Dr. Amy Elizabeth West PhD

Dr. Amy Elizabeth West PhD

Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Psychology, Keck School of Medicine of USC
Dr. West is a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Psychology, and Psychiatry & the Behavioral Sciences, Director of the CHLA Child Clinical and Pediatric Psychology Internship, and Associate Training Director for Psychology in the Department of Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. Dr. West is a Board-Certified Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychologist with clinical and research interests in psychosocial interventions for the treatment of pediatric mood and anxiety disorders, including studying predictors and mechanisms of treatment response, and the application of psychosocial interventions to underserved, ethnic minority populations. She was funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health to develop and study a family-based intervention for children with bipolar spectrum disorders. This treatment, called child- and family-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy (CFF-CBT), or the RAINBOW program, was determined to be highly efficacious through a randomized clinical trial and published as part of Oxford University Press’s prestigious “Treatments that Work” series. Dr. West has trained over 350 clinicians in this model and delivered workshops nationally and internationally. Currently, the model has been adopted in Sweden, Portugal, and Japan and is established as an effective science-based psychosocial intervention for youth with PBD. Dr. West also has research interests in the developmental psychopathology of mood and anxiety disorders in children, preventing suicidal behavior in youth, perinatal mental health, and American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) mental health and substance use disparities. She has been funded by NIMH, PCORI, SAMHSA, CA DHHS, and multiple private foundations for her research in these areas. She is currently a Co-I and the Director of CBT implementation on a large clinical trial studying medication and CBT treatment sequencing for pediatric anxiety disorders in a predominantly underserved, ethnic minority population. Dr. West received a B.A. in Psychology from Stanford University, her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Virginia, and completed her pre-doctoral internship in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School/Children’s Hospital Boston. She then went on to complete a post-doctoral fellowship as a Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) fellow in the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Harvard Medical School/Children’s Hospital Boston. She spent 12 years on the faculty in the Pediatric Mood Disorders Program in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois in Chicago before coming to CHLA and USC in 2017.

Dr. Matthew McKay PhD

Dr. Matthew McKay PhD

The Wright Institute,Trauma Recovery Clinic, Berkeley CBT Clinic, Founder of New Harbinger Press
Dr. McKay co founded the Haight Ashbury Psychological Services agency in 1979 and served as its Clinical Director for 25 years. This independent, low-fee clinic serves approximately 150 adult patients per week and trains 16 graduate students each year. Dr. McKay’s current activities at the agency include the training and supervision of practicum students. Dr. McKay has an active private practice in Berkeley where he sees clients with diverse clinical issues including anxiety, phobias, depression, and abuse. Dr. McKay is the coauthor of more than 25 psychology self help and therapist texts. Over the years, Dr. McKay has taught a wide range of classes at the graduate level ranging from cognitive and psycho-dynamic psychotherapy, to systems and brief therapy courses. He has taught courses at several Bay Area graduate schools, including the California Institute of Integral Studies, Western School of Professional Psychology, the Professional School of Psychology, and the Wright Institute. Dr. McKay’s interests extend to writing poetry, fiction, and music, and he has a published novel and two books of poetry.

Dr. Moorea Blythe, PsyD

Dr. Moorea Blythe, PsyD

UCSF & Cal State Chico
Dr. Moorea Blythe is the Project Manager for the UCSF Center for Advancing Dyadic Care in Pediatrics. Prior to this role, Dr. Blythe completed her postdoctoral fellowship in the Early Childhood Integrated Primary Care Behavioral Health program at UCSF, working with the HealthySteps team at the Children’s Health Center at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital.
Her clinical experiences and training have focused on providing culturally responsive, strengths-based, trauma-informed treatment across the lifespan, with a particular interest in primary care consultation and dyadic infant, early childhood, and perinatal mental health. In addition to Dr. Blythe’s clinical interests, she is passionate about understanding systems of care and has engaged in quality improvement and program evaluation projects, training of pediatric residents, as well as research, to better understand billing practices and equitable access to care.

