Dr. Prakash Thomas, MD: Psychiatrist at Newport Academy


Dr. Prakash Thomas, MD

Dr. Prakash K. Thomas, MD, is an adult, adolescent, and child psychiatrist. He’s held many different positions and capacities, including supervising physicians in training, nurses, psychologists, and social workers. In addition, he teaches psychiatrists and medical students. Also, he writes scholarly articles and books on psychiatry and children. Furthermore, he also taught English as a second language to college students for two years in China. As a result, he learned another perspective on adolescents and their developmental challenges.

Dr. Thomas’ clinical experience encompasses both private practice in New Haven, Connecticut, and staff positions at Yale New Haven Hospital, Clifford W. Beers Guidance Clinic, Inc., and Yale’s Developmental Disability Clinic.

Dr. Thomas lives in Hamden, Connecticut, with his wife, a psychologist in private practice, and their two children.

Newport Academy…in his own words

“Adolescents who come to Newport Academy work with many staff members who have diverse areas of expertise. As a psychiatrist, it is one of the chief rewards of my work here to stitch together the different therapeutic perspectives about each of our clients to create a unique and unified framework for growth, change, and healing. Hence, it is a privilege to work with adolescents as they share their highest hopes and worst fears during this fascinating period of development. And, as they begin to discern who they are and who they could be, they touch upon the most meaningful questions of living. Consequently, Newport Academy grants me the privilege to listen, to treat, and to guide them during their stay.” —Prakash Thomas

Select Achievements

  • MD from University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington, Connecticut; recipient of the Bloomberg Award for Distinction in Psychiatry
  • Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Yale Child Study Center (Chief Resident from July 2006–June 2007), and residency and internship at the Yale University Department of Psychiatry (Co-President of the Yale Psychiatry Residents Association, July 2003–August 2004)
  • Candidate psychoanalyst at the Western New England Institute for Psychoanalysis, New Haven, Connecticut
  • Undergraduate degree from Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
  • Board-certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Co-author of two books: Psychopharmacology and Child Psychiatry Review and Lewis’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Review