Adolescent Clinic

Roxanne Rockwell, PhD

Director of Adolescent Services

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Dr. Roxanne Rockwell is an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Director of the UC San Diego Adolescent Eating Disorders Service. She has experience in the treatment, evaluation and research of eating disorders and obesity since 1999. She was one of the founding members of the UCSD Eating Disorders Program in 2005, and has been integrally involved in its development and expansion. Dr. Rockwell played a primary role in devising and building the innovative individual and multi-family Intensive Family Therapy (IFT) programs and the adolescent and young adult day treatment and intensive outpatient programs. As a certified Family Based (i.e., “Maudsley”) Therapist, she served as the IFT program director for several years, and currently provides training and supervision in this modality for staff and faculty. She founded the UC San Diego Parent Advisory Council (PAC) in 2012 and continues to develop this important service. Dr. Rockwell graduated from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, and completed pre-doctoral internship at Rady Children’s Outpatient Psychiatry which involved working with children and families dealing with various psychiatric illnesses. Her clinical and research work focuses primarily on eating disorders (anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder) and weight management issues. She serves as a LEAD Fellow and Diversity Champion for the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at UC San Diego.

Medical Team

Emily Gray, MD

Medical Director

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Emily Gray M.D. is the medical director of the Pediatric and Adolescent Eating Disorder Program at the UCSD Eating Disorder Center for Treatment and Research and an Assistant Clinical Professor at the UCSD School of Medicine. She is board certified in adult and child/adolescent psychiatry and completed her undergraduate, medical school, and adult psychiatry residency training at the University of California, San Diego. She received specialty training in child and adolescent psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)/McLean Hospital and after graduating, became faculty at Harvard Medical School with an appointment at MGH where she specialized in the treatment of eating disorders, child and adolescent psychiatry, and the overlap between psychiatric conditions and gastroenterology.

Danielle Haber, MD

Attending Psychiatrist

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Dr. Danielle Haber has worked in the UCSD Department of Psychiatry since 2002 and as Associate Director of the UCSD OCD Program since 2008. She joined the UCSD Adolescent Eating Disorders Program in early 2012. Dr. Haber has more than 20 years of experience as a child and adolescent psychiatrist and has had a special interest in eating disorders throughout her clinical career. Dr. Haber is an Associate Clinical Professor at UCSD and participates in the teaching and supervision of psychiatry residents. She is board certified in both Adult Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Haber performs psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and provides the psychiatric input to the team of clinicians working with the Adolescent ED patients. She continues to maintain a focus on psychodynamics, biological psychiatry and on evidence based treatments. In addition to her work with the adolescents in the UCSD ED Program, she has a private practice of psychiatry in San Diego. She received her MD from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY and completed both her Psychiatry Residency and her Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at UCLA.

Venus Estepa-Morse, RN

Nurse

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Venus Estepa-Morse, Registered Nurse welcomed the opportunity to work for the UCSD Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research Program in December 2012. Her career as an RN includes sub-acute care, travel medicine and experience with adult, adolescent and pediatric eating disorder patients in a partial hospitalization setting. At UCSD, she attends to the medical needs of the patients in the Pediatric Program along with assisting the physicians to coordinate care throughout the patient’s treatment process. Venus enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.

Psychology Team

Leslie Anderson, PhD

Director of Training, Clinical Associate Professor

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Dr. Leslie Karwoski Anderson is a clinical associate professor and training director at UCSD Eating Disorders Center. She has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Kansas, and completed her clinical internship at Duke University Medical Center. Before coming to UCSD, she held a clinical faculty appointment at the University of Washington, was a supervisor in Marsha Linehan's DBT training clinic, and was a staff psychologist at the DBT Center of Seattle. She currently oversees the training and clinical supervision of the UCSD EDC staff, and conducts individual, family and group therapy for anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder and EDNOS. Her research interests are in treatment development, evaluation, and outcomes, especially with regards to adaptations of DBT and FBT, and she has published several papers in this area. She frequently gives talks and workshops on DBT, eating disorders, suicidality, and related topics in the community and at national conferences. She is currently serving as the co-chair of the Academy of Eating Disorders DBT Special Interest Group.

