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Nutan A. Atre-Vaidya, MD

Professor, Chair, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Learning Environment

As a lifelong academician and administrator, Dr. Vaidya has spent a considerable amount of time recognizing and cultivating talents of resident and faculty members and helping enhance their teaching and academic skills.

Dr. Vaidya began her career at Chicago Medical School as a psychiatry resident in 1984. During her tenure at CMS, Dr. Vaidya held various administrative positions: She served as chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences from 2003 to 2013 and interim chair of the Department of Neurology (2009).  In the past, Dr. Vaidya has also held several educational positions within the department, including Director of Medical Student Education and Acting Director of Residency Training. She is currently a co-director and major teacher in the Clinical Neuroscience course.

A distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, Dr. Vaidya is certified in the subspecialty of Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry by the United Council of Neurologic Subspecialties. She has published extensively on psychopathology and neuropsychiatric education.  She has won several awards for teaching and clinical care of neuropsychiatric patients.  She is a reviewer for several academic journals.  Dr. Vaidya is the co-author of two textbooks, Psychiatry Rounds (Medmaster Publishing) and Descriptive Psychopathology (Cambridge University Press), and has authored several peer-reviewed articles and has given many invited presentations.

Nationally active in the field of education, Dr. Vaidya serves on the Executive Council of the Association of Directors of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry (ADMSEP). She was the organization's president from 2014-2015. As an ADMSEP Council Member, Dr. Vaidya has conducted several faculty development workshops for new clerkship directors.  Dr. Vaidya also serves on the council of Alliance of Clinical Educators, a national group representing all the core clerkships. She has also served as a member of the NBME test committee for neurology and neurosciences. Dr. Vaidya has served as councilor of the Illinois Psychiatric Society and president of the Illinois chapter of the Indo-American Psychiatric Association.

Dr. Vaidya assumed the role of Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Talent Recognition and Enhancement in 2014. She has conducted several faculty development seminars for CMS clinical faculty. Dr. Vaidya was instrumental in starting the medical school's faculty recognition program.

In January 2016, Dr. Vaidya took the helm of the newly created Office of Academic Learning Environment and has begun several new initiatives to improve the student learning environment.

Despite her extensive administrative responsibilities, Dr. Vaidya continues to be active in her academic pursuits. She has presented nationally on topics such as cultural influences on student learning.

Selected Publications

  • Vaidya N: Identity Crisis (Introspection). Am J Psychiatry 2011; 168:354.
  • Vaidya N: Teaching and Conceptualization of Melancholic Depression (Letter). Acad Psychiatry 2010; 35:208-209
  • Fink M, Taylor MA, Vaidya N: The failure of schizophrenia concept and the argument for its replacement by hebephrenia: applying the medical model for disease recognition (Editorial). Acta Psychiatry Scand 2010; 122:173-183.
  • Moss L, Vaidya N. Quantitative EEG analysis of bifrontal versus bifrontal versus bitemporal electrode placement in a stable maintenance ECT population. J ECT 2010; 26:98-99.
  • Vaidya NA, Ross AJ, Sandu I, Hassan T. The impact of VA and Navy collaboration on medical school education. Academic Psychiatry, 2009; 33:13-16.
  • Vaidya NA. Psychiatry clerkship OSCE is here to stay. Academic Psychiatry 2008;32:177-179.
  • Taylor MA, Vaidya NADescriptive Psychopathology: The Signs and Symptoms of Behavioral Disorders. Cambridge University Press, 2008.
  • Popescu IM, Vaidya N. Treating depression in patients with seizure disorders. Current Psychiatry 2008;7:28-41.
  • Popescu IM, Vaidya N. Isolated inability to write cursively after transient ischemic attack (TIA). Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology 2007;20:131-135.
  • Atre-Vaidya N, Welch KMA. Headaches in psychiatrically ill. In Olesen J, Goadsby P, Ramadan N, Tfelt-Hansen P, Welch KMA (eds), The Headaches, 3rd Edition. Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, 2006.
  • Moss L, Vaidya N. Electroconvulsive therapy as an alternative treatment for obese patients with mood disorder. Journal of ECT 2006;22:223-225.
  • Vaidya N. Women chairs in psychiatry: a collective reflection. Academic Psychiatry 2006;30:315-318.
  • Vaidya N, Sierles FS, Sandu IC, Silberman EK. Do the personalities of international and U.S. medical graduates in psychiatry differ? A preliminary study. Academic Psychiatry 2006;30:174-177.
  • Vaidya N, Taylor MA. The DSM: Should it have a future? Psychiatric Times 2006;24:73-79.