Dhwani Shah, MD 

I am a board certified psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who specializes in psychotherapy, psychoanalysis and psychopharmacology.

My goal is to create a safe, containing space where any issue can be discussed and explored. I believe that every individual has a unique narrative and perspective that needs to be fully understood before psychiatric treatment can proceed. Instead of applying a “one size fits all” approach, I aim to alleviate suffering by utilizing a variety of approaches that fit the individual including psychotherapy and psychopharmacology.

I do not consult for or work with any pharmaceutical companies to avoid potential bias in my clinical work, and attempt whenever possible to use evidenced based practices in the psychiatric literature along with an effort to understand through the psychotherapeutic relationship.


Clinical Activities

Private practice, psychiatry and psychoanalysis, Princeton, NJ

Clinical Associate Faculty Member, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry

Faculty Member, Albert Einstein Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry, Center for Psychoanalysis

Faculty Member, Center for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis of New Jersey

Consultant, Corner House Counseling Center, Princeton, NJ

Education and Training

Resident, Chief Resident, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry

Certified in Psychoanalysis, Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia

Fellowship in Neuromodulation and Psychopharmacology, Treatment Resistant Mood Disorders Unit, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry

Trained and certified in Behavioral Psychotherapy (Prolonged Exposure) by the Center for the Study and Treatment of Anxiety Disorders at the University of Pennsylvania


Laughlin Fellowship Award, American College of Psychoanalysts, 2012

University of Pennsylvania residency education Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Award, 2007

Laughlin Merit Award for professional achievement, 2007

University of Pennsylvania PENN Pearls Teaching Award for excellence in clinical medical education, 2006

2nd place prize, co-author, best poster presentation, Philadelphia Psychiatric Society, 2008


Licensure & Organisations

New Jersey: Full and Unrestricted License
Board Certified (Diplomate), American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Member, American Psychoanalytic Association

Selected Publications

Shah, D. (2018). Arrogance in the Countertransference. In S. Akhtar, M O’Neil (eds) Arrogance. London: Karnac Press. 

Shah, D (2018). The Analyst Torn Apart: Jealousy in the Countertransference. In S. Akhtar, M O’Neil (eds) Jealousy. (pp 205-224) London: Karnac Press. 

Shah, D. (2015). Hopelessness in the Countertransference. In: S. Akhtar, M. O’Neil (eds). Hopelessness: Developmental, Cultural and Clinical Realms. (pp 181-200). London: Karnac Press.

Shah, D. (2015). Horrified and Guilty. In: S. Summers, J. Barber (eds) Practicing Psychodynamic Therapy: A Casebook(pp 208-224). New York: Guilford Press.

Shah, D., Borresen D. Benzodiazepines: A Guide to Safe Prescribing. (2011) The Carlat Report; 9:7

Borresen, D. Shah, D. (2010). Alternative treatments for depression The Carlat Report; 8:7.

Shah, D. Threlfall, A., Shell, L. (2010) Medications for Treating Alzheimer’s Dementia. The Carlat Report; 8:4.

Connolly, R., Shah, D. (2009) Which Antidepressant to Choose? The Carlat Report; 7:10.

Shah, D., Rosenthal L. (2009) Tips When Reviewing Labs. The Carlat Report ;7:7.

Shah, D. (2009). Psychotherapy for Eating Disorders: A Review of the Current Evidence. The Carlat Report; 7:5.

Shah, D. (2009). The New Brain Devices in Psychiatry: A Brief Review. The Carlat Report; 1:3,8.

Shah, D, Kim D.(2009) Breast Feeding and Psychiatric Medications: An Overview. The Carlat Report; 2: 3,8.

Shah, D.(2009) Psychotherapy for Eating Disorders: A Review of the Current Evidence. The Carlat Report, 7:5.

Shah D, Weaver L, O’Reardon JP.(2008) Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation: A Device Technology intended for the Psychiatrist’s Office, but what will be it’s future role?  Expert Review of Medical Devices 5(5):559-566.

Shah, D, Pesiridou, A, Baltuch, G, Malone D, O’Reardon, J.(2008). The Treatment of Severe Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Major Depression: Overview of Disease Circuits and Therapeutic Targeting for the Clinician.  Psychiatry 5(9): 24-33.