Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

(From left to right: Erin Accurso, Lindsey Bruett, Jessica Keyser, Daniel LeGrange, Sarah Forsberg, Lisa Hail, Stuart Murray)

The UCSF Eating Disorders Program is a comprehensive, evidence-based program that provides outstanding clinical care for individuals with eating disorders (up to age 25) and their families. Our Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Team collaborates closely with the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics. Our team provides comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and evidence-based individual and family therapies.

 

Daniel Le Grange, PhD

Director, UCSF Eating Disorders Program 
Benioff UCSF Professor in Children's Health
Department of Psychiatry UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences

Dr. Daniel Le Grange is a Benioff UCSF Professor in Children’s Health in the Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at UCSF and Eating Disorders Director in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 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 450 manuscripts, books, book chapters, and abstracts, as well as more than 200 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, the 2014 recipient of the Academy for Eating Disorders Leadership in Research Award, and the 2017 recipient of the Eating Disorder Recovery Support Hall of Fame Award for Research.

Click here to view Dr. Daniel Le Grange's Curriculum Vitae.

 

Erin C. Accurso, PhD

Clinical Director

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). She's the attending psychologist on the Benioff's Children's Hospital Adolescent Medicine Unit where she provides care for individuals hospitalized for treatment of the medical consequences of eating disorders, and their families.

 

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.

 

 

Lindsey Bruett, PhD

Assistant Clinical Professor

Dr. Lindsey Bruett is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at UCSF School of Medicine and is an attending psychologist in the Eating Disorders Program at Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute and Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology, with an emphasis in developmental psychopathology, from Temple University, and B.A. in psychology from Bowdoin College. She completed her predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University. She has extensive experience in the assessment and treatment of adolescents and young adults with eating disorders, depression, and anxiety, and providing parent-related interventions. Dr. Bruett specializes in providing evidence-based treatments including family-based treatment (FBT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and parent-management training (PMT). Her doctoral research focused on the role of parenting practices and emotional regulation strategies in the development of psychopathology among youth and young adults. Dr. Bruett is committed to the dissemination of evidence-based practices through training and supervision of psychology and psychiatry trainees in individual and group therapy. 

 

Jamie Salas, LMFT

Clinical Social Worker

Jamie Salas is a bilingual and bicultural clinician, educator and mentor who received her B.A. in Psychology from California State University at Long Beach and M.Sc. in Clinical Psychology at San Francisco State University. Prior to joining the UCSF Eating Disorders team, Jamie worked as lead clinician at Instituto Familiar de la Raza, Inc.'s youth program, La Cultura Cura, where she provided evidence based interventions to adolescents with a variety of presenting concerns (post traumatic stress, anxiety, depression, adjustment, disordered eating). She has years of experience providing community based services with an emphasis on adolescent mental health. Currently, she also serves as the Intake Coordinator at UCSF's Child and Adolescent Services at ZSFGH.  

 

Simar Singh, BA

Clinical Research Coordinator

Simar Singh graduated from Univ. of California, Berkeley, with a double major in Psychology and Integrative Biology in Summer 2016. As an undergraduate, Simar volunteered several years as a research assistant with UCSF's Skull Base and Cerebrovascular Lab, where she proposed a novel technique for facial paralysis via the lengthening temporalis myoplaty. In addition to her position with UCSF's Eating Disorders Program, she also holds a joint appointment with the Bush Lab at UCSF, where she studies the effects of environmental toxins, such as phthalates, on children's development. In her spare time, Simar enjoys drawing, sewing, and crafting, and volunteers as a rape crisis counselor with San Francisco Women Against Rape (SFWAR). 

Simar intends to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, with a focus on eating disorders research. She will be attending Drexel University this Fall; her research interests include the neurobiology of eating disorders, as well as treatment development and relapse prevention. 

 

Carlynn Lackey, BA

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator 

Carlynn Lackey graduated from the University of San Francisco with a B.A. in Psychology in May 2017. As an undergraduate, she volunteered at Maxine Hall Health Center, a clinic in the Fillmore that provides primary care to underserved populations. Her time there was spent organizing and leading social groups for seniors, intended to alleviate loneliness and keep seniors active and engaged in their community.

Carlynn plans to attend graduate school to obtain a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, with a focus on working with eating disordered patients in both inpatient and outpatient treatment programs. She is fascinated with the link between eating disorders, trauma, and dissociation, and plans to investigate that link further as she continues her education. 

 

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.