Tara Chandrasekhar, MD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences; Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development

Visit Scholars@Duke to view full bio, publications and affiliations


Dr. Chandrasekhar is a child and adolescent psychiatrist and assistant professor of Psychiatry at Duke University.  She completed her training in general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.  She conducts psychiatric evaluations and provides medication management for children, adolescents and adults at the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development.  She also provides psychiatric care at Duke Counseling and Psychological Services. 

Her interests include the treatment of psychiatric comorbidities and the transition to adulthood in individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities.  She has been a co-investigator in a number of clinical trials in autism and leads Neurodiversity Connections, a working group focused on the needs of Duke University students with autism and other neurodiverse conditions. She is also interested in graduate medical education, and directs the Duke Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship.

Representative Publications

Chandrasekhar, T., Copeland JN., Spanos M., and Sikich L. “Autism, Psychosis, or Both? Unraveling Complex Patient Presentations.” Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am 29, no. 1 (January 2020): 103–13.

Chandrasekhar, T. “Supporting the needs of college students with autism spectrum disorder.” J Am Coll Health, November 8, 2019, 1–4.

Coates, M., Spanos M., Parmar P., Chandrasekhar T., and Sikich L. “A Review of Methods for Monitoring Adverse Events in Pediatric Psychopharmacology Clinical Trials.” Drug Saf 41, no. 5 (May 2018): 465–71.

Chandrasekhar, T., and Sikich L. “Challenges in the diagnosis and treatment of depression in autism spectrum disorders across the lifespan.” Dialogues Clin Neurosci 17, no. 2 (June 2015): 219–27.