Southern California Society of Child
& Adolescent Psychiatry
About the Southern California Society of Child & Adolescent Psychiatrists
SCSCAP is the regional organization of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) and a member organization of the California Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CAL-ACAP). SCSCAP represents the interests of child and adolescent psychiatrists and their patients at both the state and national levels, specifically through organizational activities and advocacy efforts of the two umbrella organizations.
In addition, SCSCAP conducts monthly business meetings, organizes local advocacy efforts, provides representation in the governance bodies of AACAP and CAL-ACAP, and sponsors educational events for its members. All SCSCAP members are members of AACAP and CAL-ACAP.
Jessica Jeffrey, M.D.
Dr. Jeffrey is a child and adolescent psychiatrist at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. Dr. Jeffrey obtained her undergraduate education at UCLA, where she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in psychobiology with minor in developmental child psychology. After completing her undergraduate studies, Dr. Jeffrey had the privilege to work as an in-home behavior therapist at the Center for Autism and Related Disorders. This work inspired her to trek to Northern California to attend University of California at Berkeley and obtain her Master’s Degree in Public Health. While at Berkeley Dr. Jeffrey focused on maternal and child health issues and received a specialization in international health. She is grateful for the opportunity she had to work in rural villages in Tanzania, where she focused on maternal mortality issues.
Deciding to pursue a career in medicine, Dr. Jeffrey attended the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA where she received her MD and MBA. While in medical school Dr. Jeffrey spent a summer working in Bhopal, India with the survivors of the Union Carbide explosion. Additionally, she spent time in Ghana, where she consulted for HIV/AIDS non-profit organizations in West Africa and traveled to Mozambique in order to expand healthcare services and work with non-profit organizations to assist children orphaned by HIV/AIDS. Dr. Jeffrey also was a consultant to Head Start in Los Angeles, CA where she worked with this organization to develop culturally sensitive, low-literacy health educational materials. She completed General Psychiatry residency training at UCLA.
Dr. Jeffrey has published several review articles in the fields of psychiatry and academic medicine, spanning topics including anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis, quality of life in depression and use of dopaminergic agents for major depressive disorder. Dr. Jeffrey recently served as the member-in-training representative for the California Academy Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Executive Committee and on the Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Health Care Promotion and Prevention Committee. She is interested in systems of health care delivery, quality improvement and family resilience research. Dr. Jeffrey also has a strong interest in advocacy for child and adolescent mental health.
Roya Ijadi-Maghsoodi, M.D.
Dr. Roya Ijadi-Maghsoodi grew up in Ames, Iowa and attended Iowa State University for her undergraduate degree. She earned her medical degree from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. She completed her adult psychiatry residency training at UCLA in 2012 and continued her training in child and adolescent psychiatry at UCLA, serving as Co-Chief Fellow. She is currently a VA Women’s Health Fellow within the VA Greater Los Angeles Health Services Research & Development Center and is also pursuing a Master of Science in Health Services Research in the Department of Health Policy and Management at UCLA. She provides care at Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services and previously worked with transitional age youth in a Full-Service Partnership Program at San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health Clinic. She is active in advocacy and has served on the Cal-ACAP Government Affairs Committee as a member-in-training since 2012. Her interests include trauma, homelessness, immigrant youth, addressing racial/ethnic disparities in mental health care, increasing access to mental health services, and the mental health of returning veterans and families.
Ara Anspikian, M.D.
Dr. Ara Anspikian is a general, child and addiction psychiatrist who completed his child and adolescent fellowship and addiction fellowship at UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience. Dr. Anspikian is currently the Medical Director for Outpatient Youth Services at Loma Linda University Department of Psychiatry’s Behavioral Medical Center. This includes the adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program as well as multiple Intensive Outpatient Programs including dual diagnosis for adolescents, and developing an ADHD and Developmental Disorders track for children. Dr. Anspikian has been involved with the American Psychiatric Association since his second year of residency. He has served in a variety of roles including the Council for Advocacy and Government Relations and the Council for Children and their Families. He currently is the Early Career Psychiatrist member on a child psychiatry committee for the California Psychiatric Association and the secretary for SCSCAP.
Patrick Kelly, M.D.
Patrick Kelly, M.D. is a Psychiatrist Board Certified in both General and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. A Los Angeles native, Dr. Kelly then pursued most of his education on the East Coast, finally training in Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. After working there for three years as an Attending Psychiatrist and taking over as Program Director for the fellowship, he moved back to Los Angeles. He now directs the Psychiatric Emergency Services for children at Harbor UCLA Medical Center and is a full time faculty member with UCLA. He has an additional private practice, specialized in treating patients with Borderline Personality Disorder and Adolescent Mood Disorders, along the lines of his two published books: 'Borderline Personality Disorder: New Reasons for Hope' and 'Adolescent Depression: A Guide for Families.'
Benjamin Schneider, M.D.
Dr. Benjamin Schneider is a board certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and a member of the UCLA Child and Adolescent Psychiatry faculty as an Assistant Professor. After completing his undergraduate at Stanford University where he studied Biological Sciences and Philosophy, he went on to medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. There, he gained valuable clinical experience assisting in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry research programs before moving to Los Angeles to complete residency and fellowship at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute. Currently, Dr. Schneider is the medical director of the UCLA Achievement, Behavior and Cognition (ABC) partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs. Additionally, he is an attending psychiatrist in UCLA Child and Adult Neurodevelopmental (CAN) Clinic.
