Pooja Lakshmin

Womens Mental Health Specialist & Perinatal Psychiatrist


Dr. Pooja Lakshmin, MD is a board-certified psychiatrist and writer specializing in women’s mental health and perinatal psychiatry, a frequent contributor to The New York Times, a medical advisor to Peloton, and the founder of Gemma, the first digital education platform dedicated exclusively to women’s mental health. She is a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at the George Washington University School of Medicine, where she is a clinical supervisor in the Five Trimesters perinatal psychiatry clinic. Dr. Lakshmin is most passionate about empowering women and sees her clinical work as a perinatal psychiatrist as an extension of this mission. She maintains a private practice where she applies an integrative approach to taking care of women suffering from maternal mental health conditions. She also serves on the board of directors of the Maternal Mental Health Leadership Alliance, a national non-profit dedicated to furthering maternal mental health policy, and is active in advocacy work and community building through online platforms, including her Instagram page @womensmentalhealthdoc. Dr. Lakshmin is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, and her advice has been featured on The Drew Barrymore Show, NPR, Glamour, Marie Claire, Self, Harper’s Bazaar, Bustle, and various other media outlets. She is the author of a forthcoming book from Penguin Life in January 2023 in which she discusses the tyranny of self-care and offers a novel framework for women to build authentic and sustainable well-being in the face of systemic stressors.

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Stopping the Stigma of Mental Health in the South Asian Community

  • 6 August, 2021
  • 7:45pm - 8:30pm