Catalina Villa, MD, is a board-certified psychiatrist with almost 20 years
of experience advancing the well-being of psychiatric and internal medicine
patients, and furthering the education of medical professionals. Dr. Villa
has worked in a wide variety of settings, from internal medicine outpatient
services to psychiatric outpatient clinics, and from hospital inpatient
services to psychiatric emergency units.
In addition to her extensive psychiatry expertise, Dr. Villa’s cultural
dexterity; community psychiatry background; experience with youth and
older adults; and deep understanding of internal medicine and pharmacology
make her a professional uniquely qualified to serve in settings that integrate
mental and general health.
A native speaker of Spanish, Dr. Villa is also English-fluent. Among the
conditions she treats include: adjustment disorders, anxiety, depression,
grief and bereavement, mood disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders,
personality disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, and psychotic illnesses.
She earned her Doctor of Medicine and Surgery degree from Pontificia Universidad
Javeriana, School of Medicine in Bogotá, Colombia. Her internship
and residency training were at Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein
College of Medicine in New York City. Dr. Villa also has extensive experience
as a researcher, and this work has appeared in several peer-reviewed publications.
Dr. Villa, a mom of one who loves reading, hiking and going to the theatre,
is happy to be a part of the Washington Township Medical Foundation community.
She has long been known as a passionate volunteer of her time and expertise,
and has participated in many medical missions, including the Depression
International Project and Operation Smile, respectively, in her native Colombia.
Her philosophy of care is simple. “Through psychiatry, I am able
to help a person rather than treat an illness,” she explained. Acquainting
herself with various aspects of her patients’ lives helps her address
their problems more fully. “My goal is to treat the whole person.
This can lead to the great satisfaction of seeing my patients improve,
and knowing I have helped them makes it all worthwhile.”