Andrea Carter, M.D.
Government Affairs Committee Liaison
Patrick Wiita, M.D.
Natalie Ramos, M.D.
Early Career Psychiatrist Representative
Dr. Ramos is a Board-certified Adult Psychiatrist who is currently finishing her Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at UCLA, where she is Co-Chief Fellow. She completed her undergraduate education at Stanford University and received her Medical Degree from USC’s Keck School of Medicine. She also holds a Master’s Degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. While in Boston, she completed a practicum in LGBT health through the Fenway Institute. She has a strong interest in the delivery of mental health services to Latino and LGBT patients. In addition to Fellowship, she works part-time in a County psychiatric emergency room and in private practice. She also serves on the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry’s Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Committee.
Misty Richards, M.D.
Early Career Psychiatrist Representative
Dr. Misty Richards is a second year child and adolescent psychiatry fellow at UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, where she also serves as Co-Chief Fellow. She attended UCLA for her undergraduate studies, graduating with highest honors in psychobiology with a minor in applied development psychology. After completing her basic science courses at Albany Medical College, Dr. Richards received a Fulbright Scholarship to study the genetics of schizophrenia at the National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry in Japan, where she received her Masters degree in Neuroscience. Upon completion of medical school, she returned to UCLA to complete her adult training in psychiatry and fast-tracked into child and adolescent psychiatry. She is passionate about organized psychiatry, academic medicine, and college mental health and sat on the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Board of Trustees in 2015-2016 as President of the APA Leadership Fellowship. She is honored to serve as an SCSCAP Member-in-Training Representative this year and hopes to serve as the collective voice for her esteemed colleagues.
Brandon Ito, M.D.
Dr. Brandon Ito, MD, MPH completed his undergraduate degree in Human Development with minor studies in both Psychology and Healthcare/Social Issues from the University of California, San Diego. He completed his medical training at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine, where he served as class president and was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. During his medical training, he completed a masters degree in public health at Harvard University with a concentration in family and community health.
Dr. Ito completed his adult psychiatry training at the University of California, San Francisco and completed specialized training in LGBT mental health and the Clinical Scholars global health pathway. Dr. Ito completed his Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at New York University and Bellevue Hospital Center, where he served as Chief Fellow.
He is currently a psychiatrist at the Behavioral Wellness Center at the UCLA School of Medicine, Child and Adult Neurodevelopmental Clinic at the UCLA Medical Center, and Director of the Pediatric Resilience in Development and Expression Program (PRiDE). He is particularly interested in medical education, global mental health, LGBT mental health, and reducing health care disparities in vulnerable populations.
Michael Enenbach, M.D.
Past President / Media Liaison
Dr. Enenbach is a Board-Certified Adult and Child & Adolescent psychiatrist. He is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor at UCLA, where he primarily functions as an inpatient attending. Other specialized areas of clinical interest are psychopharmacology, eating disorders, autism spectrum disorders and borderline personality disorder. Dr. Enenbach graduated from the University of Kansas in 1996 with a Human Biology major with Honors and Distinction. He continued at the University of Kansas for medical school, graduating in 2000. He completed his adult psychiatry residency from UCSF in 2004 and his child & adolescent fellowship from the University of Washington in 2009, serving as chief resident at both programs. Prior to returning to fellowship in 2007, he worked as the Medical Director for the Mobile Crisis Treatment Team in San Francisco and was on volunteer clinical faculty at UCSF. Dr. Enenbach is currently the SCSCAP President and has served on the SCSCAP Executive Council for four years.
Brooke Hansen Spanos, M.D.
Dr. Spanos is a past President of SCSCAP’s Executive board and remains active to further promote advocacy and education for children’s mental health. She is board certified in both adult and child psychiatry, and she has a private practice in Beverly Hills. She serves on staff at Destinations to Recovery (Wilshire location) PHP and IOP for teens with addiction or other mental health struggles. Dr. Spanos serves on the volunteer clinical faculty at UCLA medical school. Previous employment has included UCLA TIES for Families (adoption and foster care), Children’s Institute, and a high risk transitional aged youth program (ages 16-25) at San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health Clinic. Dr. Spanos graduated medical school from Baylor College of Medicine, and completed her adult psychiatry residency at UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute (NPI). She continued her child and adolescent psychiatry training at UCLA NPI, where she served as Chief Fellow. She hopes to focus on prevention and early intervention via parenting techniques, public education of child development issues, and decreasing the stigma of mental health support.
Shivani Chopra, M.D.
Dr. Shivani Chopra is board certified in General Adult Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She obtained her undergraduate degree from UCLA, graduating with distinction. She attended the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, where she received her MD. After spending some years on the East Coast, Dr. Chopra returned to UC Davis Medical Center to complete her Adult Psychiatry residency. She trained at the UC Irvine Medical Center for her Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship, where she was Chief Fellow. Currently, Dr. Chopra is completing a forensic psychiatry fellowship at the University of Southern California (USC), Institute of Psychiatry and Law, and she is a Clinical Instructor at the USC Keck School of Medicine. Dr. Chopra has been a member of the Executive Council for the Southern California Society of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry since 2010, and looks forward to continuing her involvement, promoting awareness and advocating for child and adolescent mental health care.
William Arroyo, M.D.
Marcy Borlik, M.D.