Walter Kaye, M.D.


UC San Diego Department of Psyciatry, Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research
4510 Executive Drive, Ste 315
San Diego, CA 92121


Eating Disorders


UC San Diego Health

Medical Group / IPA

UC San Diego Medical Group

Medical School

Ohio State University College of Medicine


Resnick UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital, University of Southern California


National Institute of Mental Health

Board Certifications





Dr. Walter Kaye is a board-certified psychiatrist who specializes in treating individuals with anorexia nervosa and other eating disorders. An internationally recognized leader in the field, he is the director of the Eating Disorders Program at Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego, where he coordinates the treatment of patients in the Medical Behavioral Unit. He is also the director of the Eating Disorders Treatment and Research Program at UC San Diego and a professor in the UC San Diego Department of Psychiatry, where he instructs medical students and residents.

Using a family-based treatment approach called the Maudsley model, Dr. Kaye and his team work with parents to help them understand the symptoms of anorexia and bulimia, and to develop better ways of managing and interacting with their children. This approach has been shown to improve outcomes and reduce relapses. Rady Children's and UC San Diego are among the only places that provide Maudsley family-based treatment, which requires specialized training. As a result, patients come to Rady Children's from throughout the country and around the world for this expertise.

Dr. Kaye's research seeks to understand why individuals develop eating disorders and use what is learned to develop more effective treatments. He has worked to identify genes that contribute to the development of anorexia and bulimia nervosa, and has used brain imaging to document pathways associated with anxiety and obsessive behaviors surrounding food and eating. He is the author of more than 300 articles and publications

Prior to working at UC San Diego and Rady Children's, Dr. Kaye was on the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where he was the research director of the eating disorder program and received a National Institute of Mental Health senior scientist award.


Pilot Study of Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Responses to Somatic Pain Stimuli in Youth With Functional and Inflammatory Gastrointestinal Disease.
Huang JS, Terrones L, Simmons AN, Kaye W, Strigo I

Dopaminergic activity and altered reward modulation in anorexia nervosa-insight from multimodal imaging.
Bailer UF, Price JC, Meltzer CC, Wagner A, Mathis CA, Gamst A, Kaye WH

Amphetamine alters neural response to sucrose in healthy women.
Melrose AJ, Bailer U, Wierenga CE, Bischoff-Grethe A, Paulus MP, Kaye WH

Anxiety Impacts Cognitive Inhibition in Remitted Anorexia Nervosa.
Ely AV, Wierenga CE, Kaye WH

A Narrative Review of Outcome Studies for Residential and Partial Hospital-based Treatment of Eating Disorders.
Friedman K, Ramirez AL, Murray SB, Anderson LK, Cusack A, Boutelle KN, Kaye WH

Does family-based treatment reduce the need for hospitalization in adolescent anorexia nervosa?
Lock J, Agras WS, Bryson SW, Brandt H, Halmi KA, Kaye W, Wilfley D, Woodside B, Pajarito S, Jo B

Altered sensitization patterns to sweet food stimuli in patients recovered from anorexia and bulimia nervosa.
Wagner A, Simmons AN, Oberndorfer TA, Frank GK, McCurdy-McKinnon D, Fudge JL, Yang TT, Paulus MP, Kaye WH

How Does the Brain Implement Adaptive Decision Making to Eat?
Compan V, Walsh BT, Kaye W, Geliebter A

Neurobiologically informed treatment for adults with anorexia nervosa: a novel approach to a chronic disorder.
Knatz S, Wierenga CE, Murray SB, Hill L, Kaye WH

Dimensions of emotion dysregulation in anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa: A conceptual review of the empirical literature.
Lavender JM, Wonderlich SA, Engel SG, Gordon KH, Kaye WH, Mitchell JE

Adapting Family-Based Treatment for Adolescent Anorexia Nervosa Across Higher Levels of Patient Care.
Murray SB, Anderson LK, Rockwell R, Griffiths S, Le Grange D, Kaye WH

Integrating Family-Based Treatment and Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Adolescent Bulimia Nervosa: Preliminary Outcomes of an Open Pilot Trial.
Murray SB, Anderson LK, Cusack A, Nakamura T, Rockwell R, Griffiths S, Kaye WH

The Integration of Family-Based Treatment and Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Adolescent Bulimia Nervosa: Philosophical and Practical Considerations.
Anderson LK, Murray SB, Ramirez AL, Rockwell R, Le Grange D, Kaye WH

A Brief, Intensive Application of Multi-Family-Based Treatment for Eating Disorders.
Knatz S, Murray SB, Matheson B, Boutelle KN, Rockwell R, Eisler I, Kaye WH

Short-term intensive family therapy for adolescent eating disorders: 30-month outcome.
Marzola E, Knatz S, Murray SB, Rockwell R, Boutelle K, Eisler I, Kaye WH

Are Extremes of Consumption in Eating Disorders Related to an Altered Balance between Reward and Inhibition?
Wierenga CE, Ely A, Bischoff-Grethe A, Bailer UF, Simmons AN, Kaye WH

Hunger does not motivate reward in women remitted from anorexia nervosa.
Wierenga CE, Bischoff-Grethe A, Melrose AJ, Irvine Z, Torres L, Bailer UF, Simmons A, Fudge JL, McClure SM, Ely A, Kaye WH

Anorexia nervosa.
Marzola E, Kaye WH

Temperament-based treatment for anorexia nervosa.
Kaye WH, Wierenga CE, Knatz S, Liang J, Boutelle K, Hill L, Eisler I

Comparison of 2 family therapies for adolescent anorexia nervosa: a randomized parallel trial.
Agras WS, Lock J, Brandt H, Bryson SW, Dodge E, Halmi KA, Jo B, Johnson C, Kaye W, Wilfley D, Woodside B

Characterization of genetic variation in the VGLL4 gene in anorexia nervosa.
Clarke TK, Crist RC, Doyle GA, Weiss AR, Brandt H, Crawford S, Crow S, Fichter MM, Halmi KA, Johnson C, Kaplan AS, La Via M, Mitchell JE, Strober M, Rotondo A, Treasure J, Woodside DB, Keel P, Klump KL, Lilenfeld L, Plotnicov K, Magistretti PJ, Bergen AW, Kaye WH, Schork NJ, Berrettini WH

The role of leptin, melanocortin, and neurotrophin system genes on body weight in anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa.
Yilmaz Z, Kaplan AS, Tiwari AK, Levitan RD, Piran S, Bergen AW, Kaye WH, Hakonarson H, Wang K, Berrettini WH, Brandt HA, Bulik CM, Crawford S, Crow S, Fichter MM, Halmi KA, Johnson CL, Keel PK, Klump KL, Magistretti P, Mitchell JE, Strober M, Thornton LM, Treasure J, Woodside DB, Knight J, Kennedy JL

Simulating category learning and set shifting deficits in patients weight-restored from anorexia nervosa.
Filoteo JV, Paul EJ, Ashby FG, Frank GK, Helie S, Rockwell R, Bischoff-Grethe A, Wierenga C, Kaye WH

Altered BOLD response during inhibitory and error processing in adolescents with anorexia nervosa.
Wierenga C, Bischoff-Grethe A, Melrose AJ, Grenesko-Stevens E, Irvine Z, Wagner A, Simmons A, Matthews S, Yau WY, Fennema-Notestine C, Kaye WH

Lamotrigine use in patients with binge eating and purging, significant affect dysregulation, and poor impulse control.
Trunko ME, Schwartz TA, Marzola E, Klein AS, Kaye WH

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