Carla Marienfeld, M.D.

University of California, San Diego
Yale University School of Medicine

Carla Marienfeld, M.D. Alumni 2016 - 2018


Carla Marienfeld, MD, was Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine until joining UCSD September 1, 2016. Clinically, she focuses on the treatment of patients with substance use disorders and co-morbid psychiatric conditions. Her academic interests focus on implementation research and large-data health outcomes for patients with substance use disorders. She attended Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX, where she completed the International Health Track, served nationally on the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Student Association (AMSA), and earned Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Medical Honors Society and Honors distinction. During psychiatry residency at Yale, she served as chief resident and as the resident representative to the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), while also earning several awards and fellowships. She completed a fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry at Yale, during which she was nominated to present at that national meeting of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP). During residency and her early faculty years, she founded and led the Yale Global Mental Health Program. She served as the site training director for the Yale New Haven Hospital Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship and supervised and taught medical students for psychiatry, residents for global mental health, and fellows for addiction psychiatry.

Her research experience includes biochemical research focusing on cholangiocarcinoma, which then shifted more towards psychiatric and global interests. More recently, she was involved in a project in China examining epidemiology and basic treatment outcomes of close to 9000 methadone maintained patients in Wuhan, China. In addition, she has completed work in Nigeria on knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors medical students and trainees after a basic psychiatric training intervention. She completed a series of papers looking at medication utilization of large samples of dually diagnosed patients at the Veterans’ Affairs Hospital, and hopes to transfer this experience into evaluating large community based samples of patients with substance use disorders’ treatment outcomes.

In summary, she participates in several scholarly projects involving treatment for substance use disorders, global mental health, and health services. Her clinical interests involve opioid use disorder and public psychiatry, while her research and scholarly work focuses on global mental health and health services in addiction. She seeks to continue research in health services in addiction locally, as well as educate and mentor fellows seeking careers in addiction psychiatry.

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9500 Gilman Drive MC 0957
La Jolla, CA 92093-0957




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