Meet Us


Dilip V. Jeste - M.D.

Dilip V. Jeste, M.D. is Estelle and Edgar Levi Chair in Aging, Director of the Sam and Rose Stein Institute for Research on Aging, and Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Neurosciences, University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and VA San Diego Healthcare System. He is also the Director of the Advanced Center for Interventions and Services Research at UCSD focusing on psychosis in late-life, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).

Dr. Jeste obtained his medical education in Poona, and psychiatry training in Bombay, India. In the USA, he completed his psychiatry residency at Cornell University, and Neurology residency at George Washington University. He was a research fellow, and later, Chief of the Units on Movement Disorders and Dementias at the NIMH before moving to San Diego.

Dr. Jeste is the Principal Investigator on several research and training grants. He has published eight books, and over 500 articles in peer-reviewed journals and books. He is the past President of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP) and the West Coast College of Biological Psychiatry, and the Founding President of the International College of Geriatric Psychoneuropharmacology.

Dr. Jeste is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, and a member of the NIH Council of Councils. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. He has been listed in “The Best Doctors in America” and has received several awards including the A.E. Bennett Neuropsychiatric Research Award from the Society of Biological Psychiatry; MERIT Award from the NIMH; Commendation for Dedicated Service from the American Legion, Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Commission; Senior Investigator Award from the AAGP; C. Charles Burlingame Award from the Institute of Living, Hartford; the Award for Research in Psychiatry as well as the Jack Weinberg Memorial Award in Geriatric Psychiatry and the George Tarjan Award from the American Psychiatric Association; Life-Time Service Award from the American College of International Physicians; Most Distinguished Physician Teacher/Researcher Award from the American Association of Physicians of Indian origin; Asian Heritage Award for Excellence in Science, Technology, and Research; and Distinguished Investigator Award from the National Alliance for Research in Schizophrenia and Affective Disorders. He is in the Institute of Scientific Information list of the “world's most cited authors”--comprising less than 0.5% percent of all publishing researchers of the last two decades.


Gregory A. Aarons - Ph.D.

Dr. Aarons is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with minors in Organizational Psychology and Research Methods from the University of South Florida. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and a postdoctoral fellowship in substance abuse and health services research at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Aarons completed an NIMH Mentored Career Development grant focusing on organizational factors and evidence-based practice in mental health service settings. He has a leadership role in the UCSD Geropsychiatry Advanced Center for Innovation in Services and Intervention Research.

Dr. Aarons' current research focuses on translational science and identifying and improving organizational factors that impact quality of mental health services and implementation of evidence-based practice in real-world practice settings. Dr. Aarons is principal investigator on an NIMH funded grant that examines factors affecting statewide evidence-based practice implementation and organizational readiness to implement evidence-based practices. Dr. Aarons is a collaborative investigator on a study of implementation of clinical reminders to improve HIV screening and treatment for at-risk patients in primary care. Dr. Aarons’ most recent work focuses on the role of leadership in evidence-based practice implementation.


Concepcion Barrio - Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

Dr. Barrio is associate professor at the University of Southern California School of Social Work and co-investigator at two research centers funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) in San Diego, the Child and Adolescent Services Center and the Advanced Center for Interventions and Services Research (ACISR) at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Barrio currently serves as principal investigator of the Latino Studies Unit at the ACISR.

Dr. Barrio has a national reputation in mental health services research, particularly in the interaction of ethnicity and effective clinical practice. Since 1997, she has been the principal investigator on three NIMH grants. Currently, her NIMH research study in on the development of a culturally-based family intervention for Mexican-Americans dealing with schizophrenia. She is also a co-investigator on several other National Institute of Health grants in Los Angeles and San Diego that focus on the cultural relevance of mental health services and on the development and cultural adaptation of interventions for Latino and other underserved and underesearched multicultural populations dealing with severe and persistent mental illness and co-morbid conditions.

Dr. Barrio comes with twenty years of social work practice experience in community and private mental health settings with multicultural populations. Her teaching expertise is in the area of advanced direct practice in mental health settings and psychopathology and the diagnosis of mental disorders.

Dr. Barrio has served on the Services Research Scientific Merit Review Committee at the National Institute of Mental Health, and she is currently a standing member of this Review Committee.


Steve Bartels - Ph.D.

