Dr. Stephanie Chen, MD


Dr. Stephanie Chen, MD

Dr. Stephanie Chen was born and raised in northern California. She is a licensed general adult psychiatrist who is well-versed in using a combination of psychopharmacology and psychotherapy techniques to treat diverse populations of patients in outpatient, inpatient, and emergency settings. She also has specialized training in managing trauma disorders, mood disorders, and various forms of psychotherapy.


  • Bachelor of Arts, Molecular and Cell Biology - University of California, Berkeley
  • Doctorate of Medicine – Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California
  • Psychiatry Residency – University of California, San Diego

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What can patients expect from you as a provider? I place great importance in building a trusting patient-doctor relationship in which patients can feel safe to open up freely. I am experienced not only in psychopharmacology and neuromodulation treatments, but also in interpersonal therapy, psychoanalytic therapy, trauma-focused therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy. I utilize these different treatment modalities with the goal of helping patients explore and develop insight into how their psychosocial development, biology, interpersonal relationships, as well as how patients’ relationships with themselves have affected their well-being.

What do you specialize in?

  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Mood disorders such as major depressive disorder or bipolar affective disorder
  • PTSD and other trauma or stressor related disorders

What makes you different as a provider? I value collaboration, compassion, and curiosity in my approach to patient care. I encourage my patients to approach themselves with curiosity and self-compassion as well. My philosophy is to not only provide symptomatic relief through medications, but to also assist patients in building a stronger sense of self agency and live a more fulfilling life.

How long have you lived in Southern California and what brought you here? I have lived in Southern California since 2013 when I started medical school in Los Angeles. I chose to stay in California because my immediate family resides in California, the weather is amazing and I appreciate the diversity of people here.

What sort of interests or hobbies do you have? I love spending time outdoors hiking and backpacking all over the world. I also enjoy running, traveling, and trying all sorts of new foods.