Eating Disorders Treatment and Research Program Team

Walter Kaye, M.D.Walter H. Kaye, MD

Director, Eating Disorders Program

Dr. Walter Kaye was recently recruited to the UC San Diego faculty from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where he was research director of the eating disorder program, and where he received a NIMH senior scientist award. Dr. Kaye’s current research is focused on exploring the relationship between brain and behavior using brain imaging and genetics, and developing and applying new treatments for anorexia and bulimia nervosa. Read more about Dr. Walter Kaye.

Terry Schwartz, MD

Medical Director, Eating Disorders Program

Dr. Terry Schwartz is the Medical Director of the Outpatient Eating Disorders Program at UC San Diego. Dr Schwartz has been working with eating disorders for 10 years, and is well respected as an eating disorder specialist in San Diego, providing professional education seminars and grand rounds for medical facilities both within and outside California. She worked for 10 years as the Associate Medical Director for UC San Diego’s outpatient psychiatric clinic, training psychiatric residents, and other psychology professionals. She also served as Medical Director for the UC San Diego Dual Diagnosis program.

Vandana Aspen, MA

Psychology Intern
Eating Disorders Treatment and Research Program
UC San Diego Department of Psychiatry

Vandana Aspen is a psychology intern at the UC San Diego Eating Disorder Treatment and Research Center. At the completion of this year, she will receive her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis. Her clinical and research work focuses on eating and weight related disorders across the age spectrum.

Kerri Boutelle, PhD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry
Eating Disorders Treatment and Research Program
Director of Behavioral Services, Weight and Wellness Clinic

Dr. Kerri Boutelle joined the UC San Diego Faculty from the University of Minnesota, where she was the Director of a child and adolescent eating disorder and obesity program and created and researched treatments for children who are overweight. Dr. Boutelle has been working with youth and young adults who have weight or eating related issues for over 12 years. Dr. Boutelle is the Behavioral Director of the Weight and Wellness Clinic, a clinic for youth (and their families) who struggle with their weight, and leads parenting groups and provides individual and family therapy. Dr. Boutelle also sees patients in the eating disorder program for family based and individual treatment of anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder and EDNOS. Dr. Boutelle's current research is focused on parenting children to reduce weight, parent and child skills for reducing binge eating, and epidemiological studies regarding adolescents who have been successful in weight loss.

Anne Clarkin, L.c.S.w.

Eating Disorders Treatment and Research Program
UC San Diego Department of Psychiatry

Anne has been working with eating disorders for over 25 years. She has designed and directed both inpatient and outpatient eating disorder programs in San Diego hospitals and has specialized in treating adults, teens and families dealing with eating disorders in private practice. Anne has written a chapter on the treatment of eating disorders for Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, a nursing textbook. Anne is working in the Day Treatment program at UC San Diego.

Lisa Cooper, MS

Psychology Technician
Eating Disorders Treatment and Research Program
UC San Diego Department of Psychiatry

Lisa recently joined the treatment team at UC San Diego as the psychology technician for the day treatment program. She received her Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University at Buffalo, where she completed a counseling internship at Avalon, a day treatment program for eating disorders. At UC San Diego, she works closely with patients to assist them with meal preparation, supervision, and support. She also facilitates group therapy sessions and other program activities.

Vikas Duvvuri, MD, PhD

Research Track Resident Physician, Eating Disorders Program
Eating Disorders Treatment and Research Program
UC San Diego Department of Psychiatry

Dr. Vikas Duvvuri is Chief Resident, Psychiatry at UC San Diego. He is also completing a Research Fellowship in Eating Disorders with Dr. Walter Kaye. He is a physician-scientist with a PhD in Neurosciences from Stanford and has worked on Eating Disorders over the last 2 years.

Carmen Fang, BA

Office Manager
Eating Disorders Program UC San Diego Department of Psychiatry

As the office manager, Carmen Fang provides a full range of administrative support for the UC San Diego Eating Disorders Treatment and Research Program. She works closely with the program staff and is the point person for all scheduling, records management, and information about our various programs.

