Bland, Chu to join department faculty in April

By Nicholas Roznovsky

The UCSF Department of Psychiatry will welcome two new faculty members to its ranks this month.

Ann Chu, PhD, begins her appointment today, April 1, as an Assistant Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry based at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center. She will also serve as the Assistant Director of Dissemination for Child-Parent Psychotherapy for the UCSF Child Trauma Research Program.

Chu received her PhD in clinical child psychiatry at the University of Denver, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship with UCSF's Clinical Psychology Training Program, where she received the 2010 R.E. Harris Award. A specialist in developmental cognitive neuroscience with two dozen research publications to her credit, she was previously at faculty member at the University of Denver and most recently a program director at Berkeley-based A Better Way, Inc.

Anton Bland, MD, will begin his academic appointment on Monday, April 17 as a Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor and Medical Director for Psychiatric Emergency Services at Zuckerberg San Francisco General. He received his medical degree from the Boston University School of Medicine, where he also completed a fellowship in addiction psychiatry, in addition to his psychiatric residency at the University of Maryland's Sheppard Pratt Hospital.

Bland holds expertise in integrated care treatment programs, addiction psychiatry, emergency psychiatry, and consultation-liaison psychiatry. He was recognized with the American Society of Hematology's 2005 Minority Medical Student Research Award and the American Psychiatric Association's SAMHSA Fellowship Award (2011) and SAMHSA Substance Abuse Fellowship Award (2012). In addition to clinical appointments with the Alameda Health System and Contra Costa Regional Medical Center, Bland has served as a lecturer at the California Pacific Medical Center and a volunteer clinical faculty member at UCSF.

About UCSF Psychiatry

The UCSF Department of Psychiatry and the Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute are among the nation's foremost resources in the fields of child, adolescent, adult, and geriatric mental health. Together they constitute one of the largest departments in the UCSF School of Medicine and the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences, with a mission focused on research (basic, translational, clinical), teaching, patient care and public service.

UCSF Psychiatry conducts its clinical, educational and research efforts at a variety of locations in Northern California, including UCSF campuses at Parnassus Heights, Mission Bay and Laurel Heights, UCSF Medical Center, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, the San Francisco VA Health Care System and UCSF Fresno.

About the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences

The UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences, established by the extraordinary generosity of Joan and Sanford I. "Sandy" Weill, brings together world-class researchers with top-ranked physicians to solve some of the most complex challenges in the human brain.

The UCSF Weill Institute leverages UCSF’s unrivaled bench-to-bedside excellence in the neurosciences. It unites three UCSF departments—Neurology, Psychiatry, and Neurological Surgery—that are highly esteemed for both patient care and research, as well as the Neuroscience Graduate Program, a cross-disciplinary alliance of nearly 100 UCSF faculty members from 15 basic-science departments, as well as the UCSF Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases, a multidisciplinary research center focused on finding effective treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and other neurodegenerative disorders.

About UCSF

UC San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. It includes top-ranked graduate schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy; a graduate division with nationally renowned programs in basic, biomedical, translational and population sciences; and a preeminent biomedical research enterprise. It also includes UCSF Health, which comprises top-ranked hospitals – UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals in San Francisco and Oakland – and other partner and affiliated hospitals and healthcare providers throughout the Bay Area.