Child Psychiatrist (Teen Center)
Marc Heiser M.D., Ph.D. is a board-certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist who is committed to providing the highest quality care to individuals and families. Dr. Heiser has always been of two minds – deeply interested in art, literature, music, spirituality, and creative expression, while at the same time a rigorously trained neuroscientist who is aware of the complexities of the brain and advanced mental health treatments. He believes that comprehensive care can only be provided by understanding an individual’s internal experiences (their drives, emotions, sensitivities), social environment, and biology (genes, behaviors that impact the brain such as sleep, physical activity and diet).
Dr. Heiser has extensive experience treating a wide range of psychiatric issues including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, PTSD, substance use disorders, and neurodevelopmental disorders such as ADHD and autism spectrum disorder. He has been trained in mindfulness based stress reduction, cognitive behavioral therapy, transcranial magnetic stimulation, and in the care of individuals exploring their gender identity. In addition being part of the Resolutions Teen Center, Dr. Heiser is employed by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health where he works with Juvenile Justice Mental Health Program and where he is pioneering a transcranial magnetic stimulation treatment (TMS) program for people with depression. He also has a private practice in Westwood.
Dr. Heiser received a B.A. from U.C. Berkeley in English and Molecular and Cell Biology. He then entered the Medical Scientist Training Program at U.C. San Francisco where he received a Ph.D. in neuroscience and an M.D. He completed residency in General Psychiatry and a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at U.C.L.A. He has received awards from U.C.L.A. for compassionate clinical care of children, and from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation for his research.