Treatment At UNI
Inpatient hospital treatment is offered for adults who are suffering an acute mental health issue. The hospital offers six distinct units, which allows for each unit to sustain an environment appropriate to varying patient needs. Safety and therapeutic protocols on one unit may be designed for patients who are detoxing, while other units intensify safety precautions for patients struggling with psychosis.
Our patient-centered care is provided by a collaborative treatment team. Maintaining safety and respect are paramount while the psychiatrist and team of social worker, nurse, expressive therapist, and psychologist assess and implement treatment to help stabilize the patient and prepare a discharge plan for the next level of care.
Patient and family education, elements essential to the therapeutic process, are delivered through individual, group, and family meetings. Medication management is supported by interventions drawn from acceptance and commitment therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy.
Patients are also offered access to an interactive computer program called the Therapeutic Learning Program (TLP), which helps focus and resolve conflicts and stress.
5 West is the adult inpatient unit offered within the University of Utah Hospital off-site from UNI. This unit affords medically compromised individuals in mental health crisis direct access to the resources University Hospital has to offer in cases where urgent medical attention is required.
Dr. James C. Ashworth, MD, Assistant Professor (Clinical) is a graduate of the University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City Utah. He completed a four-year adult psychiatry residency at the USAF Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas after being awarded an Air Force scholarship. He completed a two-year fellowship in Child and A... Read More
Philip Luke Baese, MD, FAPA completed medical school training in 1997 at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. He moved to Salt Lake City, Utah and completed a 5 year combined residency training program - Triple Board - in 2002. Upon completing this program, he became board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and the Americ... Read More
Dr. Roxanne Bartel currently works at the University Neuropsychiatric Institute and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Utah. She trained at Yale School of Medicine and the Massachusetts Mental Health Center in Boston. Dr. Bartel has worked for 20 years as an inpatient psychiatrist in the University of Ut... Read More
Dr. Deborah Bilder is Medical Director of the Neurobehavior HOME Program. In this setting, she provides medical and psychiatric services in a novel medical home program in Salt Lake City, Utah, which serves individuals throughout the lifespan with developmental disabilities. Dr. Bilder also provides psychiatric consultation to the University of U... Read More
Dr. Lowry Bushnell was born and raised in Utah. Following completion of his military service he attended the University of Utah, College of Pharmacy, receiving a degree in medical biology. He has a specialty interest in psychopharmacology. He received his medical training at the University of Utah, College of Medicine and his psychiatry specialty t... Read More
Dr. Benjamin Chan currently works as an inpatient attending physician at the University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute (UNI). He sees a wide variety of patients with various diagnoses and ages (from 4-17 years old). Conditions that Dr. Chan treats in an inpatient setting include: depression, anxiety, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (... Read More
Dr. Conover is Board Certified in General Pediatrics, General Psychiatry, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Conover practices at the University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute (UNI) where he provides care for psychiatrically hospitalized children and adolescents, and serves as the Medical Director for Youth Services.... Read More
Dr. Wilbur Dattilo, Instructor (Clinical), is a native of Madison, Indiana. After spending 2 years in Tokyo, Japan on an LDS mission, he studied Philosophy and Japanese at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. After graduating in 2004, he joined Teach For America and spent 3 years teaching middle school science on the border of Mexico in Brown... Read More
Dr. Dentino is an adult psychiatric attending physician at the University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute. In his practice, he focuses primarily on the acute inpatient setting. With his clinical range, he is able to provide evidence-based psychiatric medicine to those in need of acute management and stabilization. Dr. Dentino believes that to p... Read More
Dr. Gibbs completed medical school at the University of Utah School of Medicine in 1983. She completed Family Practice Residency at The University of Utah 1983-1986 and practiced as a family doctor in Park City, Utah from 1996 to 1993. She was also part of a group practice in a county without a medical hospital. Dr. Gibbs was the EMS director for ... Read More
Dr. Elizabeth Howell is Associate Professor of Psychiatry (Clinical) at the University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City, Utah, with an inpatient and outpatient practice at the University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute. She is the Training Director for the Addiction Psychiatry fellowship program at the University of Utah School of M... Read More
Dr. Hunziker is a graduate of the University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City, UT. He completed his residency at the University of Utah School of Medicine and is board-certified in general adult psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine. As an Assistant Professor, clinical track, he supervises psychiatry and family practice residents (incl... Read More
Dr. Jeremy Kendrick recently joined the University faculty after completing residency in Pediatrics and a combined residency/fellowship in Adult, Child, and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Kendrick currently practices inpatient psychiatry at the University Neuropsychiatric Institute where he works with children and adolescents. As a Pediatrician as we... Read More
Dr. Kious practices inpatient adult psychiatry with a focus on the management of severe persistent mental illness. He also works in a transdisciplinary capacity in the Department of Neurology, where he focuses on the management of Tourette Syndrome and other tic disorders as well as their psychiatric comorbidities.... Read More
Dr. Kondo is a child psychiatrist and brain imaging researcher who works at the Brain Institute and University Neuropsychiatric Institute (UNI). His additional appointments include the Veterans Administration (VA) Salt Lake City Health Care System's Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC), and he is a member of the Utah Sci... Read More
