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Sencan Solay Unal, MD

Hutchinson Health Mental Health Clinic

Dr. Sencan Solay Unal is a board certified psychiatrist with sub-specialty training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She specializes in treatments for mood and anxiety disorders. She also has interests in the developmental psychopathology of childhood mental illnesses and, treatment mechanisms in pharmacological and psychological  interventions. Dr. Unal received her medical degree from Hacettepe University. She completed her general psychiatry residency at SUNY and her child psychiatry fellowship at Mayo Clinic. She founded and directed the Pediatric Mood Disorder Clinic at Mayo Clinic. She served as a faculty member at Mayo Clinic and Yale University since 2003. She has conducted several research projects examining the biologic basis of mood and anxiety disorders using novel brain imaging techniques.  She has received several honors and awards for her research and teaching services. She is an enthusiastic patient advocate and has served on the medical boards of several foundations.

Interest areas: Childhood psychiatric illnesses, particularly pediatric bipolar disorder and their comorbid conditions, treatment refractory depression and anxiety in all age groups, complex trauma, attachment, temperament, suicide, developmental psychopathology of childhood psychiatric illnesses, intervention research and mediators of treatment response and evidence based medicine.

“Those who make compassion an essential part of their lives find the joy of life. Kindness deepens the spirit and produces rewards that cannot be completely explained in words. It is an experience more powerful than words. To become acquainted with kindness one must be prepared to learn new things and feel new feelings. Kindness is more than a philosophy of the mind. It is a philosophy of the spirit.” -Robert J. Furey

Board-Certified Specialties

  • Psychiatry

Professional Interests

  • Childhood psychiatric illnesses
  • Pediatric bipolar disorder
  • Complex trauma
  • Suicide
  • Refractory depression and anxiety


  • Female

Education & Experience

Educational Institutions

  • Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Rochester, MN
  • State University of New York at Stony Brook, Long Island, NY
  • Ankara University Medical School, Ankara, Turkey
  • Hacettepe University, School of Medicine Ankara, Turkey


  • SUNY State University of New York at Stony Brook Long Island, NY


  • Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Medicine Rochester, MN


  • Medical Board, Ryan Lynch Bipolar Foundation
  • International Society of Bipolar Disorder
  • Medical Board, Juvenile Bipolar Disorder Foundation

Locations & Contacts

Hutchinson Health Hospital