Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research

All Faculty and Staff

Walter H. Kaye, M.D.

Director
Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research Program
Professor, UCSD Department of Psychiatry

"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.

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Terry Schwartz, M.D.

Clinical Director
Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research Program
Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSD Department of Psychiatry


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, M.D.

Medical Director, Adult Programs

Eating Disorders Treatment and Research Program
Assistant 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 assistant 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.

Danielle Haber, M.D.

Assistant Clinical Professor
Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research Program

UCSD Department of Psychiatry

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. She recently completed a three year training program in Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy. 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.

Christina Wierenga, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Eating Disorders Treatment and Research Program
UCSD Department of Psychiatry

Dr. Wierenga is an assistant professor and licensed clinical neuropsychologist at the UCSD Eating Disorders Program. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology with a specialization in neuropsychology, neurorehabilitation, and clinical neuroscience from the University of Florida and completed an NIH postdoctoral fellowship at UCSD in biological psychiatry and neuroscience. Dr. Wierenga’s clinical practice has focused on children, adolescents, and adults with a wide range of psychological and neurological disorders. She sees patients in the eating disorders program for family based, individual, and group treatment of anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder and EDNOS. Her research focuses on treatment development and brain functioning in ill and recovered adolescents and adults with eating disorders. She uses innovative functional neuroimaging and neuropsychological methods to examine the neurobiology of eating disorders. Dr. Wierenga is also actively involved in training graduate students, interns and postdoctoral fellows.

Kerri Boutelle, Ph.D.

Psychological Services and Training Director
Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry

Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research Program
Director of Behavioral Services, Weight and Wellness Clinic

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.

Leslie Karwoski Anderson, Ph.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor
Training Director
Eating Disorders Treatment and Research Program
UCSD Department of Psychiatry

Dr. Leslie Karwoski Anderson is a clinical assistant professor and training director at UCSD EDC. She got her 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 and was a staff psychologist at the DBT Center of Seattle. She runs DBT groups for both adolescents and adults with eating disorders, and sees patients in the program for family-based and individual treatment of 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. She frequently gives talks and workshops on DBT, eating disorders, suicidality, and related topics in the community.

Rebecca Bernard, Ph.D.

Assistant Clinical Professor
Program Director of the Medical Behavioral Unit at Rady Children's Hospital
Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research Program
UCSD Department of Psychiatry

Dr. Rebecca Bernard is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSD and the Program Director for the Medical Behavioral Unit, the inpatient medical/psychiatric unit at Rady Children's Hospital. Dr. Bernard received her doctorate in clinical psychology from West Virginia University, completed her internship at Sharp Health Care, and completed her post-doctoral training at Stanford University. Before joining the team at UCSD/Rady Children's Hospital, she was on the clinical faculty at Stanford University and then worked as the Program Director for the children's residential program at the San Diego Center for Children. Dr. Bernard provides individual, family, and group therapy for children, adolescents, and adults on the Medical Behavioral Unit who have comorbid medical and psychiatric conditions. These include patients with anorexia, bulimia, and EDNOS as well as patients with a variety of medical conditions who also have psychological symptoms or diagnoses that are impacting their well-being. Dr. Bernard's research interests include treatment development and outcome research.

Julie Trim, Ph.D.

Administrative Director of Adult Day Treatment Program
Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research Program
UCSD Department of Psychiatry

Dr. Julie Trim is a clinical psychologist at the UCSD Eating Disorder Treatment and Research Program. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Arizona State University and completed her internship from UCSD’s Counseling & Psychological Services. Dr. Trim has treated eating disorders in inpatient, outpatient, and partial hospitalization (PHP) settings and plans to continue to specialize in eating disorders.

Anne Clarkin

Anne Clarkin, L.C.S.W.

