About Harbor-UCLA Psychiatry

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About Harbor-UCLA Psychiatry

We are a major public teaching hospital jointly administered by LA County Health Agency and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Harbor-UCLA Medical Center cares for over one million residents in the greater South Bay catchment area, regardless of their ability to pay.  Community psychiatry is a central aspect of our training program.

Our hospital-based services include two inpatient psychiatric units with a total of 38 inpatient beds, an adult psychiatric ER, a new adolescent psychiatric ER (one of only two in the country), and a very active consultation/liaison service. Our dedicated psychiatric emergency rooms see over 6,000 individuals each year for emergency assessment, diagnostic evaluation, stabilization, and referral to the next level of care. On-site outpatient services include a general psychiatry adult outpatient clinic, a child & adolescent clinic, a dual diagnosis program, assertive community treatment teams (i.e., Full Service Partnership), the Trauma Recovery Center, a mobile Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation unit, a behavioral medicine clinic which treats patients with co-occurring medical comorbidities such as HIV and cancer, and a wellness center which provides fitness and recreational activities and peer support groups for our patients. 

Additionally, we partner with other specialities to provide integrated care at on-campus clinics. Our clinics specialize in evidence-based therapy modalities, such as CBT, DBT, ACT, and PE, amongst others. At regular points throughout the year, our expert clinicians administer multi-day seminars in these modalities, providing training for the rest of the Department of Mental Health clinics throughout LA County.

We offer all available services in Spanish. Our training program also includes off-site rotations and electives at UCLA NPI, Kaiser South Bay, Long Beach VA, private practice ECT, LA County Office of Diversion and Reentry, Coastal Asian Pacific clinic, and more.

Our Mission

The residency program in psychiatry at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center is designed to train scientifically and structurally competent general psychiatrists who have comfort in a wide variety of practice situations and who feel personal responsibility for the healthcare system in which he or she works.

Our approach utilizes a vertically integrated system where patients have continuity of care, and residents, faculty, and staff work in multidisciplinary teams through all phases of illness. Trainees have longitudinal responsibility for their patients, providing for a rich opportunity in psychiatric education. 

From the earliest days of training, residents also have the flexibility and encouragement to build upon their own special interests and talents. At Harbor, the approach is a “hands-on” one, and residents have extensive opportunities for clinical experiences and advocacy in one of the most diverse cities in the world.