Nakita Natala, MD

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Nakita Natala

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-626-1691

Fax 612-273-9774

Office Address:
Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain (MIDB)
Room 2-351
2025 East River Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Mailing Address:
Room 1-339 MIDB
2025 East River Parkway
Minneapolis MN 55414

Administrative Assistant Name
Natasha Hampton-Anderson

Administrative Email

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Assistant Professor

University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, 2009-2013

University of Michigan, 2013-2016

Carleton College, BA in Biology, 2005-2009

Northern Pacific Global Health Research Fogarty Fellowship, Kumasi, Ghana, 2018-2019


I am a child and adolescent psychiatrist who has a special interest in cross-cultural psychiatry, global mental health and developmental disorders, particularly Autism. I spent the 2018-2019 academic year living in Ghana as a NIH Fogarty Global Health Research Fellow. My project was focused on exploring resources for children with developmental disorders and disabilities and investigating how primary health care providers view routine developmental screening in Kumasi, Ghana. I plan to build on this foundational work as a faculty member in the department. Clinically, I work as a psychiatrist in the Voyager Pediatric Specialty Clinic with children with autism and neurodevelopmental disorders and their families. I enjoy working collaboratively with families, schools and other health care providers to individualize care for children with complex mental health needs.


  • Developmental disabilities
  • Suicide

Awards & Recognition

  • June 2018, Received award for excellence on Consultation Liaison rotation from Director of Child Consultation Liaison Service at University of Michigan Motts Children’s Hospital
  • June 2017, 2018, Received award for excellence in scholarly work from University of Michigan Child Fellowship Program Director
  • June 2017, 2018, Received award for participation in Ghana Global Reach Project from University of Michigan Child Division Psychiatry Department Chair
  • June 2017, 2018, Received award for excellence in medical student teaching from University of Michigan Psychiatry Clerkship Co-Director
  • July-Dec 2017, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Education Chief University of Michigan. Coordinated educational activities and weekly lectures for third year Adult Residents rotating on Child Psychiatry
  • September 2015-2017, American Psychiatric Association Diversity Leadership Fellow Provided national mentorship and training opportunities aimed to improve the quality of mental health care for diverse and underserved populations
  • April 2017, Received a University of Michigan Making A Difference Award for Excellence in patient care
  • June 2014, Received award for excellence in patient care, Veteran Affairs Hospital, Ann Arbor, MI
  • June 2014, Received Award for excellence in involving family in treatment planning by Inpatient Unit Director for Ann Arbor Veterans Affairs Hospital, Ann Arbor, MI

Professional Associations

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry


Research Summary/Interests

Global Mental Health; Cross-Cultural Psychiatry; Developmental Disorders; Disabilities.


Board Certifications

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology 

Clinical Interests

Cross-Cultural Psychiary Global Mental Health Developmental Disorders and Disabilities