Julie Loebach Wetherell, Ph.D.
Professor In Residence
Phone #: (858) 552-8585 ext. 2752
Fax #: (858) 552-4321

Dr. Wetherell earned a B.A. at Yale and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with specialization in aging at the University of Southern California. After a geropsychology internship at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at UCSD’s Advanced Center for Interventions and Services Research in Geriatric Mental Health. She has been a member of the UCSD faculty since 2003.

Research Focus
Dr. Wetherell’s research primarily focuses on the assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders in older adults.

Clinical Focus
Dr. Wetherell holds a position as Staff Psychologist in the VA San Diego Healthcare System Home-Based Primary Care program, which provides comprehensive, interdisciplinary primary care services in the homes of older veterans with chronic and disabling disease.

Selected Publications

  • Wetherell, J. L., Afari, N., Ayers, C. R., Stoddard, J. A., Ruberg, J., Sorrell, J. T., Liu, L., Petkus, A. J., Thorp, S. R., Kraft, A., & Patterson, T. L. (2011). Acceptance and commitment therapy for generalized anxiety disorder in older adults: A preliminary report. Behavior Therapy, 42, 127-134.

  • Wetherell, J. L., Afari, N., Rutledge, T., Sorrell, J. T., Stoddard, J. A., Petkus, A. J., Solomon, B. C., Lehman, D. H., Liu, L., Lang, A. J., & Atkinson, J. H. (2011). A randomized, controlled trial of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for chronic pain. Pain, 152, 2098-2107.

  • Wetherell, J. L., Petkus, A. J., Thorp, S. R., Stein, M. B., Chavira, D. A., Campbell-Sills, L., Craske, M. G., Sherbourne, C., Bystritsky, A., Sullivan, G., & Roy-Byrne, P. (2013). Age differences in treatment response to a collaborative care intervention for anxiety disorders. British Journal of Psychiatry, 203, 65-72.

  • Wetherell, J. L., Petkus, A. J., White, K. S., Nguyen, H., Kornblith, S., Andreescu, C., Zisook, S., & Lenze, E. J. (2013). Antidepressant medication augmented with cognitive behavioral therapy for Generalized Anxiety Disorder in older adults. American Journal of Psychiatry, 170, 782-789. 

  • Steiner, A. R. W., Petkus, A. J., Nguyen, H., & Wetherell, J. L. (in press). Information processing bias and pharmacotherapy outcome in older adults with Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Journal of Anxiety Disorders.

University of California, San Diego, Department of Psychiatry, 9500 Gilman Drive, Mail Code 0603 La Jolla, CA 92037-0603
Telephone: (858) 534-3684, Fax: (858) 534-7653, Electronic Mail: psychiatry@ucsd.edu