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Psychiatry Training Faculty

Stephanie Martinez

Stephanie Martinez, MD

Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry

Stephanie Martinez, MD received her bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and then continued her medical education at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. While in medical school she was the Vice President of her medical school class where she became a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society. During her membership, she became involved with teaching and mentoring junior medical students. Dr. Martinez also engaged with high school students in order to spark their interest in science and guide them to a path in medicine. Stephanie has a wide array of special interests which she plans to explore further, including community psychiatry and college mental health. She is passionate about working with the medically underserved Hispanic community. Recently, Stephanie co-published a how-to article for the Psychiatric Times that guides practitioners on ways to increase medication adherence in the Latino community and overcoming any obstacles that they may experience. Dr. Martinez joined the UCSD Community Psychiatry Residency Faculty and continues to mentor program interns, residents, and fellows.

Priti Ojha, MD

Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry

Priti Ojha, MD was a UCSD Community Psychiatry Fellow and Chief Resident of Outpatient Psychiatric Services. She received her medical degree from Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Prior to medical school, Dr. Ojha conducted molecular biology and immunology research and served as an Instructor of Bioscience Technologies in Philadelphia. Dr. Ojha has been involved in organized medicine with an interest in public policy through the American Medical Association and the American Psychiatric Association. She served as a Resident-Fellow Representative on behalf of the California Psychiatric Association to the California Medical Association and currently serves as the Federal Legislative Representative to the San Diego Psychiatric Society. She is also a Laughlin Fellow with the American College of Psychiatrists. Her research interests include violence in the healthcare setting and women's mental health. Dr. Ojha joined the UCSD Community Psychiatry Residency Faculty and continues to mentor program interns, residents, and fellows. 

Jason Schweitzer, MD

Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry

Jason Schweitzer, MD 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 the 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.

Jessica Thackaberry, MD

Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry

Jessica Thackaberry, MD is a psychiatrist who provides compassionate, knowledgeable care to those seeking general mental health outpatient services and has research interests in helping the underserved and providing community-based mental health services. She has clinical expertise in telemedicine for mental health and, as an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry. Her residency training in psychiatry was completed at UC San Diego School of Medicine where she was chief resident in the Neurobehavioral Medicine Unit. She earned her medical degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine. Prior to joining UC San Diego Health in 2016, Dr. Thackaberry was a psychiatrist at the San Diego County Psychiatric Hospital and the Imperial Beach Community Health Clinic. She is also a member of many professional organizations, including the American Psychiatric Association, the American Medical Association, the American Association of Community Psychiatry, and the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine.


Lama Muhammad, MD 

Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry

Lama Muhammad, MD obtained her medical degree from Tishreen University in 2004, where she graduated at the top of her class. She then completed a transitional year in plastic surgery, burns, pediatrics, and internal medicine followed by a residency in dermatology and venereal disease at Damascus University in 2008. She practiced as a dermatologist in Syria before emigrating to the United States. Thereafter she completed a preliminary year in internal medicine at Case Western Reserve University, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center before matching at the University of New Mexico in general adult psychiatry. She was Chief Resident in Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center and graduated with the “Diana Quinn Award “for service, compassion, and dancing healer spirit. Then she finished a Fellowship in Consultation-Liaison (Psychosomatic) Psychiatry from the University of New Mexico/United States. In addition to her medical career, Dr. Muhammad is a professional Arabic Magic Realism Writer who focuses on cultural dilemmas and has published five books. Her areas of interest include human rights, cultural psychiatry, art in psychiatry, psychoanalysis, and nonverbal communications.