about me

ba | psychology | stanford university | 2006 

mph| health policy & management | rollins school of public health | emory university | 2008 

md | university of illinois at chicago college of medicine | 2013 

adult psychiatry residency training | public psychiatry fellow | yale school of medicine | 2017 

assistant professor | yale department of psychiatry | 2017- 2018 

director of standardized patient program | yale teaching & learning center | yale  department of medical education | 2017- 2018 

health policy fellow | office of senator chris murphy | jeanne spurlock congressional fellowship | the american psychiatric association | 2018-2019

assistant professor| department of psychiatry | johns hopkins school of medicine | 2018-present 

outpatient psychiatrist | family preservation services | 2019-present

founder | time's up healthcare | 2019-present 

board member | committee to protect medicare | 2020-present 


Despite having a first name that sounds like the largest state on the west coast, Kali was actually born and raised in West Palm Beach, Florida. She eventually moved to California where she attended Stanford University and learned how to play championship rugby, appreciate exquisitely hand made deli sandwiches with sprouts, and explore elevated landscape for the first time. After receiving her B.A. in Psychology, Kali became motivated to learn about the complicated US healthcare system and the doctors' role within this system, so she moved back to the south and received her M.P.H. from Emory University. Post Emory, realizing that she had spent 20 consecutive years in school, Kali deferred her first year of medical school and moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil before starting at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine. To distract herself from the cold, Kali kept busy advocating on behalf of underrepresented minority communities. After medical school, Dr. Cyrus completed her residency in psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine.

After residency, she was hired as an Assistant Professor at the Yale School of Medicine and worked as an outpatient attending with individuals with serious mental illness, substance abuse, and the deaf/hard of hearing clientele. She also served as the Director of the Standardized Patient Program in the Teaching & Learning Center and led the development of the Department of Psychiatry's Residency Program Social Justice and Health Equity Curriculum. 

From August 2018 until June 2019, Kali worked as a Health Policy Fellow in Senator Chris Murphy's office, as the American Psychiatric Association's 2018 Jeanne Spurlock Congressional Fellow. 

Since then, she works as a psychiatrist on an ACT Team in Washington D.C. and offers freelance consultation to political and/or advocacy organizations around issues of medical practice, public health, and conflict stemming from difference.