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.


Differences in emotion regulation difficulties among adults and adolescents across eating disorder diagnoses.
Anderson LK, Claudat K, Cusack A, Brown TA, Trim J, Rockwell R, Nakamura T, Gomez L, Kaye WH

The acceptability, feasibility, and possible benefits of a neurobiologically-informed 5-day multifamily treatment for adults with anorexia nervosa.
Wierenga CE, Hill L, Knatz Peck S, McCray J, Greathouse L, Peterson D, Scott A, Eisler I, Kaye WH

Mirtazapine and Weight Gain in Avoidant and Restrictive Food Intake Disorder.
Gray E, Chen T, Menzel J, Schwartz T, Kaye WH

Efficacy of a partial hospital programme for adults with eating disorders.
Brown TA, Cusack A, Anderson LK, Trim J, Nakamura T, Trunko ME, Kaye WH

Are parental self-efficacy and family flexibility mediators of treatment for anorexia nervosa?
Sadeh-Sharvit S, Arnow KD, Osipov L, Lock JD, Jo B, Pajarito S, Brandt H, Dodge E, Halmi KA, Johnson C, Kaye W, Wilfley D, Agras WS

The Impact of Alexithymia on Emotion Dysregulation in Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa over Time.
Brown TA, Avery JC, Jones MD, Anderson LK, Wierenga CE, Kaye WH

A pilot open series of lamotrigine in DBT-treated eating disorders characterized by significant affective dysregulation and poor impulse control.
Trunko ME, Schwartz TA, Berner LA, Cusack A, Nakamura T, Bailer UF, Chen JY, Kaye WH

The clinical application of fMRI data in a single-patient diagnostic conundrum: Classifying brain response to experimental pain to distinguish between gastrointestinal, depressive and eating disorder symptoms.
Strigo IA, Murray SB, Simmons AN, Bernard RS, Huang JS, Kaye WH

Aberrant Cerebral Blood Flow in Response to Hunger and Satiety in Women Remitted from Anorexia Nervosa.
Wierenga CE, Bischoff-Grethe A, Rasmusson G, Bailer UF, Berner LA, Liu TT, Kaye WH

Psychometric Evaluation and Norms for the Multidimensional Assessment of Interoceptive Awareness (MAIA) in a Clinical Eating Disorders Sample.
Brown TA, Berner LA, Jones MD, Reilly EE, Cusack A, Anderson LK, Kaye WH, Wierenga CE

Response in taste circuitry is not modulated by hunger and satiety in women remitted from bulimia nervosa.
Ely AV, Wierenga CE, Bischoff-Grethe A, Bailer UF, Berner LA, Fudge JL, Paulus MP, Kaye WH

Treating Eating Disorders at Higher Levels of Care: Overview and Challenges.
Anderson LK, Reilly EE, Berner L, Wierenga CE, Jones MD, Brown TA, Kaye WH, Cusack A

Outcomes of an inpatient refeeding protocol in youth with anorexia nervosa: Rady Children's Hospital San Diego/University of California, San Diego.
Maginot TR, Kumar MM, Shiels J, Kaye W, Rhee KE

Applying neurobiology to the treatment of adults with anorexia nervosa.
Hill L, Peck SK, Wierenga CE, Kaye WH

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

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