Sarah Archer, LMFT

Program Manager

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Sarah Archer is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has been working with adolescents, teens and their families for over 8 years. Sarah began as a Therapeutic Behavioral Coach providing in home behavioral modification services for at risk youth. Upon graduating from University of San Diego Sarah transitioned to Children’s Hospital providing treatment for children ages 3-18 and their families. There she worked with a variety of diagnosis such as Depression, Anxiety ADHD, ASD as well as co-occurring disorders such as Substance Abuse and Eating Disorders. Sarah recently joined our team in May 2011 and will be providing clinical treatment at the adolescent/teen Day Treatment Program.

Anne Clarkin, LCSW

Program Manager

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Anne Clarkin is a licensed clinical social worker with over 30 years of experience in the treatment of eating disorders. Anne has been at UCSD Eating Disorders Program since 2009, working in the Adult Program, the Medical Behavioral Unit and now provides group therapy, FBT family therapy and clinical supervision in the Adolescent Day Treatment Program. She graduated from Tufts University with a BA in Psychology and received an MSW from San Diego State University. Anne has designed and directed inpatient and outpatient eating disorder programs in San Diego hospitals and has treated adults, adolescents and families dealing with eating disorders in private practice. Anne has also written a chapter on the treatment of eating disorders for Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, a nursing textbook.

Ana Ramirez, PhD

Program Manager

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Dr. Ana Ramirez is a licensed psychologist at the UCSD Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research and a program manager of the Adolescent Treatment Program. She received her Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in Clinical Psychology, completed her clinical internship at University Medical Center of Princeton, and a postdoctoral fellowship at the UCSD Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research. Her research experience includes the development of an eating disorder prevention program that was piloted with college students and her current research interests include treatment development, evaluation, and outcomes, and the adaptation of available treatments for culturally diverse patient populations. Dr. Ramirez has training in family-based treatment, dialectical behavior therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy. Her clinical experience includes treatment of eating disorders in inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient and outpatient settings. Dr. Ramirez has worked in the Adult and Pediatric Programs and is now providing family and group therapy in the Adolescent Program.

Christina E. Wierenga, PhD

Associate Professor/Supervising Psychologist

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Dr. Wierenga is an Associate Professor and Clinical Neuropsychologist in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California San Diego. She is an expert in the neurobiology of eating disorders, in particular related to the neural circuitry supporting cognition and behavior. She Co-Directs the Research Program at the UCSD Eating Disorder Treatment and Research Program, where she conducts neuroimaging and neuropsychological research examining the brain basis of disordered eating, with an emphasis on cognitive control, reward processing, and interoception. She is also heavily involved in treatment development efforts for eating disorders guided by a neurobiological understanding of behavior, as well as treatment outcome studies. She is a CA licensed Clinical Psychologist and supervises clinical trainees in the Adolescent Program and conducts neuropsychological assessments in both the Adolescent and Adult Programs. She serves as faculty in the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology and the UCSD Clinical Psychology APA approved Internship and is actively involved in training graduate students, pre-doctoral clinical interns, and post-doctoral fellows. She has been funded by the National Eating Disorders Association, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Alzheimer’s Association.

Therapists

Kim Claudat, PhD

Post-doctoral Fellow

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Kim is a postdoctoral fellow at the UCSD Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research. She completed her clinical internship at Sharp HealthCare, where she provided individual and group therapy to children, adolescents, and adults with a range of presenting concerns, in both inpatient and intensive outpatient settings. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she studied sociocultural factors that influence body image and eating pathology in college men and women. Her clinical and research interests include working with adolescents and adults with eating disorders, body image concerns, and emotion regulation difficulties.

Christin Conkle, LMFT

Lead Therapist

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Christin is one of the primary therapists in the adolescent program, with specific focus on FBT and DBT. She has been working with children, teens, and families for over ten years. Christin facilitates our Saturday Program with the families on process, meal coaching, and family activities. Christin graduated with her B.S. degree in Family and Child Development with a Minor in Psychology at San Diego State University. She received her M.A. degree in Marital and Family Therapy from Alliant International University. Christin is certified as a Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Advocate and has specific training in Motivational Interviewing, FBT, DBT, and Crisis Intervention. Christin started her career working with at-risk adolescents and their families whose primary concerns were substance abuse, neglect, and eating disorders and who were involved with the juvenile justice system. Christin has worked in residential, inpatient outpatient settings, juvenile hall, and psychiatric hospitals.

Cassandra Detgen, M.Ed.