Therapy Director of Adult Day Treatment
Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research Program

UCSD Department of Psychiatry

Anne has been working with eating disorders for over 25 years. She has designed and directed both inpatient and outpatient eating disorder programs in San Diego hospitals and has specialized in treating adults, teens and families dealing with eating disorders in private practice. Anne has written a chapter on the treatment of eating disorders for Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, a nursing textbook. Anne is working in the Day Treatment program at UCSD.

Roxanne Rockwell, Ph.D.

Associate Director, Adolescent Eating Disorder Program
Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research Program

Department of Psychiatry

Dr. Roxanne Rockwell is Program Manager of the UCSD Adolescent Eating Disorders Service. She has experience in the research, evaluation and treatment of eating disorders and pediatric 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 day treatment and intensive outpatient programs. As a certified Family Based (i.e., “Maudsley”) Therapist, she served as the primary IFT program therapist for several years, and currently both conducts FBT with families and provides training and supervision in this modality for staff in the adolescent eating disorders program. She began a Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) for the adolescent programs 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.

Ursula Bailer, M.D.

Associate Professor
Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research Program
UCSD Department of Psychiatry

Dr. Bailer joined the UC San Diego faculty as a Visiting Associate Professor in 2009 and is an Assistant Professor since 2011; she is also an Associate Professor of Psychiatry (tenured) at the Medical University of Vienna, Austria, since 2005; Dr. Bailer is board certified in psychiatry and psychotherapeutic medicine and has over 16 years of extensive experience in diagnosis, treatment and research of eating disorders in adolescents and adults; Director of the Outpatient clinic for Eating Disorders and Eating Disorder Research Program at the Medical University of Vienna, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Division of Biological Psychiatry since 2006.

Research activity: neurobiology of eating disorders; brain imaging in eating disorders, including multi-modal imaging approaches using positron emission tomography (PET) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI); psychotherapy and guided self help in eating disorders; psychiatric genetics; author on more than 50 scientific peer reviewed publications and 10 books /book chapters. Other areas of activity: regular lectures and seminars on eating disorders at the Medical University of Vienna as well as Postgraduate training on eating disorders; more than 80 oral presentations and lectures at national and international scientific conferences; Vice Secretary of the Austrian Society on Eating Disorders (ASED), Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED), Co-Chair of the AED Sisterhood, Chapter and Affiliate Committee, member of the Eating Disorders Research Society (EDRS).

Sarah Archer, M.A., MFT

Adolescent Program Manager
Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research Program
UCSD Department of Psychiatry

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.

Gina M. Bongiorno, MA, MFT

Therapist
Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research Program
UCSD Department of Psychiatry

Gina M. Bongiorno is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with the Adult Eating Disorder Treatment program. She obtained her Master of Arts in Marital and Family Therapy at the University of San Diego, where she was the recipient of the Award of Distinction and the Dean's Merit Scholarship, and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She also serves as adjunct faculty at the University of San Diego and a consultant for trauma-informed care. Gina’s clinical expertise is in the treatment of trauma and eating disorders, as well as severe mental illness, substance use and grief. Gina has specialized training in EMDR, dialectical behavior therapy, couple and family therapy, and motivational interviewing.

Amanda Bischoff-Grethe, Ph.D.

Assistant Adjunct Professor
Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research Program
UCSD Department of Psychiatry

Dr. Bischoff-Grethe is an assistant professor in the department of Psychiatry. She received her Ph.D. in Computer Science with a focus upon Computational Neurobiology from the University of Southern California. She is particularly interested in the brain's response to reward and punishment and how it relates to cognitive processing. Her research focuses upon brain function in adolescents and adults with eating disorders using functional MRI, DTI, and other morphometric methods.

Jacquie Corvan, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow
Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research Program
UCSD Department of Psychiatry

Dr. Jacquie Corvan is a postdoctoral fellow at the UCSD Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research.  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.   She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Central Washington University at the Student Medical and Counseling Clinic where she provided individual and group psychotherapies for a variety of presenting problems ranging in severity.  Before her internship she was a practicum student on the Medical Behavioral Unit at Rady Children’s Hospital and provided 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.

