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Dr. Gayani DeSilva MD

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Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist

EXPERTISE : Psychiatrist, Children, Adolescents, Mental Health

  • Psychiatry, Children, Tweens, Teens, Adolescents, Young Criminal Offenders, Mental Illness, Autism, Depression, ADHD, Trauma, Divorce, Anxiety, Transgender Issues

     

 A Psychiatrist's Guide: Helping Parents Reach Their Depressed Tween

Bio

Gayani is the author of A Psychiatrist's Guide: Helping Parents Reach Their Depressed Tween, and A Psychiatrist's Guide: Stop Teen Addiction Before It StartsShe dedicates her psychiatric practice to improving children's health and wellness. Straight talk and practical expertise are her tools of the trade to address the mental health needs of children and their families. Gayani wields not just her expert medical opinion; she advocates to achieve wellness for the entire family.

 

Dr. DeSilva obtained her medical training at Albany Medical College, internship at Brown University, and residency at Harvard University. She holds numerous awards and citations, and currently is on volunteer faculty at UCI, and is Medical Director of Behavioral Health at Inland Empire Health Plan. She advocates for children and mental health on radio, internet, print magazines and on TV.

 

Dr. DeSilva has spent over 15 years as a Psychiatrist, specifically enhancing the mental health of children and adolescents. Much of her work consists of the complex array of needs with adolescent and young adult criminal and violent offenders to understand the interplay between mental illness, societal factors, and interpersonal issues. She believes understanding the needs of children is crucial to promoting children's future success and well-being. Dr. DeSilva believes not only must children with mental illness obtain the care they desperately need, it is vital adults participating in child rearing educate themselves about children’s development and learn to communicate effectively with children and adolescents.