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Jeff Sanders MD, PhD

Dr. Sanders has several years of experience in mental health care. This work began when he was as an undergraduate and worked as a nursing assistant for patients with severe dementia.  He went on to earn an MD and PhD with his dissertation focusing on the role of specific chemical messengers in guiding brain development.  After completing residency at The University of California, San Diego he was certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. 

Dr Sanders has received awards from The National Institute of Mental Health, American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, Society of Biological Psychiatry, American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology and American Psychiatric Association.     


These combined experiences and credentials allow Dr. Sanders to draw upon extensive clinical and scientific insight to guide his care of patients. 

Guiding Principles


Effective treatment requires an appreciation for the uniqueness of each patient.  Individual patients may respond differently to different classes of medication and dosages.  The patient's unique combination of biological, social and psychological characteristics are essential to consider in guiding treatment.


A dedication to evidence-based treatments is critical.  Treatments are guided by the scientific data supporting the efficacy of specific medications.  Moreover, treatment is also guided by data illuminating the potential side effects of medication treatment.  These data will be discussed with you to ensure that you are comfortable with your treatment. 



A compassionate understanding of your symptoms is of equal importance to your treatment. Dr Sanders aims to understand the perspective of the patient and what it is like to experience their symptoms.



Controlled substances are prescribed responsibly and very carefully. Please note that Dr. Sanders does not prescribe stimulants (ie. Adderall, Ritalin, Vyvanse). Benzodiazepines are prescribed responsibly and very carefully (ie. Ativan, Valium, Xanax, Klonopin). These medications are typically provided only after safer options have been tried. When they are provided they are usually kept to a minimum.   

  • Diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

  • Psychiatry Residency, University of California, San Diego 

  • MD, University of Nebraska Medical Center

  • PhD, University of Nebraska Medical Center

  • American College of Neuropsychopharmacology Travel Award

  • Society of Biological Psychiatry Travel Award

  • American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology New Investigator Award

  • American Psychiatric Association Travel Award

  • Publication recognized by F1000, a directory of top articles in biology and medicine.

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