Anne Clarkin

Anne Cusack, Psy.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow
Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research Program
UCSD Department of Psychiatry

Dr. Anne Cusack is a postdoctoral fellow at the UCSD Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research. As a graduate from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, she completed her pre-doctoral internship at Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital working with various psychiatric populations. Clinically, she has worked as a therapist on a research trial of Dialectical Behavior Therapy for eating disorders, as well as provided treatment of eating disorders, mood disorders and personality disorders in inpatient, partial hospitalization, and outpatient settings. Her research interests include treatment development, acceptance, mindfulness, emotion regulation, and self-injurious behaviors. Anne currently provides individual, group and family therapy for the Adolescent Day Treatment and Intensive Outpatient Programs.

Emiley Dailey, L.C.S.W.

Therapist

Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research Program
UCSD Department of Psychiatry

Emily Dailey is a licensed clinical social worker who has specialized in DBT for over 6 years. She has worked with individuals, groups and families. Emily graduated from University of Southern California and did her clinical internship at Harbor UCLA’s DBT outpatient program. She has treated eating disorders in residential, intensive out-patient, and partial hospitalization.

Ashley Duffy, MSW

Therapist

Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research Program
UCSD Department of Psychiatry

Ashley joined the UCSD treatment team as a Milieu Therapist/ Psychiatric Technician in October 2013. She graduated from the University of Southern California in 2014 with a Masters in Social Work with an emphasis in Mental Health and received a B.A. in Journalism and a B.S. in Nutrition from Arizona State University. Ashley has interned at Silverado Hospice providing individual counseling to patients and their families, as well as working with at risk youth at Turning the Hearts Center. Ashley’s interest in working with eating disorders began while volunteering at an outpatient eating disorder treatment center and has continued to grow ever since. Ashley has specialized training in motivational interviewing and problem solving therapy. Ashley currently provides individual, family and group therapy to adults with eating disorders in the Adult Day/Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program.

Alice Ely, M.S.

Wismer Scholar and Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Eating Disorders Treatment and Research Program
UCSD Department of Psychiatry

Dr. Alice Ely joined the UCSD Eating Disorder Center full time as the Wismer Scholar and Postdoctoral Research Fellow after completing her clinical internship at UCSD and the San Diego VA Healthcare System. She received her BA in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Drexel University in Philadelphia, where her research interests focused on impulsivity, binge eating, and risk factors for eating problems. She has clinical experience working with adults and adolescents with eating disorders as well as anxiety, depression, substance use, and chronic medical conditions. Dr. Ely works with the brain imaging team on studies of neurobiology and eating disorders and is coordinating a project exploring impulsive decision-making in adolescent and adult women with bulimia nervosa using fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging).

Michelle Dempsey, M.A., LMFT

Therapist
Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research Program
UCSD Department of Psychiatry

Michelle is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has been working with the Adolescent Day Treatment Program since December 2010. With over 8 years of clinical eating disorder and co-occurring treatment experience, Michelle has worked with both adolescents and adults at the residential and outpatient levels. Past experience also includes working as a Counseling Coordinator and Facility Manager at an residential facility in Los Angeles County. Michelle obtained her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2008 from Antioch University (Los Angeles), and Bachelor of Arts in 2005 from UC Santa Barbara. Michelle currently provides individual, group, and family therapy for the Adolescent Day Treatment and Intensive Outpatient Program.

Sarah Gillis, Ph.D.

Post-doctoral Fellow
Rady Children's Hospital Medical Behavioral Unit
Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research Program
UCSD Department of Psychiatry

Dr. Sarah Gillis is currently a post-doctoral fellow for the UCSD Eating Disorder’s program on the Medical Behavioral Unit at Rady Children’s Hospital. She conducts individual, family, and group therapy for both eating disorder and pediatric patients.  Dr. Gillis is a graduate of the University of WI-Milwaukee’s Doctoral Program in Counseling Psychology. She completed her pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship in Pediatric Psychology at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County, where she provided therapy and Consultation/Liaison services for children with a wide variety of chronic medical issues. Dr. Gillis’s clinical interests include the psychosocial effects of children and adolescents coping with chronic medical conditions, medical stabilization of eating disorders, and family based interventions.

