Core Faculty

Hung, Erick 1959 - 100x133 Erick Hung, MD
Dr. Hung is the Director of the Adult Psychiatry Residency Training Program. He completed his medical school, psychiatry residency, and forensic psychiatry fellowship training at the University of California, San Francisco. He actively teaches in the areas of risk assessment, medical education, forensic psychiatry, and ethics and oversees the "Professionalism, Systems, and Leadership" didactic module for the residency program. His interests include primary care and mental health integration, the interface between mental health and the legal system, interprofessional training, HIV/LGBT mental health, and medical education. Outside of work, he enjoys trail running, triathlons, and finding new San Francisco restaurants to dine.

Descartes Li, MD Descartes Li, MD
Dr. Descartes Li is the Site Director for Residency Training at UCSF Parnassus Campus. He is originally from Long Island, New York, and attended Caltech and then Columbia College as an undergraduate. His medical training was at UCSF School of Medicine, and UCSF psychiatry residency. Dr. Li is the Director of the UCSF Bipolar Program and co-Director of the UCSF Electroconvulsive Therapy Service. His areas of interest include medical student education, bipolar disorder, electroconvulsive therapy, cultural psychiatry, and suicide. He believes that being a good teacher means to forget about being a good teacher, and to focus on helping others to be good learners.

Hasser, Caitlin - 100x133 Caitlin Hasser, MD
Dr. Hasser is the Site Director for Residency Training and the Director of the Women's Mental Health Program at San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC). She is originally from Virginia and South Carolina, attended Harvard University as an undergraduate, UVA School of Medicine, and UCSF psychiatry residency. Dr. Hasser's interests include complex trauma, intimate partner violence, peripartum mental health, sexual trauma, primary care and mental health integration, and interprofessional training. Outside of work she is busy chasing her two little ones.

Alissa Peterson, MD Alissa Peterson, MD
Dr. Peterson is the Site Director for SFGH Affairs and head of the inpatient psychiatry women's focus team at San Francisco General Hospital. She is a graduate of UCSF medical school and psychiatry residency training program. Her interests include emergency psychiatry, trauma, women's mental health, chronic mental illness in underserved populations, and medical education. Outside of work, Dr. Peterson enjoys yoga, musical theater, and laughing with her husband and two (rather hilarious) small children.

Mathews, Carol 2012 - 100x133 bdr Carol Mathews, MD
Dr. Mathews is the Director of the Psychiatry Resident Research Training Program (RRTP) and the Residency Training Faculty Chief for Research and Scholarship. She splits her time between research, teaching, and clinical work, primarily in the area of obsessive-compulsive disorder and related phenotypes. Dr. Mathews attended Cornell University, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and UCSF for psychiatry residency and post-doctoral fellowship, and was one of the first UCSF research track resident graduates. Outside of work, her current focus is on raising her young children, and making sure that elementary school students have exposure to a great science education.

Amin Azzam, MD, MA Amin Azzam, MD, MA
Dr. Azzam is the Residency Training Faculty Chief for Trainee Professional Development. Additionally, he wears several different education hats - roles in the UCSF School of Medicine, the UCSF Academy of Medical Educators, the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program, and the UCSF Pathways to Discovery Program. Clinically, Dr. Azzam runs psychotherapy groups for patients living with chronic medical conditions. Originally from the mid-west and the Middle East, he is now an East Bay resident, the father of two beautiful kids, and for fun, he enjoys international travel, Bollywood films, wine and cheese.

Demian Rose, MD, PhD Demian Rose, MD, PhD
Dr. Rose is the Director for Didactic Curriculum, and also serves as medical director for the UCSF Prodrome Assessment Research and Training Program, Director of the Early Psychosis Clinic at LPPI, and psychiatry clerkship director for the UCSF School of Medicine. His interests include neuroscience education, psychotic disorders, and medical education.

Department Leadership

State Matthew State, MD, PhD
Dr. State is Chair of the UCSF Department of Psychiatry and Director of the Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute as of 2013. No stranger to California, he received his undergraduate and medical degree from Stanford University and completed his residency and a fellowship at UCLA, before moving to Yale in 2001 for a PhD in Genetics where he also served as co-director of the Program on Neurogenetics. He is a leading child psychiatrist and internationally recognized expert on the genetics and genomics of autism, Tourette syndrome, and other neurodevelopmental syndromes.

Vinogradov, Sophia 3 - 100x133 Sophia Vinogradov, MD
Dr. Vinogradov is Vice Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Associate Chief of Staff for the Mental Health Service at SFVAMC. She received her MD from Wayne State University School of Medicine, obtained her psychiatry residency training at Stanford University School of Medicine, where she served as Chief Resident, and completed a Psychiatric Neurosciences Research Fellowship at the Palo Alto VA Medical Center and Stanford University. She also conducts an active research program in cognitive training and neuroplasticity in schizophrenia.