Dr. Bartels is a leader in the geriatric psychiatry field. He is currently the Director of Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center’s Aging Services Research. He is also Scientific Co-Director for the Older Americans Substance Abuse and Mental Health (SAMHSA) Technical Assistance Center. He has been an expert consultant to the Older Adult Subcommittee of the President’s Commission on Mental Health, and has testified before Congress about aging and health policy. He directed numerous aging organizations, including the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, where he served as president. He continues to conduct aging adult health promotion and aging adult mental health research.


Maureen Curran - M.S.

Maureen Curran is the Executive Director of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Division of Geriatric Psychiatry and the Stein Institute for Research on Aging. Ms. Curran oversees Division of Geriatric Psychiatry’s Research Center whose focus is on studies of late-life psychosis. She is also responsible for the administration of the Division’s training programs. Ms. Curran is the manager of the NIMH-sponsored Summer Research Institute (SRI) in Geriatric Psychiatry. The SRI is a national training program intended to provide the tools necessary to begin, maintain, and succeed in a research career in the mental disorders of late life to postdoctoral trainees and junior faculty members.

She also manages the Summer Training on Aging Research Topics – Mental Health (START-MH) Program. The START-MH is a national research training program in aging for undergraduate, graduate, and medical students. The program introduces potential investigators to late-life research by working with experienced mentors in the field for a three-month period. In her role at the Stein Institute for Research on Aging, Ms. Curran is responsible for the development and oversight of studies related to successful cognitive and emotional aging. Ms. Curran is active in a number of community activities including serving as a member of the Board for several organizations including the Senior Mental Health Partnership of NAMI San Diego, the ITN San Diego Senior Transportation Network, and the Lily Brentano Foundation. Ms. Curran received her graduate and undergraduate degrees from the University of Southern California Leonard Davis School of Gerontology. She completed a health policy fellowship at the United States House of Representatives Select Committee on Aging before joining the faculty at UCSD.


Lisa Eyler - Ph.D.

Dr. Lisa Eyler is an Associate Professor in the UCSD Department of Psychiatry and a member of the Neuroimaging Core of the San Diego VA Mental Illness, Research and Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC). Her research focuses on the biological basis of neurocognitive functioning in aging, development, and mental illness. Previous studies have used functional imaging to explore the nature of cognitive deficits among older individuals with schizophrenia. Her current projects include examining the brain response correlates of exceptional aging and a study of brain functioning among older persons with bipolar disorder. In addition, she is a co-investigator on a twin MRI study of aging, a project to examine imaging correlates of risk for Alzheimer's disease, a study of enhancing the informed consent process among patients with schizophrenia, and a functional imaging project aimed at discovering risk factors for autism among very young children.


Lavinia Fiorentino - Ph.D.

Dr. Fiorentino is a clinical psychologist and post-doctoral fellow in the Psychiatry Department, Division of Geriatric Mental Health at UCSD. She graduated with a Laurea degree in psychology from "La Sapienza" University of Rome, Italy. She holds an MA in experimental psychology from California State University in Northridge, and a PhD from the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. Dr. Fiorentino completed a pre-doctoral internship in behavioral medicine at Brown University, and pursued post-doctoral training in psychoneuroimmunology at UCLA. Her research interests include treatment development and treatment outcome research, with a focus on sleep disorders, mindfulness, mind-body interactions, aging and cancer.


David Folsom - M.D.

Dr. Folsom is the Medical Director of St. Vincent de Paul Village Family Health Center, and an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of California, San Diego. He is also Co-Director of the UCSD Combined Family Medicine Psychiatry Residency Training Program. Dr. Folsom’s research focuses on improving care for people who are homeless and mentally ill, and on improving medical care for people with schizophrenia. His research has been funded by an National Institute Health Career Development Award. Dr. Folsom has published more than 30 articles in peer-reviewed journals. He is board certified in both Psychiatry and Family Medicine. He has served on the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, and was awarded the Family Medicine Researcher of the Year award by the California Academy of Family Physicians in 2007. Dr. Folsom provides clinical care to people who are homeless, working at the St. Vincent de Paul Village medical clinic in downtown San Diego.


Pledad Garcia - Ed.D.

