Clinical Staff

Clinic Psychotherapists

Arie Winograd, M.A., L.M.F.T. is the founder and director of the Los Angeles BDD & Body Image Clinic and is the author of the book Face to Face with Body Dysmorphic Disorder: Psychotherapy and Clinical Insights. In 1998 Mr. Winograd initiated the first body dysmorphic disorder studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. These seminal studies were only the beginning of his many years of working extensively with individuals with BDD. He has co-authored several journal articles on body dysmorphic disorder and regularly lectures nationally and internationally on the subject. Mr. Winograd's formal psychotherapy background includes graduate studies completed at Pepperdine University as well as six years of clinical experience at the UCLA Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Intensive Treatment Program. Watch BDD interview from 2006.

Ali Ghassemi, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and an expert in the treatment of body dysmorphic disorder. Along with treating body dysmorphic disorder patients, he specializes in psychodiagnostic assessment for the purpose of treatment planning and diagnostic support. He is a Qualified Medical Examiner (QME) with the State of California and has composed over one thousand legal-medical asessment reports. Dr Ghassemi is also a college professor and lectures on the topics of adolescent psychology, exceptional learners, and life span development. 

Malin McKinley, L.C.S.W. is an expert in the treatment of body dysmorphic disorder, along with the common co-occurring conditions such as social anxiety disorder, major depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and personality disorders. She earned her Master's degree in Social Welfare from the University of California, Los Angeles. It was also at UCLA that she completed her Bachelor's degree in Psychology. Mrs McKinley received training in the treatment of body dysmorphic disorder directly from the Los Angeles BDD & Body Image Clinic. She has also worked with the UCLA Body Dysmorphic Disorder Research Program where she co-authored two articles on BDD. 

Angela Wallace, M.A., L.M.F.T. is a licensed psychotherapist who has been extensively trained in the treatment of body dysmorphic disorder by Arie Winograd, LMFT. She also specializes in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), a somatic technique that helps clients restore balance to the mind and the body, and is certified in the Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM). Mrs. Wallace serves as Clinical Advisor at the Southern California Counseling Center where she teaches and supervises interns. She received her Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy.

Shana Doronn, L.C.S.W., Psy.D. received her MSW from the University of Southern California and her doctorate in psychology from the University of San Francisco. She has an extensive history of treating obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders and was trained by Arie Winograd in the treatment of body dysmorphic disorder. She frequently presents on OCD and related disorders in workshops and symposiums throughout the country. She was also a featured therapist on A&E’s reality documentary “Obsessed” from 2008-2010. 

Clinic Medication Management

Jamie Feusner, M.D. is Associate Professor of psychiatry at UCLA, where he is director of the BDD Research Program and the OCD Intensive Treatment Program. He completed his medical degree and psychiatry residency at UCLA, followed by a psychopharmacology fellowship and a postdoctoral fellowship in neuroimaging. He currently conducts research funded by the NIH to study visual and emotional processing in BDD and anorexia nervosa. Dr. Feusner has published articles and lectured nationally and internationally on BDD, OCD, and anxiety. He teaches psychopharmacology and cognitive-behavioral therapy in the UCLA Anxiety Disorders Clinic.

Scott Fears, M.D., Ph.D. received his MD and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. His doctoral research focused on Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology. He completed his psychiatric training at the Neuropsychiatric Institute at UCLA where he received specific training in OCD and anxiety disorders as the Chief Resident of the Anxiety Disorders Clinic and OCD Intensive Treatment Program. Currently, he is a Neurobehavioral Genetics Postdoctoral Scholar at the Ahmanson Lovelace Brain Mapping Center at UCLA. His research now focuses on the relationships between genetics and brain structure/function. Dr. Fears is the staff psychiatrist at Homeless Health Care Los Angeles, a non-profit organization with a mission to provide healthcare to homeless Los Angelians. He is trained in psychopharmacology as well as behavioral and dynamic therapy.

Jason Eric Schiffman, M.D., M.A., M.B.A. is Director of Addiction-Medicine for the Los Angeles Body Dysmorphic Disorder & Body Image Clinic as well as the director of the Los Angeles Addiction Medicine Institute. Dr. Schiffman received his MD from the Keck School of Medicine at USC and completed his residency training in psychiatry at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. He specializes in the pharmacologic and psychotherapeutic treatment of addiction and other co-occurring psychiatric disorders and is the author of numerous scientific publications in the fields of molecular biology and psychopharmacology.