Dr. Laura Whiteley

Laura Whiteley
Psychiatrist, MD

Not accepting new clients

Practice: Young Adult Behavioral Health Program

NOTE: Only accepts clients who are 18 - 26 years old and graduate students over this age range.

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    About Dr. Whiteley

  • Dedicated to offering affordable and accessible psychiatric care to young adults
  • Accepts almost all insurances
  • Expertise in mood disorders, substance use, at-risk behaviors, and adherence to medical and psychiatric care
  • Helps students navigate the rigors of college life while managing psychiatric needs
  • Her team at the Young Adult Behavioral Program offers individual therapy; group therapy; medication management; and a daily intensive care program


Dr. Laura Whiteley is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and earned her medical degree from Temple University.

Dr. Whiteley is a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist who specializes in adolescent and young adult mood disorders, high risk behavior, and the utilization of newer technology for health and behavior change. She completed her adult psychiatry residency at Butler Hospital and completed her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship and a T32 NIMH research fellowship at Bradley Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital. 

She founded the Young Adult Behavioral Health Program at Rhode Island Hospital, a group practice that offers affordable and accessible psychiatric care to young adults, especially college age students.


" Our mission is to help young adults live more productive lives by providing comprehensive and age appropriate psychiatric services. Whether you are transitioning into college, taking time off, or graduating from college, we offer a private space for you, and work with family members and universities to provide individually tailored treatment. Existing mental health services are not necessarily tailored to young adults, and we help provide a range of care, from the most common psychiatric disorders through severe mental illness. We provide both psychopharmacological treatment and counseling, and accept most major insurances. "



Young Adult Behavioral Health Program at Rhode Island Hospital, Founder
Rhode Island Hospital, T32 NIMH Research Fellowship
Brown University (Bradley HospitalRhode Island Hospital), Fellowship, Child and adolescent psychiatry 
Butler Hospital, Residency, Adult, child, and adolescent psychiatry
Brown University Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Residency, Adult Psychiatry
Temple University School of Medicine, MD, Psychiatry
University of Pennsylvania, BS, International Relations



Adherence to medical and psychiatric care  Including coping with mental illness in college
At-risk behaviors
Eating disorders  Including anorexia nervosa, bulimia
Medication management
Mood disorders  Including bipolar disorder, depression
Substance use disorders  Including tobacco, marijuana, and alcohol
Taking time off college & reintegration  Including reintegrating into college


Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a form of cognitive behavioral thearpy that uses mindfulness and behavioral activation to help people learn strategies to live life more in the present, more focused on important values and goals, and less focused on painful thoughts, feelings and experiences. (learn more)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), patients works with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. CBT helps patients become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so they can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. (learn more)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment that often used to treat disorders such as substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, and particularly chronic borderline personality disorder. It teaches skills such as mindfulness, pain tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotional regulation. (learn more)
Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) is a time-limited psychotherapy that focuses on interpersonal issues, which are understood to be a factor in the genesis and maintenance of psychological distress. The targets of IPT are symptom resolution, improved interpersonal functioning, and increased social support. (learn more)
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is designed to prevent relapse in people who have recovered from unipolar depression, and more generally, helps treat mood disorders. Self-knowledge grounded in sustained meditative awareness is its central tenet. Patients learn to view thoughts as events in the mind, independent of their content and emotional charge. (learn more)
Supportive TherapySupportive psychotherapy is used primarily to reinforce a patient’s ability to cope with stressors by giving clients the opportunity to express their feelings and thoughts about the issues. Clinicians help patients learn how to move forward and make decisions or changes that may be necessary to adapt, either to an acute change, such as the loss of a loved one or severe disappointment, or to a chronic situation, such as an ongoing illness. (learn more)


Young Adults
College Students