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    Daniel Sewell

    TitleProfessor Of Clinical
    SchoolUniversity of California, San Diego
    DepartmentPsychiatry
    Address200 W. Arbor Drive #8631
    CA San Diego 92103
    Phone619-543-3779
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      Biography

      Dr. Sewell was born and raised in Des Moines, IA. He attended public schools and graduated in the top 3% of his high school class. He spent four years at Grinnell College in Grinnell, IA where he graduated with honors with a BA in Biology. He attended medical school at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA. At graduation, he was given an award for student service. He completed the first two years of his psychiatry residency at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM. He completed his psychiatry residency at the University of California, San Diego and was awarded the Chairman’s prize for research excellence during the psychiatry residency. Following residency, he completed a fellowship in geriatric psychiatry at UCSD. Following completion of his geriatric psychiatry fellowship, Dr. Sewell was appointed to the faculty of the UC San Diego Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Sewell currently fills a number of roles at UC San Diego which include: Medical Director of the Senior Behavioral Health Program, Director of the Geropsychiatry Fellowship Program, Co-director of the Memory Aging and Resilience Clinic, and Associate Director for the UC San Diego Hartford Foundation Center of Excellence in Geriatric Psychiatry. For the past three years in a row, Dr. Sewell has been named a Top Doc in San Diego.

      Research Interests

      Dr. Sewell’s current research interests include: 1) the use of the neuropsychological test, the Clock Drawing Test (CDT), to distinguish older patients with major depression from older patients with major depression and early dementia; 2) unrecognized medical illness as the cause of behavioral disturbance in patients with dementia; 3) the use of aroma therapy to reduce agitation in patients with dementia; 4) sex, aging, and dementia, 5) metoclopramide-associated tardive dyskinesia; and 6) the use of atypical antipsychotic medications in older patients.

      Clinical Focus

      He spent approximately 75% of his clinical hours working with patients admitted to the Senior Behavioral Health Inpatient Unit at UCSD Hillcrest Medical Center. About half of the inpatients are experiencing severe behavioral disturbance as a complication of dementia and about half are experiencing problems with depression or anxiety but do not have dementia. Occasionally, he treats older patients with bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. He works closely with a multi-disciplinary team that includes a geriatric internist, neuropsychologist, social worker, occupational therapist, and nurses. His work frequently includes family therapy. About 25% of his clinical time is spent providing outpatient medication management and long-term psychotherapy for adults of all ages.


