Andrés Sciolla, M.D.
Associate Clinical Professor
Outpatient Psychiatric Services
University of California, San Diego
140 Arbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92103 – MC 0851
Dr. Andrés Sciolla obtained his M.D. degree from the
University of Chile in 1983, and finished his postgraduate
training in psychiatry in 1989. He came to UCSD in 1991, and
worked at the Human Circadian Pacemaker Laboratory, the HIV
Neurobehavioral Research Center, and the Geriatric Psychiatry
Clinical Research Center until 1997. Dr. Sciolla conducted
studies and published in the areas of HIV-associated dyssomnia,
psychiatric morbidity among populations at risk for HIV, and
health-related quality of life among older patients with
psychosis. Subsequently he completed his psychiatry residency,
and joined UCSD’s faculty upon graduation in 2001.
Dr. Sciolla’s career currently focuses in research,
teaching, and assessment of competence in patient-physician
communication, psychotherapeutic skills, and the integration
of biomedical and humanistic aspects of medicine and
psychiatry. He is particularly interested in how research
findings in cognitive and affective neuroscience can inform
the teaching and practice of such clinical skills. Together
with faculty at the School of Medicine and the Department of
Family Medicine he is studying the effect of educational
interventions among medical students with substandard
communication skills, and physicians with difficulties
managing professional boundaries.
Dr. Sciolla cares for ambulatory patients at the
Outpatient Psychiatric Services and the Maria Sardinas Center
in San Ysidro. His practice is influenced by the paradigm of
patient-centered medicine and dynamic psychiatry. Most of his
patients are seen under the managed-care system of medication
visits of 15-20 minutes. During these type of visits Dr.
Sciolla strives to integrate the biomedical model,
cutting-edge psychopharmacology, cultural sensitivity, and
psychodynamic techniques to elucidate unconscious meaning of
medication, symptoms, and the therapeutic relationship. He has
been conducting psychodynamic psychotherapy with a handful of
patients for the past three years under the supervision of Dr.
Sciolla, Andrés, Lolas, F. Cholino-Aminergic and
chronobiological hypotheses of mood disorders: toward an
integration. International Review of Psychiatry 1, 1992 (pp.
Sciolla, Andrés, Grant, I., and
Atkinson, J.H.. Neuropsychiatric Features of HIV Disease. In:
A Mental Health Practitioner’s Guide to the Neuropsychiatric
Complications of HIV/AIDS, edited by van Gorp WG and
Buckingham SL, Guilford Publications, New York, 1998 (pp.
Sciolla, Andrés. Iatrogenic
psychoses. Seminars in Clinical Neuropsychology 3, 1998 (pp.
Sciolla, Andrés, Jeste, D. Use of
antipsychotics in the elderly. International Journal of
Psychiatry in Clinical Practice 2, 1998 (pp. 527-534).
Sciolla, Andrés. Healing the Soul in the Age of the Brain. Why
Medication Isn’t Enough. By Elio Frattaroli. New York (NY):
Penguin Books, 2002. The American Journal of Psychiatry (in