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.


Psilocybin Therapy for Females With Anorexia Nervosa: A Phase 1, Open-Label Feasibility Study.
Peck SK, Shao S, Gruen T, Yang K, Babakanian A, Trim J, Finn DM, Kaye WH

Evaluating the predictions of an interoceptive inference model of bulimia nervosa.
Chester MA, Viranda T, Kaye WH, Berner LA

Early change in gastric-specific anxiety sensitivity as a predictor of eating disorder treatment outcome.
Velkoff EA, Lusich R, Kaye WH, Wierenga CE, Brown TA

Comparing changes in eating disorder psychopathology and comorbid symptoms over treatment in anorexia nervosa and atypical anorexia nervosa in a partial hospitalization program.
Perry TR, Lusich R, Billman Miller MG, Kaye WH, Wierenga CE, Brown TA

Weight gained during treatment predicts 6-month body mass index in a large sample of patients with anorexia nervosa using ensemble machine learning.
Frank GKW, Stoddard JJ, Brown T, Gowin J, Kaye WH

Parental perceptions of participation in young adult-focused eating disorder treatment.
Peck SK, Towne T, Wierenga C, Perry T, Miller M, Kim J, Kaye W

Effects of borderline personality disorder symptoms on dialectical behavior therapy outcomes for eating disorders.
Denning DM, Ciotti V, Gioia A, Viranda T, Reilly EE, Berner LA, Velkoff EA, Anderson LK, Kaye WH, Wierenga CE, Brown TA

Elevated interoceptive deficits in individuals with eating disorders and self-injurious thoughts and behaviors: A replication and extension.
Velkoff EA, Perkins NM, Dodd DR, Brown TA, Kaye WH, Wierenga CE

Expanding considerations for treating avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder at a higher level of care.
Richson BN, Deville DC, Wierenga CE, Kaye WH, Ramirez AL

GWAS Meta-Analysis of Suicide Attempt: Identification of 12 Genome-Wide Significant Loci and Implication of Genetic Risks for Specific Health Factors.
Docherty AR, Mullins N, Ashley-Koch AE, Qin X, Coleman JRI, Shabalin A, Kang J, Murnyak B, Wendt F, Adams M, Campos AI, DiBlasi E, Fullerton JM, Kranzler HR, Bakian AV, Monson ET, Rentería ME, Walss-Bass C, Andreassen OA, Behera C, Bulik CM, Edenberg HJ, Kessler RC, Mann JJ, Nurnberger JI Jr, Pistis G, Streit F, Ursano RJ, Polimanti R, Dennis M, Garrett M, Hair L, Harvey P, Hauser ER, Hauser MA, Huffman J, Jacobson D, Madduri R, McMahon B, Oslin DW, Trafton J, Awasthi S, Berrettini WH, Bohus M, Chang X, Chen HC, Chen WJ, Christensen ED, Crow S, Duriez P, Edwards AC, Fernández-Aranda F, Galfalvy H, Gandal M, Gorwood P, Guo Y, Hafferty JD, Hakonarson H, Halmi KA, Hishimoto A, Jain S, Jamain S, Jiménez-Murcia S, Johnson C, Kaplan AS, Kaye WH, Keel PK, Kennedy JL, Kim M, Klump KL, Levey DF, Li D, Liao SC, Lieb K, Lilenfeld L, Marshall CR, Mitchell JE, Okazaki S, Otsuka I, Pinto D, Powers A, Ramoz N, Ripke S, Roepke S, Rozanov V, Scherer SW, Schmahl C, Sokolowski M, Starnawska A, Strober M, Su MH, Thornton LM, Treasure J, Ware EB, Watson HJ, Witt SH, Woodside DB, Yilmaz Z, Zillich L, Adolfsson R, Agartz I, Alda M, Alfredsson L, Appadurai V, Artigas MS, 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, Braff DL, Bryant R, Budde M, Byrne EM, Cahn W, Castelao E, Cervilla JA, Chaumette B, Corvin A, Craddock N, Djurovic S, Foo JC, Forstner AJ, Frye M, Gatt JM, Giegling I, Grabe HJ, Green MJ, Grevet EH, Grigoroiu-Serbanescu M, Gutierrez B, Guzman-Parra J, Hamshere ML, Hartmann AM, 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, Krebs MO, Landén M, Leboyer M, Lee PH, Levinson DF, Liao C, Lissowska J, Mayoral F, McElroy SL, McGrath P, McGuffin P, McQuillin A, Mehta D, Melle I, Mitchell PB, Molina E, Morken G, Nievergelt C, Nöthen MM, O'Donovan MC, Ophoff RA, Owen MJ, Pato C, Pato MT, Penninx BWJH, 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, Sanders AR, Schofield PR, Schulze TG, Scott LJ, Serretti A, Shi J, Sirignano L, Sklar P, Smeland OB, Smoller JW, Sonuga-Barke EJS, Trzaskowski M, Tsuang MT, Turecki G, Vilar-Ribó L, Vincent JB, Völzke H, Walters JTR, Weickert CS, Weickert TW, Weissman MM, Williams LM, Wray NR, Zai CC, Agerbo E, Børglum AD, Breen G, Demontis D, Erlangsen A, Gelernter J, Glatt SJ, Hougaard DM, Hwu HG, Kuo PH, Lewis CM, Li QS, Liu CM, Martin NG, McIntosh AM, Medland SE, Mors O, Nordentoft M, Olsen CM, Porteous D, Smith DJ, Stahl EA, Stein MB, Wasserman D, Werge T, Whiteman DC, Willour V, VA Million Veteran Program (MVP), MVP Suicide Exemplar Workgroup, Suicide Working Group of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium, Major Depressive Disorder Working Group of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium, Bipolar Disorder Working Group of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium, Schizophrenia Working Group of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium, Eating Disorder Working Group of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium, German Borderline Genomics Consortium, Coon H, Beckham JC, Kimbrel NA, Ruderfer DM

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

Psilocybin therapy for females with anorexia nervosa: a phase 1, open-label feasibility study.
Peck SK, Shao S, Gruen T, Yang K, Babakanian A, Trim J, Finn DM, Kaye WH

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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