Lauren Gomez, M.S., MFTi

Therapist
Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research Program
UCSD Department on Psychiatry

Lauren recently joined the UCSD treatment team as a Milieu Therapist/ Psychiatric Technician. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology and received her B.A. in Psychology from San Diego State University. Lauren has worked with individuals with eating disorders in various settings over the past three years. Previously, Lauren interned at Starlight Community Services while providing individual and group therapy to at risk youth, as well as individual and couple therapy at San Francisco State Psychology clinic. Lauren’s interest in working with eating disorders began during undergraduate while volunteering at an eating disorder treatment facility. Lauren currently provides group therapy to adults with eating disorders in the Adult Day/Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program.

Heather Halford

Heather Halford, B.A.

Psychiatric Technician
Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research Program
Department of Psychiatry

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. She originally provided administrative support to clinical and research staff, as well as clients and their families of the UCSD Eating Disorders Center. Heather then transitioned over to the UCSD Pediatric Program at Rady Children’s Hospital, where she serves as a psychiatric technician, assisting clinical staff in the treatment and care of patients and their families.

Denice Hynd, B.S.

Nutrition and Kitchen Manager Assistant
Eating Disorders Program
UCSD Department of Psychiatry

As the nutrition and kitchen manager assistant, Denice oversees the preparation of all meals and snacks for the adult and adolescent patients. She assists in creating menus for the program and analyzes the nutrition information for each menu item. As part of the dietary staff, Denice works closely with the registered dietitian to ensure that each patient meets his or her individual dietary needs and provides specialized meal support throughout the day. Denice received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Food Sciences from San Diego State University where she was an officer of the Student Nutrition Organization and a lead intern with Health Promotion at Student Health Services. Throughout Denice’s academic career she had the opportunity to intern with San Diego Unified Food Services Department, Jack in the Box Research & Development, and Healthy Dinning Finder as a staff blogger. Denice has been with the University of California San Diego for ten years where she has promoted tobacco cessation, and provided nutrition education for cancer patients.

Breana Janke

Breana Janke, B.A., R.D.

Registered Dietitian
Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research Program
UCSD Department of Psychiatry

Breana Janke is a Registered Dietitian who has been working for the Adolescent Day Treatment Program since Fall 2012. Breana earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Foods and Nutrition from San Diego State University. Shortly after completing her undergraduate work, Breana was accepted into a dietetic internship program where she completed one year of supervised practice experience required to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians. Breana’s interest in eating disorders developed during her dietetic internship where she received experience treating patients with eating disorders in both inpatient and outpatient settings. After earning her RD, Breana worked as a clinical dietitian providing medical nutrition therapy to many different patient populations including oncology, diabetes, renal and liver disease. She is a member of the American Dietetic Association and San Diego Dietitians in Eating Disorders Group. Breana is thrilled be a part of UCSD’s Adolescent Treatment team where she is able to pursue her passion of working in the field of eating disorders.

Angela Klein, Ph.D.

Psychologist
Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research Program
UCSD Department of Psychiatry

Dr. Klein is a licensed clinical psychologist and researcher for the UCSD Eating Disorder Program. Dr. Klein earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Missouri. She completed her predoctoral internship at the University of South Carolina Counseling and Human Development Center and her postdoctoral residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Dr. Klein’s research focuses on treatment outcome. She has implemented and directed adaptations of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) for eating disorders, evaluating the effectiveness of the adapted DBT through a series of studies. She has also been active in eating disorder prevention projects and grant-funded randomized trials, with primary therapist roles for investigations of motivational interviewing combined with cognitive behavioral interventions and elements of DBT combined with acceptance and commitment therapy for self-harm. She is especially interested in acceptance-based treatment with diagnostic variants of eating disorders in “real-world” settings. In addition to her research involvement at UCSD, Dr. Klein practices at the DBT Center of San Diego.

