Dr. Jeffrey M. Schwartz is a research psychiatrist at the School of Medicine at the University of California at Los Angeles and one of the world’s leading experts in neuroplasticity.
Decades ago, he began to study the philosophy of conscious awareness, the idea that the actions of the mind have an effect on the workings of the brain. Jeff’s breakthrough work in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) provided the hard evidence that the mind can control the brain’s chemistry. He has lectured extensively to both professional and lay audiences in the US, Europe, and Asia.
Jeff’s books include The Mind and the Brain: Neuroplasticity and the Power of Mental Force and the bestseller Brain Lock: Free Yourself from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, the seminal book on OCD.
His new book You Are Not Your Brain: The 4-Step Solution for Changing Bad Habits, Ending Unhealthy Thinking, and Taking Control of Your Life is now available. Jeff was the co-organizer of the 2007 international conference on neuroleadership. He is based in Santa Monica, CA.
Dr. Wendy Oliver-Pyatt uses a bio-psycho-social model to help patients with all types of mental health conditions and a variety of undiagnosed health problems, move onto a pathway for a healthful, creative, and meaningful life. She provides and oversees psychiatric assessments and treatment, a variety of psychological modalities of care, functional and integrative medicine, and traditional medical interventions, to deliver exceptional care to all of her patients. Dr. Oliver-Pyatt believes that the relationship between the patient and their doctor, therapist, and entire treatment team must be built on knowledge, compassion, and empathy.
Described by colleagues as warm and wise, Dr. Oliver-Pyatt is known for her holistic approach to psychiatry—an approach that marries compassionate care with scientifically sound, multi-dimensional treatment, that explores and heals the underlying factors that drive whatever the conditions are faced by her patients.
A clinician, educator, and advocate, Dr. Oliver-Pyatt discovered her passion for psychiatry her third year in medical school while treating a psychotic patient at Brooklyn King’s county hospital. Originally intending to be an OBGYN, she found herself assigned a young man who was suffering from hallucinations and delusions.
As she saw the stunning impact that treatment and psychotropic medication had on this individual and the relief his healing brought his entire family, Dr. Oliver-Pyatt discovered her true calling.
She later realized that it was her own experience healing from an eating disorder that fostered her deep sense of compassion for those facing psychiatric challenges and disorders and passion for helping them transition back to mental health.
Though deeply interested in the neurobiological basis of mental health conditions, Dr. Oliver-Pyatt recognized the importance of relationships, connections, and attachment to wellbeing, and, therefore, also placed great value on the role of psychotherapy. Thus, at a time when mental health professionals generally had to choose between being pharmacologists or analysts, Dr. Oliver-Pyatt wanted to find the meeting ground, where she believed the greatest healing could occur.
Dr. Oliver-Pyatt received her specialty training at New York University-Bellevue Hospital in New York City, where she served as Chief Resident. She has held faculty positions at New York University, Albert Einstein School of Medicine and University of Nevada School of Medicine.
She was the Medical Director for the State of Nevada Division of Mental Health and Disability Services where she created a holistic, whole-person approach to mental health care. She served as Medical Director and Chief of Staff of Northern Nevada Adult Mental Health and has received Senatorial Recognition for her work as a psychiatrist and commitment to the mental health community.
A leader in the field of eating disorders, Dr. Oliver-Pyatt, has developed innovative eating disorder treatment programs, served as the AED Advocacy Committee Chairman, and Co-authored AED Guidelines for Obesity Prevention. She is a Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorder and Fellow of International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals. She serves on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals and is current Chair of the Board of Directors of the Binge Eating Disorder Association.
She founded Center for Hope of the Sierras, and is Co-Founder, Executive Director and Chief Medical Officer of Oliver-Pyatt Centers, which include: The Comprehensive Eating Disorder Treatment Centers for Women; Clementine Adolescent Treatment Program; and Embrace, the Binge Eating Disorder Treatment Program.
Dr. Oliver-Pyatt served on the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations Technical Advisory Committee, has given frequent presentations at national and international eating disorder conferences, and has been featured on WebMD.
Dr. Fong is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA.
Dr. Fong completed his undergraduate and medical school at Northwestern University in Chicago. He then came to UCLA and finished his residency in adult general psychiatry in 2002 and was the first accredited addiction psychiatry fellow at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute (2002-2004).
He is the co-director of the UCLA Gambling Studies Program (UGSP). The purpose of this program is to examine the underlying causes and clinical characteristics of gambling disorder in order to develop effective, evidence-based treatment strategies.
Since 2009, he has been the director of the UCLA Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship, a one-year accredited program that provides clinical training in addiction psychiatry.
Finally, he is part of the faculty leadership of the UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative, a multidisciplinary effort to examine the full impact of cannabis on the body, mind and brain.
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