Behavioral Health, Eating Disorders, Psychiatry


UC San Diego Health

Medical Group / IPA

UC San Diego Health

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.


State-specific alterations in the neural computations underlying inhibitory control in women remitted from bulimia nervosa.
Berner LA, Harlé KM, Simmons AN, Yu A, Paulus MP, Bischoff-Grethe A, Wierenga CE, Bailer UF, Kaye WH

Using clinical cutoff scores on the eating disorder examination-questionnaire to evaluate eating disorder symptoms during and after naturalistic intensive treatment.
Velkoff EA, Brown TA, Kaye WH, Wierenga CE

Confirmatory factor analysis of Acute Suicidal Affective Disturbance in a sample of treatment-seeking eating disorder patients.
Velkoff EA, Brown TA, Kaye WH, Wierenga CE

Impaired belief updating and devaluation in adult women with bulimia nervosa.
Berner LA, Fiore VG, Chen JY, Krueger A, Kaye WH, Viranda T, de Wit S

Integrating evidence-based PTSD treatment into intensive eating disorders treatment: a preliminary investigation.
Claudat K, Reilly EE, Convertino AD, Trim J, Cusack A, Kaye WH

Research in eating disorders: the misunderstanding of supposing serious mental illnesses as a niche specialty.
Marzola E, Panero M, Longo P, Martini M, Fernàndez-Aranda F, Kaye WH, Abbate-Daga G

Associations of suicide risk with emotional reactivity, dysregulation, and eating disorder treatment outcomes.
Denning DM, Perry TR, Reilly EE, Berner LA, Velkoff EA, Kaye WH, Wierenga CE, Brown TA

Brain Structure in Acutely Underweight and Partially Weight-Restored Individuals With Anorexia Nervosa: A Coordinated Analysis by the ENIGMA Eating Disorders Working Group.
Walton E, Bernardoni F, Batury VL, Bahnsen K, Larivière S, Abbate-Daga G, Andres-Perpiña S, Bang L, Bischoff-Grethe A, Brooks SJ, Campbell IC, Cascino G, Castro-Fornieles J, Collantoni E, D'Agata F, Dahmen B, Danner UN, Favaro A, Feusner JD, Frank GKW, Friederich HC, Graner JL, Herpertz-Dahlmann B, Hess A, Horndasch S, Kaplan AS, Kaufmann LK, Kaye WH, Khalsa SS, LaBar KS, Lavagnino L, Lazaro L, Manara R, Miles AE, Milos GF, Monteleone AM, Monteleone P, Mwangi B, O'Daly O, Pariente J, Roesch J, Schmidt UH, Seitz J, Shott ME, Simon JJ, Smeets PAM, Tamnes CK, Tenconi E, Thomopoulos SI, van Elburg AA, Voineskos AN, von Polier GG, Wierenga CE, Zucker NL, Jahanshad N, King JA, Thompson PM, Berner LA, Ehrlich S

Family functioning and eating disorders treatment in a partial hospitalization program in adolescent females with eating disorders.
Liu J, Rockwell RE, Kaye WH, Wierenga CE, Brown TA

Evaluating the use of lamotrigine to reduce mood lability and impulsive behaviors in adults with chronic and severe eating disorders.
Reilly EE, Berner LA, Trunko ME, Schwartz T, Anderson LK, Krueger A, Yu X, Chen JY, Cusack A, Nakamura T, Kaye WH

Pilot study of a water load test as a measure of gastric interoception in anorexia nervosa.
Brown TA, Perry TR, Kaye WH, Wierenga CE

Exploring changes in alexithymia throughout intensive dialectical behavior therapy for eating disorders.
Reilly EE, Brown TA, Arunagiri V, Kaye WH, Wierenga CE

Association of Generalized Anxiety Disorder With Autonomic Hypersensitivity and Blunted Ventromedial Prefrontal Cortex Activity During Peripheral Adrenergic Stimulation: A Randomized Clinical Trial.
Teed AR, Feinstein JS, Puhl M, Lapidus RC, Upshaw V, Kuplicki RT, Bodurka J, Ajijola OA, Kaye WH, Thompson WK, Paulus MP, Khalsa SS

Changes in anhedonia over the course of eating disorder treatment.
Dolan SC, Brown TA, Wierenga CE, Kaye WH, Reilly EE

