Director, Principal Investigator
Professor-in-Residence in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, and Director of the Eating Disorders and Body Dysmorphic Disorder Research Program, and the Adult Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Program. He is currently funded by the NIH to study visual and emotional information processing in BDD and anorexia nervosa, as well as anxiety and reward processing in anorexia nervosa. His research seeks to understand phenotypes of perceptual and emotional processing that cross diagnostic boundaries of conditions involving body image such as BDD, eating disorders, and gender dysphoria. He also studies neurometabolites and brain connectivity in individuals with OCD, and how they are affected by cognitive-behavioral therapy.
Teena’s research is focused on techniques to analyze data from different sources including functional MRI, DTI, resting state data, and neuropsychological assessments to investigate the neural bases of several disorders. She is excited about exploiting multiple modalities to discover how pharmacological and behavioral treatments affect brain function, with a long-term goal of helping to develop early detection techniques and intervention therapies for disorders such as BDD, Anorexia Nervosa, ADHD, and OCD. Prior to receiving her Ph.D in Neuroscience at UCLA, Teena worked at Hughes Aircraft Company and Sirius II Corp, on projects varying from laser-eye-protection goggles and infrared imaging systems, to projection systems for 3-D movies. She has a very understanding husband, two wonderful kids, and a crazy dog.
Courtney Sheen, M.A. is a staff research associate in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and linguistics from California State University, Northridge and her Master’s from Pepperdine University. A great deal of her work is in the administration of psychological assessments.
Professor of Neurology at Karolinska Institute in Sweden and Visiting professor at UCLA
DS Adnan Majid, MD, PhD, is a psychiatry resident at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. After completing undergraduate studies in Symbolic Systems at Stanford University, he completed medical training at the University of California, San Diego, where he also studied cognitive neuroscience. He obtained his PhD with Dr Adam Aron, PhD, studying the neural pathways of action control using structural and functional MRI and transcranial magnetic stimulation.