Sanjaya Saxena, MD, Psychiatry, San Diego, CA


Psychiatry San Diego, CA


Psychiatrist, Rogers Behavioral Health - San Diego Clinical Professor, UC San Diego Department of Psychiatry

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  • Office

    Rogers Behavioral Health-San Diego
    17140 Bernardo Center Drive, Suite 300
    San Diego, CA 92128
    Phone(858) 716-8109
    Fax(858) 716-8101
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  • Dr. Saxena is the Adult Psychiatrist at Rogers Behavioral Health-San Diego, providing intensive treatment for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Anxiety Disorders, and Depression, in their Partial Hospitalization Program. He is also Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, UC San Diego Health System. Dr. Saxena has been elected into Best Doctors in America every year since 2005, and elected into Castle Connelly’s and US News & World Report’s America’s Top Doctors every year since 2008. From 2005 to 2020, he was Director of the UCSD OCD Program. From 1996-2005, he was Associate Director of the UCLA Anxiety Disorders Program. He is heavily involved in teaching psychiatric residents and medical students and has won teaching awards. He is also active in community education at the local, national, and international level. Dr. Saxena also served as the psychiatric consultant for the motion picture, “As Good As It Gets” (Sony Pictures, 1997), in which the lead character, played by Jack Nicholson, suffered from OCD.

    Dr. Saxena's research focuses on the neurobiology and treatment of OCD, Hoarding Disorder, and related disorders. He has authored or co-authored over 80 scientific articles and book chapters. He has received awards and grants from the American Psychiatric Association, American Neuropsychiatric Association, International OCD Foundation, and the National Institute of Mental Health. Dr. Saxena serves on the Scientific and Clinical Advisory Board for the International OCD Foundation and was an advisor to the DSM-5 Workgroup on Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders. He and his colleagues developed the diagnostic criteria for Hoarding Disorder, which is listed as a separate diagnosis in DSM-5. His research has garnered attention from local and national media, and he has been featured on ABC, CNN, Larry King Live, MSNBC, the Discovery Channel, National Public Radio, BBC News, the New York Times, Boston Globe, LA Times, Facebook Live, and Time Magazine.

Education & Training

  • UCLA Medical CenterFellowship, Charles A. Dana Foundation Scholarship - Neuroimaging Research, 1994 - 1996
  • UCLA Neuropsychiatric HospitalResidency, Psychiatry, 1990 - 1994
  • University of Minnesota Medical SchoolClass of 1990

Certifications & Licensure

  • CA State Medical License
    CA State Medical License 1992 - 2022
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Psychiatry

Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • America's Top Doctors Castle Connolly / U.S. News & World Report, 2008-2020
  • Best Doctors in America 2005-2020
  • Distinguished Fellow American Psychiatric Association
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Publications & Presentations


Press Mentions

  • Save Me from Myself: Why People Feed the Need to Hoard
    Save Me from Myself: Why People Feed the Need to HoardFebruary 5th, 2019
  • Hoarders Overwhelmed by the Clutter
    Hoarders Overwhelmed by the ClutterAugust 28th, 2016
  • How to Help a Hoarder
    How to Help a HoarderJune 14th, 2016
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