Melinda Kirschner, PhD
UCLA Director, Student-Athlete Mental Health Program
Dr. Kirschner received her B.A. from Georgetown University and obtained her Master of Social Work degree at the University of Hawaii prior to earning her doctorate degree in clinical psychology. She completed both her APA accredited pre-doctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at UCLA Counseling and Psychological Services. During her fellowship year, Dr. Kirschner specialized in the treatment of students with eating disorders and body image concerns. She also has experience and interest in working with student athletes, as well as engaging in prevention and outreach with various groups on campus. Dr. Kirschner has a wide range of clinical interests, including family and relational problems, eating disorders/body image, couples/intimacy issues, life transitions, mood and anxiety disorders, identity concerns, and substance use. She takes an integrated approach to psychotherapy, combining principles and strategies from psychodynamic, family systems, and cognitive behavioral therapies. Dr. Kirschner serves as the Eating Disorder Lead Psychologist and the Athletics Program Coordinator at UCLA CAPS. In her role as the liaison working with the Department of Athletics, Dr. Kirschner helps to coordinate clinical care for student athletes as well as outreach and prevention efforts, which includes the Student Athletes Mentors program.