Anhedonia in Eating Disorders.
Murray SM, Brown CS, Kaye WH, Wierenga CE

Dissecting the Shared Genetic Architecture of Suicide Attempt, Psychiatric Disorders, and Known Risk Factors.
Mullins N, Kang J, Campos AI, Coleman JRI, Edwards AC, Galfalvy H, Levey DF, Lori A, Shabalin A, Starnawska A, Su MH, Watson HJ, Adams M, Awasthi S, Gandal M, Hafferty JD, Hishimoto A, Kim M, Okazaki S, Otsuka I, Ripke S, Ware EB, Bergen AW, Berrettini WH, Bohus M, Brandt H, Chang X, Chen WJ, Chen HC, Crawford S, Crow S, DiBlasi E, Duriez P, Fernández-Aranda F, Fichter MM, Gallinger S, Glatt SJ, Gorwood P, Guo Y, Hakonarson H, Halmi KA, Hwu HG, Jain S, Jamain S, Jiménez-Murcia S, Johnson C, Kaplan AS, Kaye WH, Keel PK, Kennedy JL, Klump KL, Li D, Liao SC, Lieb K, Lilenfeld L, Liu CM, Magistretti PJ, Marshall CR, Mitchell JE, Monson ET, Myers RM, Pinto D, Powers A, Ramoz N, Roepke S, Rozanov V, Scherer SW, Schmahl C, Sokolowski M, Strober M, Thornton LM, Treasure J, Tsuang MT, Witt SH, Woodside DB, Yilmaz Z, Zillich L, Adolfsson R, Agartz I, Air TM, Alda M, Alfredsson L, Andreassen OA, Anjorin A, Appadurai V, Soler Artigas M, Van der Auwera S, Azevedo MH, Bass N, Bau CHD, Baune BT, Bellivier F, Berger K, Biernacka JM, Bigdeli TB, Binder EB, Boehnke M, Boks MP, Bosch R, Braff DL, Bryant R, Budde M, Byrne EM, Cahn W, Casas M, Castelao E, Cervilla JA, Chaumette B, Cichon S, Corvin A, Craddock N, Craig D, Degenhardt F, Djurovic S, Edenberg HJ, Fanous AH, Foo JC, Forstner AJ, Frye M, Fullerton JM, Gatt JM, Gejman PV, Giegling I, Grabe HJ, Green MJ, Grevet EH, Grigoroiu-Serbanescu M, Gutierrez B, Guzman-Parra J, Hamilton SP, Hamshere ML, Hartmann A, Hauser J, Heilmann-Heimbach S, Hoffmann P, Ising M, Jones I, Jones LA, Jonsson L, Kahn RS, Kelsoe JR, Kendler KS, Kloiber S, Koenen KC, Kogevinas M, Konte B, Krebs MO, Landén M, Lawrence J, Leboyer M, Lee PH, Levinson DF, Liao C, Lissowska J, Lucae S, Mayoral F, McElroy SL, McGrath P, McGuffin P, McQuillin A, Medland SE, Mehta D, Melle I, Milaneschi Y, Mitchell PB, Molina E, Morken G, Mortensen PB, Müller-Myhsok B, Nievergelt C, Nimgaonkar V, Nöthen MM, O'Donovan MC, Ophoff RA, Owen MJ, Pato C, Pato MT, Penninx BWJH, Pimm J, Pistis G, Potash JB, Power RA, Preisig M, Quested D, Ramos-Quiroga JA, Reif A, Ribasés M, Richarte V, Rietschel M, Rivera M, Roberts A, Roberts G, Rouleau GA, Rovaris DL, Rujescu D, Sánchez-Mora C, Sanders AR, Schofield PR, Schulze TG, Scott LJ, Serretti A, Shi J, Shyn SI, Sirignano L, Sklar P, Smeland OB, Smoller JW, Sonuga-Barke EJS, Spalletta G, Strauss JS, Świątkowska B, Trzaskowski M, Turecki G, Vilar-Ribó L, Vincent JB, Völzke H, Walters JTR, Shannon Weickert C, Weickert TW, Weissman MM, Williams LM, Wray NR, Zai CC, Ashley-Koch AE, Beckham JC, Hauser ER, Hauser MA, Kimbrel NA, Lindquist JH, McMahon B, Oslin DW, Qin X, Major Depressive Disorder Working Group of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium, Bipolar Disorder Working Group of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium, Eating Disorders Working Group of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium, German Borderline Genomics Consortium, MVP Suicide Exemplar Workgroup, VA Million Veteran Program, Agerbo E, Børglum AD, Breen G, Erlangsen A, Esko T, Gelernter J, Hougaard DM, Kessler RC, Kranzler HR, Li QS, Martin NG, McIntosh AM, Mors O, Nordentoft M, Olsen CM, Porteous D, Ursano RJ, Wasserman D, Werge T, Whiteman DC, Bulik CM, Coon H, Demontis D, Docherty AR, Kuo PH, Lewis CM, Mann JJ, Rentería ME, Smith DJ, Stahl EA, Stein MB, Streit F, Willour V, Ruderfer DM

Satiety does not alter the ventral striatum's response to immediate reward in bulimia nervosa.
Bischoff-Grethe A, Wierenga CE, Bailer UF, McClure SM, Kaye WH

