Welcome to the Blog!

Here’s a little bit about me:

My name is Shivani Chopra and I am a board-certified child, adolescent, adult, and forensic psychiatrist. In 2013, I founded the Premier Mind Institute, a psychiatry and psychotherapy mental health center in Newport Beach, CA.

I live in Southern California with my husband and son.

My path of education and medical training totals 27 years 😱!

I used to be an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the UCI School of Medicine and Medical Director of the UCI Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program. I left this faculty position after I had my son so that I had more flexibility in balancing mom life and work life. I currently volunteer my time as clinical faculty to help train second year child and adolescent psychiatry fellows.

My approach to psychiatry is a holistic and integrative one. No one thing fixes all, and I think it’s important to look at someone as a “whole.” Psychotherapy, diet, exercise, yoga/meditation are all things that I speak to quite a bit, in addition to medications when appropriate.

I am passionate about working with people when they are in some of their most vulnerable times. I tend to see many children, adolescents, and moms. I am equally passionate about empowering women. As a fun fact, I was in Model United Nations (MUN) from 7th grade until then end of college. The topics I researched and debated the most were the status of women throughout the world and refugees.

I consider myself to be a global citizen.

I love to travel. Visiting new countries, meeting new people and immersing myself in their culture reaffirms how interconnected we are as human beings.

I have been on the Executive Council for the Southern California Society of Adolescent Psychiatry for the past nine years. In 2017, I served as President of the organization.

I try to live my life with this mantra: Move intentionally. Sleep thoroughly. Eat mindfully. Give purposefully. Love deeply. Feel empathically. Live fully.

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