Swapna Deshpande, MD, DFAACAP

Clinical Associate Professor, Oklahoma State University

    Dr. Deshpande is board certified in Adult psychiatry as well as board certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. In addition, she is board certified in Obesity Medicine. She was also awarded the Fellow Status for the American Psychiatry Association (APA) in 2014 and distinguished fellow for American Academy for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) in 2020. She was the President of Oklahoma Council for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, a regional branch for the national organization of AACAP from 2018-2021. She served as faculty with University of Oklahoma, Health Sciences Center from 2009 -2020 and was the Child Psychiatry Fellowship Director from 2014 to 2020. She has been on faculty as an Associate Clinical Professor at Oklahoma State University since 2020.

    Dr Deshpande has broad training in various kinds of specialized psychotherapies including cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and trauma informed therapy. She has obtained specialized trainings in Child abuse and Neglect from OU Child Abuse fellowship, Functional medicine training from institute for functional medicine, Psychoanalytic and psychodynamic therapy training from Baltimore Washington Institute for Psychoanalytic Training.

    Dr. Deshpande was the Program Director for The Child Psychiatry Fellowship from 2014 to 2020. She has given didactics, provided direct clinical supervision in outpatient child psychiatry clinic and consultation liaison service at University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Children’s hospital, and Oklahoma State University (OSU) Health Sciences Center (2020- present) and mentored numerous medical students, adult psychiatry residents, child psychiatry fellows since 2009. She has won several awards for outstanding teaching over many years.

    Dr Deshpande is active in increasing awareness and knowledge at local, state, and national level. She has published numerous papers in areas of obesity prevention, sleep disorders, ADHD and suicide prevention. She is passionate about suicide prevention research and has developed a tool for effective suicidal assessments in children and youth called Suicide Risk Assessment Checklist in Children (SRACC).

    Dr Deshpande serves as a lead on the weekly Pediatric Psychiatry Project Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO). The Consultation and curriculum in the ECHO are designed to expand expertise in assessing and treating emotional and behavioral health conditions in primary care and school settings for ages 0 to 18. She is a past member of Child Abuse and Maltreatment and Violence Committee 2007 – 2011 and is currently a member for Complimentary and Integrative Medicine committee for AACAP. 

    She currently hosts a podcast on spiritual and emotional wellness with Co-host with Pastor Ray Rhoton entitled Dreams and Hope.