Nihit Kumar, M.D.

KumarNihit Kumar, M.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry. He is board certified in Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, and Addiction Psychiatry, and specializes in treating children and adolescents with mental health and substance use disorders, and adults with opioid use disorder. He is the Medical Director of STRIVE school-based mental health program, and the Training Director of the Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program at UAMS.

His past and current research interests include enhancing outcomes in patients on Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder, dissemination of education on Opioid Abuse, and use of technology for prevention of substance use in students.


Gokarakonda SB, Kumar N. La Belle Indifférence. In: StatPearls. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; July 15, 2020. PMID:32809677

Kumar N, Zarate YA. “Managing Sleep and Behavioral Problems in a Preschooler with SATB2-Associated Syndrome.” Case Report, Case Reports in Genetics. 2020 July; doi: 10.1155/2020/8868458; PMID:32765914

Yilanli M, Das A, Raney V, Kumar N. “Treatment with Hydroxyzine for Paradoxical Vocal Cord Dysfunction.” Case Report, The Journal of The Arkansas Medical Society. 2020 June;116(12):274-5.

Cotton A, Gokarakonda SB, Caffrey AR, Zarate YA, Kumar N. “Behavioral phenotype and sleep problems in SATB2-associated syndrome.” Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology. 2020 Jul; 62(7):827-32. First published Aug 2019; 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 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.

Book Chapters

Kumar N. Neurotransmitter Systems: Dopamine. In R. Frye & M. Berk (Eds.), Therapeutic Use of N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) in Medicine (pp. 55-73). Adis, Springer Nature. ISBN 978-981-10-5310-8.