Dr. Yalda Safai, MD, MPH

Psychiatrist

ALUMNI OF: St. George’s University School of Medicine
LANGUAGES: English
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Expertise

  • High Functioning Depression
  • Amnesia
  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Antisocial Personality Disorder (ASPD)
  • Anxiety
  • Aphasia
  • Asperger Syndrome (AS)
  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism
  • Avoidant Personality Disorder
  • Binge Eating Disorder
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)
  • Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)
  • Bulimia Nervosa
  • Dementia
  • Dissociative Fugue
  • Dissociative Identity Disorder
  • Drug Abuse
  • Eating Disorder
  • Fragile X Syndrome (FXS)
  • Hypersomnia
  • Insomnia
  • Learning Disability
  • Mood Disorders
  • Munchausen Syndrome
  • Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD)
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Panic Disorder
  • Persistent Depressive Disorder
  • Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD)
  • Phobias
  • Postpartum Depression (PPD)
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)
  • Psychotic Disorder
  • Rape and Sexual Assault
  • Schizoaffective Disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Sleepwalking
  • Speech Disorders
  • Tardive Dyskinesia
  • Tics
  • Wilson-Turner Syndrome

Treatment Orientation

  • Medication

Work experience

  • Oct 2017-Oct 2021
    New York Medical College-Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York City. Psychiatry resident
  • Feb 2020- Present
    ABC News Medical Unit, New York City, NY. Medical contributor
  • April 2020-Oct 2021
    Waterbury Hospital, Waterbury, CT. Staff psychiatrist (per diem)
  • Dec 2020-Oct 2021
    Eastern CT Health Network-Manchester Memorial Hospital, Manchester, CT. Staff psychiatrist (per-diem)
  • Oct 2021-Present
    Happier Living Tele Psychiatry NY/CA/FL. Contractor psychiatrist

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE:

  • 2008-2012: The Spine Institute at Santa Monica
    Student researcher; Assisted with rat surgeries, basic science research, and collecting data.
  • 2009-2010: Research at the Jules Stein Eye Institute
    Recruiter for a study on the correlation between intake of certain vitamins and the development of Glaucoma later in life.
  • 2010-2012: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
    Research associate in the Department of Spine Surgery/ Spine center.

VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE:

  • Summer 2009: Volunteer in Central America
    Volunteer; Spent 20 days in the rural parts of Costa Rica and Panama providing medical attention and setting up clinics in different rural areas.
  • Summer 2012: Volunteer in the Amazon Rainforest
    Volunteer: Spent 2 weeks in the Amazon Rainforest setting up medical clinics for those in remote areas.
  • Summer 2014: Clinical Training in Thailand
    Student: Completed clinical training at Siraj Hospital in Bangkok and traditional Thai medicine in Krabi, Thailand.
  • Spring 2015: International Student Volunteers
    Finished master’s in Public health by doing 6 weeks of teaching basic healthcare to school-aged children in remote areas of Indonesia.

Education

  • 2012-2017
    Degree: Medical Degree – St. George’s University School of Medicine.

  • 2012-2013
    Degree: Masters in Public Health – St. George’s University School of Public Health.

  • 2007-2010
    Degree: Bachelors of Science Major: Psycho-Biology, Minor: Near Eastern Studies
    – University of California Los Angeles

  • 2005-2007
    Irvine Valley College, Saddleback College, Orange Coast College

CERTIFICATIONS & LICENSURE

  • NY State Medical License
    2022 – 2023
  • FL State Medical License
    2021 – 2025
  • CT State Medical License
    2020 – 2024.
  • CA State Medical License
    2019 – 2023

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Dr. Yalda Safai, MD, MPH, describes herself as durable, adaptable, and easy to work with. She has numerous years of volunteer experience setting up medical clinics in rural areas, providing medical attention, and teaching healthcare to school-aged children in the United States, Central America, Indonesia, and Thailand.

Dr. Yalda Safai, MD, MPH, is a psychiatrist in New York City. She completed her undergraduate degree in Psychobiology from the University of California Los Angeles and went on to do a dual MD and MPH program at St. George’s School of Medicine. She completed a Master’s in Public Health along with her medical degree to pursue a career in global mental health. She did her residency training at New York Medical College. She currently resides in New York City and is a contributor to ABC News Medical Unit, focusing on delivering accurate medical information to the general public. She has contributed to numerous news agencies, such as ABC News, Good Morning America, Fox News, NewsNation, and Dr. Phill She also reviews medical articles for Medical News Today and HealthLine.