Education

Fellowship
Neuroscience, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, 1999
Fellowship
Geriatric Psychiatry, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, 1996
Residency
Psychiatry, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, 1994
Internship
Psychiatry, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, 1992
Degree
MD, First Moscow Sechenov Medical Institute, 1985

Medical Board Certifications

Geriatric Psychiatry
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 1998
Psychiatry
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 1996

State License

A51278
  • About Me

    About Me

    Dr. Helen Lavretsky is an Associate Professor In-Residence in the Department of Psychiatry at UCLA and a geriatric psychiatrist with the research interest in geriatric depression.

    She is a recipient of the Career Development award from NIMH and other prestigious research awards. Her current research studies include investigations of psychopharmacological treatment of geriatric depression, the impact of the MRI brain structural changes on outcomes of geriatric depression and normal aging, the interaction of co-existing medical and psychiatric disorders in relation to health and functional outcomes in the elderly. She has developed an elective rotation in clinical research for Medical Students at UCLA, which has been active for the past 2 years.

    After receiving her Medical Degree from the Moscow Medical Institute, Dr. Lavretsky performed her residency in Psychiatry at UCLA-San Fernando Valley Residency Program, followed by the UCLA Fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry, and the national VA Research Fellowship in Neurosciences. She received her Degree of Master of Science in Clinical Research from UCLA in 2004.

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  • Locations

    UCLA Psychiatry

    (primary location)
    Address
    300 UCLA Medical Plaza
    Los Angeles, California 90095
    Phone
    800-825-9989
  • Education

    Medical Board Certifications

    Geriatric Psychiatry
    American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 1998
    Psychiatry
    American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 1996

    Education

    Fellowship
    Neuroscience, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, 1999
    Fellowship
    Geriatric Psychiatry, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, 1996
    Residency
    Psychiatry, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, 1994
    Internship
    Psychiatry, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, 1992
    Degree
    MD, First Moscow Sechenov Medical Institute, 1985
  • Research

    Research Interest

    Geriatric psychiatry, mood disorders, psychopharmacology, integrative medicine, complementary and alternative medicine

