Michael Gitlin, M.D.


Director, Outpatient Mood Disorders Program

Professor, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences

Member, Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior

Contact Information

Work Phone Number: (800) 825-9989

Mailing Address:

UCLA Psychr And Behavor Sciences
BOX 956968, 300 Medical Plaza, Ste 2347
Los Angeles, CA 90095


Dr. Gitlin is Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine. He is currently the Director of the Adult Division and Director of the Mood Disorders Clinic at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital. He is the author of many scientific articles and book chapters as well as two editions of a solo authored psychopharmacology textbook written for nonphysician therapists entitled The Psychotherapist's Guide to Psychopharmacology published by the Free Press. He recently coauthored a book entitled Psychotropic Drugs and Women with Dr. Victoria Hendrick. He served as Chief of Staff at the Neuropsychiatric Hospital from 1997-1999. His recent awards include: Distinguished Educator Award in Teaching from the UCLA Department of Psychiatry in 1999, the UCLA Department of Psychiatry Outstanding Housestaff Teaching Award in 1994, the Distinguished Service Award from the Southern California Psychiatric Society in 1995 and was named Psychiatric Times Teacher of the Year in 2002. He has also won the award for the best Internal Medicine Board Review Course in the area of psychiatry from the American Board of Internal Medicine.


A selected list of publications:

