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Mentoring Academy

Mentoring Academy

Steering Committee of the Mentoring Academy

Meet a Member

Photo of Julie SchweitzerJulie Schweitzer, Ph.D., Director

Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Mentoring:  graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, junior faculty
Interests:  Dr. Schweitzer's interests include the identification and treatment of attention-deficit/ hyperactivity (ADHD) and related disorders in children and adults using behavioral/neuropsychological and functional neuroimaging methods. Other interests include the use of reinforcement and learning paradigms in imaging as applied to psychopathology. Dr. Schweitzer's goal is to apply translational research methods using a variety of basic behavioral and physiological techniques to develop novel treatment and preventative approaches to addressing attentional disorders.


Photo of Ellen Gold, copyright UC RegentsEllen Gold, Ph.D.

Professor, Public Health Sciences
Mentoring:  postdoctoral scholars, junior faculty
Interests:  Dr. Gold's research focuses on reproductive and cancer epidemiology, epidemiology of reproductive disorders -- especially secondary amenorrhea, anovulation abnormalities of ovarian function, spontaneous abortion and menopause.

Photo of Ed Callahan, copyright UC RegentsEdward Callahan, Ph.D.

Professor, Family and Community Medicine
Associate Dean for Academic Personnel
Mentoring:  medical students, residents
Interests:  Dr. Callahan contributes to behavioral medicine training for the health system's residents, medical students and psychology interns. His professional interests are in health psychology, with special foci in physician-patient interaction and health outcomes, HIV prevention (both primary and secondary), human sexuality, and identification and treatment of substance abuse.

Photo of Lydia Howell, copyright UC RegentsLydia Howell, M.D.

Professor and Chair, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Mentoring:  medical students, residents, junior faculty
Interests:  Dr. Howell's research interests focus on early detection of breast and cervical disease, including cervical cancer screening; HPV testing and vaccines; breast screening; cancer risk assessment, diagnosis and prognostication; and the evaluation of new technologies in cytopathology.

Photo of Charles DeCarli, copyright UC RegentsCharles DeCarli, M.D.

Professor, Neurology
Director, Alzheimer's Disease Center

Mentoring:  medical students, residents, junior faculty
Interests:  Dr. DeCarli has a strong interest in behavioral neurology, with specific emphasis on dementing disorders, including degenerative dementias such as Alzheimer's disease.  He also focuses on dementias related to vascular disease.  His research focuses on using neuroimaging techniques to understand the relationship between brain structure and function with aging and disease.

Photo of Don Bers, copyright UC RegentsDonald Bers, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair, Pharmacology
Mentoring:  medical students, residents, junior faculty
Interests:  Dr. Bers research program focuses on cellular and molecular factors involved in the control of cardiac muscle contraction, particularly as modulated by intracellular [Ca]. Cellular Ca regulates contraction and is in a dynamic, yet delicate balance in cardiac muscle cells.

Photo of Cameron Carter, copyright UC RegentsCameron Carter, M.D.

Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Director, UC Davis Center for Neurosciences
Director, UC Davis Imaging Research Center

Mentoring: graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, junior faculty
Interests:  Dr.  Carter's research focuses on the pathophysiology of disturbances in cognition in mental disorders such as schizophrenia and OCD, with the goal of developing more effective therapies to improve patients' chances of rehabilitation. Carter also is involved in development of new treatments for cognitive disability in schizophrenia and other brain disorders.

Photo of Mark Servis, copyright UC RegentsMark Servis, M.D.

Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Senior Associate Dean for Curriculum and Competency Development

Mentoring:  medical students, residents, junior faculty
Interests:  Dr. Servis' research interests include medical and residency education, cognitive models for the development of diagnostic expertise, psychiatry and spirituality, teaching professionalism and ethics, consultation-liaison psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine, treating severe personality disorders and neuropsychiatry.

Image of Debbie WardDebbie Ward, R.N., Ph.D., F.A.A.N.

Associate Dean, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing
Health Sciences Clinical Associate Professor

Interests:  postdoctoral scholars
Research:  Dr. Ward's research focuses on understanding how nurses contribute to and can improve the quality of health care.