Tara Chandrasekhar, MD

Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development


Dr. Chandrasekhar conducts psychiatric evaluations and provides medication management for children, adolescents and adults. She is also a physician and sub-investigator in clinical research trials conducted at the Duke Center for Autism. She obtained her medical degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She completed her residency in general psychiatry and fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at UNC-Chapel Hill. Before joining the faculty at Duke University she was a Clinical Assistant Professor of psychiatry at the UNC School of Medicine.

Dr. Chandrasekhar has experience treating children, adolescents, and adults with Autism spectrum disorders in both clinical and research settings. She has worked as a consultant to a residential facility, providing psychiatric care to adolescents and adults with complex comorbid psychiatric disorders as well as developmental disabilities.  She also has experience providing psychiatric care in the community, including crisis intervention, therapy and medication management.

Dr. Chandrasekhar provides training and education to resident physicians and has presented at regional conferences on topics related to psychosis and autism spectrum disorders. She is interested in novel treatments for the core symptoms of autism.


Representative Publications

1. Chandrasekhar T, Sikich L. Challenges in the diagnosis and treatment of depression in autism spectrum disorders across the lifespan. Dialogues Clin Neurosci. 2015 Jun;17(2):219-27. PubMed PMID: 26246795; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4518704.