Dr. Garcia is the Director for Systems of Care for the County of San Diego, Adult and Older Adult Mental Health Services (AOAMHS). Prior to assuming this position Dr. Garcia held the position of Clinical Director for three years for AOAMHS. In her current capacity Dr. Garcia oversees the implementation of the Redesign of the System of Care for AOAMHS and the development and implementation of System of Care initiatives to include: the integration of psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery practices in the mental health system, youth transitioning into the adult system, integration of dual diagnosis practices, older adult mental health services, housing and employment for people with psychiatric disabilities and integration of cultural competencies in the mental health system. In addition, Dr. Garcia oversees and monitors an array of outpatient, inpatient and rehabilitation and recovery contract programs.

Dr. Garcia has been involved with community mental health for over 20 years and in various capacities has been involved with serious mentally ill individuals. Dr. Garcia is a current Board of Directors member of USPRA and a board member of the San Diego Task Force on the Homeless. Under her leadership AOAMHS was awarded over $10 million dollars in 2001 from the California State Department of Mental Health to provide an integrated services programs for mentally ill homeless.


Shahrokh Golshan - Ph.D.

Dr. Golshan is a Project Scientist in the University of California, San Diego Department of Psychiatry. He is the Director of the Methodology, Biostatistics and Data Management core (MBDM) of the IRC. Dr. Golshan has been involved with the MBDM Core since its inception and has been a long-time consultant to this center. Dr. Golshan has been PI and the director of the Biostatistical Core in the UCSD Mood Disorder Clinical Research Center (MHCRC) since 1987. Dr. Golshan as experience as a biostatistical consultant, and is an expert in study design and methodology. Dr. Golshan has extensive experience in complex statistical modeling and analysis. He has been involved in teaching principles of study design and statistical concepts and procedures.


Eric Granholm - Ph.D.

Eric L. Granholm, Ph.D. is Professor of Psychiatry at UCSD, and Director of the Interprofessional Fellowship Program in Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Oriented Services at the VA San Diego Healthcare System. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1991 at UCLA and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, where he conducted research on neuropsychology, social skills training and family therapy for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

Dr. Granholm is an active basic and clinical researcher in the areas of cognitive behavioral therapy and social skills training for schizophrenia, cognitive neuropsychology, and psychophysiology (pupillometry) in people with schizophrenia. He has over 90 publications and has been an investigator on 16 grants to study CBT for psychosis and neurocognition in schizophrenia.


William Hawthorne - Ph.D.

Dr. Hawthorne is Founder and Executive Director of Community Research Foundation (CRF), a not-for-profit provider and research organization providing 30 community-based programs for the public mental health system in San Diego County. He is also Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSD, and Adjunct Associate Research Professor at the School of Social Work at San Diego State University. He has worked as a provider and researcher in the public mental health system in San Diego County for over 30 years. Dr. Hawthorne has developed numerous clinical programs in San Diego County, including many of the programs operated by CRF.

He has also conducted numerous outcome and client satisfaction studies within the public mental health system in San Diego County. He has collaborated with Richard Hough, PhD at the Child and Adolescent Services Research Center on a number of studies and is currently a co-investigator at the Department of Psychiatry, Division of Geriatric Psychiatry, Advanced Center for Innovative Services and Intervention Research. His current research interests focus on factors associated with variation in utilization and cost of public mental health services and the translation of research into practice and policy.


Robert K. Heaton - Ph.D.

Dr. Heaton is a Professor of Psychiatry in the University of California, San Diego Department of Psychiatry, and is the Principal Investigator of the Assessment Core of the IRC. He an internationally known for his research on the neuropsychological (NP) effects of schizophrenia, as well as his work in several other areas including the neurobehavioral aspects of HIV-infection, and in the development of comprehensive demographically corrected norms for NP tests. He serves as the Associate Editor for the journal Assessment. He is co-editor of the Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, and serves on the editorial board of several other journals. Dr. Heaton has been responsible for the development of comprehensive norms for the Expanded Halstead-Reitan Neuropsychological Battery. Dr. Heaton's expertise in measurement of cognitive deficits in schizophrenia, and his support as PI of the IRC Assessment core will be invaluable to the success of this project.


Hua Jin - M.D.

