University of California, Riverside

School of Medicine

Clinical Faculty Biographies

Dr. Varsha Patel, M.D.

Health Science Clinical Assistant Professor - Psychiatry

Dr. Varsha Patel

Medical Office

Riverside County Department of Mental Health
4085 County Circle Drive
Riverside, Calif. 92503
(951) 358-4840

Academic Office

School of Medicine
University of California, Riverside
Riverside, Calif. 92521
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Education and Training

  • Fellowship, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Southern California, Los Angeles County -USC Medical Center.
  • Chief Resident, Psychiatry, Lafayette Clinic, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan.
  • Residency Psychiatry, Lafayette Clinic, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan.
  • Residency Psychiatry, Bergen Pines County Hospital, Paramus, New Jersey.
  • Internship, General Psychiatry, Bergen Pines County Hospital, Paramus, New Jersey.
  • M.D., American University of the Caribbean, Montserrat, British West Indies.


Dr. Varsha Patel, M.D. is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the UC Riverside School of Medicine and a staff psychiatrist for the Riverside County Department of Mental Health and Riverside University Health System.

She is board certified in adult and child psychiatry. She is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the Child and Adolescent Society of Southern California.

Patel has worked with the Family Medicine Residency Program at Riverside University Health System, providing supervision and teaching for residents during their child psychiatry rotation. She currently works with and gives seminars to UCR psychiatry residents and medical students.

She earned her M.D. from the American University of the Caribbean in Montserrat, British West Indies. She conducted her residency at the Bergen Pines County Hospital in Paramus, New Jersey, followed by two years at the Lafayette Clinic at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, where she also served as chief resident.

Research Interests

Her interests include affective and developmental-, behavioral-, and trauma-related childhood disorders and providing pharmacological and multi-modal therapeutic approaches to the treatment.

Her recent clinical research examined health perceptions of urban American Indians with type-2-diabetes in collaboration with the Harvard University Native American program and the American Indian Healing Center.

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