    Publications

    1. Irwin MR, Olmstead R, Carrillo C, Sadeghi N, Breen EC, Witarama T, Yokomizo M, Lavretsky H, Carroll JE, Motivala SJ, Bootzin R, Nicassio P. Cognitive behavioral therapy vs. Tai Chi for late life insomnia and inflammatory risk: a randomized controlled comparative efficacy trial. Sleep. 2014 Sep 1;37(9):1543-52.
    2. Varteresian T, Lavretsky H. Natural products and supplements for geriatric depression and cognitive disorders: an evaluation of the research. Curr Psychiatry Rep. 2014 Aug;16(8):456.
    3. Jain FA, Nazarian N, Lavretsky H. Feasibility of central meditation andimagery therapy for dementia caregivers. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2014 Aug;29(8):870-6. doi: 10.1002/gps.4076. Epub 2014 Jan 29.
    4. Reinlieb M, Ercoli LM, Siddarth P, St Cyr N, Lavretsky H. The Patterns of Cognitive and Functional Impairment in Amnestic and Non-amnestic Mild CognitiveImpairment in Geriatric Depression. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2014Dec;22(12):1487-95. doi: 10.1016/j.jagp.2013.10.010. Epub 2013 Nov 5.
    5. Siddarth D, Siddarth P, Lavretsky H. An observational study of the health benefits of yoga or tai chi compared with aerobic exercise in community-dwelling  middle-aged and older adults. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2014 Mar;22(3):272-3.
    6. Jain Felipe A, Gitlin Michael, Lavretsky Helen Rapid Response of Major Depressive Disorder and Comorbid Eating Disorder NOS to a Novel Meditation Intervention Psychosomatics, 2012; 53(4): 401-2.
    7. Merrill David A, Siddarth Prabha, Saito Nathan Y, Ercoli Linda M, Burggren Alison C, Kepe Vladimir, Lavretsky Helen, Miller Karen J, Kim Jeanne, Huang S C, Bookheimer Susan Y, Barrio Jorge R, Small Gary W Self-reported memory impairment and brain PET of amyloid and tau in middle-aged and older adults without dementia International psychogeriatrics / IPA, 2012; 24(7): 1076-84.
    8. Black David S, Cole Steve W, Irwin Michael R, Breen Elizabeth, St Cyr Natalie M, Nazarian Nora, Khalsa Dharma S, Lavretsky Helen Yogic meditation reverses NF-κB and IRF-related transcriptome dynamics in leukocytes of family dementia caregivers in a randomized controlled trial Psychoneuroendocrinology, 2012;
    9. Small Gary W, Siddarth Prabha, Kepe Vladimir, Ercoli Linda M, Burggren Alison C, Bookheimer Susan Y, Miller Karen J, Kim Jeanne, Lavretsky Helen, Huang S-C, Barrio Jorge R Prediction of cognitive decline by positron emission tomography of brain amyloid and tau Archives of neurology, 2012; 69(2): 215-22.
    10. Lavretsky Helen, Alstein Lily L, Olmstead Richard E, Ercoli Linda M, Riparetti-Brown Marquertie, Cyr Natalie St, Irwin Michael R Complementary use of tai chi chih augments escitalopram treatment of geriatric depression: a randomized controlled trial The American journal of geriatric psychiatry : official journal of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, 2011; 19(10): 839-50.
    11. Schneider Brooke, Ercoli Linda, Siddarth Prabha, Lavretsky Helen Vascular Burden and Cognitive Functioning in Depressed Older Adults The American journal of geriatric psychiatry : official journal of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, 2011; 19(10):.
    12. Meeks Thomas W, Vahia Ipsit V, Lavretsky Helen, Kulkarni Ganesh, Jeste Dilip V A tune in "a minor" can "b major": a review of epidemiology, illness course, and public health implications of subthreshold depression in older adults Journal of affective disorders, 2011; 129(1-3): 126-42.
    13. Lavretsky Helen, Zheng Ling, Weiner Michael W, Mungas Dan, Reed Bruce, Kramer Joel H, Jagust William, Chui Helena, Mack Wendy J Association of depressed mood and mortality in older adults with and without cognitive impairment in a prospective naturalistic study The American journal of psychiatry, 2010; 167(5): 589-97.
    14. Cho Hyong Jin, Lavretsky Helen, Olmstead Richard, Levin Myron, Oxman Michael N, Irwin Michael R Prior depression history and deterioration of physical health in community-dwelling older adults--a prospective cohort study The American journal of geriatric psychiatry : official journal of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, 2010; 18(5): 442-51.
    15. Lavretsky Helen, Siddarth Prabha, Irwin Michael R   Improving depression and enhancing resilience in family dementia caregivers: a pilot randomized placebo-controlled trial of escitalopram The American journal of geriatric psychiatry : official journal of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, 2010; 18(2): 154-62.
    16. Mueller Susanne G, Mack Wendy J, Mungas Dan, Kramer Joel H, Cardenas-Nicolson Valerie, Lavretsky Helen, Greene Maxwell, Schuff Norbert, Chui Helena C, Weiner Michael W   Influences of lobar gray matter and white matter lesion load on cognition and mood Psychiatry research, 2010; 181(2): 90-6.
    17. Lavretsky Helen, Siddarth Prabha, Kepe Vladimir, Ercoli Linda M, Miller Karen J, Burggren Alison C, Bookheimer Susan Y, Huang Sung-Cheng, Barrio Jorge R, Small Gary W   Depression and anxiety symptoms are associated with cerebral FDDNP-PET binding in middle-aged and older nondemented adults The American journal of geriatric psychiatry : official journal of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, 2009; 17(6): 493-502.
    18. Ercoli Linda M, Siddarth Prabha, Kepe Vladimir, Miller Karen J, Huang S-C, Cole Gregory M, Lavretsky Helen, Bookheimer Susan Y, Kim Jeanne, Phelps Michael E, Barrio Jorge R, Small Gary W   Differential FDDNP PET patterns in nondemented middle-aged and older adults The American journal of geriatric psychiatry : official journal of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, 2009; 17(5): 397-406.
    19. Lavretsky Helen Complementary and alternative medicine use for treatment and prevention of late-life mood and cognitive disorders Aging health, 2009; 5(1): 61-78.
    20. Small Gary W, Siddarth Prabha, Burggren Alison C, Kepe Vladimir, Ercoli Linda M, Miller Karen J, Lavretsky Helen, Thompson Paul M, Cole Greg M, Huang S C, Phelps Michael E, Bookheimer Susan Y, Barrio Jorge R   Influence of cognitive status, age, and APOE-4 genetic risk on brain FDDNP positron-emission tomography imaging in persons without dementia Archives of general psychiatry, 2009; 66(1): 81-7.
    21. Small Gary W, Siddarth Prabha, Silverman Daniel H S, Ercoli Linda M, Miller Karen J, Lavretsky Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association
  • News & Awards

    Awards

    Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association
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