Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Daniel Le Grange, PhD

Eating Disorders Program Director, Psychiatry, and Benioff UCSF Professor in Children's Health

Dr. Daniel Le Grange is a Benioff UCSF Professor in Children’s Health in the Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at UCSF and Joint Director of the Eating Disorders Program in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (Psychiatry) and Division of Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine (Pediatrics). Dr. Le Grange is also Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at The University of Chicago, where he directed the Eating Disorders Program from 1998-2014. He received his doctoral education at the Institute of Psychiatry, the University of London and completed postdoctoral training at the University of London and at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Le Grange’s research interests focus primarily on treatment trials for adolescents with eating disorders. He has authored or co-authored more than 400 manuscripts, books, book chapters, and abstracts, as well as more than 190 presentations for national and international scientific meetings. Dr. Le Grange is a Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders, a Member of the Eating Disorders Research Society, Associate Editor for the Journal of Eating Disorders and BMC Psychiatry, serves on the Editorial Boards of the European Eating Disorders Review and the International Journal of Eating Disorders, and is an ad hoc scientific reviewer for more than 25 journals. He has lectured extensively across North America, Europe, Australia, South East Asia, and South Africa. Over the past 15 years, Dr. Le Grange’s research has been supported by the NIH, as well as the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia.  He is currently Principal Investigator on several NIMH-funded treatment studies in the United States and a Principal Investigator on a 6-year treatment study funded by the Baker Foundation in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Melbourne, Australia.  Dr. Le Grange is the 2013-2014 recipient of the Presidential Chair Award at UCSF, and the 2014 recipient of the Academy for Eating Disorders Leadership in Research Award.

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Erin C. Accurso, PhD

Assistant Professor

Dr. Erin Accurso received a B.A. in psychology from Dartmouth College and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the San Diego State University (SDSU) / University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Joint Doctoral Program. She then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Chicago through the T32 Midwest Regional Postdoctoral Training Grant in Eating Disorders Research. Dr. Accurso specializes in the assessment and treatment of youth with eating disorders, including expertise in family-based treatment (FBT), cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). Her research primarily focuses on the psychotherapy process and outcome in youth with eating disorders, including treatment efficacy and effectiveness. She also studies mental health service delivery, with the ultimate goal of improving effective dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practices in community-based settings. She holds memberships in the Academy for Eating Disorders, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and Society for Implementation Research Collaboration. 

 

Sarah Forsberg, PsyD

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Sarah Forsberg came to the UCSF Eating Disorders program from Stanford University, where she was involved in research and treatment for child and adolescent eating disorders for 10 years. Dr. Forsberg completed her doctoral training at the PGSP-Stanford Consortium and her pre-doctoral internship at the University of North Carolina, School of Medicine. At UNC, she worked with individuals across the developmental spectrum on an inpatient, partial hospital and outpatient unit for the treatment of eating disorders. Dr. Forsberg enjoys integrating clinical and research interests, and she focuses on the development, dissemination, and implementation of novel treatments for childhood eating disorders, with a specific focus on family-based treatment (FBT). 

 

Jessica Keyser, PhD

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Jessica Keyser received her B.A. in psychology from UC Berkeley and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, with an emphasis in developmental psychopathology, from Temple University. Her doctoral research focused on emotional factors (e.g., emotion awareness) associated with disordered eating in adolescents and young adults, as well as cognitive vulnerability to mood disorders. She has extensive experience working with adolescents with eating disorders, depression, and anxiety across several settings, including inpatient and residential treatment programs, family therapy oriented outpatient programs, and college counseling centers. Prior to joining the team at UCSF, Dr. Keyser served as the Clinical Director in the Intensive Outpatient Program for addiction treatment at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. There, she provided evidence based treatment to returning veterans with substance use and co-occurring disorders (e.g., depression, PTSD, eating disorders) and conducted psychological evaluations for bariatric surgery patients. Dr. Keyser also played a critical role in shaping how eating disorders are assessed and managed among the veteran population. She is passionate about training and has experience supervising psychology and psychiatry trainees in individual and group psychotherapy.

 

Stuart Murray, DClinPsyc, PhD

Assistant Professor

Dr. Stuart Murray undertook his DClinPsych and Ph.D. at the University of Sydney, Australia, and recently completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of California, San Diego. He has authored more than 50 scientific articles and book chapters pertaining to eating disorders. To date, Dr. Murray’s work has been instrumental in shaping our field’s approach to the male experience of disordered eating and muscularity-oriented eating in particular. He currently serves as the Director of the National Association for Males with Eating Disorders and as the Co-Chair for the Academy of Eating Disorders Special Interest Group on male eating disorders. Currently Dr. Murray's research, in addition to further explicating the male experience of disordered eating and the development of novel family therapy approaches, is oriented towards explicating the role of anxiety in anorexia nervosa.

 

Justine Underhill, LCSW

Eating Disorders Program Clinical Director

Justine Underhill is a skilled clinician, manager, and teacher who specializes in the psychological treatment of eating disorders. Prior to her current role as Clinical Director for the Eating Disorders Program, she served as the Clinical Director of the Young Adult and Family Center (YAFC). She also currently serves as the Director of Outreach and Education for the UCSF Intensive Family Therapy program and is an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry. Underhill earned a master's degree in education at Harvard University and a master's in social work at San Francisco State University. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the Association of Family Therapists of Northern California, the International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy, and the Academy of Eating Disorders.

 

 

Emily Nauman, BA

Staff Research Associate

Emily Nauman received her BA in Psychology and French from Oberlin College in 2013. As an undergraduate, Emily worked as a research assistant in a psycholinguistics lab at Oberlin, and spent a summer as a research assistant for the Eating Disorders Program within the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University. Prior to her position within UCSF’s Eating Disorders Program, Emily worked as a research assistant and motivational coach in a lab at UCSF investigating the effects of exercise on cellular aging and stress in caregivers. 

Emily hopes to pursue graduate work in clinical psychology. Her current research interests include prevention efforts and treatment outcomes in youth and young adults with eating disorders.

 

Bennett Leventhal, MD

Professor; Deputy Director, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry; Director of Training, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Dr. Leventhal is the Director of Training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. A native of Louisiana, he completed his undergraduate training and Medical School at Louisiana State University. He then completed residency and fellowship training at Duke before joining the faculty at the University of Chicago where he was the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Training Director, Director of Child Psychiatry, Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and now holds the appointment of Professor Emeritus. He came to UCSF after serving as Deputy Director of the Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research in New York. Dr. Leventhal is an active clinician with an international reputation as a child and adolescent psychiatrist. He is recognized for his leadership and expertise in fostering scientific career development, training, and broad-based collaborative research networks that span from molecular genetics to community service and public health. Dr. Leventhal’s research focuses on disruptions in brain development that interfere with social functioning, including the molecular genetics of autism, the prenatal origins of disruptive behavior disorders, pediatric psychopharmacology, bullying, epidemiology and treatment of autism.