UCSD & Community Leadership

Igor Grant

Igor Grant, MD

Igor Grant, M.D., is Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. Dr. Grant is a neuropsychiatrist who trained at the University of British Columbia and the University of Pennsylvania before joining UCSD. His research interests include the effects of various diseases, such as HIV/AIDS and abuse of drugs and alcohol on the brain and behavior, as well as the psychobiological effects of chronic stress on the elderly. He is recipient of awards for excellence in teaching and his contributions to neuropsychology.

Kristin Cadenhead

Kristin Cadenhead, MD

Dr. Kristin Cadenhead a Professor of Psychiatry at University of California San Diego and an attending physician at both the Veterans Administration and the UCSD Medical Centers. She serves as an Associate Residency Training Director for the Department of Psychiatry and a Clinical Foundations Director for the School of Medicine. She is the Director of the Cognitive Assessment and Risk Evaluation (CARE) Program, a research and clinical program that focuses on early identification, intervention and prevention of serious mental illness. Dr. Cadenhead is the Medical Director of the Mental Health Primary Care clinic at the VA Medical Center. She received her BA degree in Biology/Psychology from Rice University in Houston, Texas. She then earned her medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. She completed her residency in Psychiatry and Fellowship in Schizophrenia research at UCSD.

Ellen Heyneman

Ellen K. Heyneman, M.D.

Dr. Heyneman graduated cum laude from Yale University (B.S. 1980) and Yale Medical School (M.D.1984 A.O.A.) and completed residencies in pediatrics and psychiatry at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She completed fellowship training in child and adolescent psychiatry at Yale Child Study Center and moved to U.C.S.D. in 1991. She is triple-boarded in pediatrics, psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry. Dr. Heyneman has been Director of the Residency Training Program in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at UCSD since 1996 and director of the consultation-liaison service at Children’s Hospital and Health Center since 1993. Her outpatient clinical practice is specialized in eating disorders, anxiety disorders and mood disorders in children and adolescents as well as psychiatric care of the medically-ill child.

Amelia Roeschlein

Amelia Roeschlein, MA, LMFT

Amelia Roeschlein is a psychodynamically trained therapist, and AAMFT approved clinical supervisor at UCSD’s Outpatient Psychiatric Services-Hillcrest. She is part-time faculty at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, and is completing her doctorate in social work at USC with a focus on innovation and creating large scale social change through transdisciplinary training of mental health practitioners. She is a member of the British Psychoanalytic Council’s list of qualified Mentalization Based Practitioners (MBT) due to advanced training in MBT. She is active in the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, and the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare.

Jason Schweitzer

Jason Schweitzer, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Schweitzer completed the Community Psychiatry Fellowship- Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Track at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and is board certified in both adult and child and adolescent psychiatry. Hailing from Massachusetts, where he studied Anthropology and Latin American Studies at Brandeis University, which led to his work in the not-for-profit sector serving the Latino community in Boston, he completed a Master's degree in Social Work at Columbia University in New York, where he worked for several years in psychiatric settings. Before fast-tracking to UCSD, he completed 3 years of adult psychiatry training at Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training Program. Later, Dr. Schweitzer matriculated at the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine to pursue Psychiatry. He now works with children and adolescents facing homelessness, youth in acute psychiatric crises, and teens requiring a high level of behavioral and emotional support. Additionally, he supervises and provides clinical and administrative support for the newly redesigned Child and Adolescent Community Track.

Elizabeth Sears-Wiley

Elizabeth Sears-Wiley, PMHNP-BC, APRN

Ms. Sears-Wiley is board certified PMHNP graduate of the University of San Diego, School of Nursing, having completed her training at the University of California, San Diego Outpatient Services-Hillcrest. Previously she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of California, San Diego as well as a Bachelor of Nursing degree from California State University, San Marcos. Her BSN led her to Sharp Grossmont’s Behavioral Health Services, where she fulfilled various roles within that unit, including charge nurse, night shift council and contributor to patient and employee improvement projects. She is a current member of the California Association of Nurse Practitioners, American Psychiatric Nurses Association and Sigma Theta Tau International.


Desiree Shapiro


Desiree Shapiro, M.D.

Dr. Shapiro received her medical degree from UCSD School of Medicine and completed her residency in psychiatry at UCSD where she is currently an assistant clinical professor of Psychiatry. Presently she serves on the APA Council for Children, Adolescents, and their Families and the AACAP Adolescent Committee. Prior to medical school, Dr. Shapiro studied Biopsychology and English at University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). She was also involved in research training programs at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and University of San Francisco (UCSF) in the Departments of Neuroengineering and Psychiatry.


Jessica Thackaberry

Jessica L. Thackaberry, M.D.

Jessica Thackaberry, MD graduated medical school at University of Washington in Seattle, Washington in 2012. She did her residency at UCSD, completing a chief residency and graduating in 2016, after which she joined the Community Psychiatry Faculty at Outpatient Psychiatric Services - Hillcrest. Her predominant areas of interest are TeleMental Health, for which she is Clinical Lead, and Community Psychiatry, with a special interest in population medicine, informatics, and training physician leaders. She was awarded the San Diego Psychiatric Society Early Career Psychiatrist Leadership Award in 2017, and serves as secretary for SDPS. She is the Area 6 Early Career Psychiatrist representative to the American Psychiatric Association Assembly, and also serves on the California Psychiatric Association council.


Molly Willis

Molly Willis, PMHNP-BC, APRN

Molly Willis is a nationally board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who has been practicing at UCSD’s outpatient adult psychiatric services since 2016. She completed her undergraduate work at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and holds dual Masters of Science in Nursing degrees: one in Nursing Education (East Carolina University) and the other in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (University of San Diego). Prior to joining UCSD’s Outpatient Psychiatric Services team Ms. Willis worked in multiple inpatient psychiatric settings as a Registered Nurse. Her professional areas of interest include community mental health, telemedicine for mental health, pre-licensure nurse practitioner clinical training programs, and interprofessional development. Currently, she is a member of several professional organizations including the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, as well as Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.


Kathi Anderson, MA, NCC
Executive Director, Board President
Survivors of Torture, International

Maria Carriedo-Ceniceros, MD
Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
San Ysidro, Health Center

Alicia Devine, LMFT
Clinical Director
Deaf Community Services of San Diego, Inc.

Jeff Gering, MHA
Vice President of Planning and Support Services
Family Health Centers

Steven Jellá, PsyD
Associate Executive Director
San Diego Youth Services

Marianne McKennett, MD
Program Director
Scripps Family Medicine Residency
Clinical Professor
UCSD Department of Family Medicine and Public Health
*Comm Psych PGY1 at San Ysidro Health Center

Nilanie Ramos, MSW
Health Planning and Program Specialist
Behavioral Health Services
County of San Diego Health & Human Services Agency
*CORE for the Comm Psych Program

Cheryl Rode, PhD
Vice President of Clinical Operations
San Diego Center for Children

Garrick Tong, MD
Assistant Medical Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Family Health Centers of San Diego