Stephanie Knatz, Ph.D.

Post Doctoral Fellow
Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research Program
UCSD Department of Psychiatry

Stephanie Knatz is a postdoctoral fellow at the UCSD Eating Disorders Treatment and Research Center. She currently conducts the clinic’s week-long Intensive Multi-Family Therapy Program and works within the adolescent day treatment program, providing individual, family, and group psychotherapies. She specializes in family based treatments and behavioral parent management training. In addition to her clinical work, she is also involved with conducting research in eating and weight issues and is involved with our clinic’s efforts to develop and improve current treatments for eating disorders based on neurobiological findings. Other research interests include pediatric obesity and emotion regulation in bulimia nervosa.

June Liang, Ph.D.

Post Doctoral Fellow
Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research Program
UCSD Department of Psychiatry

Dr. June Liang is a post-doctoral fellow at the UCSD Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research Program.  She completed her clinical internship at the UCSD/VA Psychology Internship Program and received her Ph.D. from the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology.  Her research and clinical experience includes parental involvement and culturally competent assessment and treatment in mental health services for youth with various psychopathology.  Dr. Liang is currently involved in providing individual and group therapy to patients with eating disorders.

Karen S. Loper, M.D.

Adolescent Medicine Specialist
Rady Children’s Hospital Medical Behavioral Unit
Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Primary Care Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine
UC San Diego

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.      

Kate Machado, RD

Registered Dietitian
Eating Disorders Treatment and Research Program
UCSD Department of Psychiatry

Kate Machado is a Registered Dietitian (RD) who has been treating eating disorders for over 7 years. Kate's passion for helping others and their families make positive changes in their relationship with food and eating was the reason she wanted to be a RD. She has also been a Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) for over 5 years, since receiving her Master's degree in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition from Cal State Long Beach. That is also where she completed her training to be a dietitian. She received her undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley in Nutritional Sciences. Some of her previous professional experience includes working at multiple eating disorder treatment centers in the L.A. area, in both residential and outpatient settings. She has also worked as a Sport Dietitian at the Olympic Training Center and a Research Dietitian working in nutrition and cancer research.

Tamara Maginot, Ph.D.

Pediatric Psychology Post Doctoral Fellow
Rady Children’s Hospital Medical Behavioral Unit
Eating Disorders Treatment and Research Program
UCSD Department of Psychiatry

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.

Julie Melekian, M.A.

Therapist
Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research Program
UCSD Department of Psychiatry

Julie Melekian is a psych tech/therapist in the adolescent treatment program. Julie was previously a practicum student at our clinic. Julie graduated with her Master of Arts in Marital and Family Therapy at the University of San Diego. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of San Diego, and has a diverse background working with adolescents and their families, particularly in the areas of grief management and risk assessment. Julie currently works with individuals, groups, and families in the adolescent eating disorder program.

Jessie Menzel, Ph.D.

Program Manager, Pediatric Treatment Program 

Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research Program
UCSD Department of Psychiatry

Dr. Jessie Menzel is a postdoctoral fellow at the UCSD Eating Disorder Center for Treatment and Research and is the Pediatric Program Manager. 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 adults, adolescents, and children 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’s research experience includes the study of body image disturbance, body awareness (interoception), and the development of disordered eating interventions. Dr. Menzel provides individual, family, and group therapy at the Pediatric Program.

Stuart Murray, DClinPsych, Ph.D.

