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Metabolic Psychiatry Clinic

The Metabolic Psychiatry Clinic is the nation’s first academic specialty clinic which provides evaluation and treatment for patients struggling with psychiatric illness and metabolic abnormalities. Metabolic abnormalities include insulin resistance, pre-diabetes, or unhealthy excess body weight. The clinic aims to help treat patients with the disease of obesity, its associated co-morbidities, and to reduce cardiovascular risk, while simultaneously addressing mental health. In patients with psychiatric illness, diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease occur in much greater proportions than the general population. Metabolic abnormalities are often found in a wide range of illnesses including depression, bipolar illness, schizophrenia or psychosis, eating disorders, such as binge eating and bulimia nervosa, and in patients with side effects from psychotropic medications. This clinic collaborates closely with and serves as a consultation clinic to the Eating Disorder and the Nutrition Clinics, and is open to both augmenting care as a consulting clinic as well as being the primary psychiatric provider for patients depending on the case.

Conditions Treated

  • Weight gain
  • Insulin resistance while on or not on psychotropic medications
  • Emotional eating or binge eating
  • Malnutrition
  • Overweight or obesity
  • High blood pressure, cholesterol
  • Impaired glucose tolerance, or prediabetes

This Clinic Provides

  • Psychosocial treatments (including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)
  • Low carbohydrate nutritional approaches
  • Obesity pharmacotherapy
  • Psychiatric medication management, monitoring, and evaluation
  • Sustainable lifestyle changes
  • Coordination of care with primary treating physician to deliver improved outcomes to patient’s mental and metabolic health

Clinic Director

Clinical Instructor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

For an appointment, please call:

650.498.9111

Faculty and Staff Consultants

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (General Psychiatry and Psychology-Adult)) at the Stanford University Medical Center
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (Psychopharmacology), Emeritus
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Clinical Instructor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Casual - Non-Exempt, Medicine - Med/Stanford Prevention Research Center