Dilley, Jim   James Dilley, MD
Dr. Dilley is Chief of Psychiatry at SFGH and Co-Director of the UCSF-SFGH Public Psychiatry Fellowship (the first on the West Coast). He is also Executive Director of the Alliance Health Project (AHP), an HIV and LGBT mental health clinic, a position he's held (and can't quite give up!) since he co-founded AHP in 1984. Dr. Dilley was raised in the mid-west, received his undergraduate as well as his MD degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and completed his psychiatry residency at UCSF. He enjoys teaching medical students, residents and fellows. His primary areas of interest are LGBT/HIV mental health, public psychiatry and psychiatric administration. He lives with his long-time partner in San Francisco and enjoys playing bridge, tennis and the piano when not haggling with his seat mates over their season tickets to the San Francisco Giants.

Fellowship Directors

Binder, Renée 3 - 100x133  Renée Binder, MD
Dr. Binder is the Director of the Psychiatry and the Law Program. She served as Interim Chair of the Department of Psychiatry for over three years and has been Associate Dean of Academic Affairs of the UCSF School of Medicine since 2004. She has been President of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, the Northern California Psychiatric Society and the California Psychiatric Association. Dr. Binder also served on the Board of Trustees of the American Psychiatric Association and was Chair of the APA Council on Psychiatry and the Law. Her research has focused on violence risk assessment of patients with mental illness and the criminalization of the mentally ill.

Bennett Leventhal, MD  Bennett Leventhal, MD
Dr. Leventhal is the Director of Training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. A native of Louisiana, he completed his undergraduate training and Medical School at Louisiana State University. He the completed residency and fellowship training at Duke before joining the faculty at the University of Chicago where he was served Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Training Director, Director of Child Psychiatry, Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and now holds the appointment of Professor Emeritus. He came to UCSF after serving as Deputy Director of the Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research in New York. Dr. Leventhal is an active clinician Dr. Leventhal has an international reputation as a child and adolescent psychiatrist, recognized for his leadership and expertise in fostering scientific career development, training, and broad-based collaborative research networks that span from molecular genetics to community service and public health. Dr. Leventhal’s research focuses on disruptions in brain development that interfere with social functioning, including the molecular genetics of autism, the prenatal origins of disruptive behavior disorders, pediatric psychopharmacology, bullying, epidemiology and treatment of autism.

Nelson, J. Craig (100x133) Craig Nelson, MD
Dr. Nelson is the Director of Geriatric Psychiatry and the Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship. He holds the Leon J. Epstein Chair in Geriatric Psychiatry. Dr. Nelson trained at Stanford, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and completed psychiatry residency at Yale. He was on the faculty at Yale until 2002 when he came to UCSF. He is especially interested in treatment of late life depression and treatment resistant adult depression.

Lee, Kewchang - 100x133 Kewchang Lee, MD
Dr. Lee is the Director of the UCSF Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship Program, the Psychiatry Consultation Unit, and Site Director for Psychiatry Medical Student Education at SFVAMC. Hailing from upstate New York, he attended Harvard University and NYU School of Medicine, and completed his psychiatry residency at UCSF. Dr. Lee is actively involved in clinical and teaching activities, focusing on consultation-liaison psychiatry and behavioral medicine. His interests include primary care and mental health integration, cross-cultural psychiatry, and medical education. Outside of work, he enjoys travel, opera, and his partner's delicious home-cooked meals.

Batki, Steve 2 - 100x133 Steven Batki, MD
Dr. Batki is Chief of the Substance Abuse Programs and Director of the Addiction Research Program and the Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship Program at SFVAMC. He is an active medical researcher studying addiction treatment. His research and clinical interests focus on improving the treatment for alcohol, opioid, and stimulant dependence. Dr. Batki's current work includes studies of alcohol dependence in patients with traumatic brain injury and PTSD.  

Mangurian, Christina Christina Mangurian, MD
Dr. Mangurian is the Director of the UCSF/SFGH Public Psychiatry Fellowship and the Community Liaison for the Department of Psychiatry at SFGH. She attended UCSF for medical school and completed her psychiatry residency and public psychiatry fellowship at Columbia University. Dr. Mangurian currently holds an NIMH K23 award aimed at improving the primary care received by people with severe mental illness served in community mental health clinics. When she is not working, Dr. Mangurian enjoys spending time relaxing with her husband and two small children.


Leadership in research, education, psychiatric care and public service