Laura Whiteley, MD - Psychiatrist in Providence

Laura Whiteley

Adult, Child, and Adolescent Psychiatrist, MD

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College Hill in Providence, RI

Walking distance from Brown and RISD


Young adults - college and graduate students

Specialties & expertise

  • Psychopharmacologic Management
  • Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Panic Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Work and School Issues
  • Parenting Difficulties
  • Eating Disorders

Professional statement

Dr. Laura Whiteley is an adult, child, and adolescent psychiatrist and faculty member at Brown University's Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior. She teaches psychiatry residents and trainees as the Associate Director of the General Psychiatry Training Program at Brown. She is also an National Institute of Health funded researcher.

Dr. Whiteley specializes in anxiety disorders, mood disorders, attentional issues, and college and work issues. She has particular expertise in adolescent and young adult mood disorders.

Dr. Whiteley completed her adult psychiatry residency at Butler Hospital and her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship and a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) T32 research fellowship at Bradley Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and earned her medical degree from Temple University. She has been the recipient of teaching and mentorship awards by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the Brown Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior.


Anxiety disorders –including Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), panic, and generalized anxiety disorder
Insomnia – Including general insomnia and other sleep issues
Mood disorders – Including bipolar disorder and depression
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Attentional Issues – Including ADD/ADHD
College and work issues – Taking time off, coping with illness, or dealing with medical leave in college or at work

General expertise

Academic issues – Adjusting to college; managing developmental and emotional challenges in school; balancing schoolwork and personal life
Chronic/ terminal illness – Managing chronic illness ; receiving a diagnosis, contemplating and processing related emotions
Eating disorders – Including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, purging
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
Life transitions –  Adjusting to college, new relationships, career transitions and direction; existential, relationship, and career challenges; losing one’s drive or burn out; learning self-care
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) – Using exposure and response prevention to help clients confront OCD, e.g. concern with and/or fear of germs and becoming 'contaminated'
Parenting – Helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children


Dr. Whiteley is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

It may helpful to have the following codes when checking with your insurance carrier about reimbursement:

  • Initial Evaluation: 90792
  • Monthly Medication Management Appointment: 99213 or 99214 (depending on complexity) and 90833
  • Weekly Therapy/Medication Appointment: 99213 or 99214 (depending on complexity) and 90836

Out-of-pocket fees

Please ask Dr. Whitely for her fees by sending a message or scheduling a free initial call.

  • Initial evaluation (60min)
  • Extended initial evaluation (100min)
  • Medication management and supportive therapy (25min)
  • Medication management and therapy (50min)

Note: Dr. Whiteley can provide paperwork for out-of-network reimbursement.

Message to clients

"I am a psychiatrist with fellowship training in child and adolescent psychiatry and extensive experience treating college and graduate students. As a psychiatrist, I can provide both therapy and medications to streamline and synchronize your care. If preferred, I can also work with your therapist or treatment team to provide medication management.

My office is conveniently located on the east side of Providence within walking distance from Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design, and Johnson and Wales University. In order for treatment to be both accessible and convenient, I offer telepsychiatry services in addition to in-person appointments."

Treatment approaches

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy 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, you work with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you 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)
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)

Education and work experience

Brown General Psychiatry Residency Program, Associate Residency Director
Young Adult Behavioral Health Program at Rhode Island Hospital, Director and Founder
Rhode Island Hospital, College Mental Health Program, Director and Founder

Rhode Island Hospital, T32 NIMH Research Fellowship
Bradley Hospital, Brown University Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship
Butler Hospital, Brown University General Psychiatry Residency

Temple University School of Medicine, MD
University of Pennsylvania, BA