Biography

Alan Sandler, MD, MPH, FAACAP
Psychiatrist

Dr. Sandler is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

He is board certified in Pediatrics, General Psychiatry, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He graduated from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, completed a pediatric internship and a year of pediatric residency at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, and then completed his pediatric residency requirements with a fellowship in Child Mental Health and Comprehensive Care at Children’s Orthopedic Hospital in Seattle. Following two years of military service as an Air Force pediatrician at Clark AFB in the Republic of the Philippines, he returned to the LA County-USC Medical Center, joined the USC Medical Faculty, completed a Fellowship in Ambulatory Pediatrics, obtained an MPH degree in Maternal and Child Health, and then, feeling, perhaps, like a psychiatrist in a pediatrician’s body, re-entered residency and completed his psychiatry training at UCLA where he currently serves on the voluntary faculty as Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry.

Dr.Sandler has always maintained a dual “public/private” mix in his work with a private practice in the San Fernando Valley and public practice as Medical Director at the Santa Clarita Valley Child and Family Center, a private non-profit community mental health center serving indigent families in that area of Los Angeles County.

Dr. Sandler, given his “bio-psycho-social” training background, believes that the “recipe” for the disorders we treat has many ingredients, that the recipe varies from individual to individual, that one treatment, therefore, cannot “fit all,” and that treatment should be practical emphasizing comfort, good function, and happier living.

California License #G20606

Qualifications

Education & Training

Temple University School of Medicine

Dr. Sandler earned his Doctor of Medicine Degree from Temple University School of Medicine (now known as “Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University”)

University of California, Los Angeles Neuropsychiatric Institute

Dr. Sandler completed his Psychiatric Residency & Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles Neuropsychiatric Institute

Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center

Dr. Sandler completed his internship and residency training in Pediatrics at the Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center

University of California, Los Angeles Fielding School of Public Health

Dr. Sandler earned his Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) Degree in Maternal and Child Health from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Public Health

University of Washington

Child Mental Health Fellowship at the Seattle Children’s Hospital – Orthopaedics Clinic, University of Washington