Valerie  J  Nordquist  MD   Psychiatry





Practice and Philosophy
Dr. Nordquist maintains a relatively small private practice in center city Philadelphia that allows her to provide personalized and attentive care consistently. Patients in her practice work directly with her, ensuring continuity of care with a single provider.  She provides empathic consultation and treatment to individuals through therapy and or medications. 

The premise of Dr. Nordquist's treatment approach emphasizes finding ways to promote mental health, not only to treat mental illness. Through building relationships in which she can thoroughly understand unique attributes, struggles, and strengths of patients, she works not only to to help reduce suffering but also to help patients identify and reach their life goals. 


Areas of Special Interest

   •    Physicians and Resident Physicians in training
Dr. Nordquist has a special interest and experience in treating fellow physicians, including residents amidst the rigors of residency training.  She is familiar with helping individuals navigate the difficulties inherent in transitioning medical student to resident to attending, and in treating the mental health concerns that often accompany stressors of a career in medicine. 
   •     Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer Community
In addition, Dr. Nordquist has expertise in working with individuals within the LGBTQ community. She provides a safe and accepting environment to work with the challenges and stresses specific to those who identify within this community, or who may be exploring questions about their gender or sexuality. 
   •    Creative Arts
Through her work experience and interests, Dr Nordquist has gained expertise in working with professional musicians and artists. She is familiar with the pressures unique to this population and can offer treatment options specially tailored to the circumstances of these demanding professions.

  •    Young Adults and College Students
Dr. Nordquist has worked extensively with young adults and college students. She has over a decade of experience working in college counseling centers treating the mental health concerns that often arise during this important developmental transition and time period.​

Clinical Experience

In addition to her solo private practice, Dr. Nordquist also serves as consulting psychiatrist for the students at The University of Rutgers in Camden NJ, and provides collaborative supervision to The Mazzoni Center for LGBTQ health in Philadelphia. As part of her private practice, she collaborates with the Graduate Medical Education Office and Residency Wellness Committee at Temple University to provide psychiatric treatment for physician residents in training.

She also served 9 years as an expert witness for Pennsylvania Hospital, providing testimony in mental health court. In an effort to help train the next generation of psychiatrists at her alma mater, she has served as a clinical associate faculty at the University of Pennsylvania supervising psychiatry residents and delivering lectures to trainees. Previously she worked as Attending Emergency Psychiatrist at Hall Mercer Crisis Response Center as well as consultant psychiatrist at The Curtis Institute of Music and at Saint Joseph's University.


Awards and Recognition

Among other awards, Dr Nordquist was a recipient of the Dr. Henry P. Paige and M. Paige Durkee Laughlin Foundation Merit Award for Professional Achievement, The Baldwin L. Keyes Prize for Excellence in Psychiatry, and The Hobart Amory Hare Honor Society for Academic Excellence in Clinical Medicine. 

Education and Credentials
She completed her undergraduate education at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan, and attended medical school at Jefferson Medical College. Dr. Nordquist then completed 4 years of psychiatric training at The University of Pennsylvania where she served as chief resident in her final year.


In addition to ongoing continuing medical education, she has pursued mindfulness training for healthcare professionals through the Penn Program for Mindfulness, and continues to be an active participant in mindfulness training and activities. 

Dr. Nordquist is licensed both in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and is board certified through TheAmerican Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.