Sharmini Santher M.D.

Program Medical Director, Child and Adolescent Acute Unit

Dr. Sharmini Santher earned her medical degree from St. George's University School of Medicine in the West Indies before completing a general psychiatry residency at Eastern Virginia Medical School. She received fellowship training in child and adolescent psychiatry, serving as Chief Fellow, at the Virginia Treatment Center for Children in affiliation with Virginia Commonwealth University Health System in Richmond.

Dr. Santher is board-certified in psychiatry as well as child and adolescent psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She has extensive teaching experience in both academic and clinical settings, a passion that she continues today.

A lifelong fascination with human behavior, including how and why we react the way we do, led Dr. Santher to pursue the specialty of psychiatry. She is particularly interested in understanding and helping children, especially in the context of family and social settings.

Treating both children and adults, Dr. Santher specializes in anxiety and mood disorders, childhood trauma and resilience, autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, preschool-age evaluations, early childhood development, women's health and maternal mental health. She utilizes a balanced approach that combines psychotherapy with the lowest effective amount of medication when indicated.

Child and Adolescent Services

Riverside Behavioral Health Center