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 Psychiatry Service

  To make an Appointment call - (949) 824-5304

Welcome to the webpage of the Psychiatry Service in the Student Health Center of the University of California, Irvine! Whether you are an incoming freshman, or a returning student, you may find some of the services that we offer helpful to you during your time at UCI. The university experience provides many opportunities for emotional growth. Not everyone makes it through the college experience without experiencing some bumps along the way. While each person is unique, sometimes thoughts, feelings, emotions, or behaviors come up that cause problems in his/her life, or in the lives of loved ones. Friends and family often worry when someone around them has difficulty coping with things, gets involved in drugs or alcohol, or can't get along with others.

The Psychiatry Service is comprised of medical doctors who have chosen to specialize in mental health. Psychiatric training requires 4 years of medical school and at least 4 years of residency training in medicine, neurology and general psychiatry. Psychiatric specialists use a knowledge of biological, psychological and social factors in working with patients. Initially, a comprehensive diagnostic examination is performed to evaluate the current problem with attention to its physical, genetic, developmental, emotional, cognitive, educational, family, peer, and social components. The psychiatrist arrives at a diagnosis and diagnostic formulation which are shared with the patient. The psychiatrist then designs a treatment plan which considers all the components and discusses these recommendations with the patient. An integrated approach may involve individual, group or family psychotherapy; medication; and/or consultation with other physicians or professionals from schools, juvenile courts, social agencies or other community organizations. This, in particular, is emphasized by psychiatrist with even further specialized child and adolescent psychiatric training.


To make an appointment. please call (949) 824-5304 to schedule your initial evaluation. We are open from 8am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday, and are closed on weekends and University holidays.


Vivien Chan, DFAPA, DFAACAP, M.D., Chief of Psychiatry Service

Dr. Chan is the Chief of Psychiatry and collaborates with each and every member of the Mental Health Clinic. She is committed to providing access to the highest standard of mental health care at the Student Health Center, with an individual approach at integrating a particular problem or symptom with its physical, genetic, developmental, emotional, educational, peer, and social components. Her clinical interests include individual psychotherapy, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and thought disorders.

She is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Human Behavior at UCI Health and was the past Medical Director of the Research Division, Child Development Center, Department of Pediatrics, UCI Health. She is a co-chair of the Transitional Age Youth - College Student Mental Health Committee at the national American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and a member of the American Psychiatric Association's College Mental Health Task Force.

Anthony Mascola, M.D.

Dr. Mascola enjoys collaborative consultation, teaching and conducting research in health promotion and Behavioral Medicine. He served previously as Director of Evidence Based Practices and Ongoing Education in the Department of Psychiatry at Stanford University. He has expertise in multiple Cognitive Behavioral Therapies and other evidence based psychosocial interventions in addition to his expertise in the use of pharmacology and other scientifically supported methods of health promotion. He has applied these skills in teaching, research and consultative efforts in promoting healthy physical activity, healthful sleep patterns, improving study skills and academic performance, improving decision making and emotion regulation, reducing burnout, reducing depression and anxiety, improving social connectedness and fellowship, promoting faith and spiritual life, and in improving resilience and strength in living in a manner that resonates deeply with one's most cherished values.

Senior Residents

Senior residents are licensed physicians in their last year of psychiatry specialty training. Our residents from UCI Health rotate with us on a 12-month basis.

Frequently Asked Questions

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In addition to gaining insight about your own life, an assessment with the Psychiatry Service may be helpful in the diagnosis and treatment of a mental or emotional illness, or learning disorder. Some disorders you may be familiar with include depression, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, social phobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, schizophrenia, posttraumatic stress disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and personality disorders.


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Feeling stressed? If you'd like to try some guided deep breathing and relaxation experiences, check out Thank you to the Health Promotions staff at Dartmouth University (which is not affiliated with UCI) who generously permitted use and link to their excellent resource page.

Do you want more information about mental illnesses and behavioral disorders? Go to, the site for the National Institutes of Mental Health, and check out the “Health Topics” section on the main page to start! For information about common health problems, preventive health information and healthy lifestyle habits, WebMD at Half of college students report feeling so stressed that they couldn't function at some point. Please see this helpful website to learn that you are not alone. This is an online resource center for college student mental health and emotional well being. Check out “Get the Facts” and “Factsheets” about depression, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, anxiety disorders, stress, alcohol and drugs to start.

Help us save lives. : Suicide Awareness Voices of Education. Prevent Suicide. Treat Depression. Also see, the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance,

Is there anxiety or stress in your life? If so, check out The Anxiety Disorders Association of America has a special section on College Life. Click on the tab at the bottom of its home page to start.

Are thoughts of your body image and food running your life? See the National Eating Disorder Association’s parent and family network resource at to start.

Ever wonder about drugs and alcohol? The National Institute on Drug Abuse has more specific information on drugs of abuse. This is website by the American Psychiatric Association with resources and information.

Are you concerned about a developmental or childhood problem? “Facts for Families” are single page information sheets on a variety of topics. See this website by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry to start: The National Alliance on Mental Illness is a national, state and local grassroots organization. Get involved! This is the organization for mental health advocacy specific to college campuses. We have a chapter at UCI!