is Associate Psychiatry Residency Program Director at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She also serves as Associate Medical Director of the UCLA Schizophrenia Aftercare Research Clinic and is active in teaching medical students and supervising residents on the Adult Inpatient Psychiatry service at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. In addition to interacting with rotating third and fourth year medical students, she also serves as an important member of the support staff for PsychSIG at UCLA.

From A Week in Practice:

Where did you complete your training?
MD at USC, Psychiatry residency at UCLA

In what setting do you practice & what are the most common diagnoses you encounter?
UCLA Medical Center and some outpatient. Schizophrenia, mood disorders, addiction

Describe your schedule during a typical week.
M-F 8:30am to 3-5pm, AM rounds 8:30-11am, clinic noon to 2-3pm.

Why did you choose your specific career & what is most rewarding about your work?
I loved the work during residency. Working with patients and families and seeing them get better and gain insight is most rewarding.

What aspects of being a psychiatrist do you find the most challenging?
Patient non-adherence.

How are you compensated for your services?
Faculty salary

What advice do you have for medical students considering a career in psychiatry?
It is a wonderful, exciting, flexible field.