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Director's Welcome

I am pleased to take the reins of the Psychiatry Residency from Sid Zisook. I have worked closely with Sid for over 30 years since I came to UCSD as a visiting medical student in 1985. I completed my residency, chief residency and fellowship in schizophrenia research at UCSD before joining the faculty as a Clinician Educator and Principle Investigator. I have been fortunate to work as an Attending Physician at both the UCSD and VA Medical Centers during my tenure at UCSD and to develop my interest in Early Psychosis Research and Treatment. I became an Associate Residency Training Director in 2000 and a Clinical Foundations Co-Director for the UCSD School of Medicine in 2012. I am enthusiastic to build on what is already an outstanding psychiatry training program. 

As outlined in the Mission Statement for the Psychiatry Residency, we are committed to providing excellent clinical training for our residents and opportunities for individualized training in a variety of specialty clinics and independent study research projects. We strive to develop leaders in education, research, clinical care and public service who participate in shaping and defining their training experience.  Residents are trained to critically evaluate new and established approaches for the assessment and treatment of psychiatric disorders, preparing our residents for the practice of psychiatry in the 21st century.

San Diego is a wonderful place to live and the majority of our residency graduates never leave! We are pleased to have graduated private practitioners, medical directors, clinician educators, academic psychiatrists and leaders in psychiatric organizations who call San Diego their home.

Warm regards, 


For more information on our department, please visit the UCSD Department of Psychiatry Website.