Farha Motiwala, MD

Psychiatrist, Adult Inpatient Unit


  • Addiction Psychiatry
  • Substance Use Disorder

Farha Motiwala, MD, is an attending psychiatrist serving adult inpatient unit. She is board certified in both psychiatry and addiction psychiatry. She received her medical degree from Dow Medical College in Karachi, Pakistan. She earned a certificate of distinction in physiology and pathology. As an observer/extern, she gained diverse clinical and research experience from esteemed clinical institutes such as Neurobiology Program at Children’s Memorial Hospital/ Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and Dept. of Psychiatry at University of Louisville.  Dr. Motiwala completed her residency at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, during which time she was also elected Vice President of the New Jersey Psychiatry Association Residents’ Chapter. She completed a fellowship in addiction psychiatry at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center as well as a fellowship in consultation-liaison psychiatry at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Before coming to Sheppard Pratt, she was an attending psychiatrist and unit chief at North Central Bronx Hospital. She also served as an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University.                                                                                       

Dr. Motiwala is widely published in the field of mental health. Her research interests include pharmacotherapy, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance use disorders, diagnostic challenges, self-harming behaviors, and more. She is fluent in both English and Urdu.