I am a graduate of Stanford University, Weill Medical College of Cornell University (MD), and Rockefeller University (MS, molecular neuroscience). I received residency training in adult psychiatry at Stanford Medical Center. I am experienced in psychopharmacology, cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and community psychiatry, and I have a special interest in addiction psychiatry and process addictions, particularly eating disorders.
I currently have a private psychiatry practice in Walnut Creek and San Rafael, California. I provide psychiatric consultation to two local residential treatment centers and I am involved in several research projects with California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. My past roles have included work as a psychiatrist in the Kern County Mental Health System of Care in Bakersfield, California, a psychiatrist at North Bay Psychiatric Associates in San Rafael, California, and as a therapist and assistant medical director in a residential addiction treatment program in Marin County. In addition, I was affiliated with the Schuman-Liles Clinic in Oakland, California, for four years, where I practiced outpatient psychiatry in a community mental health setting.
In the past, I have worked with DBT Associates of the Peninsula in Los Altos, California, as a therapist and DBT skills trainer. I also worked with the Center for Health Care Evaluation at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Medical Center, developing more effective ways of prescribing opioids for chronic pain. I have taught at Stanford University, Stanford Medical School, the California School of Professional Psychology, and the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. I am currently on the Board of Directors for Anjna Patient Education, a student organization at Stanford Medical Center dedicated to improving patient education in free clinics in underserved areas.
Originally from Oswego, Illinois, I have lived in New York City and in the Bay Area for many years. I am an avid runner and reader, and I have a vital interest in health care policy and the evolution of modern psychiatry.
My readers should be aware that I am a former psychiatric patient, in longstanding, continuous recovery for many years. My experiences as a patient shaped many of my opinions of psychiatric rehabilitation, diagnosis, medication management, and mandatory treatment. Moreover, today I am keenly aware not only of the benefits of professional diversion and monitoring programs and long-term care, but also of the discrimination that psychiatric patients endure throughout their lives. Many of these ideas permeate my writings and practice philosophy.
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Please visit my web site at www.stevebalt.com. You may also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I do read all emails and comments to this blog, but please accept my apologies if I do not respond directly to you (at least not right away!).
Steve Balt, MD