Nancy Downs, MD, Psychiatry, La Jolla, CA, UC San Diego Medical Center – Hillcrest

NancySwerdlowDownsMD

Psychiatry La Jolla, CA

Clinical Professor, UC San Diego School of Medicine

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Summary

  • Dr. Nancy Swerdlow Downs was born in Lawrence, KS and raised throughout the United States. She is an H.S. Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, and Section Chief of College Mental Health for UC San Diego Health. Her clinical and academic work focuses on integrative treatments for depression and anxiety in primary care settings, and novel interventions for suicide prevention, particularly in transition age youth.

    Currently, as the Section Chief of College Mental Health, Dr. Downs and her team provide consultation-liaison services to staff and faculty, and cost-effective mental health care for approximately 39,000 UC San Diego undergraduate and graduate students, as well as other college students throughout San Diego county. She is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a member of the National Network of Depression Centers (NNDC) College Mental Health Workgroup and past Chair of the UC Office of the President Lead Psychiatrist Task Force. Dr. Downs serves an important role as an educator with Psychiatry Residents and as a mentor to early career faculty within the Department. With over 16 years of paid full time equivalent academic experience, spanning 30 years, Dr. Downs continues to have a passion for working with patients, educating trainees, harnessing technology, contributing to the academic literature and creating innovative, data based programs, which enhance our community.

    Dr. Downs’ academic creative work centers around developing, funding and executing inaugural clinical and teaching programs which continue to flourish: 1) the UCSD Psychiatry Internship Program including multidisciplinary sites in internal medicine and neurology (designed by Dr. Downs in 1994); 2) the UCSD Combined Family Medicine and Psychiatry Residency Program, based at St. Vincent De Paul Village (co-developed by Dr. Downs in 1994, for which she shared the 1997 Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation); 3) the UCSD College Mental Health Program, developed in 2014.

Education & Training

  • University of California San Diego
    University of California San DiegoResidency, Psychiatry, 1989 - 1990
  • University of California San Diego
    University of California San DiegoResidency, Psychiatry, 1986 - 1988
  • Scripps Mercy Hospital
    Scripps Mercy HospitalInternship, Transitional Year, 1985 - 1986
  • University of California San Diego School of Medicine
    University of California San Diego School of MedicineClass of 1985
  • Stanford UniversityAB, Human Biology, With Distinction, 1976 - 1980
  • Stanford UniversityA.B., Human Biology (Biochemical Nutrition), 1980

Certifications & Licensure

  • CA State Medical License
    CA State Medical License 1987 - 2022
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Psychiatry

Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • Distinguished Fellow American Psychiatric Association, 2018
  • Fellow American Psychiatric Association, 2013
  • Ten Year Service Award University of California, San Diego, 2013
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Publications & Presentations

PubMed

Journal Articles

  • Be true to our schools – models of care in college mental health  
    Downs N, Galles E, Skehan B, Lipson SK, Current Psych Rep., 8/9/2018
  • Implementing a college mental health program – an overview of the first twelve months.  
    Downs N, Alderman T, Bhakta S, Greenwood TA., J Am Coll Health, 3/30/2018
  • Suicidal Ideation Among Student and Physicians at a US Medical School-A Healer Education, Assessment and Referral (HEAR) Program Report  
    Zisook S, Young I, Doran N, Downs N, Hadley A, Kirby B, McGuire M, Moutier C, Norcross W, Tiamson-Kassab M, OMEGA Journal of Death and Dying, 1/4/2015
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Books/Book Chapters

Abstracts/Posters

  • Implementing a College Mental Health Program (CMHP)-an overview of the first 12 months.
    Downs N, Alderman T, Swerdlow N, National Network of Depression Centers Annual Meeting, 1/1/2016
  • Combined Residency in Family Medicine and Psychiatry.
    Downs N, McCahill M, Am J Psychiat, 1/1/1997
  • Rat endocrine response to physostigmine in a novel animal model of depression.
    Downs N, Swerdlow N, Clinical Research, 1/1/1985
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Lectures

  • "Integrative treatment in college mental health." 
    Hillcrest, San Diego, CA - 1/1/2016
  • "Integrating psychopharmacology and psychotherapy." 
    La Jolla, CA - 1/1/2016
  • "Listening to medical student burnout-the University of California, San Diego HEAR program." 
    University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, San Diego, CA - 1/1/2015
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Other

  • Preventing Physician Distress and Suicide: AMA Stepsforward, Steps in practice. 
    Downs N
    https://www.stepsforward.org/modules/preventing-physician-suicide
    1/1/2016
  • Policies and procedures for University of California, San Diego Psychiatry Specialty Clinics. 
    Alderman T, Downs, N
    1/1/2015
  • Policies and procedures for CAPS on-campus psychiatry. 
    Downs N
    1/1/2014
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Press Mentions

  • UC San Diego Launches New Program to Attract Students to Mental Health Career
    UC San Diego Launches New Program to Attract Students to Mental Health CareerOctober 27, 2017 11:00
  • This Month’s Highlights
    This Month’s HighlightsSeptember 03, 2016 10:38

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