Rita Suri, M.D.


Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences

Member, Adult Psychiatry

Contact Information

Fax Number: (310) 206-4310
Work Phone Number: (310) 794-9459
(800) 825-9989

Mailing Address:

300 UCLA Medical Plaza
Suite 2339
Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
Mail Code
Mailcode 696824
Los Angeles, CA 90095


Dr. Suri is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the UCLA Semel Institute of Neuroscience & Human Behavior. She completed her medical training at Washington University School of Medicine and psychiatry residency at UCLA. Following her residency, she completed a two year fellowship in Women’s Mental Health. Her research interests focus on mood disorders during pregnancy and the postpartum period. Additionally, she is the Associate Director of Residency Education and Medical Director of the Geriatric Day Treatment Program.


A selected list of publications:

Suri Rita, Hellemann Gerhard, Stowe Zachary N, Cohen Lee S, Aquino Ana, Altshuler Lori L   A prospective, naturalistic, blinded study of early neurobehavioral outcomes for infants following prenatal antidepressant exposure The Journal of clinical psychiatry, 2011; 72(7): 1002-7.
Suri Rita, Altshuler Lori L   No decision is without risk The Journal of clinical psychiatry, 2009; 70(9): 1319-20.
Suri Rita, Hellemann Gerhard, Cohen Lee, Aquino Ana, Altshuler Lori   Saliva estriol levels in women with and without prenatal antidepressant treatment Biological psychiatry, 2008; 64(6): 533-7.
Altshuler Lori L, Cohen Lee S, Vitonis Allison F, Faraone Stephen V, Harlow Bernard L, Suri Rita, Frieder Richard, Stowe Zachary N   The Pregnancy Depression Scale (PDS): a screening tool for depression in pregnancy Archives of women's mental health, 2008; 11(4): 277-85.
Suri Rita, Altshuler Lori, Hellemann Gerhard, Burt Vivien K, Aquino Ana, Mintz Jim   Effects of antenatal depression and antidepressant treatment on gestational age at birth and risk of preterm birth The American journal of psychiatry, 2007; 164(8): 1206-13.
Suri Rita, Altshuler Lori A, Mintz Jim   Depression and the decision to abort The American journal of psychiatry, 2004; 161(8): 1502.
Hendrick Victoria, Smith Lynne M, Suri Rita, Hwang Sun, Haynes Desiree, Altshuler Lori   Birth outcomes after prenatal exposure to antidepressant medication American journal of obstetrics and gynecology, 2003; 188(3): 812-5.
Gitlin Michael J, Suri Rita, Altshuler Lori, Zuckerbrow-Miller Joni, Fairbanks Lynn   Bupropion-sustained release as a treatment for SSRI-induced sexual side effects Journal of sex & marital therapy, 2002; 28(2): 131-8.
Suri Rita, Stowe Zachary N, Hendrick Victoria, Hostetter Amy, Widawski Mel, Altshuler Lori L   Estimates of nursing infant daily dose of fluoxetine through breast milk Biological psychiatry, 2002; 52(5): 446-51.