Khadijah Booth Watkins, MD, MPH | MGH Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds

Khadijah Booth Watkins, MD, MPH

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We are so pleased to welcome to the Clay Center our new Associate Director, Dr. Khadijah Booth Watkins!

It has always been a dream of mine to join a place like the Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds, whose mission is to educate the public about mental health for young people. I am thrilled that I will have a platform through which I will be able to broaden my reach, provide sound education and advice to young people and their families, and work toward the goal of increasing awareness and eradicating stigma.” – Dr. Booth Watkins

Khadijah Booth Watkins, M.D., M.P.H. is associate director of the Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and the Associate Director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Training Program of Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital. In addition, she provides clinical care to children, adolescents, and families in the Child Outpatient Clinic and continues to teach and supervise fellows, residents, and medical students.

Dr. Booth Watkins specializes in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of psychiatric disorders in children, adolescents, and adults. Areas of particular interest and expertise are Anxiety Disorders, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, student and college mental health, mental health within schools, diversity, inclusion, and suicide prevention.

Dr. Booth Watkins received her Bachelor of Science degree from Xavier University of Louisiana, her Medical Degree from The University of Tennessee Health Science Center, College of Medicine, and her Master of Public Health from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health with an emphasis on healthcare and hospital policy and management. She completed her internship in Internal Medicine and residency in General Psychiatry at the University of Medicine and Dentistry-New Jersey Medical School prior to fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital combined program of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and Weill Cornell Medical College. Subsequent to her Child and Adolescent Psychiatry training, she completed a two-year Public Psychiatry Fellowship at Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute.

Following post-graduate training, Dr. Booth Watkins joined the faculty of New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, working in the School-Based Mental Health Program and serving as the Interim Assistant Director of Training for the New York-Presbyterian Hospital Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Training Program. Over the course of time at Cornell, she served as the Director of the Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program, Assistant Training Director in the Westchester Division, the Youth Anxiety Center Psychiatrist targeting transitional age youth at high risk of failing to shift into independent adulthood due to untreated anxiety, supervisor to medical students, general psychiatry residents and fellows, and was involved in the design and administration of didactic curricula and clinical rotations.

Dr. Booth Watkins joined the faculty at Weill Cornell Medical College as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry until June 2019, at which point she joined the faculty at MGH. She has presented locally and nationally on topics related to anxiety, school refusal, parenting, diversity, inclusions, and physician wellness. Additionally, she has consulted to several mental health organizations and television shows.

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