Anorexia nervosa has the highest rate of death of any psychiatric illness. We are now beginning to understand why people develop these disorders, and we are using this information to develop more effective treatment.
Dr. Walter Kaye was recruited to the UC San Diego faculty from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where he was research director of the eating disorder program, and where he received a NIMH senior scientist award. Dr. Kaye’s current research is focused on exploring the relationship between brain and behavior using brain imaging and genetics, and developing and applying new treatments for anorexia and bulimia nervosa.
Terry Schwartz, MD
Director of Medical & Clinical Services
Terry Schwartz is the Clinical Director of the UCSD Eating Disorders Programs. She has over 15 years of extensive experience in working with eating disorders, as well as providing Eating Disorders treatment trainings at multiple university and county facilities. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the UCSD Medical School. From 1997 through 2005, she served as Associate Medical Director at UCSD Outpatient Psychiatric Services, and Medical Director for the UCSD Co-Occurring Disorders Program. She continues to be actively involved in the training of psychiatry residents, psychology interns, and other trainees. From 1999-2004, she served as chairman of the San Diego County Mental Health “Psychopharmacology of Co-Occurring Disorders” Committee. She received her MD from the University of California, San Diego, in 1993, and completed her residency in psychiatry at UCSD.
She has been named by San Diego Magazine (voted by peers) as one of the Top Doctors in San Diego.
Mary Ellen Trunko, MD
Associate Clinical Professor, UCSD Department of Psychiatry
Dr. Mary Ellen Trunko has worked with the UCSD eating disorders program since its inception, and has been involved in planning and development of services, delivery of patient care, and supervision and teaching of junior staff members. As associate clinical professor and medical director, Dr. Trunko performs comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, handles medication management, coordinates primary care and other medical services, and educates patients and their families on physiological, medical and psychological aspects of eating disorders. She also runs an outpatient practice that includes individuals with eating disorders as well as those with general psychiatric needs.
Dr. Trunko is board certified in both psychiatry and internal medicine, an unusual combination that is highly relevant to the understanding and treatment of eating disorders. She has used this specialty knowledge to advise primary care providers on the care of eating-disordered patients through presentations and consultation. She has written review papers and clinical case reports on pharmacological interventions for eating disorders. Dr. Trunko earned her MD degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, and completed separate residencies in internal medicine and psychiatry at UCSD.
Kerri Boutelle, PhD
Supervising Psychologist; Professor
UCSD Dept of Psychiatry & Dept of Pediatrics
Dr. Kerri Boutelle joined the UC San Diego Faculty from the University of Minnesota, where she was the Director of a child and adolescent eating disorder and obesity program and created and researched treatments for children who are overweight. Dr. Boutelle has been working with youth and young adults who have weight or eating related issues for over 12 years. Dr. Boutelle is the Behavioral Director of the Weight and Wellness Clinic, a clinic for youth (and their families) who struggle with their weight, and leads parenting groups and provides individual and family therapy. Dr. Boutelle also sees patients in the eating disorder program for family based and individual treatment of anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder and EDNOS. Dr. Boutelle's current research is focused on parenting children to reduce weight, parent and child skills for reducing binge eating, and epidemiological studies regarding adolescents who have been successful in weight loss.
Roxanne Rockwell, PhD
Director of Adolescent Services
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.
Leslie Anderson, PhD
Director of Training, Clinical Associate Professor
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 many journal articles and two books 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 SIG Oversight Committee, and is a member of the Membership Recruitment and Retention Committee.
Julie Trim, PhD
Director of Adult Services, Assistant Clinical Professor
Dr. Julie Trim has been working at the UCSD Eating Disorder Center since 2008, when she was hired as a postdoctoral employee. She developed the Adult Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) during her postdoc year, and has been managing this program since it opened on April 1, 2009 (which was NOT an April fool’s joke!). Dr. Trim has treated individuals with eating disorders for over ten years. She received her B.A. in Psychology and Spanish Literature at the University of Michigan. After college, she spent a year in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to perfect her Spanish and experience life abroad. Dr. Trim went on to receive her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Arizona State University and completed her predoctoral internship at UCSD’s Counseling & Psychological Services. Dr. Trim has treated individuals with eating disorders at nearly all levels of care ranging from residential to outpatient. She has a particular interest and specialization in treating PTSD and trauma. She was trained in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)—an evidence-based treatment for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder--in 2010 and is the lead facilitator and supervisor of the CPT group in the clinic. She is currently the Co-Chair of the Trauma “Special Interest Group” (SIG) of the Academy for Eating Disorders. Dr. Trim has found that people with eating disorders tend to be very smart, sensitive, compassionate people who just need a little help in managing their emotions so that they can reach their full potential. She delights in seeing patients transform from living a life in “black and white” to living a life in color. Outside of work, Dr. Trim enjoys spending time with her husband (who is a psychologist at the VA), her two kids (a boy and a girl), and their yellow Labrador Retriever (that is incredibly sweet but doesn’t seem to know how to retrieve).
Erin Parks, PhD
Director of Outreach and Admissions
Dr. Erin Parks is a clinical psychologist and the Director of Outreach and Admissions for the UCSD Eating Disorder Center for Treatment & Research. Dr. Parks is a graduate of Northwestern University and UCSD/SDSU's Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, where she specialized in neuropsychology and conducted neuroimaging research of child development. Dr. Parks began working at the UCSD Eating Disorder Center for her post-doctoral fellowship. She has worked as a clinician in the Adolescent Clinic, was the founding manager of the Pediatric Clinic, and co-managed the Adult Clinic. She has also worked as a psychologist on the inpatient Medical Behavioral Unit (MBU) and co-lead the Intensive Family Therapy (IFT) program. As Director of Outreach and Admissions, Dr. Parks current focus is on how to best educate clinicians, parents, and the community about the neurobiological basis of eating disorders and the evidence-based treatments that are now available.