Hisla Bates, MD

Psychiatrist, Artist, Speaker, Author



Dr. Hisla Bates, MD, double board certified, Harvard & Yale-trained psychiatrist. Her general psychiatry training was completed at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at the Harvard Medical School’s, Massachusetts General Hospital program. Internship completed in Primary Care Internal Medicine at Yale School of Medicine.

She has an integrative and holistic approach to the treatment of mental illness using art-assisted therapy.

Fellowship in Integrative Psychiatry from the Integrative Psychiatry Institute in 2020.

Certified in Positive Psychology in 2016.

She uses Mindfulness, Positive Psychiatry, and the Expressive and Creative Arts in working with children and adults. She has a private psychiatry practice that focuses on creative children and adults.

Dr. Bates is also an accomplished artist and designer. She is a Parsons School of Design graduate, an award-winning fashion designer, illustrator, and printmaker. Her work has been exhibited in juried shows, galleries, and museums. She is Co-Chair of the Art Committee for The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)  the Arts Editor for the Journal of The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP).

Her Podcast is called Healer Heal Yourself, Reduce Burnout, Discover Your Creativity While You Heal Others deals with the intersection of art, creativity, and medicine. Dr. Bates coaches physicians on wellness and incorporating creativity into their daily lives. She facilitates art and creativity workshops and retreats for doctors. She is also a Speaker on Wellness and The Arts in Medicine.

She is one of the authors of Alien Nation: 36 True Tales of Immigration and is working on her memoir and several picture books for children.

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