Milieu Therapist

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Cassandra received a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics from Miami University and a Masters of Education degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Kent State University. She has previous experience working with adults and adolescents in partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient settings. Her role at UCSD includes working closely with the staff and patients throughout the treatment process. Outside of work, Cassandra enjoys traveling and being outdoors.

Dani Gonzales, PsyD

Post-doctoral Fellow

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Dani Gonzales obtained her undergraduate degree in both Psychology and Women’s Studies from California State University San Marcos in 2010. She was awarded her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology San Diego in 2012, and in 2016 was awarded her Doctorate of Clinical Psychology (PsyD). She began her work with eating disorders in 2011 at the University of California San Diego Dept. of Psychiatry Treatment and Research for Eating Disorders where she was trained in DBT and CBT therapeutic modalities. In 2013, she began her CAPPIC residency at Bayview Psychiatric Hospital where she developed an Eating Disorder Track for patients with severe and persistent mental illness. In 2014, Dani joined ERC-San Antonio as part of her residency in completing her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and completed rotations at San Antonio’s Methodist Children’s Hospital and St. Mary’s University. While completing her residency she developed and implemented ERC-SA’s Substance Use Track. Her clinical interests include BED, Post Bariatric eating disorders, Borderline Personality Disorder, collegiate athletes, and individuals struggling with Substance Use. In addition to her work with individuals and families, Dani also conducts research regarding personality and comorbidity for those struggling with a variety of Eating Disorders and Athletes. Her research has been accepted and presented on an national and international forums.

Michelle Jones, MA

Psychology Intern

Michelle Jones, MA

Michelle Jones is a doctoral student in clinical psychology at Kent State University and is currently completing her clinical internship at UCSD. She earned a B.A. in psychology from Baylor University and an M.A. in clinical psychology from Kent State University. Michelle has extensive training and clinical experience in treating adults and adolescents with eating disorders as well as anxiety, mood disorders, substance use, and chronic pain. Her research broadly focuses on identifying variables that may predict the development, exacerbation, and maintenance of disordered eating behaviors and body image disturbance and the role of emotion in the development and presentation of eating disorders. Outside of work, Michelle enjoys baking, watching sports, and spending time with her husband, son, and two dogs.

Julie Melekian, MFTI

Therapist

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Julie Melekian has been working with the UCSD treatment program since June 2013. Julie graduated with her Master of Arts in Marital and Family Therapy from the University of San Diego where she also previously received her Bachelor of Arts degree. She has a diverse background working with adolescents and their families in a variety of settings, and her interests lie particularly in the areas of behavior modification, risk assessment and grief management. Julie currently works with individuals and families in the adolescent eating disorder program and facilitates the Parent Training and DBT multifamily groups.

Hannah Patrick, MFTI

Therapist

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Hannah Patrick has been working with UCSD treatment program since May 2014. Prior to working at the Eating Disorder treatment program, Hannah worked at UCSD Center for Healthy Eating and Activity Research where she worked in the outpatient clinic with various disorders in children, adolescents, and adults including Bulimia Nervosa, Anorexia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, ARFID, Obesity, Depression and Anxiety. Hannah graduated with a Master of Arts in Marital and Family Therapy from the University of San Diego where she also previously received her Bachelor of Arts degree. She has a multitude of interests at the Eating Disorder treatment program that include family therapy, multi-family group therapy, Family based therapy for Anorexia Nervosa and treatment development for Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder. Hannah currently works with families and individuals in the adolescent program and co-leads the multi-family treatment day as well as programs and facilitates UCSD’s Bulimia Nervosa treatment track.

Emily Roberts, MA

Milieu Therapist

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Emily is a practicum student at the UCSD Eating Disorder Treatment and Research Program. She is currently in pursuit of her doctoral degree at Alliant International University, where she received her master’s degree. Emily is focusing on eating disorder prevention programs for adolescent girls for her doctoral dissertation. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Women and Gender Studies from the University of California, Davis. Emily’s areas of experience include working with children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings with mood disorders, personality disorders, psychotic disorders, and developmental disorders.

