Jamie D. Feusner, M.D. – Program Director
Dr. Feusner is an Associate Professor in the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences. He has been treating patients in the UCLA Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Intensive Treatment Program since 2002, and has been director of the program since 2006. Dr. Feusner has published extensively on obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), anxiety disorders and mood disorders and has lectured nationally and internationally on these topics. He is a principal investigator on a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) funded study on the effects of cognitive-behavioral therapy on brain glutamate concentration in individuals with OCD . He is also currently principal investigator on an NIMH funded study of visual and emotional information processing in BDD and anorexia nervosa , and has conducted and published the first functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) studies in BDD. His research seeks to understand common phenotypes of aberrant visual and emotional processing that cross diagnostic boundaries of BDD, eating disorders, OCD, and other anxiety disorders. His research utilizes functional and structural neuroimaging, as well as psychophysical testing, to understand the brain.
Dr. Feusner graduated with honors from UC San Diego with a major of Biochemistry and Cell Biology. He obtained his medical degree and completed his psychiatry residency training at UCLA, during which time he received several awards. He then completed a clinical psychopharmacology fellowship followed by an NIMH-funded psychobiology research fellowship where he received training in neuroimaging. He teaches pharmacotherapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy to psychiatry residents in the UCLA Anxiety Disorders Clinic, and is a research supervisor for postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and undergraduates.