Dr. Nikita Patel (she/her), Psy.D., Postdoctoral Fellow

Licensed in NY

Dr. Nikita Patel (Psy.D.) is a licensed Psychologist at BPS. She received her master’s and doctorate degrees in School and Clinical Child Psychology from Yeshiva University and received her bachelor’s degree from NYU. She has trained in a variety of settings, including K-12 schools, community-mental health centers, a foster care agency, private practice, an outpatient medical center and an inpatient unit. Her pre-doctoral internship was at Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center, where she provided evidence-based treatment, including TFCBT, CBT, and DBT to adolescents, young adults and their families. Further, she gained experience in completing gender evaluations for hormone treatment and providing individual therapy to the adolescent and young adult LGBTQ population.

During her graduate training, Dr. Patel helped implement a pilot study through Columbia University’s School-Based Mental Health Program, providing DBT STEPS-A in two urban New York City middle schools. Additionally, she is intensively trained in DBT, and has experience delivering DBT-C, DBT-A, DBT-PE, for children, adolescents and adults who struggle with emotion regulation. Dr. Patel also has experience treating trauma using, PE, CPT and WET.

As a South Asian woman and child of immigrants, Dr. Patel has a special interest in addressing the unique psychological challenges and strengths that arise from the intersection of culture, identity, and personal experience. Recognizing the importance of culturally informed care, Dr. Patel bridges the gap between evidence-based approaches and the nuanced experiences of BIPOC clients to ensure that treatment is both scientifically grounded and deeply resonant with the individual lived experience.

Outside of work, Nikita spends her time cooking, biking, and binging reality tv shows. She is an avid Tennessee sports fan.