Pediatric Clinic

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.

Leslie Anderson, PhD

Director of Training, Clinical Associate Professor

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Dr. Leslie Karwoski Anderson is a clinical associate professor, training director at UCSD Eating Disorders Center, and DBT- Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Clinician™. 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 (including the newly released Clinical Handbook of Complex and Atypical Eating Disorders). She frequently gives talks and workshops on DBT, eating disorders, suicidality, and related topics in the community and at national conferences. She has served in several leadership roles within the Academy of Eating Disorders, and is the co-editor of Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention.

Jessie Menzel, PhD

Director of Pediatric Services

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Dr. Jessie Menzel is an assistant clinical professor in the department of psychiatry at UCSD and the founder of the pediatric program at the UCSD Eating Disorder Center for Treatment and Research. She earned her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of South Florida and completed her internship at UCSD and the San Diego VA Healthcare System. Dr. Menzel has extensive treatment experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with eating disorders at all levels of care. She has specialized training experiences in family-based therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, motivational interviewing, and exposure and response prevention for OCD and other anxiety disorders. Dr. Menzel has published research in the fields of eating and anxiety disorders and her current research interests are in the development of innovative treatments for Avoidant-Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID). Dr. Menzel provides individual, family, and group therapy at the Pediatric Program.

Adrianne Anderegg

Practicum Therapist

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Adrianne Anderegg is a Marital and Family Therapist in training. She is currently working towards her Master’s Degree at the University of San Diego. Adrianne grew up in the Seattle area and received her B.A. in Psychology from Gonzaga University, as well as double minored in Spanish and Business Administration. Adrianne enjoys traveling the world and learning as much about different cultures as possible. So far, she has traveled to 15 countries! When she is not at the UCSD Eating Disorder Center or in classes, she is spending time with friends, watching Seahawks games, doing yoga, cuddling with her cats, and exploring new restaurants and coffee shops in San Diego. Adrianne has several years of experience working with children and families in many different capacities, and looks forward to her training year in the Peds Clinic!

Caley DuPlessis

Practicum Therapist

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Caley is a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee at the UCSD Eating Disorders Center as a Practicum Student. She is currently earning her master's degree at the University of San Diego and received her bachelor's degree in Psychology and Sociology from Northern Arizona University. Caley has gained ABA Therapy experience through her position as a behavioral therapist where she worked with children diagnosed with developmental disorders prior to starting her master's degree program. She has a history of working with children and is passionate about continuing to work with families, children, and couples in her career.

Michelle Jones, PhD

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Michelle Jones, MA

Dr. Michelle Jones is a post-doctoral fellow at the UCSD Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research. She earned a B.A. in psychology from Baylor University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Kent State University. She completed her internship at UCSD and the San Diego VA Healthcare System. Dr. Jones has extensive clinical experience in treating eating disorders in children, adolescents, and adults. She also has specialized training in family-based therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and dialectical behavior therapy. Dr. Jones has published research in the eating disorder and body image fields. Her current research interests involve the conceptualization and treatment of eating disorders, particularly in children and adolescents.

Chelsie Giambrone, LCSW



Chelsie Giambrone joined the UCSD Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research as a Pediatric Program Therapist in January 2017. Chelsie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work. She is also a Licensed Independent Social Worker with supervisory designation and Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor in the State of Ohio. After completing her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2007, Chelsie earned her Master of Social Work from The Ohio State University in 2011, as well as a Master of Arts in Public Policy & Management, with a health policy emphasis. In addition to a family therapy clinical training program during graduate school, her clinical experience includes work with adults, adolescents, children and families in outpatient, intensive home-based, residential and school-based mental health treatment programs. Chelsie has also provided mental health and family therapy to United States Marine Corp and Navy service members and their families. She is passionate about and utilizes mindfulness-based therapy, DBT and CBT treatments, as well as motivational interviewing.

Laila Madni, Psy.D.

Post-Doctoral Fellow

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Dr. Laila Madni is a post-doctoral fellow at the UCSD Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research Program. She earned her B.A. in Psychology and a minor degree in Fine Arts from the University of Southern California in 2012, and her Psy.D. from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, San Diego in 2016. She completed her Clinical Internship at Tarzana Treatment Centers in the Youth Program where she provided individual, group, and family therapy to children and adolescents with substance use disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, disruptive disorders, and trauma in an intensive outpatient setting. Dr. Madni has extensive experience in crisis intervention, and received training in DBT and CBT as a pre-doctoral practicum student in the adolescent program of the UCSD Eating Disorders Center. Her clinical and research interests include child and adolescent mood disorders, body image disturbance, suicidality, and mindfulness.

Heather Halford, BA

Psychiatric Technician

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Heather Halford joined the UCSD Eating Disorders Treatment & Research Center in 2012 after obtaining a B.A. in Psychology from University of California San Diego, where she developed an interest in eating disorders. At the Pediatric Program, Heather works closely with clinical staff in providing meal and group support to patients and their families.