Margaret L. Stuber, MD is the Jane and Marc Nathanson Professor of Psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, where she also serves as Chair of the Medical Education Committee and is faculty sponsor for the PsychSIG at UCLA. Her research focuses on traumatic stress responses of pediatric cancer survivors and pediatric organ transplant recipients, leading to her involvement in the National Child Traumatic Stress Network dedicated to development of prevention, assessment, and treatment for psychologically traumatized children and adolescents.

From a Week in Practice:

Where did you complete your training?
University of Michigan for MD and internship. UCLA for psychiatry residency & child psychiatry fellowship

In what setting do you practice & what are the most common diagnoses you encounter?
University setting. Depression, Anxiety, PTSD

Describe your schedule during a typical week.
Start work at 8-9 am, teach for 1-3 hours, committee work for 1-3 hours, research for 1-3 hours, see outpatients for 1-3 hours, finish work at 7-8 pm.

Why did you choose your specific career & what is most rewarding about your work?
I find it challenging, always new, and something I do well. I feel I connect with people, and make a difference for the future.

What aspects of being a psychiatrist do you find the most challenging?
I dislike paperwork, but have lots of it.

How are you compensated for your services?
I am paid in a complex way, which includes research funds, state funds, and fee for service.

What advice do you have for medical students considering a career in psychiatry?
There is a lot of demand, and it is rapidly changing with exciting new discoveries. Explore a lot of different options, as there are many aspects to psychiatry.