Dr. Ashraf values being an ally to her patients. She believes in the importance of providing holistic and collaborative mental health care with and for her patients, as well as ensuring patient-centered treatment plans encompassing both psychotherapy and medication management. As a reproductive psychiatrist, Dr. Ashraf strives to create access to women’s mental health care for patients navigating mood disorders along the reproductive spectrum. She specializes in providing preconception consultations and treatment for women with a chronic and new-onset mental illness desiring to conceive and maintain mental health stability during pregnancy and postpartum timeframes. She specializes in treatment of peripartum/postpartum anxiety and depression, maternal and paternal postpartum depression and anxiety disorders, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, premenstrual exacerbation symptoms, acute stress disorder and postraumatic stress disorder as a result of traumatic birth experiences, grief disorders related to miscarriage or fetal demise, mood disorders related to infertility and IUI or IVF treatment, and mood disorders related to perimenopausal transition. As an adult psychiatrist, she also has experience in the diagnostic identification and treatment of depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, and bipolar disorders.
Dr. Ashraf completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. She then went on to complete her medical training at Central Michigan University (CMU) and transitioned to residency training in Psychiatry with CMU Health. During her residency training, she strived to provide quality care and advocate for mental health recognition and treatment in underserved communities. She was a Louise E. Zeile Scholarship award recipient as the junior chief resident and then went on to become the clinical and administrative chief resident. She collaborated on research in adverse childhood experiences and trauma-informed care. She also provided didactics and grand round sessions dedicated to improving clinical knowledge of women’s mental health along the reproductive spectrum during residency training. She was awarded the Excellence in Advocacy award upon completion of residency training. Dr. Ashraf then went on to to complete a fellowship in Perinatal Psychiatry and Women’s Mental Health at Northwestern Medicine.