Salma Soliman, MSW

Milieu Therapist

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Salma is an Associate Social Worker in pursuit of her clinical license. Salma graduated from Rutgers University in 2010 with a BA in Psychology and minoring in Philosophy. Salma holds a Masters in Social Work from the University of Southern California. Salma began her clinical experience as a behavioral health counselor for adults providing life skills training. In 2011, Salma started her training in DBT and was an affiliate of an intensively trained team. Her clinical experience includes program development, counseling to probation and parole populations, and short term counseling and crisis intervention for at-risk adult populations. Salma currently works in the Adolescent Treatment program providing individual and group therapy.

Emily Whipple, BA

Milieu Therapist

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Emily received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. She came to the program with experience treating eating disorder patients in residential, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient settings. As a Milieu Therapist at UCSD, she works with the Adolescent Day Treatment program to assist with needs of the patients and their families, along with assisting the clinical staff to coordinate care throughout the patients' treatment.

Cathy Whitney

Milieu Therapist

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Cathy has been part of UCSD Psychiatry Department since 2001. She began with our UCSD, Eating Disorder Center for Treatment and Research Program in 2011 as an Administrative Assistant. Cathy works with the Adult and Adolescent programs with meals, some groups and administrative needs of the staff. She works with the dietary team helping with any administrative duties and recently she has taken over the administrative functions of the Intensive Family Therapy program. Cathy is an avid baseball fan for her team the St. Louis Cardinals. She was born and raised in St. Louis and her love of the team has never left her.

Dietary Team

Elizabeth Ajuzie

Dietary & Meal Support

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Elizabeth received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutritional Sciences and Exercise Physiology from the University of Missouri – Columbia. Prior to her appointment at the University of California San Diego, Elizabeth had the pleasure of working as a Nutrition Specialist of the United States Department of Agriculture’s Child Nutrition Programs with the State of Missouri Food and Nutrition Service. As a Diet Tech, Elizabeth will oversee the preparation of all meals and snacks for the adult and adolescent patients and assist in creating menus for the program and analyzing the nutrition information for each menu item. As part of the dietary staff, Elizabeth works closely with the registered dietitians to ensure that each patient meets his or her individual dietary needs and provides specialized meal support throughout the day.

Rebecca DeHamer, RD

Registered Dietitian

Rebecca DeHamer, RD

Rebecca DeHamer is a Registered Dietitian who works in the Adult PHP and IOP programs. Rebecca earned her Bachelor of Arts in Education from California State University, Chico and started her career working as a health and physical activity teacher in Berkeley, California. A growing passion for science and nutrition brought her to San Diego State University where she earned her Masters of Science. While in graduate school, Rebecca worked in Public Health for UCSD, Nutrition Counseling for SDSU, and taught as an Adjunct Professor at Miramar College. She went on to complete a year-long dietetic internship at UCSD Medical Center and then accepted a position with our outpatient program. She currently serves on the board of the California Dietetic Association, San Diego as a Co-Communications Chair. When Rebecca is not here working with her patients, she is in her garden with her husband, bulldog, and 8 month old daughter.

Sammi Montag, RD

Dietitian

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Sammi Montag is a Registered Dietitian working with the adolescent and pediatric day treatment and IOP programs since October 2014. Sammi earned her Bachelor of Science in dietetics from Point Loma Nazarene University and went on to complete a yearlong dietetic internship at UCSD Medical Center before taking the registration exam to become a dietitian. With a clinical background, Sammi has gained experience working with various patient populations including oncology, cardiology, renal, intensive care, diabetes, and eating disorders. Sammi is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the San Diego Dietetic Association, and the San Diego Dietitians in Eating Disorders Group. With a passion for outpatient nutrition and eating disorders Sammi is excited to be a part of the eating disorder treatment team.

Erin Reeves, RD

Dietary Manager

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Erin Reeves is a Registered Dietitian who works in the Adolescent and Adult PHP and IOP programs. Erin began working in the field of eating disorders, while earning her Bachelors of Science degree at California State University Long Beach. After graduation, she completed a yearlong dietetic Internship which lead to the Registration Examination for Dietitians through Long Beach State and received her RD. She has experience in working with adolescents, adults and families and has worked at all levels of care including inpatient, partial, intensive outpatient as well as private practice. Erin really enjoys working with patients to work through food fears and not miss out on wonderful life experiences. After moving to San Diego in the Fall of 2013 she is really thrilled to be a part of the UCSD team and enjoying the SD life. She especially loves taking her two wiener dogs to the beach and going on outdoor adventures with her husband.