University of California, Riverside

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Dr. Ijeoma Ijeaku, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.P.A.

Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor - Psychiatry

Dr. Ijeoma Ijeaku

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Riverside University Health System, Behavioral Health
4095 County Circle Drive
Riverside, California, 92503
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School of Medicine
University of California, Riverside
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Education and Training

  • Fellowship, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
  • Residency, Psychiatry, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, California
  • M.P.H., Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, California
  • M.B.B.S., University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria.


Dr. Ijeoma Ijeaku, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.P.A. is an assistant clinical professor of health sciences at the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine and an attending child and adolescent psychiatrist with the Riverside University Health System, Behavioral Health.

Ijeoma earned her M.B.B.S. from the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, then earned her master of public health at Loma Linda University. She started her psychiatry residency program while she was still enrolled in the MPH program. She completed her fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Southern California.

She is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in both general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry and is a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. She is the Inland Empire Region Councilor for the Southern California Psychiatric Society, a member of the women's committee of the Southern California Psychiatric Society as well as a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the Association of Nigerian Physicians in the Americas, the Southern California Psychiatric Society, the American Psychiatric Association, the California Psychiatric Association, and the American Medical Association.

She is also a member of the board of directors of the Mount San Jacinto branch of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

Ijeaku is featured in the documentary "The Art of Storytelling: The Human Experience of Being a Psychiatrist," produced by the Southern California Psychiatric Society.

Research Interests

Ijeoma's research includes work on slowed cognition and paranoia, the mental health and well being of AIDS orphans in Lesotho as well as behavioral patterns among adolescents in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria.


  • Chieftaincy title by Nigerian community in recognition of philanthropic work, 2015.
  • USC Child Psychiatry top score for Child Psychiatry In-Training Exam (PRITE), 2013.
  • Southern California Psychiatry Society PER Excellence in Psychiatry Education Award, 2012.
  • First place - Psychiatry In-Training Exam (PRITE) score in class for PGY-2 & PGY-3, 2011 and 2012.
  • Dedicated Volunteer Service Award, Edward Dean Museum of Arts and Garden, Cherry Valley, California, 2011.
  • Great School Support, Sundance Elementary School, Beaumont, California, 2010.
  • Public Service Award, Okwu Community, Nigeria, 2009.
  • Parent Volunteer Award, Ponderosa Elementary School, 2003-2008.
  • Editorial Award, College of Medicine, University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, 2002.

Selected Publications

  • Cases That Test Your Skills… Slowed Cognition and Paranoia. Published December 2012 in Current Psychiatry Journal. 2012.
  • ‘Effects of Oil Exploration on Adolescent Health’, a pilot study understudying effects of oil exploration on the access to health care, behavioral patterns and practices among adolescents in the Niger delta region of Nigeria, 2002.

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