About Dr. Christine Naungayan

Welcome to my Online Practice for

The Integrative Healing of Mind, Body, and Soul

Christine Naungayan, M.D.

The Spiritual Shrink

I am proud to introduce you to my telepsychiatry website, an online clinical practice designed to work comprehensively with patients to attain physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual health. My mission is to work with each individual person to create a renewed sense of purpose, direction, and internally directed well-being by utilizing an array of treatments specific to every person's individual needs, which can include pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy but may also explore and incorporate alternative healing therapies and spiritual counseling.
Fundamental philosophies are explored in examining and expanding every person's life perspectives, with a focus on aligning positive intentions and healthy, reaffirming emotional states with cultural and religious beliefs specific for each person in a therapeutic and sensitive setting. Ultimate goals of treatment are to develop and foster a healthy sense of self and optimize every person's inherent abilities and often untapped, abundant potential to create and lead fulfilling, prosperous, and rewarding lives.
My team and I look forward to serving your needs in whatever capacity we can offer, and welcome you to our telepsychiatry practice.

Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind...

Romans 12:2


Education, Clinical Experience, and Professional Background:
I am a general adult psychiatrist, having completed my four year residency training and one year forensic fellowship at Yale. I was very involved during my residency with teaching and research, having had the amazing experience of serving as program chief resident, and I continue to maintain an academic affiliation with Yale and the psychiatric community in New Haven, Connecticut. I have had specialty training in addiction medicine, dual diagnosis patient populations, and geriatric psychiatry. I have treated patients ranging in age from adolescence to geriatric, and my experience includes pharmacotherapy with emphasis on treatment for general mood disorders, post-partum depression, anxiety, insomnia, posttraumatic stress disorder, attention deficit disorders, psychotic disorders, and substance abuse, in addition to a range of clinical issues with more specific psychiatric foci. I also offer psychotherapy for patients who wish to engage solely in psychotherapy or a combination of therapy and medication management. I am also a licensed Suboxone provider for patients attempting to stop using opiate-based medications/drugs, having experience both in Suboxone outpatient detox as well as Suboxone maintenance.
My goal is to form collaborative and reciprocal relationships with patients, such that I can meet their mental health needs in a medical capacity and also empower them to lead more fulfilling, healthy, and rewarding lifestyles. I am excited to be able to offer patients a range of private treatment options, including traditional pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy, with potential exploration of alternative therapies and spiritual counseling in the setting of a telepsychiatry practice which can allow patients to remain in the safety and comfort of their homes while receiving treatment.
I sincerely hope we can work together in the future as I integrate into my new role in the community, and thank you for taking the time to let me introduce myself.
Warm Regards
Christine S. Naungayan, MD


For referring M.D.’s/Therapists/Clinicians:
After working in a treatment and consultative capacity for several years primarily in an outpatient community clinic, I have decided to expand my private practice in the setting of a virtual telepsychiatry office. This has in part been inspired by the demand of patients to have improved access to private sessions with convenience and affordability in mind, but also in response to the excellent and rewarding relationships I have formed with the mental health clinicians and primary care physicians I presently work with in meeting the medical and psychiatric needs of the patient population in the private and community sector. This is also my solution to offer the best of both worlds to patients, both current and new, for medication management [at times working in tandem with a referring therapist/clinician] and individual psychotherapy.
My goal is to form similar collaborative and reciprocal relationships with both the private and clinic-based mental health clinicians so that we may best meet the needs and demands of our mutual patients. I am excited to be able to offer patients a range of private treatment options, and to continue collaboration in this new capacity with the presently well-established psychiatric and mental health treatment community in the tri-state area.
I would be very happy to speak with you if you have any additional questions or if you would like to tell me more about your practice. I sincerely hope we can work collaboratively in the future as I integrate into my new role, and thank you for taking the time to let me introduce myself.
Warm Regards,
Christine S. Naungayan, MD


Christine Stephanie Naungayan, M.D.