Altered Reinforcement Learning from Reward and Punishment in Anorexia Nervosa: Evidence from Computational Modeling.
Wierenga CE, Reilly E, Bischoff-Grethe A, Kaye WH, Brown GG

Changes in cognitive and behavioral control after lamotrigine and intensive dialectical behavioral therapy for severe, multi-impulsive bulimia nervosa: an fMRI case study.
Berner LA, Reilly EE, Yu X, Krueger A, Trunko ME, Anderson LK, Chen J, Simmons AN, Kaye WH

Common Genetic Variation and Age of Onset of Anorexia Nervosa.
Watson HJ, Thornton LM, Yilmaz Z, Baker JH, Coleman JRI, Adan RAH, Alfredsson L, Andreassen OA, Ask H, Berrettini WH, Boehnke M, Boehm I, Boni C, Buehren K, Bulant J, Burghardt R, Chang X, Cichon S, Cone RD, Courtet P, Crow S, Crowley JJ, Danner UN, de Zwaan M, Dedoussis G, DeSocio JE, Dick DM, Dikeos D, Dina C, Djurovic S, Dmitrzak-Weglarz M, Docampo-Martinez E, Duriez P, Egberts K, Ehrlich S, Eriksson JG, Escaramís G, Esko T, Estivill X, Farmer A, Fernández-Aranda F, Fichter MM, Föcker M, Foretova L, Forstner AJ, Frei O, Gallinger S, Giegling I, Giuranna J, Gonidakis F, Gorwood P, Gratacòs M, Guillaume S, Guo Y, Hakonarson H, Hauser J, Havdahl A, Hebebrand J, Helder SG, Herms S, Herpertz-Dahlmann B, Herzog W, Hinney A, Hübel C, Hudson JI, Imgart H, Jamain S, Janout V, Jiménez-Murcia S, Jones IR, Julià A, Kalsi G, Kaminská D, Kaprio J, Karhunen L, Kas MJH, Keel PK, Kennedy JL, Keski-Rahkonen A, Kiezebrink K, Klareskog L, Klump KL, Knudsen GPS, La Via MC, Le Hellard S, Leboyer M, Li D, Lilenfeld L, Lin B, Lissowska J, Luykx J, Magistretti P, Maj M, Marsal S, Marshall CR, Mattingsdal M, Meulenbelt I, Micali N, Mitchell KS, Monteleone AM, Monteleone P, Myers R, Navratilova M, Ntalla I, O'Toole JK, Ophoff RA, Padyukov L, Pantel J, Papežová H, Pinto D, Raevuori A, Ramoz N, Reichborn-Kjennerud T, Ricca V, Ripatti S, Ripke S, Ritschel F, Roberts M, Rotondo A, Rujescu D, Rybakowski F, Scherag A, Scherer SW, Schmidt U, Scott LJ, Seitz J, Silén Y, Šlachtová L, Slagboom PE, Slof-Op 't Landt MCT, Slopien A, Sorbi S, Świątkowska B, Tortorella A, Tozzi F, Treasure J, Tsitsika A, Tyszkiewicz-Nwafor M, Tziouvas K, van Elburg AA, van Furth EF, Walton E, Widen E, Zerwas S, Zipfel S, Bergen AW, Boden JM, Brandt H, Crawford S, Halmi KA, Horwood LJ, Johnson C, Kaplan AS, Kaye WH, Mitchell JE, Olsen CM, Pearson JF, Pedersen NL, Strober M, Werge T, Whiteman DC, Woodside DB, Gordon S, Maguire S, Larsen JT, Parker R, Petersen LV, Jordan J, Kennedy M, Wade TD, Birgegård A, Lichtenstein P, Landén M, Martin NG, Mortensen PB, Breen G, Bulik CM

Temperament-based treatment for young adults with eating disorders: acceptability and initial efficacy of an intensive, multi-family, parent-involved treatment.
Knatz Peck S, Towne T, Wierenga CE, Hill L, Eisler I, Brown T, Han E, Miller M, Perry T, Kaye W

Interoceptive Awareness and Suicidal Ideation in a Clinical Eating Disorder Sample: The Role of Body Trust.
Perry TR, Wierenga CE, Kaye WH, Brown TA

Predictors of Stepping Up to Higher Level of Care Among Eating Disorder Patients in a Partial Hospitalization Program.
Simpson CC, Towne TL, Karam AM, Donahue JM, Hadjeasgari CF, Rockwell R, Kaye WH

A longitudinal case series of IM ketamine for patients with severe and enduring eating disorders and comorbid treatment-resistant depression.
Schwartz T, Trunko ME, Feifel D, Lopez E, Peterson D, Frank GKW, Kaye W

Intolerance of Uncertainty and Eating Disorder Symptoms Over the Course of Intensive Treatment.
Reilly EE, Perry TR, Brown TA, Wierenga CE, Kaye WH

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