Post Doctoral Fellow

Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research Program
UCSD Department of Psychiatry

Dr. Stuart Murray is a postdoctoral fellow at the UCSD Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research Program, and joins us after completing his Doctorate of Clinical Psychology and PhD at the University of Sydney, Australia. Dr. Murray has a range of clinical experience, having worked with adolescents and adults with eating disorders across a wide range of clinical contexts. Perhaps most centrally, his clinical expertise has been oriented towards working with adolescents and their families in recovering from a range of eating disorders, in addition to working towards the recognition and effective treatment of eating disorders in males. Dr. Murray is also an active researcher, and his research interests are oriented towards family-based treatments for eating disorders, the treatment of eating disorders in males, and the development of new treatments. Dr Murray is also currently Co-Director of the National Association for Males with Eating Disorders.

Tiffany Nakamura, MA, PCCI

Therapist
Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research Program
UCSD Department of Psychiatry

Tiffany recently joined the UCSD adolescent treatment team as a therapist and case manager. She graduated with her MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with an emphasis in Asian American Mental Health from University of San Diego summer of 2012. She received her BA in Psychology also from the University of San Diego and previously interned at Urban Corps of San Diego providing individual and group counseling for at risk young adults. Since her undergraduate career, Tiffany’s interest in eating disorders has grown and continued through her graduate program and beyond. With previous experience in providing individual, family, and group therapies to adults in UCSD’s Adult Day/Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program, she is also a certified yoga instructor and has specialized clinical training in DBT and ACT.

Kristen Nichols, M.A., MFTi

Psychiatric Technician
Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research Program
UCSD Department of Psychiatry

Kristen Nichols joined the UCSD treatment team as a Psychiatric Technician and MFT Intern in 2014. She graduated from Boston College with a M.A. in Counseling Psychology and received her B.A. in Psychology and Health:  Science, Society, and Policy from Brandeis University. Previously, Kristen interned at the Wheaton College (MA) Counseling Center, where she provided individual therapy and group psychoeducation to adolescents and young adults struggling with eating disorders, anxiety, and depression. Kristen’s interest in working with eating disorders stemmed from her past work experiences in mental health and nutrition. She currently works in the UCSD Pediatric Program at Rady Children’s Hospital, helping the clinical staff provide group and individual therapy to patients and their families.

Susan Norman

Suzanne Norman

Cook
Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research Program
UCSD Department of Psychiatry

Suzanne helps prepare nutritious and balanced meals for patients. She has 12 years experience cooking in an institutional setting. She is currently pursuing her associates degree in culinary arts at Grossmont Community College. She enjoys the "made from scratch" and "fresh" approach to food that the clinic strives for.

Miki Ogasawara

Research Coordinator

Eating Disorders Treatment and Research Program
UCSD Department of Psychiatry

Miki Ogasawara received her Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego. Combining her interests in mental health with her experience in computer science, she is currently working as a research associate for the neuroimaging studies conducted at the UCSD Eating Disorders Treatment and Research Center. As a member of the research team, she assists in fMRI data analysis that examines the neurobiology of eating disorders.

Daria Orlowska

Research Coordinator
Eating Disorders Treatment and Research Program
UCSD Department of Psychiatry

Daria works at the UCSD Eating Disorder Center as a research coordinator for the brain imaging studies including the PET (Positron Emission Tomography) study. The study compares dopamine and serotonin levels in individuals who have recovered from eating disorders and healthy control individuals. She completed her BA in psychology at Columbia University and her MS in Clinical Psychology as a part of the Joint Doctoral Program at San Diego State University and UCSD. Previously she has coordinated multiple PET and fMRI studies in Substance Abuse Division at New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia University Medical Center. As a part of her graduate training she researched genetic underpinnings of alcoholism.

Carmen Pat, B.A.

Office Manager

Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research Program
UCSD Department of Psychiatry

As the office manager, Carmen Fang provides a full range of administrative support for the UCSD Eating Disorders Treatment and Research Program. She works closely with the program staff and is the point person for all scheduling, records management, and information about our various programs.

Erin Parks, Ph.D.

