Given UCLA’s role as a teaching institution, this clinic - like many clinics at UCLA - is a training clinic. Dr. Ott is the primary attending for this clinic. During the academic year, Second Year Child Psychiatry Fellows rotate through the Pediatric Neuropsychiatry Clinic as part of their specialty training in child and adolescent psychiatry.  However, at different times, various professionals in training may be present, including fellows in Pediatric Neurology, trainees in Psychology/ Neuropsychology, medical students and other visiting scholars.


  • Derek Ott, M.D., M.S. was born and raised in Kansas City, MO. He received a B.A. degree from Stanford University and then attended the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, where he completed his medical and graduate training (Masters in Neuroscience).  Dr. Ott completed his clinical training in Adult and Child psychiatry, as well as research training, at the University of California Los Angeles Neuropsychiatric Hospital in Westwood.   Currently, he is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA and the director of the UCLA Pediatric Neuropsychiatry clinic. He has also served a an attending for several other teaching settings in the Division of Child Psychiatry at UCLA, including the Pediatric Psychopharmacology Clinic, the Pediatric Consultation Liaison Service, and UCLA/Westside Regional Center clinic.   Current research and clinical interests include pediatric psychopharmacology, pediatric neuropsychiatry, developmental disabilities and psychosis.
  • Rochelle Caplan, M.D. a pediatric neuropsychiatrist, has served on the Department of Psychiatry faculty since 1985, and became a full professor in 2000. She received her MD from the Hebrew University, and trained in both adult and child psychiatry at Sackler Medical School affiliated psychiatric hospitals in Israel. As an NIH research fellow at UCLA and NIMH career development awardee she developed instruments for measuring thought disorder in children. She developed the UCLA clinical and research pediatric neuropsychiatry program, and conducts psycholinguistic, behavioral, structural and functional neuroimaging studies on pediatric neurobehavioral disorders including schizophrenia and epilepsy. She is a recipient of numerous awards including the Distinguished Research Mentor Award of the Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.