Offices in Stamford, CT / Montclair and Teaneck, NJ and New York City

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Phone: (+1) 973-600-5465


Department of Psychiatry and the Law/Forensic Fellowship
Completion of Training
Department of Psychiatry Residency Training Program
Completion of Training
Medical Degree
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with Chemistry Minor



  • Resident Teaching Award for Outstanding Teacher and Role Model
  • Richard Blurton Award: Outstanding Student in Psychiatry and Behavioral Science
  • McCloskey Medical Scholarship
  • Hart-Kan Medical Scholarship
  • RSR Medical Scholarship
  • Winer Medical Scholarship
  • Recognition by University of Nevada, Reno, for 4.0 g.p.a. in Psychology
  • PSY CHI National Honor Society of Psychology
  • Dean’s List
  • University of Nevada, Reno Scholarship



  • Connecticut Psychiatric Society, President
  • Connecticut Psychiatric Society, President-Elect
  • Connecticut Psychiatric Society, Treasurer
  • Connecticut Psychiatric Society, Council Member
  • Chief of Yale Psychiatry Residency Program
  • Chief of the Clinical Neuroscience Research Unit, CT Mental Health Center
  • Chief of Consultation-Liaison Service, Veteran's Affairs Hospital/West Haven
  • Graduate Education Committee, PGY-III Representative
  • Graduate Education Committee, PGY-I and II Representative
  • Connecticut Psychiatry Residents' Day Coordinator, Yale Representative
  • Cross-Cultural Interest Group
  • Medical Student Assistance Committee
  • Spokesperson for Psychiatry Interest Group
  • Student Executive Committee, Secretary
  • Student Executive Committee, Social Chair
  • President of OB/GYN Interest Group
  • Arnold P. Gold Foundation Committee to Honor Outstanding Residents
  • Admissions Committee, Student Interviewer
  • Freshman Orientation Committee
  • American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
  • American Psychiatric Association
  • American Medical Association



I have worked at, in the capacity of full-time, part-time, and/or per diem psychiatrist, in over 18 psychiatric and medical hospitals, clinics, and academic centers, in addition to private practice. Please see the description of my professional statement for a more detailed lineage of my experience and range and breadth of my practice scope.


Naungayan C. Continued Psychiatric Hospitalization after Competency To Stand Trial
Restoration: should a defendant be committed to a psychiatric facility after restoration of competence in order to maintain competence throughout the legal proceedings. Journal of American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, in press..
Pittenger C., Naungayan C., et. al. Visual hallucinations from the addition of riluzole to memantine and buproprion. Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology 26:2: 218-220.
Johnson-Laborde D, Naungayan C, Nguyen B. Defining Counsel's Role in Discovery andd Disclosure of Mental Illness: defense counsel's failure to investigate and present defendant's mental health history in a death penalty trial. Journal of American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law 33:1:119-123.
Mayer R, Parker L, Pezonella C. Retrospective Study in Incidence of Post-Operative
Bleeding in Patients After Endometrial Ablation. Initial research in Reno, NV.
Pardini R, Shau Y, Pezonella C. Prevention of Induction of L-Ornithine
Decarboxylase in Irradiated Mice. Submitted grant proposal; approved and funded for continued research through the National Football League Foundation for Cancer Research.



  • Board Certification in Psychiatry
  • Connecticut State License to Practice Medicine/Surgery
  • New York State License to Practice Medicine/Surgery
  • New Jersey State License to Practice Medicine/Surgery
  • DEA Registration
  • State of Connecticut Controlled Substance Registration
  • Certification to Prescribe Suboxone
  • Certification in Electroconvulsive Therapy
  • National Provider System, Identification
  • National Board of Medical Examiners, Part III
  • National Board of Medical Examiners, Part II
  • National Board of Medical Examiners, Part I
  • Basic Life Support
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support
  • Emergency Medical Technician I



  • Mentor, Mentor Outreach Program at Proctor R. Hug High-School
  • Counselor for Sexual Assault Response Team
  • Counselor for Committee to Aid Abused Women
  • Sagens, University of Nevada, Reno Chapter