Ellen Haller, MD

TitleProfessor Emeritus
InstitutionUniversity of California San Francisco
Address401 Parnassus Ave, LangPorter
San Francisco CA 94143
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    University of California Los AngelesM.D.1984School of Medicine

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    As the Director of WomenCare Mental Health Program, I’ve been involved in the development of the Medication Alliance Clinic within the UCSF Women’s Health practice. I serve as the Medical Director of this unique model of co-management of depression which utilizes psychiatric clinical pharmacists to manage the antidepressant prescriptions for women with depression. The Medication Alliance Clinic (MAC) maximizes the coordination among primary care, ob-gyn, psychiatry, and clinical pharmacists to treat women with depression. The model was initially developed by the UCSF School of Pharmacy and tested in a controlled investigation within the Kaiser Permanente System. The results from the Kaiser experience with this model demonstrated superior clinical and economic outcomes as well as improved patient and provider satisfaction. The clinical impact and economic viability of this treatment program has yet to be examined outside of the confines of a closed staff model. Our group (myself, Patrick Finley, Pharm D, and Luriko Ajari, Pharm D; both faculty members of the UCSF School of Pharmacy) will be gathering outcome measures including patient satisfaction, treatment response and medication adherence. Initially, as a pilot project, the MAC operated only within UCSF Women’s Health Primary Care. However, the program was then rolled out to the UCSF OB/GYN practice, and we plan to work closely with Patricia Robertson, MD and Becky Abel, LCSW to develop testable interventions for women with post-partum depression.

    In my role as Director of the Adult Psychiatry Clinic at UCSF/LPPI from 2003-2007, I was actively involved in the development and expansion of the Depression Center at UCSF and its initiatives to develop research protocols within the clinic. I helped facilitate the implementation of a standardized battery of screening instruments completed by all patients when they first initiated an evaluation at the APC. As an additional project, in 2006-7, I worked directly with Dr. Sarah Polfliet (a PGY-4 at the time) and Dr. Alla Spivak, a psychiatry faculty member, to study residents’ knowledge-base regarding neuroleptic medications. This study compared residents’ knowledge using a survey tool; half of the residents received standard didactic training, and the others received enhanced training including videotaped instruction on how to follow patients for extrapyramidal symptoms. This project demonstrated significant efficacy for the enhanced instruction, and a manuscript describing the findings was submitted to Academic Psychiatry and is now being revised based on reviewers’ comments.

    Beginning in July, 2007, I changed my career path and became the Director of the UCSF General Adult Psychiatry Residency Training Program. As a result, my focus on educational research has deepened. Over the past year, I’ve worked with a group of residents to develop and widely disseminate a curriculum on trainee coping after a patient suicide. We presented descriptions of this unique curriculum at regional and national meetings in 2007. Additional data was collected when this curriculum was fully delivered for the first time in January, 2009, and a manuscript, including an assessment of a brief version of the curriculum’s impact on residents’ knowledge and comfort with this topic, is in final stages of preparation. The program will be presented at Workshop at the Association of Academic Psychiatry Annual meeting in 2009. In addition to residency education, I have been involved in undergraduate medical education as the coordinator of the LGBT Health Curriculum for 2nd year medical students. I plan to repeat a study done on the impact of this curriculum by Dr. Patricia Robertson et al in the early 2000s.

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    1. Seritan AL, Haller E, Linde P, Orgera S, Fisher WS, Iosif AM, Jackson-Triche M, Bourgeois JA. The Psychiatric Assessment and Brief Intervention Program: Partnering With Primary Care Providers. Prim Care Companion CNS Disord. 2018 Feb 01; 20(1). PMID: 29419950.
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    2. Fisher WS, Hirschtritt ME, Haller E. Development and Implementation of a Residency Area-of-Distinction in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Mental Health. Acad Psychiatry. 2017 Nov 06. PMID: 29110270.
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    3. Zisook S, Anzia J, Atri A, Baroni A, Clayton P, Haller E, Lomax JW, Mann JJ, Oquendo MA, Pato M, Perez-Rodriguez MM, Prabhakar D, Sen S, Thrall G, Yaseen ZS. Teaching evidence-based approaches to suicide risk assessment and prevention that enhance psychiatric training. Compr Psychiatry. 2013 Apr; 54(3):201-8. PMID: 22995449; PMCID: PMC3529811.
    4. Lerner U, Brooks K, McNiel DE, Cramer RJ, Haller E. Coping with a patient's suicide: a curriculum for psychiatry residency training programs. Acad Psychiatry. 2012 Jan 01; 36(1):29-33. PMID: 22362433.
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    5. Haas AP, Eliason M, Mays VM, Mathy RM, Cochran SD, D'Augelli AR, Silverman MM, Fisher PW, Hughes T, Rosario M, Russell ST, Malley E, Reed J, Litts DA, Haller E, Sell RL, Remafedi G, Bradford J, Beautrais AL, Brown GK, Diamond GM, Friedman MS, Garofalo R, Turner MS, Hollibaugh A, Clayton PJ. Suicide and suicide risk in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender populations: review and recommendations. J Homosex. 2011; 58(1):10-51. PMID: 21213174; PMCID: PMC3662085.
    6. Ng RC, Hirata CK, Yeung W, Haller E, Finley PR. Pharmacologic treatment for postpartum depression: a systematic review. Pharmacotherapy. 2010 Sep; 30(9):928-41. PMID: 20795848.
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    7. Lichtmacher J, Eisendrath SJ, Haller E. Implementing interpersonal psychotherapy in a psychiatry residency training program. Acad Psychiatry. 2006 Sep-Oct; 30(5):385-91. PMID: 17021146.
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    8. Huang FY, Weiss DS, Fenimore PG, Fleming AM, Haller E, Lichtmacher JE, Eisendrath SJ. The association of pharmaceutical company promotional spending with resident physician prescribing behavior. Acad Psychiatry. 2005 Nov-Dec; 29(5):500-1. PMID: 16387978.
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    9. Eisendrath SJ, Lichtmacher JE, Haller E, Fleming AM, Fritch M, Weiss DS, Jacobs M, Hall SM. Training psychiatry residents in evidence-based treatments for major depression. Psychother Psychosom. 2003 Mar-Apr; 72(2):108-9; author reply 109. PMID: 12601230.
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    10. Haller E, McNiel DE, Binder RL. Impact of a smoking ban on a locked psychiatric unit. J Clin Psychiatry. 1996 Aug; 57(8):329-32. PMID: 8752014.
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    11. Haller E. Successful management of patients with "multiple chemical sensitivities" on an inpatient psychiatric unit. J Clin Psychiatry. 1993 May; 54(5):196-9. PMID: 8110217.
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    12. Haller E. Eating disorders. A review and update. West J Med. 1992 Dec; 157(6):658-62. PMID: 1475950; PMCID: PMC1022101.
    13. Haller E, Binder RL. Clozapine and seizures. Am J Psychiatry. 1990 Aug; 147(8):1069-71. PMID: 2375443.
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    14. Haller E, Binder RL. Clozapine--a new and different neuroleptic. West J Med. 1990 Jul; 153(1):62-4. PMID: 2389576; PMCID: PMC1002468.
    15. Haller E, Binder RL, McNiel DE. Violence in geriatric patients with dementia. Bull Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 1989; 17(2):183-8. PMID: 2758119.
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