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Carolina Osario M.D.

Licensing & Certifications:

  • Medical Board of California: Physician and Surgeon since 2009
  • Board Certification: 2012 American Board of Geriatric Psychiatry
  • Board Certification: 2011 American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Professional Background

Dr. Carolina Osorio is board-certified in adult and geriatric psychiatry. She is a published, peer-reviewed author in epigenetics and brain disorders in aging. She has vast experience in treating psychiatric disorders that can affect an individual at any age. She has gained her expertise through over a decade of formal training and clinical practice. Her expertise includes the pharmacological treatment of anxiety disorders, PTSD, OCD, depression, bipolar disorders, and disease of aging such as Alzheimer’s disease.

Dr. Osorio started working as an inpatient and outpatient doctor, where she gained experience managing mild forms of mental illness to more severe forms that required inpatient treatment. Dr. Osorio is very keen on knowing who will benefit from medication and who will not.

After two years, she moved into academia. Here she has trained countless doctors who want to become psychiatrists. Her level of expertise has gotten her multiple awards as faculty of the year, clinical faculty of the year, research faculty of the year, and teacher of the year. Dr. Osorio has worked in academia as an outpatient psychiatrist and as a physician providing medication management in partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs. Her approach to treating mental illness is through a whole person center approach. Through this lens, Dr. Osorio considers the biological, social, psychological, and spiritual aspects of an individual to discern when medications are appropriate or not.

Lastly, Dr. Osorio has worked as a consultant with the World Health Organization and Panamerican Health Organization, providing training on a low-intensity psychological intervention called Problem Management Plus (PM+). Her area of work has been in the Caribbean and Central and South America.

In addition to writing for ChoosingTherapy.com, Dr. Carolina Osorio’s expertise has been featured in Loma Linda Health University News, Elsevier Journal, and frontiersin.org.

She also appeared in Dr. David Puder Psychiatry and Psychotherapy podcasts:

  • Episode 122: Alzheimer’s Dementia
  • Episode 094: Cuties and the Oversexualization of Children in Our Culture
  • Episode 089: How to Retire Happy with Dr. Osorio

Professional Affiliations:

American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry
American College of Lifestyle Medicine


Fellowship, UCLA Semel Institute of Neuroscience, Geriatric Psychiatry and Human Behavior, 2012
Residency, Loma Linda University Medical Center, General Psychiatry, 2011
MD, Universidad Libre Cali, Cali Colombia, Doctor of Medicine, 2001

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Areas of Focus

Dr. Carolina Osorio, M.D., a board-certified psychiatrist with expertise in geriatric and adult psychiatry, specializes in treating mental illness across the lifespan. With a holistic approach and extensive clinical experience, she offers compassionate care and personalized treatment to her patients.

Carolina Osorio utilizes a number of therapeutic approaches, including:

  • Working with adults impaired by distress in communities that are exposed to adversity
  • Psychotherapy in medication management outpatient clinics
  • Psychopharmacology management of anxiety disorders, PTSD, OCD, unipolar depression, and bipolar depression
  • Psychiatry management for borderline personality disorder
  • Management of mental illness in older adults
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