Post Doctoral Fellow
Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research Program
UCSD Department of Psychiatry

Dr. Erin Parks is a postdoctoral fellow at the UCSD Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research Program. A graduate of UCSD/SDSU's Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, Dr. Parks specialized in neuropsychology and conducted neuroimaging research of child development. She currently conducts the clinic’s week-long Intensive Multi-Family Therapy Program and works within the adolescent day treatment program, providing individual, family, and group psychotherapies. Dr. Parks clinical and research interests include cognitive sequelae of eating disorders, cognitive rehabilitation, family based interventions and treatment development.

Ana Ramirez, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow
Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research Program
UCSD Department of Psychiatry

Dr. Ana Ramirez is a postdoctoral fellow at the UCSD Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research. She received her Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in Clinical Psychology and completed her internship at University Medical Center of Princeton. Her research experience includes the development of an eating disorder prevention program that was piloted with college students. Dr. Ramirez has worked with various psychiatric populations in her training. 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 Treatment Program and currently provides individual, group and family therapy for the Pediatric Treatment Program.

Grace Rasmusson, B.A.

Day Treatment Mental Health Representative
Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research Program
UCSD Department of Psychiatry

Grace recently graduated with honors from University of California, San Diego with a double degree in Psychology and Human Development. She previously held a position as a research intern assisting with data collection and participant recruitment for a series of brain imaging studies conducted at the UCSD Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research Program. Her research interests include exploring the neural activation associated with anxiety disorders and how these findings can be applied to the treatment of eating disorders. Grace currently works on a variety of clinical, research, and administrative projects at the Eating Disorders Treatment and Research Center. She hopes to eventually pursue a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology.

Erica Sales, LPN

Licensed Practical Nurse

Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research Program
UCSD Department of Psychiatry

Erica Sales, Licensed Practical Nurse joined the UCSD Eating Disorder Treatment and Research Program in June 2010. Her career as a nurse includes experience with adult and adolescent eating disorder patients in residential, hospital inpatient, and partial hospitalization settings. She comes to the program with a great understanding for patients struggling with various medical complications that follow this disorder. At UCSD, she works with both the Day Treatment and Research program to assist with the medical needs of the patients along with assisting the physicians to coordinate care throughout the patients treatment process.

Danica Torres, RN, B.S.N

Registered Nurse
Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research Program
UCSD Department of Psychiatry

Danica Torres, Registered Nurse joined the UCSD Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research Program in December 2010. Her career as a nurse includes acute care experience and experience with adults and adolescent eating disorder patients in residential, inpatient and partial hospitalization settings. At UCSD, she attends to the medical needs of the patients along with assisting the physicians to coordinate care throughout the patient’s treatment process.

Jennifer Tschetter, M. A.

Ph.D Practicum Student
Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research Program
UCSD Department of Psychiatry

Jennifer Tschetter is a Ph. D. practicum student at the UCSD Eating Disorder Treatment and Research Program where she provides individual and group therapy. She received her masters and is currently a graduate student at California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University. Her clinical interests are working with children and adolescents with mood disorders, personality disorders, and eating disorders.

Emily Whipple, B.A.

Psychiatric Technician
Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research Program
UCSD Department of Psychiatry

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 Psych Tech 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

Administrative Assistant
Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research Program
UCSD Department of Psychiatry

Cathy has been part of UCSD Psychiatry Department since 2001. She began last year with our UCSD, Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research Program as an Administrative Assistant. Recently she has started working mainly for the Adolescent Program helping with any administrative duties the therapist and staff need.

Christina Vizcarra

Insurance Coordinator
Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research Program
UCSD Department of Psychiatry

With over 10 years of experience in the field of insurance and 6 years running a medical billing business Christina specializes in mental health insurance verification for facility based and outpatient treatment. She has a wealth of knowledge about the insurance industry and has helped countless families navigate through the difficult world of insurance. Christina also helps facilitate consultations with insurance brokers and families to help families purchase an insurance plan that better suits their needs. Understanding your mental health coverage for Eating Disorder treatment is so important please contact Christina today for an insurance screening and financial consultation.

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