Dr. Jin is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and medical director of MCCE program in the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry. Dr. Jin received his medical degree from Shanghai Medical University and completed his psychiatry residency at Shanghai Mental Health Center. After immigrating to the US, he had his psychiatry residency training again in the department of psychiatry at UCSD and has been on the faculty of the UCSD Department of Psychiatry since graduated from his residency training in 2001.

Dr. Jin is actively involved in research and his current research focuses on weight gain, diabetes and hyperlipidemia associated with different atypical antipsychotics as well as the underlining mechanisms related to these metabolic changes in patients with schizophrenia.

He is the Co-PI of a large ongoing NIH funded study examining long-term metabolic effects of antipsychotics with Dr. Dilip Jeste (PI) in the UCSD Division of Geriatric Psychiatry. He has been collaborating with the China CDC and Mental Health Center at Peking University and conducting a NIH funded large scale HIV/AIDS neurocognitive and neuropsychiatry research in China.

Dr. Jin’s clinical work is focused on psychosis, schizophrenia and medication management. He has been the PI for several clinical trials on antipsychotics in the US and China. He is a staff psychiatrist at VA San Diego Healthcare System. Dr. Jin also teaches and supervises psychiatry residents and geropsychiatric fellows rotating through the geropsychiatry.


Laurie Lindamer - Ph.D.

Dr. Lindamer is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at University of California, San Diego. She is also the Clinical Director for the UCSD Geriatric Psychiatry Advanced Center for Innovative Services and Interventions Research and Director of the Education and Dissemination Unit of the San Diego VA Healthcare System’s Center of Excellence for Stress and Mental Disorders.

Dr. Lindamer’s research interests include health issues in older adults with psychosis and the development of public-academic partnerships to promote the implementation of evidenced-based practices in older adults with psychosis. She was a recipient of an NIMH career development award and a NARSAD Young Investigator Award for her research in the role of estrogen in late-life psychosis. Her current research projects include the development of a residential-based health promotion program for older adults with psychosis for which she has received an R34.


Brent Mausbach - Ph.D.

Dr Mausbach obtained his bachelor’s degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology in Palo Alto, CA. He completed his clinical psychology internship at the VA Black Hills Healthcare System, after which he received post-doctoral training at both Stanford University and UCSD with a specialization in Geropsychiatry. Dr Mausbach has been a faculty member at UCSD since July, 2007.


Hoang Nguyen - M.D.

Dr. Nguyen is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Co-Director of the Geriatric Psychiatry Clinical Fellowship at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Nguyen has received the Certificate of Added Qualifications in Geriatric Psychiatry from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Nguyen is actively involved in the care of older patients with psychosis at a number of sites including the University, the VA San Diego Healthcare System and at a private non-academic site in the community. Dr. Nguyen has served as the PI of an industry-sponsored multicenter study in older patients with psychotic disorders.


Lawrence Palinkas - Ph.D.

Lawrence A. Palinkas is the Albert G. and Frances Lomas Feldman Professor of Social Policy and Health in the School of Social Work at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and Adjunct Professor of Medicine and Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of California, San Diego. He also holds secondary appointments in the Departments of Anthropology and Preventive Medicine at USC. A medical anthropologist, his primary areas of expertise lie within preventive medicine, cross-cultural medicine and health services research. Dr. Palinkas is particularly interested in health disparities, implementation science, community-based participatory research, and the sociocultural and environmental determinants of health and health-related behavior with a focus on disease prevention and health promotion. Current research encompasses mental health services, immigrant health, and global health. Specific projects explore the mental health needs of older adults, cultural explanatory models of mental illness and service utilization, sociocultural change and chronic disease risk in developing nations and in immigrant/refugee communities, and the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practices for delivery of mental health services to children, adolescents and older adults. He also provides expertise to students and colleagues in the use of qualitative and mixed research methods.


Barton Palmer - Ph.D.

Dr. Palmer is a Professor at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Department of Psychiatry. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1992. He has authored or co-authored over 115 scientific articles, and has particular expertise in the area of neuropsychological aspects of late-life psychiatric disorders. His primary research interests include neuropsychological aspects of late-life schizophrenia and other psychiatric conditions, as well as the impact of these deficits on patients' everyday functioning (including their capacity to consent to treatment and research participation). He is active in the Center Bioethics Unit and in the UCSD-SDSU Joint Doctoral Clinical Psychology Training Program. Dr. Palmer has been PI or co-Investigator on several federally funded research grants examining neuropsychiatric patients’ decision-making capacity and means of improving the consent process. He also has an ongoing interest in general issues of neuropsychological assessment.


