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My Why

As a parent, who is raising 2 children, I have found that one of my own greatest fears is potentially one day facing my children in their own mental health crisis.

I would want real guidance and education from a doctor with experience who knows what to do and cares enough to tell me step by step how to help my child.

I would want that doctor to tell me specifically:

"How can I help my child?"

"How do I talk to my child without an explosion?"

"How do I know if they are unsafe?"

"What do I DO when they are unsafe?" 

As a child and adolescent psychiatrist who has worked with thousands of youth in mental health crisis and their parents, I have been asked the above questions countless times.  Often in my visits, there is just not enough time to provide the answers in a through, thoughtful and compassionate way. 


My website and the education I provide here are my attempt to DoBetter at helping parents trying to reach and support their child in crisis. 

As a pediatric specialist, I know that medical and mental health start with the pediatrician first.  Clinic pediatricians across the country are bearing the brunt of the mental health crisis our youth are experiencing today.  There are few places for them to refer to get help from specialists like myself. There are long waitlists and insurance hurdles that need to be faced when they finally find someone to accept their patient.

I want to DoBetter at providing encouragement and guidance to pediatricians and primary care physicians who are holding on and doing their very best to help their patients cope until they can get the specialized treatment that they need.

We are all a work in progress. 

When parents make progress, so do their children.

When MD's make progress, so do our patients and their families.

Dr. Shivana Naidoo, MD
Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist

More About Dr. Shivana Naidoo

Dr. Shivana Naidoo, MD is a married mom of 2 boys and lives in Chandler, Arizona. She remains a New Yorker at heart, spending her childhood, most of her young adulthood and all of her psychiatric training in Queens and Brooklyn, NY. She has studied the cello at The Juilliard School of Music. She is a singer- songwriter, and enjoys writing music and playing the guitar. Her parents and grandparents were teachers. She also loves to teach. She enjoys teaching residents, patients, their families. She also loves to learn. 


Her favorite teachers of all time are her children and her patients.  

She believes that it takes more than medication and therapy to elevate your mental health. She believes that how you move, eat, and interact with your inner/outer world also affects how you feel. Her approach focuses on taking action oriented steps that help her clients to do better and feel better.  Her work will propel you into purposeful action.

My Education & Specializations

  • University of Pennsylvania, BA

  • St. George’s University, MD

  • SUNY Downstate Medical Center- University Hospital of Brooklyn

    • ​​​Residency in General Adult Psychiatry

  • North Shore/Hofstra Long Island Jewish Medical Center-Zucker Hillside

    • ​Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

    • Chief Child Psychiatry Fellow

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Diplomate Child, Adolescent Psychiatry

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Diplomate Adult Psychiatry

Nutritional Psychiatry Certification

Integrative Psychiatry Institute

ADOS-2- Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-2

Training Completion

Life Coach Certification



Dr. Naidoo has worked the entire system of mental health care for children and teens- psychiatric and medical emergency rooms, consultation-liaison service, inpatient child and adolescent units,  partial hospitalization program, intensive outpatient programs, community mental health clinics with case management, academic outpatient clinics, in private practice both in person and virtually. She has assessed and treated thousands of children, teenagers and young adults who have experienced suicidal thinking, made suicide attempts, and/or engaged in self-harm. She has treated the gamut of mental health disorders for young people including ADHD, ODD, IED, PTSD, GAD, OCD, ASD, MDD, CPDD, Bipolar Disorder, and Schizophrenia.


Through working with children and teenagers, she has also worked with countless parents and family systems to support the improvement of child mental health. As a psychiatrist she has expertise in diagnosis, providing therapy, and medications for young people. She has sought additional training in suicide assessment/CAMS, anger management and de-escalation, positive parenting, conscious parenting, autism assessment/ADOS, Integrative Psychiatry, Nutritional Psychiatry, Life Coaching, Energy Medicine, and Emotional Freedom Technique.

She has also started a podcast to help improve awareness of options within the systems of mental health care for patients and their families.  Learn more by listening to her podcast- Thinking It Through with Dr. Naidoo - A child Psychiatrist.

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