Giovana Beux Zunta-Soares, MD, serves as the Medical Director of the ARPA Stress and Anxiety Program. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. With over 25 years of clinical experience as an adult psychiatrist, she combines knowledge with compassion to provide excellent care for patients with an integrative approach, tailoring the treatment for all patients, as unique individuals with their own needs.
Dr. Zunta-Soares has a special interest in Anxiety and Mood Disorders. She has extensive training and experience in the treatment of these conditions. She is currently working to expand clinic services through the Stress and Anxiety Clinic at the main location. The clinic is composed of child and adult psychiatrists and therapists under her coordination. The clinic has two main goals, to provide an integrative treatment approach to patients, including medication management, psychotherapy, and Complimentary Alternative Medicine, which may include, mindfulness, yoga, and nutrition discussions; and an educational component, involving residents and fellows to get exposure and experience of dealing with anxiety.
Zunta-Soares actively participates in research on mood disorders with the Center of Excellence on Mood Disorders. Her research focuses on the brain mechanisms involved in bipolar and unipolar mood disorders, neuroimaging and neurocognitive studies, and clinical trials to develop new treatments for these conditions. She has authored more than 110 peer-reviewed publications and mentored clinical investigators including graduate students, research assistants, research coordinators, and postdoctoral research fellows. Her current work is focused on how to integrate neuroimaging, neurocognitive, and other biomarkers into meaningful clinical diagnostic tools.