Kevin Patrick - M.D., M.S.

Kevin Patrick, MD, MS is Professor of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine and Director of the Center for Wireless and Population Health Sciences at the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), San Diego Division. He is a senior advisor to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Active Living Research Program and a member of the RWJF Health Games Research National Advisory Committee. He has been a PI or Co-PI on more than $28 million in research and training grants funded by NIH, CDC, HRSA and others. His current research explores how to use mobile and social technologies to measure and improve health-related behaviors. Further information can be found at the website for Dr. Patrick’s lab: http://cwphs.ucsd.edu


Thomas Patterson- Ph.D.

Thomas L. Patterson, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego, and Principal Investigator of the Research Methods Core of UCSD’s Advanced Center for Innovation in Services and Intervention Research (ACISIR), an NIMH-funded project that focuses on older persons with psychosis. He has been conducting psychosocial research with schizophrenia patients since 1992. In 2001, he developed the UCSD Performance-based Skills Assessment (UPSA), which has been chosen by the MATRICS initiative as the standard measure of functional capacity for clinical trials of cognitive remediation in schizophrenia. He was the P.I. of the FAST study (NIH R01 MH62554, Functional Adaptation Skills Training Program for Middle-Aged and Older Persons with Schizophrenia), which has been listed on SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP). Currently, Dr. Patterson is the UCSD P.I. of a collaborative study (NIH R01 MH078737, Validating assessments of real-world outcomes) that is attempting to identify optimal measures of real-world functioning in schizophrenia. Due to his expertise in assessment of functional capacity, he has served as a consultant on numerous NIH R01s. Dr. Patterson is a co-editor of Health Psychology, has published over 440 peer-reviewed articles, and serves on a number of NIH scientific review committees.


Mihaela Petersen - M.D.

Dr. Petersen is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Petersen has received the Certificate of Added Qualifications in Geriatric Psychiatry from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Petersen completed formal training in geriatric psychiatry at UCSD and now sees patients in the VA San Diego Healthcare System as well as the Scripps Clinic.


Jorge Porras - M.D.

Jorge Porras, M.D. is a UCSD Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Graduate of the Fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry at UCSD School of Medicine and an attending for the Clinical Fellowship. He received the Certificate of Added Qualifications in Geriatric Psychiatry from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is involved in the care of older adult patients with mental illness through the VA San Diego Healthcare system. His interests are in the area of Latino Issues in mental health; he is Bilingual and contributes to Caregivers of Hispanics with Alzheimer’s Disease through support of Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center.


Elyn Saks - J.D.

Elyn R. Saks is Orrin B. Evans Professor of Law and Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at the University of Southern California Law School. She teaches mental health law to law students, undergraduates, and psychiatry fellows. Her research is in the area of law and psychiatry, with a specialization in the ethics of psychiatric research. She has recently focused most specifically on capacity to consent to psychiatric research. Professor Saks is also a Ph.D. candidate at the Los Angeles Psychoanalytic Society and Research.


Daniel Sewell - M.D.

Dr. Sewell is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego. He is the Director of the UCSD Senior Behavioral Health Program, a state-of-the-art, 14-bed inpatient acute geriatric psychiatry service designed to provide the highest quality individualized clinical care for senior adults needing behavioral health and medical treatment, done in a clinically sophisticated, safe, comfortable, supportive, and responsive treatment environment. Dr. Sewell also serves as the Program Director for the one-year UCSD Geriatric Psychiatry Residency. Dr. Sewell has received his Certificate of Added Qualifications in Geriatric Psychiatry from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He has done research and clinical work in psychosis and its treatment for more than 10 years and is actively involved in the care of patients in addition to his administrative and training activities.


Wesley K. Thompson - Ph.D.

Wesley K. Thompson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor In-Residence in the UCSD Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Thompson earned his Ph.D. in Statistics from Rutgers University in 2003, and his dissertation studies focused on the development of a Baynesian model for sparse functional data. He was appointed Assistant Professor of Statistics and Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh in 2005, and he collaborated with several senior investigators on clinical research studies on depression, sleep and sleep disorders, and physical illness across the lifespan. Dr. Thompson joined the UCSD Department in 2008 and he serves as the Director of Biostatistics at the Stein Institute for Research on Aging.