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      1. Jeste DV, Avanzino J, Depp CA, Gawronska M, Tu X, Sewell D, Huege SF. Effect of short-term research training programs on medical students' attitudes toward aging. Gerontol Geriatr Educ. 2017 Jun 14; 1-9. PMID: 28614041.
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      2. Vahia IV, Sewell D. Late-Life Depression: A Role for Accelerometer Technology in Diagnosis and Management. Am J Psychiatry. 2016 Aug 1; 173(8):763-8. PMID: 27477136.
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      3. Yarns BC, Abrams JM, Meeks TW, Sewell D. The Mental Health of Older LGBT Adults. Curr Psychiatry Rep. 2016 Jun; 18(6):60. PMID: 27142205.
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      4. Sewell D. 2016 American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry Annual Meeting Presidential Plenary Address Improving the Mental Health Care of Older Americans Four Essential Ingredients: Technology, Advocacy, Education and You (The Members of the AAGP). Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2016 Jul; 24(7):511-6. PMID: 27288869.
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      5. Koh S, Sewell D. Sexual functions in older adults. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2015 Mar; 23(3):223-6. PMID: 25662519.
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      6. Barnes SS, Sewell D. The value and underutilization of simple reading glasses in geropsychiatry inpatient settings. Am J Alzheimers Dis Other Demen. 2014 Dec; 29(8):657-9. PMID: 24928818.
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      7. Gierz M, Sewell D, Kramer R, Gillin JC, Jeste DV. Psychotic vs. Nonpsychotic Depression in Older Patients. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 1995 Winter; 3(1):75-80. PMID: 28530962.
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      8. Wetherell JL, Petkus AJ, McChesney K, Stein MB, Judd PH, Rockwell E, Sewell D, Patterson TL. Older adults are less accurate than younger adults at identifying symptoms of anxiety and depression. J Nerv Ment Dis. 2009 Aug; 197(8):623-6. PMID: 19684501.
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      9. Chan VT, Woo BK, Sewell D, Allen EC, Golshan S, Rice V, Minassian A, Daly JW. Reduction of suboptimal prescribing and clinical outcome for dementia patients in a senior behavioral health inpatient unit. Int Psychogeriatr. 2009 Feb; 21(1):195-9. PMID: 19019261.
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      10. Ng B, Camacho A, Bardwell W, Sewell D. Lamotrigine for agitation in older patients with dementia. Int Psychogeriatr. 2009 Feb; 21(1):207-8. PMID: 18834559.
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      11. Meeks TW, Dunn LB, Kim DS, Golshan S, Sewell D, Atkinson JH, Lebowitz BD. Chronic pain and depression among geriatric psychiatry inpatients. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2008 Jun; 23(6):637-42. PMID: 18041102.
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      12. Rao SS, Daly JW, Sewell D. Falls associated with electroconvulsive therapy among the geriatric population: a case report. J ECT. 2008 Jun; 24(2):173-5. PMID: 18580567.
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      13. Brenes GA, Penninx BW, Judd PH, Rockwell E, Sewell D, Wetherell JL. Anxiety, depression and disability across the lifespan. Aging Ment Health. 2008 Jan; 12(1):158-63. PMID: 18297491.
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      14. Sewell D. The American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry: my professional family. Acad Psychiatry. 2007 Mar-Apr; 31(2):103-4. PMID: 17344441.
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      15. Woo BK, Golshan S, Allen EC, Daly JW, Jeste DV, Sewell D. Factors associated with frequent admissions to an acute geriatric psychiatric inpatient unit. J Geriatr Psychiatry Neurol. 2006 Dec; 19(4):226-30. PMID: 17085762.
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      16. Woo BK, Rice VA, Legendre SA, Salmon DP, Jeste DV, Sewell D. The clock drawing test as a measure of executive dysfunction in elderly depressed patients. J Geriatr Psychiatry Neurol. 2004 Dec; 17(4):190-4. PMID: 15533989.
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      17. Woo BK, Daly JW, Allen EC, Jeste DV, Sewell D. Unrecognized medical disorders in older psychiatric inpatients in a senior behavioral health unit in a university hospital. J Geriatr Psychiatry Neurol. 2003 Jun; 16(2):121-5. PMID: 12801163.
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      18. Ashley RV, Gladsjo A, Olson R, Judd LL, Sewell D, Rockwell E, Jeste DV. Changes in psychiatric diagnoses from admission to discharge: review of the charts of 159 patients consecutively admitted to a geriatric psychiatry inpatient unit. Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2001 Jan-Feb; 23(1):3-7. PMID: 11226550.
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      19. Sewell D. Schizophrenia and HIV. Schizophr Bull. 1996; 22(3):465-73. PMID: 8873297.
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      20. Sewell D, Lopez WM, Paulsen J, Gilbert P. Treatment of obsessive-compulsive symptoms in schizophrenia with a neuroleptic-selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor combination: two case reports. J Nerv Ment Dis. 1994 Dec; 182(12):725-7. PMID: 7989921.
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      21. Sewell D, Kodsi AB, Caligiuri MP, Jeste DV. Metoclopramide and tardive dyskinesia. Biol Psychiatry. 1994 Nov 1; 36(9):630-2. PMID: 7833431.
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      22. Sewell D, Jeste DV, McAdams LA, Bailey A, Harris MJ, Atkinson JH, Chandler JL, McCutchan JA, Grant I. Neuroleptic treatment of HIV-associated psychosis. HNRC group. Neuropsychopharmacology. 1994 Jul; 10(4):223-9. PMID: 7945732.
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      23. Lacro JP, Sewell D, Warren K, Woody S, Harris MJ, Jeste DV. Improving documentation of consent for neuroleptic therapy. Hosp Community Psychiatry. 1994 Feb; 45(2):176-8. PMID: 7909526.
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      24. Sewell D, Jeste DV, Atkinson JH, Heaton RK, Hesselink JR, Wiley C, Thal L, Chandler JL, Grant I. HIV-associated psychosis: a study of 20 cases. San Diego HIV Neurobehavioral Research Center Group. Am J Psychiatry. 1994 Feb; 151(2):237-42. PMID: 8296896.
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      25. Sewell D, Yoshinobu BH, Caligiuri MP, Jeste DV. Metoclopramide-associated tardive dyskinesia in hemodialysis patients with diabetes mellitus. Two case reports. Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 1992 Nov; 14(6):416-9. PMID: 1473712.
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      26. Sewell D, Jeste DV. Metoclopramide-associated tardive dyskinesia. An analysis of 67 cases. Arch Fam Med. 1992 Nov; 1(2):271-8. PMID: 1341603.
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      27. Sewell D, Jeste DV. Distinguishing neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS) from NMS-like acute medical illnesses: a study of 34 cases. J Neuropsychiatry Clin Neurosci. 1992; 4(3):265-9. PMID: 1354002.
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      28. Harris MJ, Jeste DV, Gleghorn A, Sewell D. New-onset psychosis in HIV-infected patients. J Clin Psychiatry. 1991 Sep; 52(9):369-76. PMID: 1894589.
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      29. Sewell D, Jeste DV. Neuroleptic malignant syndrome: a review. Yakubutsu Seishin Kodo. 1989 Sep; 9(3):319-33. PMID: 2690542.
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