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About Me

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My Qualifications:  I have been practicing psychiatry for over 15 years, since I entered residency training.  I am licensed to practice in the State of Connecticut (medical license 044848) and I am a diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN), and I am in good standing with their Maintenance of Certification process. 

My AffiliationsI lead the Women Psychiatrists of Greater Hartford (WPGH), and I am a member of various organizations, including the American Psychiatric Association, the American Academy of Psychodynamic Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis, the American Association of Directors of Psychiatry Residency Training, and the Connecticut Psychiatric Society.  I am also an Assistant Professor and Assistant Training Director in the Department of Psychiatry at UConn Health.


  • 2007: Graduate of UConn Psychiatry Residency Training Program

  • 2003: M.D. SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn (Downstate)

  • 1998: B.S. SUNY at Albany (Interdisciplinary Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)

Work Experience

  • 2017- present: Debra Forrest, M.D., LLC- Owner and Psychiatrist

  • 2010-present: UConn Health- Assistant Professor and Assistant Training Director for the Psychiatry Residency Program

  • 2013-2018: Hartford Behavioral Health- Medical Director

  • 2007-2010: DMHAS’s Cedarcrest Hospital (and Connecticut Valley Hospital) Young Adult Services Principal Psychiatrist and Staff Psychiatrist

  • 2009: Natchaug Hospital’s Journey House Adolescent Residential Treatment Center- Psychiatrist

"What Is Psychiatry?"   Click here to learn about Psychiatry from the American Psychiatric Association's website.   As a Psychiatrist, I am a physician who specializes in mental health.  If you have never worked with a psychiatrist, or if you want to understand the difference between Psychology and Psychiatry, you can learn more at this site.

"What is Psychodynamic Psychiatry?"   Click here to open a one-page PDF document from The American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry about Psychodynamic Psychiatry.  I practice Psychodynamic Psychiatry with all patients.  Even if we don't meet for formal "therapy" sessions, and even if you are looking primarily to medications for relief, this page reflects how I think, how I work, and how I can help you.

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