I am board certified in adult as well as child and adolescent psychiatry. In addition, I received extensive formal training in psychotherapy (CBT, family therapy, dynamic therapy, Feldenkrais, hypnotherapy). This combination of clinical training together with my training and experience in brain research gives me a fairly unique perspective on psychiatric disorders and treatment, taking into account all aspects of past and current experience together with potential biological underpinnings, as well as foster a neuroscience based approach to treatment.
My utmost goal in this work is to improve the quality of life of the individual as well as the family system that a patient is embedded in. This starts with an empathic approach, careful assessment, thoughtful recommendation of treatment options and providing the family with the experience that their feedback is always welcome and that treatment is happening in a collaborative manner and taking all aspects of importance including culture specific experiences and attitudes into account. My extensive training in psychotherapy has always given me a special background to connect with and treat my patients in that way. One of my psychotherapy teachers once said that every patient has the right to be convinced that the treatment the clinician offers is appropriate and likely to be of help. I have always worked with families in that spirit and I believe this makes it easier for families to engage in the treatment process. A special emphasis of mine is always that the child or adolescent is as much as possible involved in the decision-making process and takes ownership in the process of treatment.
Qualifications and experience
- Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychiatry, Mental Health and Behavior - Anxiety, Mental Health and Behavior - Eating Disorders, Mental Health and Behavior - Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity, Mental Health and Behavior, Child and Teen Health
- Languages spoken
University of California (San Diego) Program (2007)
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (2001)
Ludwig Maximillian University of Munich - Munich, Germany (1994)
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (2004)
- Clinical interest for patients
- Research interest for patients
My research interests are primarily focused on investigating brain biology that underlies eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder. We are especially interested in understanding what biological circuits in the brain drive for instance food restriction, binge eating, or anxiety associated with body image. Ultimately, we hope that we identify medication that will make treatment easier, faster and more successful.
- Volunteer activities
Service in the academic field as manuscript editor or reviewer and service in various organizations such as the Academy for Eating Disorders as committee chair, board of directors member and treasurer.