Erika L Nurmi, MD, PhD
Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
- 1994 – University of California at San Diego; La Jolla, CA, B.S., B.A.
- 2002 – Vanderbilt University; Nashville, TN, Ph.D. in Neuroscience
- 2004 – Vanderbilt University School of Medicine; Nashville, TN, M.D.
- 2007 – UCLA, General Psychiatry Residency, Research Track
- 2010 – UCLA, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship, Research Track
Research & clinical interests
Dr. Nurmi directs a molecular and computational genetics laboratory, investigating genetic contributions to mental illness vulnerability, psychiatric endophenotypes, and response to treatment. Her research program complements her clinical focus in the Childhood Anxiety, OCD, and Tic Disorders Program, where she provides clinical care, supervises trainees, and conducts clinical and translational research aimed at advancing precision psychiatry. A dedicated educator, Dr. Nurmi enjoys sharing her passion for science and medicine by teaching trainees at all levels and developing innovative educational programs. She co-directs UCLA’s General Psychiatry Residency Research Track and is the Clinical and Research Competence Committee Chair and an Advisor for UCLA’s Research Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Nurmi’s overarching goal is to develop, teach, and implement biologically based, individualized treatments for mental illness.
Roles within the division/Fellowship
- Associate Medical Director, Childhood OCD, Anxiety, and Tic Disorders Program
- Medical Director, Pediatric OCD Intensive Outpatient Program
- Co-Director, Psychiatry Residency Research Track
- Chair, Clinical and Research Competence Committee
- Advisor, UCLA Child Psychiatry T32 Research Training Program
- Lectures and training on topics such as genetics in child psychiatry, childhood anxiety and OCD