Dr. Thompson’s research interests center on the adaptation and application of statistical models of a dynamic covariation of multiple functional processes in order to identify potentially causal relationships between brain function, depression, and physical health. This work is supported by a NIH Career Development Award that Dr. Thompson received in 2006. He is also interested in developing statistical models that may explain the underlying mechanisms of healthy cognitive aging.


Elizabeth Twamley- Ph.D.


Dr. Twamley earned a BA in Social Ecology at UC Irvine and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Arizona State University. She completed her clinical psychology internship and postdoctoral fellowship at UCSD and joined the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry in 2003. She is a faculty member in the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology; a faculty member of the Stein Institute for Research on Aging (SIRA) at UCSD; Associate Director of the Research Fellowship in Geriatric Mental Health; Associate Director for Training in the Advanced Center for Innovation in Services and Intervention Research (ACISIR) of the UCSD Division of Geriatric Psychiatry; and Co-Chief of the Neuropsychology Unit of the Center of Excellence for Stress and Mental Health (CESAMH), VA San Diego Healthcare System.
Research Focus:

Dr. Twamley's research focuses on bridging neuropsychology and interventions for individuals with severe mental illness or traumatic brain injury. Current intervention studies focus on supported employment and compensatory cognitive training. Other research interests include the neuropsychology of everyday functioning, genetic markers of cognition in schizophrenia, and cognitive impairment in PTSD. Dr. Twamley’s current research is funded by NIMH, the Department of Defense, and NARSAD.
Clinical Focus:

Dr. Twamley is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in neuropsychological assessment, cognitive rehabilitation, and supported employment. She is the Director of the UCSD Supported Employment Program at UCSD Outpatient Psychiatric Services. Dr. Twamley is particularly interested in community-based interventions that help individuals with severe mental illness or other cognitive impairments reach their highest potential social and occupational functioning. She supervises psychology interns and practicum students at UCSD Outpatient Psychiatric Services and the VA San Diego Healthcare System. She also conducts a neuropsychological assessment clinic at the St. Vincent De Paul Medical Clinic.

Julie Wetherell - Ph.D.

Dr. Wetherell earned a B.A. at Yale and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with specialization in aging at the University of Southern California. After a geropsychology internship at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at UCSD’s Advanced Center for Interventions and Services Research in Geriatric Mental Health. Dr. Wetherell’s research, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and the Department of Veterans Affairs, involves clinical trials of combined pharmacotherapy and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for geriatric generalized anxiety disorder and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for chronic pain. She also directs the Behavioral Medicine program within the VA San Diego Healthcare System Home-Based Primary Care program, which provides comprehensive, interdisciplinary primary care services in the homes of older veterans with chronic and disabling disease. and Pierre Ritchie Honorary Scholarship from the APA, the USC Kellerman Scholarship in Psychology, the APA Clinical Geropsychology Section Student Research Award, and the USC Department of Psychology Dissertation Award. Dr. Wetherell has already published several papers on anxiety disorders in older adults as well as Alzheimer’s disease. She is particularly interested in research on behavioral interventions for late life mental disorders.


Sidney Zisook - M.D.

Dr. Zisook is Dr. Zisook is Professor of Psychiatry and Director of Residency Training in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Zisook is the principal investigator of a newly funded R01, “Improving Outcomes in Complicated Grief” (2009-2014). He is the Director of the Clinical Core of the NIMH-funded Intervention Research Center (IRC) focused on evaluating psychosocial and psychopharmacologic interventions among older patients with psychosis. He has directed numerous psychopharmacologic trials in young and older adults, focusing on patients with depression, treatment resistant depression, schizophrenia, PTSD, and bereavement. In addition, Dr. Zisook has extensive expertise in psychiatric nosology and phenomenology, having completed studies on depression, as well as on depression in patients with HIV, with back pain, and with schizophrenia. He has been a national leader in developing a model psychopharmacology teaching programs for psychiatric training programs, is co-president of the San Diego branch of the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention and co-chair of the USCD Workforce on Suicide Prevention for students, house-staff and faculty.