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  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.

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  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.

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  Trey Meeks, M.D. 

Thomas (Trey) Meeks, M.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry, within the UCSD Department of Psychiatry. After completing his B.S. in Biology at Furman University, his M.D. from the Medical College of Georgia, and his Psychiatry residency at Emory University in Atlanta, he then completed both clinical and research fellowships in Geriatric Psychiatry at UCSD. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in General Psychiatry, with added qualifications in Geriatric Psychiatry. He currently provides clinical care to older adults in the UCSD Senior Behavioral Health Program and is completing a study on late-life depression, pain, and the immune system. He has been a scholar in the UCSD John A. Hartford Center of Excellence in Geriatric Psychiatry and served as an Assistant to the Editor of the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. He also has a clinician-educator career development grant from the US Health Resources and Services Administration focused on improving mental health care and research for Latino older adults. Clinical and research interests include late-life depression and anxiety, as well as telemedicine mental health services for rural or underserved populations.

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  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. 

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  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.

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Barton Palmer, Ph.D.
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.

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  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

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  Thomas L. 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.

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  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.

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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.

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  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. 

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

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