Nihit Kumar, M.D.


Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry



Clinical and Research Experience

I have extensive training and expertise in psychiatric management of child and adolescent mental health and substance abuse disorders. My training background includes exposure to a wide range of psychopathology during my psychiatry residency as well as two additional fellowships in child and adolescent psychiatry and addiction psychiatry. In my current clinical practice, I regularly treat children and adolescents with histories of abuse and neglect along with depression, anxiety, ADHD trauma and psychosis, with a special emphasis on managing their comorbid substance use disorders. I also manage an active buprenorphine clinic for adults with opioid use disorders. I was first author on a publication examining the effects of early childhood trauma on the progress and outcomes in patients with opioid use disorders being treated with buprenorphine and am regularly invited by the local media as an expert to talk about the current substance abuse issues in Arkansas communities. My role as the UAMS child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship training director as well as the medical director of our school-based outpatient child psychiatry clinic (STRIVE) speaks to my skills as a leader and collaborator in the mental health field.

Recent Publications

Cotton A, Gokarakonda SB, Caffrey AR, Zarate YA, Kumar N. “Behavioral phenotype and sleep problems in SATB2-associated syndrome.” Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology. 2019 Aug. DOI:10.1111/dmcn.14330

Hunter H, Dumas A, Esmaeilpour D, Kumar N. “Gastrointestinal induced behavioral disturbances in children with autism spectrum disorder.” Case Report, Annals of Pediatrics. 2018;2:1010.

Kumar N, Stowe ZN, Han X, Mancino M. “Impact of Early Childhood Trauma on Retention and Phase Advancement in an Outpatient Buprenorphine Treatment Program.”  The American Journal on Addictions. 2016 Oct; 25(7):542-8.

Deepmala, Slattery J, Kumar N, Delhey L, Berk M, Dean O, Spielholz C, Frye R. “Clinical Trials of N-acetylcysteine in Psychiatry and Neurology – A Systematic Review.” Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Review. 2015 May; 55:294-321.