Amanda Downey, MD

Title(s)Assistant Professor, Pediatrics
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address550 16th Street
San Francisco CA 94158
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    The Ohio State University, Columbus, OHB.A.2011Spanish Literature
    Mount Sinai School of Medicine, NY, NYM.D.2015Medicine
    University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PAResidency2020Pediatrics, Adult Psychiatry
    University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PAFellowship2020Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
    University of California , San Francisco, CA2022Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training
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    American Academy of Pediatrics2019Anne E. Dyson Child Advocacy Award
    American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry2022  - 2024Pilot Research Award for Early Career Faculty
    University of California2023  - 2025Society of Hellman Fellows Award
    American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry2023  - 2025Gabrielle and Harold Carlson Psychopharmacology Research Award
    University of California, San Francisco2024  - 2026 CTSI KL2 Scholars Award
    UCSF Nutrition Obesity Research Core2023  - 2024Pilot and Feasibility Award

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    Dr. Amanda Downey is a pediatrician and psychiatrist who cares for adolescents and young adults with eating disorders. She works with patients and their families to develop a treatment plan that honors their unique strengths and challenges. Through education, advocacy and research, she strives to dismantle the systems that increase risk for eating disorders and improve evidence-based eating disorder treatments. She is the assistant medical director of the UCSF Eating Disorders Program and member of the UCSF Translational Psychedelic Research Program (TrPR).

