Dr. Reader is a board certified psychiatrist with The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She completed her psychiatry residency training at Georgetown University Hospital after a transitional internship in the United States Air Force at Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. She received her Doctorate of Medicine from The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Medical School in Bethesda, Maryland and graduated with distinction with a B.A. in Biology from San Diego State University in San Diego, California.
Dr. Reader is an assistant clinical professor in the Departments of Psychiatry at both George Washington University and Georgetown University, participating at both institutions in medical student education. She previously worked as a psychiatrist at the Student Health Services at George Washington University, and enjoys working with the young adult and college student population, working with teenagers and young adults ages 15 and older.
In addition, she completed training in reproductive psychiatry and women’s mental health issues including mental health treatment considerations prior to conception, medications during pregnancy and while breastfeeding, postpartum depression, mood disorders related to infertility, as well as pre-menstrual dysphoric disorder. This area of psychiatry is of great interest to her, and she continues to stay up to date on the most recent research literature, resources within the community, and current recommendations for treatment of perinatal mood disorders.
Dr. Reader has extensive experience as a community psychiatrist working with the chronically severely mentally ill, incarcerated women in the D.C. Jail, and spent years providing mental health care to underserved and indigent communities suffering from HIV/AIDS within the inner city of Washington D.C.
Dr. Reader’s practice philosophy incorporates a comprehensive style. This includes medication management to alleviate symptoms, psychotherapy, or coordinated care with patient’s psychotherapists, reproductive consultations for general psychiatrists, obstetricians, primary care doctors, referrals to alternative and complementary medicine practitioners, psychological testing if indicated, and knowledge of a wide variety of related supportive psychiatric and psychological resources.
More information can be found on her website drbeverlyreader.com.