The professional staff consists of an interdisciplinary team including psychiatrists, clinical social workers, occupational therapists and psychiatric nurses. Participants in the program are each assigned a psychiatrist and care coordinator. Care coordinators are clinicians who provide each patient in the program with individualized treatment coordination. Patients meet weekly with a social worker and staff psychiatrist who will supervise their treatment.

Medical Director

Bruce L. Kagan, MD, PhD
Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior
Brain Research Institute at UCLA 

Associate Medical Director

Alaina Burns, MD


Program Manager

  • Shelly Abernathy, LCSW    

Intake Coordinator

  • Sue Park, LCSW              

Care Coordinators                                                        

  • Felicia Andrews, LCSW                                                                  
  • Sigall Cahn, LCSW
  • Yin Yoon-Rowlands, MSW                                                                 
  • Vanessa Myrie, MSW
  • Debbie Cervantes, MSW 
  • Jennifer Cumiskey, MSW
  • Melissa Bolivar, MSW   

Program Coordinator

  • Gele Banzon                                                                                                        


  • Judy Toy, RN 
  • Pauline Andan, RN

Staff Psychiatrists                                                                                                                            

  • Julia Davidoff, MD                                                                                                                                                                                                             
  • Ashley Coats, MD

Occupational Therapist:

  • Abbie Plotkins-Kleiman, OTR


  • James Rosser, LCSW
  • Chief-Clinical Operations
  • Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
  • Administrative Director, ECT Services
  • Director of UCLA Partial Hospital Programs
  • Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA