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Our Staff

Kristin Cadenhead, M.D.

Role: CARE Program Director and Professor of Psychiatry at UC San Diego

Education: Dr. Kristin Cadenhead received her BA degree in Biology/Psychology from Rice University in Houston, Texas. She then earned her medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. She completed her residency in Psychiatry at the University of California San Diego.

Clinical and Research Interests: Dr. Cadenhead’s primary research interests include early identification and intervention in the beginning stages of psychosis. Much of her research focuses on biomarkers and treatment in the schizophrenia spectrum of disorders (prodromal psychosis, first episode psychosis and schizotypal personality disorder).

She is currently a Professor of Psychiatry and an attending physician the UC San Diego Medical Center. She serves as an Associate Residency Training Director for the Department of Psychiatry and a Clinical Foundations Director for the School of Medicine.

Other Links:
Dr. Cadenhead’s UC San Diego Psychiatry Department Biography
Named in the 2015 “Top Docs” San Diego Magazine “Physicians of Exceptional Excellence” in Psychiatry

Heline Mirzakhanian, Ph.D.

Role: Clinical Director of CARE Program

PSY 25641

Gila Cohen, MSW, LCSW

Role: Senior Clinical Social Worker/Therapist.

Education: Gila obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from City University of New York, Queens College. She earned her Masters of Social Work degree from New York University, where her work focused on child and adolescent mental health. 

Clinical Experiences and Interests: Gila moved to San Diego in 2006 and has worked within the medical & psychiatric hospital system, an Adolescent Dual Diagnosis Intensive Outpatient Program, and an HIV family clinic. Her focus is on providing support and diverse therapeutic interventions to vulnerable populations, to promote advocacy, and empowerment. Gila is very excited to join the CARE team and help support young people with emerging psychosis and their families.

Donna Corbett, Psy.D.

License: PSY26999

Role: Clinical Psychologist & Staff Research Associate

Education: Dr. Donna Corbett obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California, Irvine and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology. She completed an APA accredited pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the State Center Community College District. She served as the faculty advisor to the Active Minds Club, a student run organization aimed at reducing the stigma of mental illness on college campuses. Dr. Cook also taught a college level course on interpersonal trauma and abuse. She has experience working in inpatient as well as outpatient dual diagnosis treatment facilities, including an externship at Harbor UCLA Medical Center.

Clinical and Research Interests: Early predictors and treatment of psychosis, dual-diagnosis treatment, college counseling, depression, anxiety, adjustment issues, and identification of client schemas.

Dr. Cook utilizes a cognitive-behavioral approach with an emphasis on schema therapy. She helps clients understand the ways in which their early childhood experiences impact their current relationships and views of the world. Her approach emphasizes each client’s unique strengths and helps to foster the development of coping skills and insight.

Teela Davis, M.A. M.A.

License: IMF 63420

Role: Clinical Social Worker & Research Evaluation 

Education: M.A. in Clinical Psychology & M.A. in Sociology 

Clinical and Research Interests: Resilience Therapy, CBT & Community Psychology

Janae Deyoe, M.A.

Role: CARE Program Study Coordinator

Education: Janae received an M.A. in Psychology with an emphasis in Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience from San Diego State University.


Isabel Domingues, M.D.

License: MD

Role: CARE Program Clinician and Researcher

Education: Dr. Isabel Domingues received her medical degree from the University of Porto Medical School in Portugal. She has worked at CARE since 2009, and she is in the last year of her residency in Psychiatry at the University of California San Diego.

Clinical and Research Interests: Dr Domingues’' primary interests are psychosis, particularly schizophrenia, as well as metabolic abnormalities in patients with psychosis, such as diabetes, obesity and dyslipidemia. She is currently the chief resident at OPS, the UC San Diego outpatient psychiatric clinic.

Language(s) Spoken: Portuguese, Spanish, French

Terence Hendrix, B.A.

Role: CARE Program Research Project Coordinator

Education: Mr. Hendrix received his BA in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Clinical and Research Interests:  Mr. Hendrix’s primary research interests include neuropsychological assessment of individuals who are determined to be at clinical high risk for developing a psychotic illness.  He also works with the University of Washington as a quality assurance manager on a multinational traumatic brain injury study based in Latin America.

Languages Spoken: English and Spanish

Skylar Kelsven

Role: PhD Student SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology

Education: Skylar received her B.A. in Psychology from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

Yolanda Pearson, CMA

Role: Clinical Certified Medical Assistant

Education: Yolanda received her medical assistant diploma in San Diego at Concorde Career College, and received her National certification though NCCT. 

Clinical and Research Interests: Completes administrative and clinical tasks in the office of the CARE program.


Veronica Perez, Ph.D.

License: PSY27421

Role: Clinical Psychologist

Education: Dr. Veronica Perez received her BA degree in Psychology from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. She earned her MA in Psychology from San Diego State University while completing her thesis work at the University of California San Diego. Dr. Perez went on to obtain her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Oregon, with an emphasis in cognitive neurophysiology. Her predoctoral clinical internship was completed at the UCSD/San Diego VA Consortium. She completed T32 postdoctoral training at UCSF, and the VA Advanced Fellowship program in Psychosis at the VISN-22 Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC).

Clinical and Research Interests: Dr. Perez’s clinical research focuses on the identification of biomarkers of severe mental illnesses (psychotic, obsessive-compulsive, and hoarding disorders), biological indicators of response to treatment, and biomarker-identification of individuals who may be most at-risk for the development of psychosis.

Dr. Perez is also an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at CSPP in San Diego.

Languages Spoken: English

Sandra Sanchez, M.A.

Role: CARE Program Study Coordinator

Education: Ms. Sanchez received her BA in Psychology and MA in Psychology with an emphasis in Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience from San Diego State University.

Clinical and Research Interests: Ms. Sanchez’s primary research interest is in the early identification of neurodevelopmental disorders and mediating interventions.

Languages Spoken: English and Spanish

Lauren Stern, M.A.

License: PCCI #1667

Role: Clinical Social Work at the UC San Diego CARE Program

Education: Lauren Stern received her BA degree in Family Studies and Human Development from the University of Arizona. She then earned her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of San Diego.

Clinical and Research Interests: At the UC San Diego CARE Clinic, Lauren provides individual, family, group counseling services to patients who have mood disorders and/or are experiencing psychosis. She also provides case management services, linking individuals and their families to resources in the community. Lauren’s main interest lies in working with adolescents and young adults, both individually and in groups, providing an emphasis on Mindfulness Therapy and its effectiveness on reducing symptoms of psychosis. Specifically examining thoughts and feelings and how they relate to one’s psychological health and overall well-being. Lauren’s primary research interest include prodromal psychosis and first episode psychosis. Lauren is also a certified yoga instructor who continues to practice mindfulness based approaches in her personal and professional life.

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