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Dr. Tomoya Hirota is a psychiatrist who specializes in assessing psychiatric problems in children and adolescents who also have neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs). He also specializes in pharmacotherapy, providing both medication management and consultations. He collaborates with other doctors to perform diagnostic assessments of autism spectrum disorder and NDDs.

In research, Hirota is interested in exploring early development pathways of social, emotional and behavioral problems in young children and how they relate to diagnoses later in life. His other research interest is investigating how psychiatric disorders emerge in individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders.

Hirota earned his medical degree from Kobe University School of Medicine in Japan. He completed a residency in general psychiatry at Vanderbilt University and a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at UCSF.

Outside of work, Hirota enjoys traveling and fondly remembers the years he spent backpacking in Europe and Asia, seeing ancient architecture. He also enjoys running and reading the novels of Kazuo Ishiguro.

  • Education

    Kobe University School of Medicine, MD, 2007

  • Residencies

    Vanderbilt University, General Psychiatry, 2015

  • Fellowships

    UCSF, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 2017