Alejandra Postlethwaite, M.D.


Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego

Medical Group / IPA

Rady Children's Specialists

Medical School

Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara, Mexico


UC San Diego


University of California Los Angeles

Board Certifications





Alejandra Postlethwaite, MD is a board certified community, adult, adolescent and child psychiatrist, and a Health Sciences, Assistant Clinical Professor at UCSD Department of Psychiatry.

After completing medical school at the Universidad Autonoma of Guadalajara in Jalisco, Mexico, she lived and worked in San Juan Teitipac, Oaxaca as a family practitioner. She received her psychiatric training at Harvard Medical School and UCSD, her child and adolescent psychiatric training at UCLA, and her psychoanalytic psychotherapy training at the Boston Psychoanalytic Institute. Her research career has focused on childhood trauma and parental bonding in the Hispanic population. She has been honored with several awards including UCSD Chair Research Award, UCSD Medical Student Teaching Award, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Chief Resident leadership travel award, the APA Minority Fellowship Award, UCLA Gertude R Greenblatt, MD award for humanity work, and the American Psychoanalytic Association Fellowship Award.

Alejandra is actively involved in the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) Diversity and Culture Committee, the California Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (ACAP) and San Diego ACAP Chapters, for which she is president elect. She was the behavioral health services director for La Maestra Community Health Center prior to joining Neighborhood Health care, where she continues to work with medically underserved children and families. She is also a staff psychiatrist at Rady Children's Hospital Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Inpatient unit, and a professor for 1st year UCSD medical student. Prior to her work at federally qualified health care clinics, Dr Postlethwaite, was the Associate Training Director for UCSD Community Psychiatry Fellowship Program.

Dr. Postlethwaite lives in San Diego with her husband and 3 boys. She was born and raised in Mexicali, Baja California Mexico, and enjoys visiting Tijuana regularly as most of her family resides there.

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