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    1. Psilocybin therapy and anorexia nervosa: a narrative review of safety considerations for researchers and clinicians. J Eat Disord. 2024 Apr 24; 12(1):49. Downey AE, Chaphekar AV, Woolley J, Raymond-Flesch M. PMID: 38659049.
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    2. A Plea for Nuance: Should People with a Family History of Bipolar Disorder Be Excluded from Clinical Trials of Psilocybin Therapy?. Psychedelic Medicine. 2024. Downey AE, Bradley ER, Lerche AS, O'Donovan A, Krystal AD, Woolley J. View Publication.
    3. Characterizing Medical Complications in Publicly Insured Youth With Eating Disorders. J Adolesc Health. 2024 Feb 06. Downey AE, Cordell K, Snowden LR, Accurso EC. PMID: 38323960.
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    4. Clinical characteristics of hospitalized male adolescents and young adults with atypical anorexia nervosa. Int J Eat Disord. 2024 Apr; 57(4):1008-1019. Nagata JM, Vargas R, Sanders AE, Stuart E, Downey AE, Chaphekar AV, Nguyen A, Ganson KT, Buckelew SM, Garber AK. PMID: 38205657.
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    5. Short-term outcomes of the study of refeeding to optimize inpatient gains for patients with atypical anorexia nervosa. Int J Eat Disord. 2024 Apr; 57(4):859-868. Garber AK, Cheng J, Accurso EC, Buckelew SM, Downey AE, Le Grange D, Gorrell S, Kapphahn CJ, Kreiter A, Moscicki AB, Golden NH. PMID: 38179719.
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    6. What medical providers need to elevate outpatient care for adolescents and young adults with binge-eating disorder: A novel protocol. Int J Eat Disord. 2024 Feb; 57(2):294-302. Downey AE, Odette M, Sanders AE, Kuykendall M, Saunders E, Nagata JM, Forsberg S, Buckelew SM, Garber AK. PMID: 38130097.
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    7. Sex differences in cholesterol and triglyceride levels among hospitalized adolescents and young adults with eating disorders. Int J Eat Disord. 2024 Jan; 57(1):184-194. Nagata JM, Chaphekar AV, Vargas R, Nguyen A, Downey AE, Patel KP, Ganson KT, Stuart E, Vendlinski S, Buckelew SM, Garber AK. PMID: 37864342; PMCID: PMC10842641.
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    8. The social epidemiology of binge-eating disorder and behaviors in early adolescents. J Eat Disord. 2023 Oct 13; 11(1):182. Nagata JM, Smith-Russack Z, Paul A, Saldana GA, Shao IY, Al-Shoaibi AAA, Chaphekar AV, Downey AE, He J, Murray SB, Baker FC, Ganson KT. PMID: 37833810; PMCID: PMC10571438.
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    9. Modification of an inpatient medical management protocol for pediatric Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder: improving the standard of care. J Eat Disord. 2023 Sep 22; 11(1):165. Gorrell S, Vendlinski SS, Thompson AS, Downey AE, Kramer R, Hail L, Clifton S, Forsberg S, Reilly EE, Saunders E, Buckelew SM, Le Grange D. PMID: 37737186; PMCID: PMC10514937.
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    10. "But the reality is it's happening": A qualitative study of eating disorder providers about psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy. Int J Eat Disord. 2023 Nov; 56(11):2142-2148. Downey AE, Boyd M, Chaphekar AV, Woolley J, Raymond-Flesch M. PMID: 37551650.
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    11. Course and outcome in individuals with atypical anorexia nervosa: Findings from the Study of Refeeding to Optimize iNpatient Gains (StRONG). Int J Eat Disord. 2023 Jul 28. Golden NH, Kapphahn CJ, Cheng J, Kreiter A, Downey AE, Accurso EC, Machen VI, Adams SH, Buckelew SM, Moscicki AB, Le Grange D, Garber AK. PMID: 37507351; PMCID: PMC10822019.
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    12. Parental self-efficacy: Longitudinal impact on clinical outcomes across levels of care in adolescent anorexia nervosa. Int J Eat Disord. 2023 09; 56(9):1764-1771. Gorrell S, Downey AE, Saunders E, Accurso EC, Buckelew S, Kreiter A, Le Grange D, Garber AK. PMID: 37272755; PMCID: PMC10524863.
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    13. Linear growth in young people with restrictive eating disorders: "Inching" toward consensus. Front Psychiatry. 2023; 14:1094222. Downey AE, Richards A, Tanner AB. PMID: 36937727; PMCID: PMC10020618.
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    14. Eating disorders in sexual minority adolescents and young adults: examining clinical characteristics and psychiatric co-morbidities in an inpatient medical setting. J Eat Disord. 2023 Feb 28; 11(1):32. Chaphekar AV, Downey A, Garber AK, Kuykendall M, Bojorquez-Ramirez P, Ganson KT, Buckelew SM, Nagata JM. PMID: 36855189; PMCID: PMC9972849.
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    15. Transgender and other gender diverse adolescents with eating disorders requiring medical stabilization. J Eat Disord. 2022 Dec 23; 10(1):199. Chaphekar AV, Vance SR, Garber AK, Buckelew S, Ganson KT, Downey A, Nagata JM. PMID: 36564815; PMCID: PMC9789657.
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    16. Assessment of vitamin D among male adolescents and young adults hospitalized with eating disorders. J Eat Disord. 2022 Jul 18; 10(1):104. Nagata JM, Grandis A, Bojorquez-Ramirez P, Nguyen A, Downey AE, Ganson KT, Patel KP, Machen VI, Buckelew SM, Garber AK. PMID: 35851069; PMCID: PMC9295348.
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    17. Renal Function in Patients Hospitalized With Anorexia Nervosa Undergoing Refeeding: Findings From the Study of Refeeding to Optimize Inpatient Gains. J Adolesc Health. 2022 10; 71(4):432-437. Downey AE, Cheng J, Adams SH, Buckelew SM, Kapphahn CJ, Machen VI, Rosen EL, Moscicki AB, Golden NH, Garber AK. PMID: 35705423; PMCID: PMC10863996.
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    18. Sex differences and associations between zinc deficiency and anemia among hospitalized adolescents and young adults with eating disorders. Eat Weight Disord. 2022 Oct; 27(7):2911-2917. Nagata JM, Bojorquez-Ramirez P, Nguyen A, Ganson KT, McDonald CM, Machen VI, Downey A, Buckelew SM, Garber AK. PMID: 35624393; PMCID: PMC9556365.
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    19. Mental Health Care of Detained Youth Within Juvenile Detention Facilities. Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2022 01; 31(1):31-44. Whitley K, Tastenhoye C, Downey A, Rozel JS. PMID: 34801154.
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    20. Restrictive Eating Disorders: Accelerating Treatment Outcomes in the Medical Hospital. Hosp Pediatr. 2021 07; 11(7):751-759. Brynes N, Tarchichi T, McCormick AA, Downey A. PMID: 34103401.
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