Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist

Dr R Shinika

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Dr R Shinika is a passionate Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. She works with the vision to promote and protect mental health of children and adolescents.
She underwent her Child and Adolescent Psychiatry training from the prestigious Christian Medical College, Vellore.
She has more than 6 years of experience in working with children and adolescents.
She was instrumental in developing the whole Psychiatry Unit including Child Development Unit at Naruvi Hospitals, Vellore.

Areas of special interest:

  • Early interventions in Autism spectrum disorders
  • Identification and management of various Neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Adolescent depression
  • Parenting program
  • Life skills training in children and adolescent

Vision – Future plans:

  • To establish Child Development Centre (CDC) at SKS Hospital.
  • To initiate Life Skills training program for children and adolescents at schools.

Our Services

  • Neurodevelopmental disorders clinic
  • Child Guidance Clinic
  • Interventions are offered for the following Neuro developmental disorders:
    • Developmental delay/disability
    • Autism
    • Intellectual disability
    • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
    • Specific Learning Disability
    • Motor Disorder
    • Language Disorder
    • Speech Sound Disorder
    • Stuttering
  • Our Child Guidance Clinic offers assessments and interventions for children and adolescents with emotional and behavior disorders.
    • Interventions are offered for the following Emotional and behavioral disorders:
      • Childhood depression
      • Anxiety disorders
      • School refusal
      • Gaming disorder
      • Internet addiction
      • Oppositional Defiant disorder
      • Behavioral disorders in children
      • Pediatric Obsessive-Compulsive disorder
      • Conduct disorder
      • Substance use disorder

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  • Education
  • Work experience
  • Honors & Awards
  • Publications
  • 2007-08 – 2013-03 MBBS : Govt. Mohan Kumaramangalam Medical College,Salem
  • 2014-06 – 2017-06 MD(Psychiatry) : Institute of Psychiatry, Madurai Medical College
  • 2019-06 – 2019-06 DNB(Psychiatry) : National Board of Examinations, New Delhi, India
  • 2017-08 – 2019-08 Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry : Christian Medical College, Vellore.
  • Completed her formal training in DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy), course conducted by authors Drs. Miller, Rathus and Linehan
  • Completed her formal training in Life Skills training program, session conducted by the pioneer Dr. Srikala Bharath
  1. 2021/3-2023/4 : Team Lead – Department of Psychiatry, Naruvi Hospitals, Vellore
    Established the Psychiatry Department along with Psychiatry Assessments and modified ECT room.
    Designed and established the Child Development Unit at Naruvi.
    Designed a 3-month Early Intervention program for children with Autism/ADHD/Development delays.
    Had organized and headed Mental Health Awareness Programs at Naruvi.
    Actively conducted three Hindu Webinars collaborating with other
    medical teams at Naruvi.
  2. 2019-09 – 2020-04 Consultant Psychiatrist : Shri Narayani hospital and research Centre, Vellore
  1. Won 3rd Place in TANPSYCON PG Quiz competition in 2016
  2. Delivered a lecture about psychiatric disorders in child and adolescent population to around 250 schoolteachers- at Chennai, July 2018, programme organized by School Education Department, Chennai
  3. Delivered a lecture on ‘Medications in Autism’ in “Workshop and Symposium on Practical aspects of diagnosis and management of Autism Spectrum Disorders” at CMC, Vellore on April 2023
  1. Gender Differences in children diagnosed with Childhood Autism- V.Geethaanjali, R.Shinika, N.Suresh Kumar. International Journal of Scientific Research. Volume 7, Issue 10, October 2018.
  1. Impact of prenatal, antenatal and perinatal risk factors in severity of autism- V.Geethaanjali, R.Shinika, N.Suresh Kumar. International Journal of Scientific Research. Volume 8, Issue 2, February 2019.

School Mental health program

Proud to have initiated Life Skills training programme at Glazebrooke School, Salem. First session was with teachers on Identification of mental health issues in children!

Interactive session with Parents on the topic of “Parenting in Digital Era” and Introduction of Life Skills Education for Adolescents at Gayathri Matric School, Salem.

Session on ‘Identification of Mental health problems among children ‘ for teachers at Shri Vidhya Mandir School, Salem.

Life Skills training programme for X to XII boys at St. Paul’s school, Salem. Discussed about the topic ‘Coping with Stress’. Students showed lot of enthusiasm and interest in this activity. And group discussion post activity was also encouraged by giving pens to spokesperson!

Session was conducted on the topic of “Coping with Stress” for class XI and XII teens at Equitus Gurukul Matric School, Salem.

LSTP Shri Vidya Mandir school 2
LSTP Shri Vidya Mandir school

Life Skills Training program for class 12 students at Shri Vidya Mandir school, Rasipuram. The topic discussed was “Coping with Stress along with saying no to Suicide”! The event was organised as a part of our World Suicide Prevention day programme!

Parenting workshop : We are delighted to have started our Parenting workshop. Our first workshop was conducted at Vriksha Montessori International school, Salem. Positive parenting approaches along with behaviour therapy strategies were discussed.



Programmes in 2023
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The oldest multispecialty hospital in Salem is SKS Hospital. Having started out with just 85 beds in 1987, we now have over 225 beds and provide top-notch primary, secondary, and tertiary care services for all specializations.

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