Dr. Sethi is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and founding Director of the first academic Metabolic Psychiatry Clinical program since 2015. She is board-certified in both Psychiatry and Obesity Medicine with additional expertise in adult eating disorders. She completed her residency in Psychiatry at Stanford University and specialized training in Obesity Medicine at Duke Medical Center. Dr. Sethi received her MD jointly from Duke University School of Medicine and the National University of Singapore. She received a Masters degree in Biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University. Metabolic Psychiatry is a term she developed to describe the emerging clinical discipline focused on the integrative study and treatment of metabolic dysfunction and the relationship to mental illness. Dr. Sethi's approach to psychiatric treatment incorporates detection and treatment of metabolic abnormalities, principles of obesity medicine, nutrition and metabolism. She was awarded funding by the Obesity Treatment Foundation and Baszucki Brain Foundation to study the effectiveness of a low - carbohydrate ketogenic dietary intervention in patients with bipolar illness or schizophrenia with overlapping metabolic abnormalities. Her previous research included a pilot randomized clinical trial testing an FDA-approved obesity medication for binge-eating disorder and bulimia nervosa at Stanford University funded by SPARK. She is a recipient of the Kuen Lau Bipolar Research Award and the Symonds Fellow Award from the Association of Women Psychiatrists for innovation in psychiatry and contributions to women’s health. She is a member of the Obesity Medicine Association, the American Psychiatric Association, and served on the council of the Northern California Psychiatric Association.

Professional Summary

Education & Certifications
  • Board Certification: American Board of Obesity Medicine, Obesity Medicine (2020)
  • Board Certification: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Psychiatry (2018)
  • Residency, Stanford University Medical Center, Psychiatry (2017)
  • Internship, Stanford University Medical Center, Psychiatry (2014)
  • MD, National University of Singapore, Medicine (2013)
  • MD, Duke University School of Medicine, Medicine (2013)
  • MS, Johns Hopkins University, Biotechnology (2007)

Honors & Awards
  • ASCP Clinical Trial Scholarship, American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology (2016)
  • Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) Seed Grant, Stanford Office of Community Health (2010-2012)
  • Kuen Lau Bipolar Research Award, Stanford Department of Psychiatry (2021)
  • Metabolic Psychiatry Research Fund, Baszucki Brain Foundation (2021)
  • Obesity Treatment Foundation Grant Award, Obesity Medicine Association (2018)
  • Recipient, The Coaching Fellowship (2015)
  • Scholar, Stanford Society of Physician Scholars (2015)
  • Symonds Fellow Award, Association of Women Psychiatrists (2016)

Administrative Appointments
  • Founding Director, Metabolic Psychiatry Clinic, Stanford University School of Medicine (2019 - Present)


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Practice Locations

SHC- Psychiatry Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

401 Quarry Rd

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 498-9111

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