Andres Felipe Sciolla, M.D. for UC Davis Health

Andres Felipe Sciolla, M.D.

Professor, Division of Clinical Psychiatry

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Locations and Contact

Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences - Behavioral Health Center
2230 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817

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Physician Referrals

800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Philosophy of Care

I am interested in providing comprehensive or holistic, trauma-informed, patient-centered, culturally-responsive psychiatric care to all my patients. This includes applying the so-called biopsychosocial model to understanding the person in his or her totality, including strengths, inner resources and resilience, beyond symptoms or problems. I have a strong foundation of supportive, psychoanalytic and cognitive behavioral therapy techniques, which I use in every encounter, regardless of whether a particular visit is formally labeled as a "therapy" or "medication management".

Clinical Interests

Dr. Sciolla is a general adult psychiatrist offering comprehensive psychiatric evaluation and treatment for a wide variety of mental disorders, such as traumatic stress, depressive, anxious, mood, and personality disorders, in addition to major psychiatric illnesses such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. He has a special interest and expertise in mental health issues of adult survivors of childhood traumatic and adverse experiences. In addition, Dr. Sciolla has an interest and expertise in providing culturally-responsive care to members of ethnic and cultural minorities, including those born outside the U.S., and individuals of diverse sexual orientation and gender expression.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Sciolla's research has focused in the past on behavioral interventions to decrease risk behaviors for adult with histories of childhood maltreatment and adverse experiences. More recently, Dr. Sciolla's research has focused on building resilience and enhancing wellness on physicians across the practice continuum, i.e., from medical school to residency training and independent practice.



Undergraduate School

University of Chile, Santiago Chile 1983

Medical School

M.D., University of Chile, Santiago Chile 1983


Psychiatry, UC San Diego, San Diego CA 1997-1998


Psychiatry, UC San Diego, San Diego CA 1998-2001

Ambassador to Chile, UC Davis Ambassador Program, Global Affairs, 2018

Annual Teaching Award, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego, 2009

Irma Bland Award for Excellence in Teaching Residents, American Psychiatric Association, 2006

Invited Participant, “Research Network Meeting”, National Hispanic Medical Association and National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, October 12 and 13, 2005

Invited Participant, “Future Leaders in Psychiatry”, 7th Faculty Development Symposium for junior and senior investigators, Emory University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Palm Beach, Florida, April 14-17, 2005

Fellowship Hispanic Center of Excellence, University of California, San Diego to attend the National Center for Leadership in Academic Medicine (NCLAM), February-September, 2005

Junior Faculty Development Award, Association for Academic Psychiatry, 2004, 2005

Fellowship Program for International Medical Graduates, American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training (AADPRT), 2000, 2001

Scholarship from the Kenneth B. Schwartz Center, Boston, MA to attend the 18th Annual American Academy on Physician and Patient Faculty Development Course “Improving Communication at the End of Life”, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, 2000

Kaiser Permanente “Excellence in Teaching” Award (chosen by medical students among all UCSD house staff), UCSD, School of Medicine, 1998

Young Investigator Award for poster presentation of “Measuring health status in older schizophrenia patients”, California Psychiatric Association, 10th Annual Meeting and Premier Conference, Monterrey, CA, 1997

President of the Republic Scholarship for graduate and postgraduate education and training, Government of the Republic of Chile, 1991, 1992

Yellowlees PM, Parish MB, Gonzalez AD, Chan SR, Hilty DM, Yoo BK, Leigh JP, McCarron RM, Scher LM, Sciolla AF, Shore J, Xiong G, Soltero KM, Fisher A, Fine JR, Bannister J, Iosif AM. Clinical Outcomes of Asynchronous Versus Synchronous Telepsychiatry in Primary Care: Randomized Controlled Trial. J Med Internet Res. 2021 Jul 20;23(7):e24047. doi:10.2196/24047. PMID:33993104.

Sciolla AF, Haskins J, Chang CH, Kirshnit C, Rea M, Uppington J, Yellowlees P. The Suicide Prevention, Depression Awareness, and Clinical Engagement Program for Faculty and Residents at the University of California, Davis Health. Acad Psychiatry. 2021 Jun;45(3):272-278. doi:10.1007/s40596-021-01439-6. Epub 2021 Apr 2. PMID:33797017.

Yu A, Wilkes M, Iosif AM, Rea M, Fisher A, Fine J, Perry R, Rice E, Jandrey K, Griffin E, Sciolla A. Exploring the Relationships Between Resilience and News Monitoring with COVID Distress in Health Profession Students. Acad Psychiatry. 2021 Apr 29:1–9. doi:10.1007/s40596-021-01444-9. Epub ahead of print. PMID:33928535.

Parish MB, Gonzalez A, Hilty D, Chan S, Xiong G, Scher L, Liu D, Sciolla A, Shore J, McCarron R, Kahn D, Iosif AM, Yellowlees P. Asynchronous Telepsychiatry Interviewer Training Recommendations: A Model for Interdisciplinary, Integrated Behavioral Health Care. Telemed J E Health. 2021 Jan 12. doi:10.1089/tmj.2020.0076. Epub ahead of print. PMID:33434453.

Henderson MC, Jerant A, Unkart J, Griffin EJ, Sciolla AF, Kelly CJ, Peterson EM, Hall T, Wofsy D, Fancher TL. The Relationships among Self- Designated Disadvantage, Socioeconomic Disadvantage, and Academic Performance in Medical School: A Multi-Institutional Study. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2020 Nov;31(40):S208-222. doi:10.1353/hpu.2020.0151.

Krause BJ, Artigas R, Sciolla AF, Hamilton J. Epigenetic mechanisms activated by childhood adversity. Epigenomics. 2020 Jul;12(14):1239-1255. doi:10.2217/epi-2020-0042. Epub 2020 Jul 24. PMID:32706263.

Jerant A, Sciolla AF, Henderson MC, Griffin E, Talamantes E, Fancher T, Franks P. Medical Student Socioeconomic Disadvantage, Self-Designated Disadvantage, and Subsequent Academic Performance. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2019;30(4):1419-1432. doi:10.1353/hpu.2019.0095. PMID:31680106.

Sciolla AF, Wilkes MS, Griffin EJ. Adverse Childhood Experiences in Medical Students: Implications for Wellness. Acad Psychiatry. 2019 Aug;43(4):369-374. doi:10.1007/s40596-019-01047-5. Epub 2019 Mar 8. PMID:30850989.

Dyrbye LN, Sciolla AF, Dekhtyar M, Rajasekaran S, Allgood JA, Rea M, Knight AP, Haywood A, Smith S, Stephens MB. Medical School Strategies to Address Student Well-Being: A National Survey. Acad Med. 2019 Jun;94(6):861-868. doi:10.1097/ACM.0000000000002611. PMID:30681453.

Yellowlees P, Burke Parish M, González Á, Chan S, Hilty D, Iosif AM, McCarron R, Odor A, Scher L, Sciolla A, Shore J, Xiong G. Asynchronous Telepsychiatry: A Component of Stepped Integrated Care. Telemed J E Health. 2018 May;24(5):375-378. doi:10.1089/tmj.2017.0103. Epub 2017 Oct 12. PMID:29024612.

Goldstein E, Murray-García J, Sciolla AF, Topitzes J. Medical Students' Perspectives on Trauma-Informed Care Training. Perm J. 2018;22:17-126. doi:10.7812/TPP/17-126. PMID:29401053.