Nutritional Psychiatrist at Harvard Medical School
Research, Education & Communications Specialist
Director of Content Development
Nutritional Psychiatrist at Harvard Medical School
Michelin-starred chef David Bouley described Dr. Uma Naidoo as the world’s first “triple threat” in the food as medicine space: She is a Harvard trained psychiatrist, Professional Chef and Nutrition Specialist. Her niche work is in Nutritional Psychiatry and she is regarded both nationally and internationally as a medical pioneer in this more newly recognized field.
Featured in the Wall Street Journal, ABC News, Harvard Health Press, Goop, Healthline, Martha Stewart and many others, Dr. Uma has a special interest on the impact of food on mood and other mental health conditions.
In her role as a Clinical Scientist, Dr. Naidoo founded and directs the first hospital-based clinical service in Nutritional Psychiatry in the USA. She is the Director of Nutritional and Lifestyle Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) & Director of Nutritional Psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital Academy while serving on the faculty at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Naidoo graduated from the Harvard-Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training Program in Boston during which she received several awards, some of which included a “Junior Investigator Award” (American Psychiatric Association); “Leadership Development for Physicians and Scientists” award (Harvard), as well as being the very first psychiatrist to be awarded the coveted “Curtis Prout Scholar in Medical Education”. Dr. Naidoo, has been asked by The American Psychiatric Association to author the first academic text in Nutritional Psychiatry.
In addition to this, Dr. Naidoo is the national best selling author of This Is Your Brain On Food.
In her book, she shows the cutting-edge science explaining the ways in which food contributes to our mental health and how a sound diet can help treat and prevent a wide range of psychological and cognitive health issues, from ADHD to anxiety, depression, OCD, and others.
Head of Marketing & Media
Multicultural and multilingual Chanthal has more than six years of first-hand experience working in luxury brand marketing for high-end goods and lifestyle concepts across the globe.
A graduate of the prestigious Italian institution, Polimoda, she was also trained at the London School of Economics. Skilled in Luxury Brand Strategy, Digital Marketing, International Business Partnerships and Storytelling for premium brands.
Nurtured by her passion for wellness, nutrition and health while also being a trained chef, she became Head of the Health & Wellness SIG and active member of the Food & Beverage Committee at The Harvard Club. Currently she is living in Boston working as Head of Marketing & Media for Dr Uma Naidoo.
Social Media Strategy
My name is Jenna Lifshitz and I’m a senior studying Chemical Biology at Brandeis University. Holistic health, specifically the role nutrition plays in mental health, is a topic I’m very passionate about, so it was with great fortune that I connected with Dr. Uma. As part of the team, together with the team I direct our social media strategy, review current research and help break down the heavy science for social media use. My role has allowed me to delve further into the science-backed research and build my knowledge in the subject. Outside of being a complete science nerd, I also love hiking (accompanied by my dog), photography, and music.
Co-Director of Scientific Research
Nick Norwitz is an MD PhD candidate with expertise in nutrition, metabolism, neuroscience, and gut health. In 2018, he graduated Valedictorian from Dartmouth with a degree in biochemistry and cellular biology, prior to receiving a full merit-based scholarship to Oxford University to complete his PhD. Next year, he will be starting at Harvard Medical School. In 2019 and 2020, Nick has had an impressive 12 papers and textbook chapters accepted into the peer-reviewed scientific literature, including 10 first authorships, on topics ranging from orthopedics to neurodegenerative diseases to heart disease to gastrointestinal disorders to mental health. Beyond formal academics, Nick is also the developer of a state-of-the-art nutrition tracking app and author of an upcoming Mediterranean Low-Carb cookbook. Nick’s #1 rule about nutrition is that it’s personal. He likes to say, “We are all individuals. Only you can discover what works best for you. In other words, nutrition is a life-long journey of self-discovery and self-improvement. Enjoy it!”
(You can follow Nick @nicknorwitz on Twitter for daily fun facts about health and nutrition)
Co-Director of Social Media Strategy
Katelynn Jasper graduated in May 2020 from Emerson College with a master’s in publishing and writing. She has seven years of experience with managing. creating, and publishing original and premium content on social platforms for businesses, nonprofits, and publishers. Her favorite part about working on social media is the opportunity to think creatively and nurture a community around a platform.
Her love for nutrition and books was instilled in her from a young age growing up on a ranch where she ate fresh produce and read to her heart’s content. Currently, she is working at the Harvard Coop bookstore as a social media manager and bookseller and working for Dr. Uma Naidoo as the co-director of social media strategy. In her free time, Katelynn loves brewing a nice cup of tea, reading as many books as possible, and watering her plants. She resides in Boston, Massachusetts.