Dr. David Zelaya PhD

Dr. David Zelaya PhD

Brown University
Dr. David G. Zelaya (he/him/él) is an Assistant Professor (Research) at Brown University School of Public Health (SPH) within the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies (CAAS), Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences and a research fellow at Harvard Medical School within the Department of Psychiatry. His program of research focuses on examining health disparities, from an intersectionality and minority stress lens, among Black, Indigenous, and People of Color and sexual and gender minority communities and links to HIV risk, mental health, and substance use. Clinically, he is interested in providing culturally competent behavioral health services to historically underserved communities (e.g., Spanish-speaking Latinx people; sexual and gender diverse people). Dr. Zelaya received his Ph.D. from Georgia State University in counseling psychology, he was a psychology resident at Harvard Medical School’s Cambridge Hospital (part of the Latinx Mental Health Program, the Gender and Sexuality Clinic, and the Psychiatric Emergency Service), and he completed his fellowship within the Alcohol Research Center on HIV (ARCH) and CAAS at Brown SPH. Dr. Zelaya is actively involved in service at the national and local level. For example, he is an appointed member of the APA workgroup on Journal Reporting Guidelines for Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, & Justice in Psychological Science, co-chair of the Early Career Psychologists Committee for the Massachusetts Psychological Association, he was a board member of the Massachusetts Psychological Association, and an APA Minority Fellow alumnus. Additionally, he serves as the Director for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion for the SAMHSA-funded New England Addiction Technology Transfer Center. He has been the recipient of numerous social justice awards, his research has been published in the flagship journals of his field, and he serves on the editorial board for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity journal. At Brown, Dr. Zelaya teaches Introduction to Health Disparities.

Kiefer Cowie M.A.

Kiefer Cowie M.A.

Harvard Medical School
Kiefer Cowie, will recieve his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The Wright Institute in Berkeley, California and his Predoctoral Internship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital / Harvard Medical School. Dr. Cowie has received graduate clinical and research training at UCLA’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, the Recovery Research Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital / Harvard Medical School, Kaiser Permanente, as well as community clinics and juvenile justice facilities in northern California.
Mr. Cowie has experience providing individual, group, and family therapy to adolescents as well as young adults with substance use disorders within juvenile-justice and medical centers. His clinical interests are working with adolescents and adults to address anxiety, mood, and substance use disorders. He has contributed to clinical intervention research through UCLA’s Integrated Substance Abuse Programs in addition to conducting research on the social determinants of addiction recovery with the Recovery Research Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Mary Lamia PhD

Dr. Mary Lamia PhD

The Wright Institute
Dr. Lamia has authored six books reflecting her scholarly interests, including: Emotions! Making Sense of Your Feelings; What Motivates Getting Things Done: Procrastination, Emotions, and Success; The Upside of Shame: Therapeutic Interventions Using the Positive Aspects of a “Negative” Emotion; Understanding Myself: A Kid’s Guide to Intense Emotions and Strong Feelings; The White Knight Syndrome: Rescuing Yourself from Your Need to Rescue Others; and, forthcoming, Grief Isn’t Something to Get Over. In addition to her role as a professor at the Wright Institute, Dr. Lamia works with adults, adolescents, preteens, and couples in her Marin County private practice. Her blogs on Psychology Today, Thrive Global, and PsychWire, along with extensive media interviews and commentaries, exemplify her endeavor to convey an understanding of emotion and its significant role in who we become. With that same goal in mind, for nearly a decade she hosted a weekly call-in talk show, “KidTalk with Dr. Mary,” on Radio Disney stations.

Dr. Vidhi Thakkar PsyD

Dr. Vidhi Thakkar PsyD

Clinical Adjunct Faculty member in the Department of Pediatrics at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist
Dr. Vidhi Thakkar, Psy.D., earned her doctorate in school psychology at Nova Southeastern University with a specialization in pediatric health psychology. She completed her internship at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in pediatric psychology and her fellowship at Dell Children’s Medical Center in pediatric health consultation-liaison psychology. Thakkar is currently a licensed psychologist and a doctorate in school psychology.
Currently, Dr. Thakkar is a Clinical Adjunct Faculty member in the Department of Pediatrics at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist where she is engaged in program development in creating a consultation-liaison program for pediatric psychology within the hospital. She is also creating a clinic to provide short-term services to patients discharged from the hospital until they are connected to long-term care. Additionally, she is engaged in creating an inpatient pain program for pediatric patients. Dr. Thakkar has a special interest in working with kids diagnosed with FNSD/PNES and acute and chronic pain. Additional interests include addressing institutional and individual levels of resident wellness and providing lectures and discussions to medical interns, residents, and fellows about wellness interventions.

