Meet Lucia Cheng, MD – Board-Certified General Adult & Perinatal/Reproductive Psychiatrist, Board-Certified Lifestyle Medicine Physician
Dr. Lucia Cheng was born in Taiwan and immigrated to California at the age of seven. She completed her bachelors degree at UC Riverside and completed her medical degree at Medical College of Wisconsin in 2004. She then returned to California and completed her general psychiatry residency training at Loma Linda University Medical Center in 2008.
After residency Dr. Cheng worked as teaching faculty at Loma Linda University Medical Center providing specialized women’s mental health services, and as clinical staff at Loma Linda Veterans Affair Medical Center. She then moved to Northern California where she worked as the medical director of the outpatient Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder treatment program at the Veterans Affair Medical Center based in Livermore, where she developed experience treating patients using telepsychiatry. Dr. Cheng then worked as an inpatient staff psychiatrist at Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz. In 2012, Dr. Cheng started working exclusively as an online psychiatrist, first with InSight Telepsychiatry (now Array), then with Southern California Kaiser Permanente and Regroup.
During Dr. Cheng’s clinical experiences in multiple settings, it became apparent to her that there is a large population of people across the United States who are unable to access psychiatric care due to distance, transportation issues, work schedule, childcare responsibilities, and other factors. Phoenix Progressive Psychiatric Services was founded to help address those difficulties by providing high-quality psychiatric care to those who would otherwise be unable to access it. Currently, Dr. Cheng currently uses the AmWell.com platform for online appointments. This provides Dr. Cheng the flexibility she needs to provide the best care possible and develop long-lasting therapeutic relationships with her patients.
Dr. Cheng is a member of the American Telemedicine Association (ATA), Marcé of North America (MONA) and Postpartum Support International (PSI), and has completed the PSI Perinatal Mental Health certification training. In addition, Dr. Cheng currently serves on the board of directors of the International Society of Reproductive Psychiatrists (ISRP) and is a volunteer expert consultant for the PSI Prescriber Consult Line. Dr. Cheng loves working with women in the pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, and post-partum stages of their lives, and especially enjoys doing pre-conception consultations with women already on psychiatric medications and planning pregnancy. Dr. Cheng also enjoys working with the video gaming community as she is an avid gamer herself.
During her free time Dr. Cheng enjoys spending time with her family and friends, practicing Chinese wushu, playing complicated board games, and playing video games. Dr. Cheng also enjoys attending various video gaming-related conventions and volunteers with TakeThis.org at their Hope Booth and AFK Room whenever she can.