Department: Department of Psychiatry
Specialties: Pediatric Psychopharmachology and Adult ADHD
Clinical Interests: pediatric mood and anxiety disorder, ADHD in children and adults
Location: Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Medical Education: MD, Hokkaido University School of Medicine; Residency, Yale-New Haven Hospital; Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital
Board Certifications: Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Patient Age Group: adult and pediatric
Foreign Language: Japanese
Clinical Appointments: Staff Psychiatrist. Clinical and Research Programs in Pediatric Psychopharmacology and Adult ADHD; Staff Psychiatrist, The Alan & Lorraine Bressler Clinical and Research Program for Autism Spectrum Disorders
Dr. Mai Uchida is a staff child and adolescent psychiatrist in the Clinical and Research Program in Pediatric Psychopharmacology and Adult ADHD, and the Lorraine and Alan Bressler Clinical and Research Program for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). She is also an Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Uchida completed her medical degree at Hokkaido University, Japan, where she received the Elm’s Most Outstanding Student Award. She completed her psychiatry residency at Yale University, and her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at MGH.
At MGH, Dr. Uchida continues to be a dedicated clinician to both children and adults in need of psychiatric care, and also conducts research to better understand and advance care for various psychiatric disorders. Her focus in her career has been on the characteristics, longitudinal course and treatment of unipolar and bipolar pediatric depression. She is the recipient of the Dupont Warren Fellowship and Livingston Award which supports her study that uses resting state fMRI to investigate potential biomarkers of the risk for pediatric mood disorders.
Dr. Uchida is also the recipient of the Elaine Schlosser Lewis Award from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry to investigate the utilization of text messages in improving management of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. This project has the potential to impact a broad range of children who suffer not only with ADHD, but also with other chronic psychiatric disorders.
Dr. Uchida continues to collaborate with her international colleagues in projects such as reviewing the Hikikomori phenomenon (social withdrawal phenomenon of youth in Japan) and utilizing the Child Behavioral Checklist to examine childhood psychiatric disorders in the U.S. and in Japan. She has authored book chapters on mental health in the Asian population.
In addition, Dr. Uchida is a committed advocate for mental health. She has articulated her thoughts in a number of international publications – including the International Herald Tribune and Asahi Shimbum – on topics ranging from suicide prevention and informed consent to the experience of being a Japanese female physician in America. Most recently, her views on the emotional difficulties that residents in Fukushima, Japan continue to experience post-earthquake and radiation threat were published on abc.com.