Emily Grenesko-Stevens, MA

Neuroimaging Research Manager
Eating Disorders Treatment and Research Program
Department of Psychiatry

Emily Grenesko-Stevens is the Neuroimaging Research Manager at the Eating Disorders Program. She has worked on functional magnetic resonance imaging studies for six years and recently received her master's degree in psychology from San Diego State University. She is interested in studying the neurobiology of eating disorders using varied imaging techniques to inform treatment practices.

Emily Grenesko-Stevens is the Neuroimaging Research Manager at the Eating Disorders Program. She has worked on functional magnetic resonance imaging studies for six years and recently received her master's degree in psychology from San Diego State University. She is interested in studying the neurobiology of eating disorders using varied imaging techniques to inform treatment practices.

Megan Klabunde, MA

Treatment Research Manager
Eating Disorders Treatment and Research Program
UC San Diego Department of Psychiatry

Megan Klabunde is the Treatment Research Manager at the UC San Diego Eating Disorder Program. She is currently an advanced doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology at California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP). At the eating disorder program, she is responsible for the management of the studies that examine medication and therapy treatment of Anorexia Nervosa.

Julie Kovach, MS, RD

Registered Dietitian
Eating Disorders Treatment and Research Program
UC San Diego Department of Psychiatry

Julie received her Master’s in Family and Environmental Sciences at California State University Northridge in 1991. She became a registered dietitian in 1992 and since has worked in a variety of eating disorder programs in the San Diego and Los Angeles areas. Her philosophy regarding nutrition is helping others discover their own journey to recovery by improving their relationship with food.

Kathryn Langham, MD

Staff Research Associate
Eating Disorders Treatment and Research Program
UC San Diego Department of Psychiatry

Dr. Kathryn Langham is a Graduate of the UC San Diego School of Medicine, class of 2008. She completed her medical internship at Tuft’s Medical Center in Boston. She is working with Dr Kaye and his team as a research associate, helping to implement and orchestrate various eating disorder imaging and treatment protocols. Clinically, she is assisting in the medical management of participants in the clinic’s Day Treatment and IOP Programs. Her plans are to begin a second year psychiatry residency position in the Fall of 2010, with the possibility of a future fellowship in eating disorders.

Katherine Lydecker , MA

Psychology Intern
Eating Disorders Treatment and Research Program
UC San Diego Department of Psychiatry

Katherine Lydecker is a psychology intern with the UC San Diego Eating Disorder Treatment and Research Center. Following completion of her internship, she will receive her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the San Diego State University/University of California, San Diego Joint Doctoral Program. Her research focuses on the co-occurrence of addictive behaviors and other forms of psychopathology.

Lyndsey Marcelino, BA

Staff Research Associate
Eating Disorders Treatment and Research Program
UC San Diego Department of Psychiatry

Lyndsey Marcelino began her research training at the UC Davis MIND Institute in 2006 and joined the UC San Diego Eating Disorder Treatment and Research Center in 2009. As the imaging recruitment coordinator, Lyndsey manages recruitment for imaging study protocols, including participant screening, administration of interviews and assessments, and various other responsibilities, such as assisting with functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging scans and preparing and administering study related procedures.

