Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior


Dr. Laura Whiteley is the Associate Director of the General Psychiatry Residency at Brown. She is a board certified psychiatrist with clinical expertise in treating mood, sleep, attention and substance use disorders in adolescents and adults. Her research expertise and funding focuses on adolescent and young adult risk behaviors and the utilization of technology to improve and enhance treatment adherence. 

Dr. Whiteley obtained her undergraduate degree, Magna Cum Laude, and with honors, from the University of Pennsylvania and her medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine. She then completed a residency in adult psychiatry and a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Brown University. After her residency training, she completed a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) T32 research fellowship.

Laura founded the Young Adult Behavioral Health Program at Rhode Island Hospital and received a Rhode Island Foundation Grant for her work with colleges in 2014. Laura has also received funding from the Aloha Foundation to examine a mobile phone intervention to reduce cannabis use among adolescents and young adults in psychiatric care. 

Laura's federally funded research focuses on the bio-behavioral aspects of HIV for young adults. She has received funding from the NIMH, NICHD, and the Lifespan/Tufts/Brown Center for AIDS Research (CFAR). Laura is currently the PI on a R01 examining the efficacy of an iPhone game in promoting adherence to ART for adolescents and young adults living with HIV. She is also the PI on two NIMH R34s that examine the use of PrEP (Pre-exposure Prophylaxis) to prevent HIV. She is the Co-Investigator on federally funded studies examining the use of telemedicine to provide HIV prevention services in the southern United States.

Laura is a dedicated mentor to residents and medical students and has received both the Brown Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior Research Mentorship Award and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Research Mentorship Award.