Sayanti Bhattacharya

I am a board certified adult psychiatrist and have experience treating people struggling with anxiety, depression, sleep problems, memory problems, trauma related stress disorders and attention deficit disorders. I have extensive experience in working with patients via telemedicine. I have a master’s degree in Epidemiology and a strong interest in public mental health and clinical research.

I trained as a psychiatrist at Duke University, and have made beautiful North Carolina my home.  After medical school, I completed a master’s degree in public health at Harvard University and worked as a postdoctoral researcher prior to my residency training.  I spend part of my time doing community mental health, working with people with severe mental illness and addictions who have limited access to care.

My goal is to help you lead a full, functional life to the best of your desires and abilities. I incorporate principles of education, psychodynamic therapy, supportive therapy, motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness in my practice. Every person is unique and tailoring medications and psychotherapy to an individual’s needs is key for improvement. I have a special interest in working with people who have challenges with interpersonal communication, social anxiety, low self-esteem, overwhelming negative thinking and sleep problems. I like to address issues that come up in different developmental phases from young adults finding their identity and place in the world to older adults reflecting on their lives and adjusting to aging.

EDUCATION:

  • Duke University (Durham, NC)- Psychiatry Residency
  • Harvard School of Public Health (Boston, MA)- MS, Epidemiology
  • Nilratan Sircar Medical College, University of Calcutta (India)- MD (MBBS)

PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES AND LICENSES:

  • North Carolina Psychiatric Association: 2013- present
  • American Psychiatric Association: 2013- present
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology: 2017- present
  • North Carolina State Medical License: 2013- present

PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS:

  • Swartz M.S., Bhattacharya S. (2017) Victimization of persons with severe mental illness: a pressing global health problem.” World Psychiatry 16: 26–27. doi:10.1002/wps.20393
  • Swartz M.S., Bhattacharya S., Robertson A.G., Swanson, J.W. (2016) “Involuntary Outpatient Commitment and the Elusive Pursuit of Violence Prevention: A View from the United States.” Canadian Journal of Psychiatry 0706743716675857
  • Bhattacharya S, Gagliardi J., “Atypical psychotic presentations and the role of ECT” presented at the Society of Biological Psychiatry at Toronto, Canada, 2015.
  • Bhattacharya S, Gagliardi J., “Paraneoplastic encephalopathy presenting with rapidly progressive dementia and catatonia” presented at American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry New Orleans, LA, 2015 and at North Carolina Psychiatric Association, Wilmington, NC, 2014.
  • Bhattacharya S, Gagliardi J., “Walking corpse syndrome presenting with catatonia” presented at North Carolina Psychiatric Association, Wilmington, NC, 2014.