Dr. Kreitschitz treats adults at the University of Utah's Neuropsychiatric Institute. Previously, he worked as co-chief resident at the University of Utah's Adult Psychiatry residency program. In the processes of treating depression, anxiety, mania, psychosis, and substance dependence, clinically he holds an interest in empowering patients to gai... Read More
Dr. Lewis practices inpatient adult psychiatry and his clinical interests involve the diagnosis and treatment of major psychiatric disorders with an emphasis on schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Other clinical interests include catatonia and treatment-resistant depression. He chairs the UNI Ethics Committee and is interested in ethical dilemmas... Read More
Dr. Lopez-Larson joined the University of Utah in the Fall of 2008. Dr. Lopez-Larson is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and received her M.D. from the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine. Dr. Lopez-Larson performed her adult and child psychiatry training at Harvard Medical School training sites including Massachusetts General Hospital/M... Read More
Dr. Kelly Lundberg is a licensed psychologist who is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Utah. She also works as a professional consultant to the Utah Addiction Center and provides ongoing consulting to the Salt Lake City Police Department, Lawyers Helping Lawyers and the Utah State Bar Character and Fitness... Read More
Rachele M. McCarthey, MD received her medical degree from the University of Utah School of Medicine. She completed her residency in the triple board program (pediatrics, psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry) at the University of Utah. She is currently an assistant professor of psychiatry in the division of child and adolescent psychiatry ... Read More
As Chairman of Psychiatry from 2007 until 2015, Dr. McMahon worked to build excellent clinical services and systems of care at the University of Utah. He is Board-Certified in adult psychiatry and in the sub-specialty of child and adolescent psychiatry. He has cared for children, adolescents and adults in inpatient, outpatient and other settings ... Read More
Brian J. Mickey is Associate Professor of Psychiatry. He studied physics and biology at the University of Washington, Seattle. He then completed the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he earned his MD and PhD in Neuroscience. After psychiatry residency and postdoctoral fellowship at the Molecular &... Read More
Growing up in Salt Lake City, Dr. Moench was introduced to psychiatry at the breakfast table by two other Dr. Moenches -- his father and grandfather, both of whom were psychiatrists. More formally, he completed medical school at the University of Virginia and residency at Stanford University, where he served as Chief Resident and received extensiv... Read More
Dr. Moulton is the attending Forensic Psychiatrist, University Neuropsychiatric Institute, Salt Lake City, UT, July 2012 to present. Responsible for the management of a 10-patient inpatient psychiatric teaching service. This service provides world-class medical care while providing psychiatry clerkship and residency education to medical students an... Read More
Dr. Oldroyd entered private practice in Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry in 1996 and practiced in Southern California until 2011 at which time shejoined the University of Utah School of Medicine Clinical Faculy as Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry. While in private practice, Dr. Oldroyd spent two years being trained in Behav... Read More
Dr. Pham specializes in addiction and substance abuse related issues. He is currently an inpatient and outpatient physician at the University Neuropsychiatric Institute (UNI) and supervises adult psychiatry residents through the Recovery Center at UNI. He is an advisor/mentor to the medical students and residents. As an Addiction Psychiatrist Dr. ... Read More
Dr. Rindflesh has specialized in the treatment of eating disorders and has had a particular interest in working with parents in both individual and group settings to assist them in dealing with children and adolescents being treated for psychiatric problems. He has also worked in a rural setting, Sweetwater County, Wyoming, providing assessment an... Read More
Dr. Lisa Ruiz, Assistant Professor (Clinical), earned her medical degree at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. She then completed General Psychiatry residency at Baylor Scott & White Healthcare where she also provided clinical instruction and didactics to medical students and fellow residents. Dr. Ruiz pursued Child and Adolescent Psy... Read More
Kalyani Samudra has been in clinical practice for over 15 years. She has worked with emotionally disturbed youth in both academic and community/public psychiatry settings, and across inpatient, residential, day treatment and outpatient settings. She is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and neurology in both General Psychiatry and in Ch... Read More
Clinical Activities: Forty percent of my time is devoted to direct clinical care of patients. I have an outpatient practice wherein I focus primarily on treatment refractory mood and anxiety disorders. With this limited practice effort,, I have given priority to serving my faculty colleagues with their needs for psychiatric consultation. I also ... Read More
Paul Thielking, MD, a Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) physician and investigator, is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Dr Thielking works with HCI's Supportive Oncology and Survivorship service doing outpatient clinical work and inpatient consultation. Dr. Thielking focuses on a co... Read More
Dr. Jeremy Thueson, Assistant Professor (Clinical), earned his M.D. at the University of Utah. He then completed his psychiatry residency at the University of Washington where he was chief resident of the inpatient and consult/liaison services at the University of Washington Medical Center during his final year of residency. Following that, he al... Read More
Dr. Weir treats children, adolescents, and young adults at the Behavioral Health Clinic at the University of Utah. Previously, she worked in private practice and in an adolescent residential treatment setting, and she continues to work at an adolescent treatment facility in addition to her outpatient clinic. Clinically, she holds an interest in P... Read More
Dr. Kamile Melek Weischedel, Instructor (Clinical), earned her MD at Istanbul University. She then spent 2,5 years in psychiatry residency in her home country before she moved to the United States. She worked as a postdoc research associate at Yale University before joining University of Utah Department of Psychiatry to complete her residency train... Read More
Dr. Zubieta comes from the University of Michigan School of Medicine and brings deep and extensive knowledge and experience to his role at “The U” as Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Psychiatrist-in-Chief of the University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute. A member of the Michigan faculty since 1995, he served in numerous roles there,... Read More