Allison Nitsche, MD, MPH

A native of New Orleans, Dr. Allison Nitsche completed her training in the South prior to moving out West for 10 years and has recently relocated back to the Atlanta area. She completed undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill then medical school at Louisiana State University in New Orleans. During medical school, she worked at Girls and Boys Town in an emergency shelter for foster children which inspired her to pursue a career in psychiatry. After medical school, she learned about various medications as well as psychotherapies during residency at the Baylor College of Medicine. In August 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit her home town of New Orleans and 20,000 people were evacuated to the Houston Astrodome. She took a month off to work with evacuees and became interested in disaster psychiatry and serving populations on a broader scale. In addition to pursuing child and adolescent psychiatry, she was decided to learn more about public health, outreach, advocacy, and public policy in a community psychiatry fellowship at Emory University, where she also received a Master of Public Health degree. On rotations, she went under bridges with Grady Hospital’s outreach team, served homeless children at the City of Refuge, advocated for children’s health with the Barton Law Clinic, and learned about mental health policy at the Carter Center while completing her thesis on interventions for survivors of commercial sexual exploitation/human trafficking. During training, she learned about systems of care, which emphasizes the importance of youth-guided, family-driven care and a coordinated network of community services and supports, an approach which would influence the direction of her career.

After she completed her training in 2010, Dr. Nitsche met her husband and they decided to move to Utah, where she worked for 2 nationally recognized health care systems, Intermountain Healthcare and the University of Utah’s University Neuropsychiatric Institute (UNI). At Intermountain Healthcare, she provided mental health care to children, adolescents, and adults in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She also worked with other community partners to establish a school-based clinic for at-risk youth in an inner-city elementary school. After 2 years, she moved to the University of Utah and became Assistant Professor in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She worked with children and their families in the hospital and day treatment at UNI as well as with the Comprehensive Assessment and Treatment (CAT) program, which serves individuals whose mental health issues have been treated unsuccessfully in the past, despite numerous attempts at treatment. As part of the CAT program, she worked to provide diagnostic clarification and recommend the most effective interventions moving forward. She was also a course director of the Systems-Based Practice seminar where she taught residents not only about child psychiatry but also the other systems that interface with mental health including child welfare, juvenile justice, primary care, and education. Finally, she became Co-Director of the Utah Psychotropic Oversight Program (UPOP) with the Division of Child Family Services to provide federal and state mandated oversight of psychotropic medications for children in foster care. 

While they loved the mountains, Dr. Nitsche and her husband had 2 kids while living in Utah and decided to move back to Atlanta to raise their children in the South where they could learn about diversity, be closer to family, and most importantly, eat Southern comfort food. She joined Skyland Trail, a non-profit organization in the Atlanta area offering evidence-based treatment to adults with mental health conditions to become Medical Director of Adolescent Services in developing residential, day treatment, and intensive outpatient programs for adolescents. Ultimately, she most enjoyed her clinical work with children, adolescents, and adults and decided to join AAFPC in 2020 to pursue private practice. During her career, she has maintained board certification in both psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry, been active with the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and presented on various topics including trauma, resiliency, and systems of care at local, state, and national levels. She has a conservative, evidence-based approach, prescribing medication as part of a comprehensive treatment plan. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, eating Southern food, and playing outdoors, whether swimming, boating, or running.

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