Message from our Interim Chair, Dr. Robert Anthenelli

Robert Anthenelli
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Welcome to the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Department of Psychiatry. We are a diverse community of faculty, staff, and trainees dedicated to an important mission:

“To enhance mental wellness and better the lives of people with mental illness across the lifespan through basic, clinical, and translational research; by educating the next generation of scientists and clinicians; and by providing state of the art, evidence based personalized and compassionate care, in partnership with our community.”

I am a graduate of the residency training program and now have the privilege to serve as the Interim Chair. We benefit from being part of one of the most highly regarded public universities in the country – UCSD, and from our strong collaborations with the VA San Diego Healthcare System, Rady Children’s Hospital, the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, Scripps Research Institute and various agencies of San Diego County (Health and Human Services Agency) and California state government (Division of Health Services and Department of Corrections).

The research of the Department is multidisciplinary, translational, and vast. Ranked 3rd in the nation in NIH funding among psychiatry programs and #1 on the West Coast, it ranges from basic studies on the genetics and molecular mechanisms underlying neuropsychiatric disorders to clinical research on best practices in treatment.

Our educational programs are similarly broad and multidisciplinary. They focus on educating trainees including undergraduates, medical students, doctoral students in psychology, neuroscience and pharmacology, as well as those from various graduate and postdoctoral programs. In addition to our outstanding Adult Psychiatry, CombinedPsychiatry / Family Medicine Residency, Research Residency, and Community Psychiatry Residency training tracks, we have 4 ACGME-accredited fellowships in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry, and Psychosomatic Medicine. We also offer a fellowship in Community Psychiatry. We also have many specialized research training programs, some of which are supported by the National Institutes of Health and Department of Veterans Affairs.

Over the past 5 years the Department and UCSD Health System have invested considerable resources to expand the clinical services we provide. Our clinical programs span continuity of care from acute and emergency treatment, in-patient hospitalization, partial and intensive outpatient programs to general outpatient services, and various specialized services (e.g., for Eating Disorders, Addictions, Early Onset Psychosis, Geriatrics, Maternal Mental Health, PTSD, Chronic Pain and Tele-Psychiatry).

Community involvement and collaboration is a core feature of our Department as part of a public university. Our partnership with the VA San Diego Healthcare System, Rady Children’s Hospital, the San Diego Psychoanalytic Center, the San Diego Psychiatric Society, the Saint Vincent de Paul Village and various county (San Diego County Behavioral Health Services) and California state (Transitional Case Management Program; California State Department of Corrections) are examples of these partnerships. We also collaborate with the US Navy to provide training for their psychiatrists and psychologists and have collaborative training relationships with local universities such as San Diego State University, University of San Diego, and the University of Southern California.

Our Department also has a long-standing and continued commitment to diversity and inclusion in our research, educational, and clinical activities. To learn more about the Department’s activities in this regard, click on the link for the Chair’s Advisory Committee on Diversity Issues.

If you wish to contact the Department, please email us at psychiatry@ucsd.edu.


Robert Anthenelli, MD

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