Helping one child at a time.
Manpreet Singh has dedicated her career in psychiatric medicine to trying to understand why children develop mood disorders, with the ultimate goal of preventing their onset. A principle she learned early in life—known as “seva,” or service—has shaped the kind of physician and teacher she has become.
“Something that was very important to me—that Michigan State very much cultivated in the way that it educated me to be a very compassionate and service-oriented physician—is that I could instill hope in my patients,” says Singh, who earned her medical doctorate from the MSU College of Human Medicine in 2002.
An assistant professor of child and adolescent psychiatry and child development and codirector of the Pediatric Mood Disorders Program at the Stanford University School of Medicine, Singh also is a new mother, which she says has given her professional mission additional meaning.
“If I can make a positive contribution to a single child at any given level, whether it’s my own child or that of any of the patients that I see, then I’m happy.”