Medical Behavioral Inpatient Unit


Kyung (Kay) Rhee, MD, MSc, MA

Medical Director, Medical Behavioral Unit

Rady Children’s Hospital of San Diego

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Dr. Rhee is a board certified pediatrician with 12 years of experience as a pediatric hospitalist and inpatient medicine. She moved to UC San Diego in 2010 and is currently the Medial Director of the Medical Behavioral Unit at Rady Children’s Hospital of San Diego. She coordinates care for children transitioning between the inpatient and outpatient eating disorder treatment programs and provides medical consultation to children and families in the outpatient programs. In addition to her medical training, she received a Master in Sociology at Stanford University, and Master in Epidemiology at Boston University School of Public Health. She has multidisciplinary training in family based behavioral therapy, parenting training, and motivational interviewing. She conducts research with overweight and underweight children and studies the role of parents in treatment outcomes. She is also beginning to study the interplay between genetics, gut microbiome, and behaviors in overweight and underweight children.

Karen Loper, MD

Attending Adolescent Medicine Physician

Karen Loper, MD

Dr. Karen Loper is a board certified pediatrician who has a combined 17 years of experience in adolescent medicine and the treatment of eating disorders. Currently Dr. Loper serves as an adolescent medicine specialist for the UCSD adolescent eating disorders program. Additionally Dr. Loper provides care to adolescents at UCSD Pediatric Associates at Frost Street, while also alternating as the physician on staff for eating disorder treatment at Medical West. Dr. Loper is currently an active member of The Society of Adolescent Health. Dr. Loper received her Master’s Degree in Public Health from UCLA and her MD from UC San Diego. Her prior experience include providing medical care to children at the Ambulatory Care Center in Hillcrest and completing her residency in pediatrics at UCLA’s medical center.

Maya Kumar, MD

Attending Adolescent Medicine Physician

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Maya Kumar, MD, is a pediatrician and adolescent medicine physician who specializes in treating young people ages 10 to 26. She is part of a UC San Diego Health System program that gives teens and their families the option of continuing with their pediatrician or transferring to a doctor that specializes in teenagers’ unique physical and mental conditions. Dr. Kumar has a special interest in adolescent sexual health and gynecologic care (including contraception and menstrual problems) and is a certified provider of subdermal implants for long-acting birth control. She also treats children and adolescents with eating disorders, providing specialty care that ranges from outpatient treatment to high-intensity inpatient care.

Dr. Kumar has received several research awards, including first place in the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles annual poster competition for her quality improvement initiative on adolescent health risk screening. Dr. Kumar has been published in numerous medical journals, including Journal of Primary Prevention, Paediatrics and Child Health, and Journal of Pediatric Intensive Care. She also serves as a reviewer for American Journal of Public Health Research. Dr. Kumar has presented her work at several international conferences.

She frequently speaks at schools, parent groups, community health groups, and to pediatric colleagues about unique health issues faced by adolescents and young adults. She is also active in training UC San Diego medical students and residents in the care of adolescents using a biopsychosocial approach.

Prior to joining UC San Diego Health System, Dr. Kumar was an attending physician at the Pediatric Emergency Department at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

Dr. Kumar earned her medical degree from the University of Alberta Medical School in Edmonton, Canada. She completed her fellowships in adolescent medicine at University of Toronto and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Kumar is a member of several professional societies, including Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Psychology Team

Kerri Boutelle, PhD

Supervising Psychologist; Professor

UCSD Dept of Psychiatry & Dept of Pediatrics

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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.

Tamara Maginot, PhD

Pediatric Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine Program Director

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Tamara Maginot “Tammy” works at the Medical Behavioral Unit at Rady Children's Hospital/ UCSD Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research Program. Tammy has her Ph.D. in clinical psychology with an emphasis in pediatric health from the California School of Professional Psychology. Tammy completed her clinical internship at Sharp Healthcare in San Diego and completed her doctoral dissertation on the effect of weight on elementary school aged children’s social competence. Tammy’s clinical and research interests include working with children and adolescents managing chronic medical conditions, trauma-informed care, family-based treatment of obesity and eating disorders, and medical stabilization of eating disorders.

Jacquie Corvan, PhD

Pediatric Psychologist

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Dr. Jacquie Corvan is a Pediatric Psychologist on the Medical Behavioral Unit (MBU) at Rady Children's Hospital. She graduated from the School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Health Psychology. Dr. Corvan completed her pre-doctoral internship at Central Washington University at the Student Medical and Counseling Clinic and her postdoctoral training on the MBU at Rady Children’s Hospital providing individual, family, and group therapy for eating disorder patients and pediatric patients. Her research interests include prevention and interventions for weight related conditions, family based interventions, and incorporating evidence based treatments within medical settings. Dr. Corvan is also very passionate about teaching and currently teaches graduate courses in Family and Child/Adolescent Counseling.

Emily Capps, MA, LMFT


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Emily is a therapist on the Medical Behavioral Unit (MBU) located at Rady Children’s Hospital. She has her Master of Arts in Marital and Family Therapy from the University of San Diego. Previously, she received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Whitworth University in Spokane, WA. Emily completed her graduate school practicum traineeship gaining experience on the adult, adolescent, and pediatric programs within the UCSD Eating Disorders Center providing individual, group, and multi-family group therapy. She was hired on as a milieu therapist for the pediatric and adolescent programs upon completion of graduate school prior to transitioning to the MBU. Emily continues to work with children, adolescents, adults on the MBU providing individual, group, and family therapy for those struggling with feeding and eating disorders, among other psychiatric diagnoses. When she’s not at work, Emily enjoys outdoor adventures, reading, and spending time with her family and dog.

Nikki Goren

Milieu Therapist

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Nikki is a practicum student at the Medical Behavioral Unit at Rady Children’s Hospital. She is currently earning her Master of Arts degree in Marital and Family Therapy at the University of San Diego. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Corporate Strategy from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. Nikki has experience working with children and young adults in multiple research settings. Outside of work, Nikki enjoys being outside and hanging out with friends and family.

Kathryn Ward, PhD

Psychology Post Doctoral Fellow

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Dr. Kate Ward is a psychology postdoctoral fellow at Rady Children’s Hospital’s Medical Behavioral Unit (MBU). She completed her PhD in clinical psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego. Kate completed her clinical internship at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, UT working with children, adolescents, and families with a wide variety of psychiatric needs. Prior to internship, Kate received specialized training in the treatment of children and adolescents with eating and feeding disorders as well as many challenges that co-occur with eating and feeding disorders, such as depression, anxiety, trauma, and developmental disorders.