Dr. Eric Wexler has been a psychiatrist in practice for over ten years, specializing in psychopharmacology and neuropsychiatry. Prior to entering private practice, he was engaged in both clinical care and basic science research at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Medicine. There, he served as an attending physician on the inpatient geriatric psychiatry unit at the UCLA/ Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital, where his clinical focus was on mood and impulse control disorders, particularly in patients with often rare, inherited or autoimmune neurodegenerative diseases. His research focused on the following areas: understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying the effectiveness of common mood stabilizers like lithium, developing novel experimental models of neuropsychiatric disease (e.g., dementia or autism), and applying novel network (“big data”) analytic methods to the problem of understanding the signals that govern early nerve cell development.
Dr. Wexler graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Vassar College with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry. He holds an MD and a PhD degree in Neuroscience from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where he did his doctoral thesis work in the area of nerve cell development and neurotransmitter function. Dr. Wexler completed his residency in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, where he received his primary psychotherapy training with Dr. David Burns, best-selling author and early popularizer of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). He then pursued specialized fellowship training in psychopharmacology and neuronal regeneration at Stanford under the auspices of Dr. Alan Schatzberg, former American Psychiatric Association President and coauthor of the official APA Textbook of Psychopharmacology. During this period, he also served as an attending physician in the Emergency Department of San Francisco General Hospital/ UCSF. He later completed a research fellowship in neurobehavioral genetics at UCLA, before joining the full-time academic faculty at the UCLA School of Medicine, in the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry and the Center for Neurobehavioral Genetics.