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.

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.


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.


Misty Richards, M.D.

Vice President

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.


Sabrina Reed, M.D.


Dr. Sabrina Reed is a board-certified Adult psychiatrist who recently completed her Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at UCLA where she served as a chief fellow. She attended Northwestern for her undergraduate studies majoring in psychology with a minor in global health. Before completing her medical training at the University of Illinois at Chicago, she obtained valuable child psychiatry experience working as a behavior specialist with high school students with ASD and interned with the summer treatment program for kids with ADHD and disruptive behavior disorders.  She currently is a Clinical Assistant Professor at USC working with transitional age youth at the Student Health Center and adolescents at Augustus Hawkins inpatient unit. She is interested in medical education and teaches the pre-clinical medical student psychiatry course at USC and is enrolled in the Masters of Academic Medicine Program.


Elizabeth Dohrmann, M.D.


Dr. Elizabeth Dohrmann is a board-certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist working for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health in their Juvenile Justice Mental Health Program. Dr. Dohrmann was raised in Nashville, Tennessee, attended Yale College where she studied autism spectrum disorders, and worked at UCSD and Vanderbilt conducting autism assessments prior to attending medical school at the University of Tennessee. She completed her psychiatric residency at New York University where she received specific training in forensic and public psychiatry, collaborative care, and family therapies. Dr. Dohrmann completed her child psychiatry fellowship at UCLA, where she served as Co-Chief Fellow. In addition to her work for the county, Dr. Dohrmann regularly conducts evaluations for asylum seekers through Physicians for Human Rights and is a psychiatric consultant for the Westside Regional Center, serving individuals with developmental disabilities. Her clinical, policy, and research interests include optimization of community-public-academic partnerships for screening and care of underserved populations in schools, primary care practices, and prisons; development and implementation of alternatives to incarceration; implementation of the collaborative care model for pediatric populations; family-based psychotherapies; supports for transitional aged youth with developmental disabilities; medical student/trainee teaching; and human rights advocacy.


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.


Rishi Parikh, M.D.

Early Career Psychiatrist Representative

bio coming soon


Brooke Hansen Spanos, M.D.

Past President

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 has had a private practice for adults, children, and adolescents since 2011, which is currently located in Santa Monica. Dr. Spanos is also a staff psychiatrist at Penny Lane Centers, a non-profit for youth, with a focus on children in the foster system. She serves as Assistant Clinical Professor at UCLA medical school, teaching 2nd year medical students. Previous employment has included Destinations for Teens (PHP and IOP for adolescents), UCLA TIES for Families (adoption and foster care), Children’s Institute (youth non-profit), and high risk Transitional Aged Youth programs (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 from 2010 - 2011. She feels strongly about emphasizing prevention and early intervention for children and families. Her focus includes parent support, advocating for high quality schooling, public education of child development issues, and ensuring that we continue to decrease the stigma of mental health.

Shivani Chopra, M.D.

Past President

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.

Jessica Jeffrey, M.D.

Past President

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.

Past President

Dr. Roya Ijadi-Maghsoodi is a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist. She is an Assistant Professor-in-Residence within the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, an Investigator at the Center for the Study of Healthcare Innovation, Implementation & Policy within the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, and an attending psychiatrist at the VA and UCLA. She earned her undergraduate degree in biology from Iowa State University and her medical degree from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. She completed her general adult psychiatry residency and her child psychiatry fellowship, where she served as Co-Chief Fellow, at the University of California, Los Angeles. After her child psychiatry fellowship, she completed a UCLA/VA health services research fellowship in Women’s Health and obtained a Master of Science in Health Policy and Management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.


Dr. Ijadi-Maghsoodi’s research concentrates on improving care for under-resourced youth and families in the community, including families experiencing homelessness, and youth with trauma. She received an AACAP NIDA Physician Scientist Program in Substance Abuse K12 award to improve care and adapt a family resilience intervention for families experiencing homeless and parent substance use. Dr. Ijadi-Maghsoodi has a long-standing interest in child mental health advocacy and has served on the Cal-ACAP Government Affairs Committee since she was a member-in-training. Additionally, she has a strong interest in immigrant and refugee mental health and provides evaluations for individuals seeking asylum through Physicians for Human Rights.

Ara Anspikian, M.D.

Past President

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.



Patrick Kelly, M.D.

Past President

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.'



Helen Wyman, M.D.

Member-In-Training Representative

Dr. Helen Wyman is serving as a Co-Chief Fellow in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at the University of Southern California. Prior to medical school, Dr. Wyman studied medical anthropology and sociology at Wellesley College then went on to study theology at the master’s level. She received her medical doctorate degree from the University of California, Irvine and completed her general psychiatry residency training at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, California.


Dr. Wyman has a particular interest in the identification and prevention of child abuse through interdisciplinary collaboration and advocacy. She has presented nationally on child abuse and is one of the few psychiatrists in the Helfer Society, an honorary society of physician leaders in child abuse. She is currently writing a review of case law on child emotional abuse, leading an initiative to improve training in child psychological maltreatment, and working with Thomas Lyon, JD, PhD, to improve practices in clinical interviewing of children.


William Arroyo, M.D.

Cal-ACAP Delegate


Marcy Borlik, M.D.

Cal-ACAP Delegate