Sepideh Bajestan


Bio:   Dr. Bajestan has received her PhD in Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience. She spent her training during her PhD and post-doctoral course in learning the molecular genetics and biology of neurological and psychiatric disorders. She later trained in Psychiatry at Stanford University and became a board certified General Psychiatrist by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Bajestan was the first neuropsychiatry fellow at Stanford University and established this fellowship with Dr. John Barry, her fellowship director. She is also board certified in Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Neurology by the United Council of Neurological Subspecialties. She has undergone training in complex neuro-psychopharmacology, Interventional neuropsychiatry and different psychotherapy Orientations including Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Hypnosis and Prolonged Exposure (PE).

Dr. Bajestan is the recipient of many national awards, such as American Psychiatric Association’s Leadership Award, American Association of Psychiatry Residency Director’s Brain Scholar Award, American College of Psychiatrists’ Laughlin Fellowship, American Neuropsychiatric Association’s Young Investigator’s Award, and Stanford University Psychiatry Department's Outstanding Resident Award. She is also the recipient of department of psychiatry's Chair’s Mission Award for Leadership and Professionalism.

Dr. Bajestan is currently the Neuropsychiatry Section Chief, the Associate Neuropsychiatry Fellowship Director and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.She is involved in clinical practice, research and training of the psychiatry residents and neuropsychiatry fellows. Dr. Bajestan is the neuropsychiatric consultant at Stanford University’s Inpatient Neurology Units, Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, and Outpatient Neurology Clinics. She also works in different psychiatry clinics in department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, providing consultations (mainly) and outpatient care (both medication management and psycho therapy). She takes joy in working closely with her patients, their family members, other health care providers, teaching/mentoring trainees and also attending to her research projects.

Movement Disorders Center

Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic in Palo Alto

Professional Education

  • Fellowship: Stanford University Addiction Medicine Fellowship (2014) CA
  • Board Certification: NeuroPsychiatry, United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties
  • Board Certiffication, United Council of Neurological Subspecialties, Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Neurology (2014)
  • Board Certification: Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (2013)
  • Neuropsychiatry Fellowship, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University, Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Neurology
  • Post-Doctoral Training, University of California, San Diego, Neuroscience
  • Residency: Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, Stanford University Hospital (2014)
  • PhD in Neuroscience, Kagoshima University, Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences, Japan University College London, England ( Visiting PhD Scholar), Neuroscience (2004)
  • Medical Education: Mashhad University of Medical Sciences (2001) Iran
  • Undergaduate, National Organization for Development of Exceptional Talents (NODET)