Scott Matthews, MD

Assistant Adjunct Professor
Eating Disorders Treatment and Research Program
UC San Diego Department of Psychiatry

After receiving his MD from UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, Dr. Matthews completed internship and residency in psychiatry at the University of California San Diego (UCSD), and was Chief Resident of the Outpatient Psychiatric Services in his final year of residency. He then completed formal research training in functional brain imaging in UC San Diego’s NIH-funded Fellowship in Biological Psychiatry and Neuroscience. Dr. Matthews is currently Lead Psychiatrist on the Polytrauma Support Clinic Team at Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS), and former Chief of the Consultation-Liaison Division of the Psychiatry Service at VASDHS. He is also Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at UC San Diego, Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, an active member of the American Psychosomatic Society (APS), and a former Co-Chair of the APS Program Committee. Dr. Matthews’ research program focuses on using neuroimaging methods to increase understanding of the structural and functional neural correlates of normal and abnormal cognitive and emotional processing. His most recent research focus is using structural and functional neuroimaging in veterans exposed to combat in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom to identify how blasts disrupt brain structure and function and increase risk of MDD. Dr. Matthews is also an active collaborator on funded projects investigating the neural correlates of pain processing and anticipation in individuals with MDD as well as the brain basis of cognitive and emotional symptoms in individuals with eating disorders. In addition to his research and administrative duties, Dr. Matthews is actively involved in teaching residents and medical students and providing clinical care to individuals with mental disorders.

Janet Morley, MS, RD

Registered Dietitian
Eating Disorders Treatment and Research Program
UC San Diego Department of Psychiatry

Janet has been with the intensive outpatient program at UC San Diego for two years where she provides nutrition counseling and meal time support to program participants. Her career as a dietitian over the last 17 years includes clinical work in hospitals, outpatient counseling, community health promotion, and teaching at community colleges. She is happy to be bringing a healthy food outlook wherever she goes.

Roxanne Rockwell, MA

Director, Intensive Family Therapy Program and Admissions Coordinator
Eating Disorders Treatment and Research Program
UC San Diego Department of Psychiatry

Ms. Rockwell is the director of the Intensive Family Therapy Program and admissions coordinator at the UC San Diego Eating Disorder Treatment and Research Program in the department of Psychiatry. She has been training in the evaluation and treatment of eating disorders and pediatric obesity for 10 years. She is currently an advanced doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology at Alliant International University. Her clinical and research work focuses on Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, and obesity across the lifespan.

Mary Ellen Trunko, MD

Eating Disorders Treatment and Research Program
Assistant Clinical Professor, UC San Diego Department of Psychiatry

Dr. Mary Ellen Trunko, staff psychiatrist, has worked with the Eating Disorders Treatment and Research Program since its inception, and has been involved in planning and development of services, delivery of patient care, and supervision and teaching of junior staff members. With the Day Treatment, Intensive Outpatient and the Intensive Family Therapy programs, Dr. Trunko performs comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, handles medication management, and educates patients and their families on physiological, medical and psychological aspects of eating disorders. She also runs an outpatient practice that involves treatment planning, medication management and individual psychotherapy, working with patients with eating disorders as well as those with general psychiatric needs.

Julie Trim, PhD

Eating Disorders Treatment and Research Program
UC San Diego Department of Psychiatry

Dr. Julie Trim is a clinical psychologist at the UC San Diego Eating Disorder Treatment and Research Center. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Arizona State University and completed her internship from UC San Diego’s Counseling & Psychological Services. Dr. Trim has treated eating disorders in inpatient, outpatient, and partial hospitalization (PHP) settings and plans to continue to specialize in eating disorders.

Bridget Whitlow, MS, MFTI

Clinical Psychotherapist Intern, Eating Disorders Treatment and Research Program
UC San Diego Department of Psychiatry

Bridget Whitlow is a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern at the UC San Diego Eating Disorders Treatment and Research Program. She provides individual, family, and group psychotherapy for both adolescents and adults struggling with an eating disorder in the Intensive Outpatient Program. Bridget’s approach to therapy is integrative, with emphasis on psychodynamic, CBT, and DBT treatment modalities.

Christina Vizcarra

Insurance Coordinator

As the insurance coordinator for the Eating Disorders Treatment and Research Program, Christina helps patients and their families verify insurance coverage for the IOP, IFT and Day Treatment programs. At our clinic she serves as the point of contact for all insurance related questions, such as patient financial responsibility and coverage information.