Dr. Pooja Lakshmin is a board-certified psychiatrist specializing in Women's Mental Health and Perinatal Psychiatry and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the George Washington University School of Medicine. She studied at the University of Pennsylvania where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude in Women's Studies and Biological Basis of Behavior. She received her MD from Jefferson Medical College. She did her internship and PGY2 year of psychiatry residency training at Stanford University, finishing her psychiatry residency training at George Washington University, where she was part of the Global Mental Health track and received the 2016 Diane K. Shrier award for research in Women's Health. After finishing her training, she joined the faculty at GW, where she is a clinical supervisor for the Five Trimesters Perinatal Psychiatry clinic.
Dr. Lakshmin has a diverse research background in women's mental health including post-doctoral research training at Rutgers University where she worked on projects studying the neural basis of sexual response in women and taught an undergraduate course on the clinical neuroscience of human sexuality. Other research projects have included using qualitative methods to study women's perception of living with depression in India, and testimonial therapy in intimate partner violence survivors. She served as Associate Program Director for the residency program from 2016-2018 and received the 2018 Polinger Perinatal Mental Health grant from Mary's Center for Maternal and Child Health in Washington, DC. Dr. Lakshmin is active in the Washington, DC area perinatal mental health community though advocacy work and community engagement with Mary's Center and as a member of the DC Metro Perinatal Mental Health Collaborative. She is trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and takes an integrative approach to psychiatric care.
Dr. Lakshmin is passionate about supporting & empowering women and enjoys writing on a range of topics including boundaries and self care, humanism in medicine, physician activism and women's mental health. She is a member of the March of North America Perinatal Mental Health Society, International Marce Society for Perinatal Mental Health, and the International Association for Women's Mental Health, and frequently presents her work at national and international meetings.