Erikka Dzirasa, M.D., MPH

Erikka Dzirasa, MD, MPH


Medical Doctor, Psychiatrist

Area of Focus:

Anxiety Disorders, Mood Disorders, Eating Disorders, Trauma, Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Psychotic Disorders, Supportive Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Psychopharmacology


General Psychiatry Residency Program, Duke University Medical Center, 2011
Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship, Duke University Medical Center, 2011
MD, Duke University School of Medicine, 2006
MPH in Health Care & Prevention & Leadership, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2004
BS in Biology, Phi Beta Kappa, Spelman College, 2001

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Professional Background

Dr. Erikka Dzirasa, MD, MPH is a double board-certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist with experience in treating psychiatric conditions such as anxiety disorders, mood disorders, eating disorders, trauma, neurodevelopmental disorders, and psychotic disorders. Erikka attended Spelman College where she received a dual Bachelor of Science degree in Biology & French. During her tenure in college, she also completed studies abroad at Sussex University in England and at the Université de Schoelcher in Martinique.

Shortly after, Erikka pursued her lifelong dream of becoming a physician and earned her Doctorate of Medicine at Duke University. Her interest in not only improving the lives of individuals and families, but also the community at large, led her to pursue a Master of Public Health Degree in Leadership and Health Care and Prevention at UNC Chapel Hill. Erikka then completed her residency in General Psychiatry and her fellowship in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center, where she served as Chief Resident in Emergency Services and Residency Education.

Erikka is committed to providing compassionate and comprehensive care that incorporates supportive therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and psychopharmacology.  She believes in a collaborative and integrative approach to treating psychiatric conditions. Mental health advocacy is also important, and she currently serves as the President of the North Carolina Council of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and as a subject matter advisor for “I Live For”, a non-profit organization that aims to reduce cultural stigma associated with psychiatric conditions among youth of color.

Professional Affiliations

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
American Psychiatric Association
North Carolina Council of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
North Carolina Psychiatric Association