Vandai X. Le, M.D.
Dr. Vandai Le is a Double Board-Certified psychiatrist who treats children, adolescents, and adults. She is Board-Certified in both General (Adult) Psychiatry, and in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN). She received her Bachelor’s of Science, with Honors, in Neurobiology from the University of California, Irvine (UCI), and her Medical Doctorate degree from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
Dr. Le pursued her General Psychiatry Residency training at the Cambridge Health Alliance, a nationally recognized training program of Harvard Medical School, known for its rich emphasis in evidence-based psychotherapies and strong training in psychopharmacology. Dr. Le was the Administrative Chief Resident in her final year of residency, during which time she taught Harvard medical students about psychiatric illnesses, and supervised junior residents and other mental health clinicians in the Psychiatric Emergency Service at Cambridge Hospital.
Following residency training in General Psychiatry, Dr. Le completed two additional years of formal, specialized fellowship training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the highly esteemed Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA. During her time at both Harvard and UCLA programs, Dr. Le received extensive training in individual, couple, and family therapy, in addition to psychopharmacology.
Throughout her medical education and postgraduate medical training, Dr. Le was actively involved and nationally recognized by both the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP). She was awarded the AACAP Jeanne Spurlock Clinical Fellowship as a medical student. Upon completing her residency, Dr. Le was selected to become a Fellow of the Minority Fellowship Program of the APA and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), which aims to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in mental health care. During her Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at UCLA, Dr. Le was selected by the AACAP President for the prestigious Jerry M. Wiener Resident Member of Council position, given to only one Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellow in the nation every two years.
In addition to treating her patients and their families, Dr. Le is regularly involved in local and national psychiatric and affiliated organizations to advocate for children’s mental health care. She attends and presents at AACAP Annual Meetings to learn from and share with colleagues on a national and international level about how we can improve the emotional and behavioral health of children and adolescents, and the relationships within their families. Dr. Le believes strongly that improving the emotional wellbeing of children and their families involves not only informing her patients about their conditions and treatment options, but also collaborating closely with other physicians and mental health professionals, educating the community to eliminate the stigma that can harm those who are suffering in silence, and guiding government agencies to create policies that emphasize prevention and early detection of mental illness in people of all ages, especially children.