Dr. Sophie Weinberg, M.D.

Dr. Sophie Weinberg, M.D.

Talkitry
Dr. Sophie Weinberg is a double board‐certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist. She completed her General Psychiatry residency at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY, and her fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Nassau University Medical Center in Long Island, NY. Dr. Weinberg’s approach is patient-centered, collaborative, and holistic, emphasizing the importance of a healthy diet, sleep, exercise, and other pleasurable activities to heal the body and mind. Dr. Weinberg has expertise in treating numerous health conditions, from mood disorders to anxieties and traumas, as well as ADHD and sleep issues. Dr. Weinberg is also LGBTQIA friendly. Dr. Weinberg offers highly individualized medication management with 30‐minute follow-up sessions. In some instances, Dr. Weinberg may recommend additional support via a therapist to help facilitate the healing process and provide the best outcome.

Dr. Hilary Bowers, M.D.

Dr. Hilary Bowers, M.D.

Rady’s/Child Primary Care Medical Group
Hilary Bowers, MD, is a board-certified pediatrician providing care through the Children’s Primary Care Medical Group (CPCMG). She is a member of UC San Diego Health Physician Network. UC San Diego Health Physician Network is an alliance of health care providers based in San Diego, Riverside and Imperial counties. Members of the network collaborate on developing shared systems, infrastructure and quality initiatives to provide high-value health care in the region. As a pediatrician, Dr. Bowers provides primary care for infants, children and young adults. She has a special interest in guiding parents through the developmental challenges of childhood and adolescence, as well as counseling new mothers on breastfeeding issues. Dr. Bowers joined CPCMG in 2007 and enjoys the cooperative nature and close connection with Rady Children’s Hospital, allowing her the opportunity to provide excellent cohesive care to her patients. Dr. Bowers completed her residency at Cedars Sinai Medical Center and earned her medical degree at University of Washington School of Medicine. She is board certified in pediatrics and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP). Before moving to San Diego, Dr. Bowers practiced in Los Angeles for several years. She says the greater San Diego area has been a wonderful place to raise her growing family.

Dr. Patricia Cantrell, M.D.

Dr. Patricia Cantrell, M.D.

Pediatrician, Kaiser Permanente Past AAP Regional President
Dr Patricia Cantrell graduated from University of Southern California Medical School in 1994 and completed her pediatric internship and residency at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in 1997. She has been practicing general pediatrics at Kaiser Permanente San Diego since then and has developed a special interest in childhood obesity. She created and runs a multidisciplinary childhood obesity clinic at Kaiser Permanente. She was on the executive committee at the AAP Chapter 3, San Diego for 10 years and recently finished her tenure as president. Currently, she is on the planning committee for the AAP California Las Vegas Seminars and a member of the AAP’s National committee, COPAM and the AAP’s Bright Futures Periodicity Schedule working group. Dr. Cantrell loves to spend time with her husband and two grown sons along with their family pets. She continues to stay active by hiking, playing tennis and riding horses.

Dr. Lori Rappaport PhD

Dr. Lori Rappaport PhD

ADHD Center for Success (Founder)
Dr. Lori Rappaport received her Masters and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Southern California. She did a Child and Pediatric Fellowship at Harvard Medical School, where she developed the Growing Up Great! Parenting Program. Dr. Rappaport also completed a Family Medicine Fellowship at Harbor-UCLA Hospital in Los Angeles. Dr. Rappaport has worked at several Children’s Hospitals, including Boston, Los Angeles, Long Beach, and San Diego. She is the Co-Founder and current Director of the San Diego ADHD Center for Success.

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