Malhi Gin S, Bargh Danielle M, McIntyre Roger, Gitlin Michael, Frye Mark A, Bauer Michael, Berk Michael   Balanced efficacy, safety, and tolerability recommendations for the clinical management of bipolar disorder Bipolar disorders, 2012; 14 Suppl 2: 1-21.
Gitlin Michael, Frye Mark A   Maintenance therapies in bipolar disorders Bipolar disorders, 2012; 14 Suppl 2: 51-65.
Malhi Gin S, Bargh Danielle M, Cashman Emma, Frye Mark A, Gitlin Michael   The clinical management of bipolar disorder complexity using a stratified model Bipolar disorders, 2012; 14 Suppl 2: 66-89.
Gitlin Michael J   Antidepressants in bipolar depression: much confusion, many questions, few answers The Australian and New Zealand journal of psychiatry, 2012; 46(4): 295-7.
Ventura Joseph, Subotnik Kenneth L, Guzik Lisa H, Hellemann Gerhard S, Gitlin Michael J, Wood Rachel C, Nuechterlein Keith H   Remission and recovery during the first outpatient year of the early course of schizophrenia Schizophrenia research, 2011; 132(1): 18-23.
Nuechterlein Keith H, Subotnik Kenneth L, Green Michael F, Ventura Joseph, Asarnow Robert F, Gitlin Michael J, Yee Cindy M, Gretchen-Doorly Denise, Mintz Jim   Neurocognitive predictors of work outcome in recent-onset schizophrenia Schizophrenia bulletin, 2011; 37 Suppl 2(1): S33-40.
Bearden Carrie E, Shih Vivian H, Green Michael F, Gitlin Michael, Sokolski Kenneth N, Levander Eric, Marusak Susan, Hammen Constance, Sugar Catherine A, Altshuler Lori L   The impact of neurocognitive impairment on occupational recovery of clinically stable patients with bipolar disorder: a prospective study Bipolar disorders, 2011; 13(4): 323-33.
Gitlin Michael J, Mintz Jim, Sokolski Kenneth, Hammen Constance, Altshuler Lori L   Subsyndromal depressive symptoms after symptomatic recovery from mania are associated with delayed functional recovery The Journal of clinical psychiatry, 2011; 72(5): 692-7.
Yan-Meier Leslie, Eberhart Nicole K, Hammen Constance L, Gitlin Michael, Sokolski Kenneth, Altshuler Lori   Stressful life events predict delayed functional recovery following treatment for mania in bipolar disorder Psychiatry research, 2011; 186(2-3): 267-71.
Subotnik Kenneth L, Nuechterlein Keith H, Ventura Joseph, Gitlin Michael J, Marder Stephen, Mintz Jim, Hellemann Gerhard S, Thornton Leslie A, Singh Indira R   Risperidone nonadherence and return of positive symptoms in the early course of schizophrenia The American journal of psychiatry, 2011; 168(3): 286-92.
Gitlin Michael J, Abulseoud Osama, Frye Mark A   Improving the design of maintenance studies for bipolar disorder Current medical research and opinion, 2010; 26(8): 1835-42.
Rim Christina L, Gitlin Michael J   Ziprasidone, monoamine oxidase inhibitors, and the serotonin syndrome Journal of clinical psychopharmacology, 2010; 30(4): 470-1.
Bartzokis George, Lu Po H, Stewart Stephanie B, Oluwadara Bolanle, Lucas Andrew J, Pantages Joanna, Pratt Erika, Sherin Jonathan E, Altshuler Lori L, Mintz Jim, Gitlin Michael J, Subotnik Kenneth L, Nuechterlein Keith H   In vivo evidence of differential impact of typical and atypical antipsychotics on intracortical myelin in adults with schizophrenia Schizophrenia research, 2009; 113(2-3): 322-31.
Bartzokis George, Lu Po H, Nuechterlein Keith H, Gitlin Michael, Doi Clarissa, Edwards Nancy, Lieu Christopher, Altshuler Lori L, Mintz Jim   Differential effects of typical and atypical antipsychotics on brain myelination in schizophrenia Schizophrenia research, 2007; 93(1-3): 13-22.
Abulseoud Osama, Sane Natasha, Cozzolino Anthony, Kiriakos Lindsay, Mehra Vishal, Gitlin Michael, Masseling Susan, Whybrow Peter, Altshuler Lori L, Mintz Jim, Frye Mark A   Free T4 index and clinical outcome in patients with depression Journal of affective disorders, 2007; 100(1-3): 271-7.
Dossett Emily C, Land Alisa J, Gitlin Michael J, Frye Mark A   Lack of mania prophylaxis associated with lamotrigine monotherapy in manic-predominant bipolar I disorder The Journal of clinical psychiatry, 2007; 68(6): 973-4.
Fan Alexander H, Frye Mark A, Hassell Susan J, Hwang Sun, Kiriakos Lindsay, Mintz Jim, Gitlin Michael J, Altshuler Lori L   Increased suicidality in mania complicated by alcoholism Psychiatry (Edgmont (Pa. : Township)), 2007; 4(4): 34-9.
Nuechterlein Keith H, Miklowitz David J, Ventura Joseph, Gitlin Michael J, Stoddard Mitchell, Lukoff David   Classifying episodes in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder: criteria for relapse and remission applied to recent-onset samples Psychiatry research, 2006; 144(2-3): 153-66.
Dworkin Robert H, Katz Jennifer, Gitlin Michael J   Placebo response in clinical trials of depression and its implications for research on chronic neuropathic pain Neurology, 2005; 65(12 Suppl 4): S7-19.
McKowen James W, Frye Mark A, Altshuler Lori L, Gitlin Michael J   Patterns of alcohol consumption in bipolar patients comorbid for alcohol abuse or dependence Bipolar disorders, 2005; 7(4): 377-81.
Schell Anne M, Dawson Michael E, Rissling Anthony, Ventura Joseph, Subotnik Kenneth L, Gitlin Michael J, Nuechterlein Keith H   Electrodermal predictors of functional outcome and negative symptoms in schizophrenia Psychophysiology, 2005; 42(4): 483-92.
Gitlin Michael   Bipolar disorder: current clinical research trends Expert review of neurotherapeutics, 2005; 5(1): 1-4.
Gitlin Michael, Altshuler Lori L, Frye Mark A, Suri Rita, Huynh Emily L, Fairbanks Lynn, Bauer Michael, Korenman Stanley   Peripheral thyroid hormones and response to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors Journal of psychiatry & neuroscience : JPN, 2004; 29(5): 383-6.
Ventura Joseph, Nuechterlein Keith H, Subotnik Kenneth L, Green Michael F, Gitlin Michael J   Self-efficacy and neurocognition may be related to coping responses in recent-onset schizophrenia Schizophrenia research, 2004; 69(2-3): 343-52.
Frye Mark A, Gitlin Michael J, Altshuler Lori L   Unmet needs in bipolar depression Depression and anxiety, 2004; 19(4): 199-208.
Aravagiri Manickam, Marder Stephen R, Nuechterlein Keith H, Gitlin Michael J   Intra- and interindividual variations in steady-state plasma concentrations of risperidone and 9-hydroxyrisperidone in schizophrenic patients treated chronically with various doses of risperidone Therapeutic drug monitoring, 2003; 25(6): 657-64.
Gitlin Michael   Sexual dysfunction with psychotropic drugs Expert opinion on pharmacotherapy, 2003; 4(12): 2259-69.
Altshuler Lori L, Frye Mark A, Gitlin Michael J   Acceleration and augmentation strategies for treating bipolar depression Biological psychiatry, 2003; 53(8): 691-700.
Gitlin Michael, Boerlin Harold, Fairbanks Lynn, Hammen Connie   The effect of previous mood states on switch rates: a naturalistic study Bipolar disorders, 2003; 5(2): 150-2.
Bartzokis George, Nuechterlein Keith H, Lu Po H, Gitlin Michael, Rogers Steven, Mintz Jim   Dysregulated brain development in adult men with schizophrenia: a magnetic resonance imaging study Biological psychiatry, 2003; 53(5): 412-21.
Frye Mark A, Gitlin Michael J, Altshuler Lori L   Treating acute mania The Journal of family practice, 2003; Suppl(5): S10-3.
Altshuler Lori L, Gitlin Michael J, Mintz Jim, Leight Kristin L, Frye Mark A   Subsyndromal depression is associated with functional impairment in patients with bipolar disorder The Journal of clinical psychiatry, 2002; 63(9): 807-11.
Gitlin Michael J, Suri Rita, Altshuler Lori, Zuckerbrow-Miller Joni, Fairbanks Lynn   Bupropion-sustained release as a treatment for SSRI-induced sexual side effects Journal of sex & marital therapy, 2002; 28(2): 131-8.
Ackerman Deborah L, Unützer Jürgen, Greenland Sander, Gitlin Michael   Inpatient treatment of depression and associated hospital charges Pharmacoepidemiology and drug safety, 2002; 11(3): 219-27.
Gitlin Michael   Irresistible joys and discouraging pitfalls in diagnosing personality disorders The Western journal of medicine, 2002; 176(3): 215.