Priyamvada Narayanan, MD
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Dr. Narayanan is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist, filmmaker, and meditation instructor. Consistent with the philosophy of Happier Living, she believes that not every client may require or benefit from psychotropic medication. This perspective influences her practice style which is why she is a strong advocate for the role of alternative healing modalities and promotes yoga, meditation, and healthy living as adjuncts to conventional psychiatric treatment.

Dr. Narayanan received a B.A. in Biology from Smith College, MA, and graduated Summa Cum Laude. She received her MD degree from McGill University, Montreal, and completed her Psychiatry Residency at New York University Medical Center/Bellevue Hospital. She went onto a Fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry from Albert Einstein Medical Center and spent several years working at Riker’s Island Correctional Facility in New York. Dr. Narayanan currently heads an Assertive Community Treatment program in Los Angeles serving the needs of people with severe and persisting mental illness such as Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder.

She is a senior faculty member with the Art of Living Foundation and travels around the country to teach meditation and self-development workshops with a focus on reducing stress and increasing resiliency. She has a Masters in Screenwriting from the London Film School and her short film “The Breadfruit Tree” was screened and won awards at numerous film festivals around the world.


Education & Training

Smith College

Dr. Narayanan received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Smith College

McGill University

Dr. Narayanan earned her Medical Doctorate degree at McGill University