Uma Naidoo

Instructor, Department of Psychiatry

Director of Nutritional & Metabolic Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital

Director of Nutritional & Lifestyle Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital Psychiatry Academy

In her role as a Clinical Scientist, Dr. Naidoo founded and directs the first hospital-based clinical service in Nutritional Psychiatry in the USA. She is the Director of Nutritional and Metabolic Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital & Director of Nutritional Psychiatry & Lifestyle Psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital Academy while serving on the faculty at Harvard Medical School. She is pioneering the nascent field of Nutritional Psychiatry in the USA. Dr. Naidoo is a trained psychiatrist, professional chef and nutrition specialist.

Dr Naidoo graduated from the Harvard-Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training Program in Boston during which she received several awards, some of which included a “Junior Investigator Award” (American Psychiatric Association); “Leadership Development for Physicians and Scientists” award (Harvard), as well as being the very first psychiatrist to be awarded the coveted “Curtis Prout Scholar in Medical Education”. Dr Naidoo, has been asked by The American Psychiatric Association to author the first academic text in Nutritional Psychiatry. She has written a national bestselling non-fiction trade book published in 2020, This Is Your Brain On Food, based on her work in Nutritional Psychiatry. Based on her book she has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, ABC News, Harvard Health Press, The Today Show, Live with Kelly and Ryan, Bon Appétit and others.