Barbara Robles-Ramamurthy, MD - MMHPI - Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute

Barbara Robles-Ramamurthy, MD

Senior Fellow for Mental Health Equity

Dr. Barbara Robles-Ramamurthy is a triple board-certified Adult, Child and Adolescent, and Forensic Psychiatrist whose work has centered on advancing social justice and improving systems of mental health care for children and families. Her primary areas of work with the Meadows Institute center on juvenile justice, child and adolescent clinical care, school-based mental health care, and health equity.

She received her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine, her adult and forensic psychiatry training at the University of Pennsylvania and her child psychiatry training at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. During her six years at the University of Pennsylvania, she became a founding member and joined the executive committee of the Alliance of Minority Physicians where she supported efforts for recruitment, promotion and retention of underrepresented-in-medicine students, trainees, and faculty.

Dr. Robles-Ramamurthy has been a speaker at national conferences including the American Psychiatric Association National Meeting, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Annual Meeting, and the Pediatric Hospital Medicine annual conference. Her academic work includes numerous publications, medical education and service in national committees through the American Psychiatric Association and the American Psychological Association. She has years of experience overseeing psychiatric services in juvenile correctional settings and community clinics.

Dr. Robles-Ramamurthy is also a social entrepreneur working to advance efforts aimed at preventing and protecting child and family mental health. Her social enterprise, Teku, has been recognized as an innovative approach to supporting children’s mental health. As a clinician, educator, and scholar, she has received numerous awards in recognition of her service, including the SAMHSA Minority Fellowship through the American Psychiatric Association, the Hilde Bruch Award for Excellence in Psychiatry through Baylor College of Medicine and the Elizabeth Weller Award for Excellence in Clinical Care and Research through the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.