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Director, UCLA Eating Disorders Programs
Michael A. Strober, Ph.D.
Resnick Chair in Eating Disorders
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences
Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Dr. Michael Strober is the Franklin Mint Professor of Eating Disorders and Psychiatry at UCLA's  David Geffen School of Medicine, and director of the Eating Disorders Program at the Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neurospychiatric Hospital at UCLA.  After graduating magna cum laude from Queens College of the City University of New York, he attended the University of Pittsburgh, where he received a doctorate in clinical psychology with high honors in 1975.  Dr. Strober joined the faculty of the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences in 1975, and has served as director of the Eating Disorders Program for the past 30 years.  Today, the UCLA Eating Disorders Program is recognized internationally as a center of excellence for the care it provides to children, teenagers and adults.

In addition to his extensive clinical expertise in the area of consultation and treatment, Dr. Strober has authored nearly 200 scientific articles and book chapters, and his accomplishments in research, service and teaching have been recognized by the National Eating Disorders Association (2005 Award for Excellence in Teaching) and the Academy for Eating Disorders (2005 Award for Excellence in Teaching and Education).  His research activities have been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health for more than 15 years, and focus on the role of personality, family and genetic influences in anorexia and bulimia nervosa, and predictors of long-term recovery. 

Dr. Strober is a founding member and past president of the Eating Disorders Research Society, a founding fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders, has served as advisor and consultant to the National Institute of Mental Health on research priorities in eating disorders, and is editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Eating Disorders
 

Medical Director, Adolescent Inpatient Eating Disorders Program
Mark DeAntonio, M.D.
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences

Dr. Mark DeAntonio graduated with highest honors in biology from UC Santa Cruz, and received his medical degree from Stanford University in 1982.  He then completed his residency in psychiatry at Yale University and fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at UCLA.  Dr. DeAntonio has been the director of the Adolescent Inpatient Service (now the Child and Adolescent Inpatient Service) at the UCLA Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital since 1987, as well as the medical director of the Adolescent Inpatient Eating Disorders Program.  He specializes in treating psychiatric disorders of adolescence, including eating disorders, mood disorders and developmental disabilities.  He is an elected member of the American College of Physicians and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. 
 

Medical Director, Adult Eating Disorders Program
S.E. Specter, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences

Dr. S.E. Specter graduated with a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania honors program in Theater Arts and The Biological Basis of Behavior. He earned his doctorate in Human Nutrition from the University of California, Davis, completed a post-doctoral Fellowship on the Nutrition Service at the Hotel Dieu Hospital in Paris, France, and received his Medical Degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine. Prior to completing residency training in Psychiatry at UCLA, Dr. Specter was an academic scientist and faculty member in the areas of Neurobiology and Nutritional Sciences at the UC Davis Western Human Nutrition Research Center and Penn State University, where he was Director of the Laboratory for Ingestive Behavior Studies. He see patients in private practice for eating behavior issues as well as general Psychiatry, and is a member of the Academy of Eating Disorders and The Obesity Society. 
 

Medical Director, Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Eating Disorders Program
Robert Suddath, M.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences 

Dr. Robert Suddath received his medical degree from the University of New Mexico in 1991. He completed his residency in general psychiatry at the University of New Mexico in 1994, completed a research fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health in 1995, and completed a fellowship in forensic psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry at St. Vincent's Hospital and Medical Center of New York in 1998. He then joined the faculty at UC Davis, and in 2002 joined the faculty at the UCLA Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital. Dr. Suddath is involved in research on anxiety, mood disorders and impulse control disorders, and he is the director of the UCLA Child and Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program, as well as the medical director of our Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Eating Disorders Program. 
 

Attending Psychiatrist, Adolescent Inpatient Eating Disorders Program
Michael Enenbach, M.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences 
 

Attending Psychologists/Case Coordinators
Danyale McCurdy, Ph.D.
Leah Pressman, Ph.D.
 

Clinical Social Workers

 

Dietician
Lisa Davis, R.D. 
 

Occupational Therapists
Abigail Plotkin, O.T.R./L., M.S.
 

Recreation Therapists
Rod Adnit, R.T.
 

Program Manager and Intake Coordinator - Adult Program
Judy Toy, R.N.
 

Intake Coordinator - Child/Adolescent Program
 
 

Partial Hospital Program Nursing Staff
Adult Program
  Judy Toy, R.N.
  Deborah Green, R.N.

Child/Adolescent Program
  Shawn Legg, R.N.
  Elizabeth Simmonds, R.N.
  Vanessa Kemper, M.H.P.
  Kate Hanel, M.H.P.

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