco Radio, November 2014
Quoted in: Prevention Magazine, Rolling Stone, Vice, National Geographic, Toronto Globe and Mail, Teen Vogue, and more.

Writing Awards:
Notable Essay in The Best American Essays edited by Jonathan Franzen, 2016.
Poetry Nominee for The Best of the Net 2016.
Outstanding Graduate Award, Johns Hopkins M.A. Writing Program, Spring 2015.
First Place in Bethesda Magazine's 2014 Essay Contest.
First Place in The New Physician's 1997 Poetry Contest for Medical Students.
Third Place in Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society's 2000 Essay Contest.
2 Honorable Mentions in the 1999 William Carlos Williams' Poetry Contest for Medical Students.
Short story nomination by 92nd Street Y's Unterberg Poetry Center for the Best American Short Stories anthology.

Writing Education:
M.A. in Nonfiction Writing, Johns Hopkins University.
Nonfiction fellow, The Writers' Institute at the Graduate Center of CUNY, directed by Andre Aciman.
B.A. in English from Yale University.
Writing workshops at the 92nd Street Y in NYC,  Sarah Lawrence College, The Writers' Center in Bethesda, Yale.

Medical Education and Prior Experience:
M.D., Virginia Commonwealth University's Medical College of Virginia.
Office of Health Policy Extern, The White House Intern Program.
Psychiatry Residency and Instructor of Psychiatry, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical College in NYC.
Presenter at American Psychiatric Association's Annual Meeting and Institute on Psychiatric Services.

Current:
Psychiatrist, U.S. Government in Washington, DC.
(FYI: None of my views, statements, or opinions have anything to do with any part of the U.S. Government's official stances on any subject.)
Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, George Washington University, teaching course on Psychiatry and Literature/Medical Humanities.


Thank you for your interest!