Having trained on both the East and the West Coasts and with a desire to blend the art and the science of medicine, Dr. Jessica Langenhan, MD, MBA, brings a multi-faceted approach to her adult psychiatric practice, specializing in cognitive-behavioral therapy and medication management.
Originally from the Bay Area, Dr. Langenhan first came to Southern California to attend UCLA, graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s of Science in Physiological Science and a minor in Spanish Literature. As an undergraduate, she was recognized with awards including acceptance into Mortar Board, a national honor society, and the UCLA Alumni Scholars’ Club, as well as receiving the Chancellor’s Service Award for community service work. She then moved to Washington, D.C., to attend The George Washington University School of Medicine, earning a place in Alpha Omega Alpha, a national medical honor society, and graduating with distinction in 2005. During medical school, she also produced research papers on cultural psychiatry and on nutritional education and diabetes management.
Dr. Langenhan then returned to Southern California in order to attend U.C. Irvine Medical Center’s residency program in psychiatry. During residency, she stepped beyond the traditional curriculum offerings in order to become certified in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy through The Beck Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and to work with the Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Intensive Outpatient Program at UCLA. She also served as Chief Resident during her final year of residency.
Since completing residency, Dr. Langenhan has worked in a variety of settings, from hospitals to sub-acute units to community-based outpatient clinics. She has also worked in managed care, learning much about the business side of healthcare operations. Believing that education is a lifelong process, she has completed a certificate program in plant-based whole food nutritional studies through the T. Colin Campbell Foundation (Campbell having gained fame with his publication of The China Study), as well as receiving training in Exposure-and-Response-Prevention (ERP) therapy for the treatment of OCD. ?More recently, she earned her MBA through the UCLA Anderson School of Management’s Fully-Employed MBA program, graduating with honors (top 15% of the class) in June 2016. During the MBA program, she focused especially on management, organizational behavior, and marketing. This program also afforded her the opportunity to travel to the United Arab Emirates, South Africa, Sweden, and Brazil as part of the international elective offerings.
Dr. Langenhan has presented at two conferences hosted by the International Obsessive Compulsive Foundation (IOCDF), and she maintains memberships in the American Association for Physician Leadership (AAPL) and the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM).
Dr. Langenhan has a strong interest in nutrition and physical fitness nd the roles that both of these play in achieving and maintaining mental and physical health. She has completed over 30 half-marathons, as well as regularly practicing yoga and taking cardio-barre and other fitness classes. She also enjoys reading and writing and surprising people with how good vegan home-baked goods can be.
Dr. Langenhan believes that medication, when thoughtfully prescribed, can provide great benefits, but she also believes that a more comprehensive approach, rather than relying solely on medication, is what will ultimately yield the most significant and longest-lasting gains to patients’ overall health and wellness. She is excited to be a member of South Coast Psychiatry, and she is looking forward to working with you to develop an individualized treatment plan that will best suit your specific needs and goals.