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Dr. Alok Banga

MD, MPH (Health Policy & Management), MS (Clinical & Translational Research)


State of California License since 2014

Board Certified in Child, Adolescent & Adult Psychiatry

Dr. Banga is board certified in child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. In addition, he has graduate degree qualifications in clinical research and public health. Prior to coming to California, he was an assistant professor at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He is well published and a former co- principal investigator for a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant. During his extensive training, Dr. Banga was trained in various treatments by some of the best mentors. He is well versed in combining various psychopharmacological and psychotherapeutic approaches.  His mind thrives in finding new ways to solve old problems. He combines knowledge from the past to the current ones to come up with solutions that are 'simple' and effective. Dr. Banga individualizes his treatment method for each patient based on their unique situation. The goal is to treat a person as a whole and keep them at the center of the exchange.




Training                     Specialty                                                            Institution__________________________________________________________________


*Graduate School         MS (Clinical & Translational Research)                  University of Connecticut, Farmington, Connecticut


*Fellowship                    Child & Adolescent Psychiatry                                 University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, Connecticut                                                                                                                                                         

*Residency                     Adult Psychiatry                                                           University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, Connecticut                                                                                                                                                           

*Graduate School         MPH (Health Policy and Management)                School of Public Health, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA                                                                                                                                 

 *Medical School            MBBS (Medicine)                                                        Maulana Azad Medical College, University of Delhi, New Delhi, India                                                                                                                                   

Awards & Honors

Fellowship Award, The American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology 

Best Teaching Attending, The University of Connecticut School of Medicine

Best Outpatient Attending, The University of Connecticut School of Medicine

Travel Award, Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine

Chief Resident, Adult Psychiatry Residency, The University of Connecticut School of Medicine

Chief Resident, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship, The University of Connecticut School of Medicine



Selected Peer Reviewed Publications

Alpha1-Adrenergic Receptor Antagonists Use in Treatment and Prevention of Psychiatric Disorders: A Review

Abhishek Wadhawan, Alok Banga, Yinghui Duan, Michel Mennesson and Zhao Helen Wu. (2015) Current Psychopharmacology, 3(3): 158-183.

Sleep Disturbances and Behavioral Disturbances in Children and Adolescents.

Sinha, Shirshendu; Jhaveri, Ronak; Banga, Alok. (2015). The Psychiatric clinics of North America, 4, (38), 705-21.


A Model of Pediatric Psychopharmacology-Psychotherapy Treatment Integration in the Ambulatory Clinical Setting.

Connor, D.F., Banga, A.  (2014)  Journal of Child and Family Studies, 4, (23), 686-703.


An open-label study of guanfacine extended release for traumatic stress related symptoms in children and adolescents. 

Connor, D,F., Grasso, D,J., Slivinsky, M,D., Pearson, G,S., and Banga, A. J Child Adolesc Psychopharmacol. May;23(4):244-51. doi: 10.1089/cap.2012.0119.


Late-life onset bipolar disorder presenting as a case of pseudo-dementia: a case discussion and review of literature. Banga, Alok; Gyurmey, Tsewang; Matuskey, David; Connor, Daniel F; Kaplan, Richard F; Steffens, David C. (2013). The Yale journal of biology and medicine, 2, (86), 235-44.


Psychopharmacology column: the use of lithium carbonate with pediatric populations.

Pearson, Geraldine S; Banga, Alok. (2012). Journal of child and adolescent psychiatric nursing : official publication of the Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nurses, Inc, 4, (25), 232-4.


Effectiveness of naltrexone for treating pathologic skin picking behavior in an adolescent with Prader-Willi syndrome.

Banga, Alok; Connor, Daniel F. (2012).  Journal of child and adolescent psychopharmacology, 5, (22), 396-8.


SSRIs and placental dysfunction.

Banga, Alok; Handratta, Venkatesh; Ibrahim, Lobna; Connor, Daniel F. (2011). Medical hypotheses, 2, (77), 311-2.


Evaluation of plasma ammonia levels in patients with acute liver failure and chronic liver disease and its correlation with the severity of hepatic encephalopathy and clinical features of raised intracranial tension.

Kundra, Arun; Jain, Anil; Banga, Alok; Bajaj, Girish; Kar, Premasish. (2005). Clinical biochemistry, 8, (38), 696-9.

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