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Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

RK Avasthi, MD


Dr RK Avasthi is board certified in Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He is currently medical director for Peace of Mind Health Services, serves as an attending physician, at TFS, a community clinic for children and adolescents, and runs an adult partial hospitalization program at Anchor Hospital. Dr. Avasthi has served as an on-call psychiatrist at the Georgia Regional State Hospital since 2009. 

Dr. Avasthi graduated from his Psychiatry residency training at Morehouse School of Medicine and went on to complete a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry from the Medical College of Georgia.  He has worked doing research for the Emory Grady Trauma Project for three years looking at PTSD, HPA axis dysfunction,

and obesity in an inner city population. Dr. Avasthi was selected as an Investigator in Clinical Psychobiology for the APA Research Colloquium in 2013 and was able to present his research at the APA meeting in San Francisco.

For the last 5 years Dr. Avasthi has served on a national level in the American Psychiatric Association as well as American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He has served on the APA Council for CME, APA Council on Children, Adolescents, and Families, and is currently on the AACAP Disaster and Trauma Issues Committee. He has presented workshops at the IPS and APA meetings, and his research has won honorable mention at the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies annual meeting in 2008.

Dr. Avasthi worked as an Assistant Professor in the Child and Adolescent Section of the Department of Psychiatry at the Medical College of Georgia (a part of Georgia Regents University). He is now serving as an Assistant Clinical Professor at GRU.

His special interests are in the treatment of pediatric PTSD, substance use disorders, and multicultural issues.

       At the completion of this session, the participant will be able to:

1.  Identify two new “legal” drug forms.
2.  Describe the physiological and psychiatric sequel from the use of designer drugs.
3.  Raise awareness of the misuse of household items.


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