Bio


Lisa provides care to patients in the Stanford Geriatric Psychiatry, adult Depression, and adult Bipolar Clinics. She received her BA in Sociology and Anthropology from UCLA, then worked in healthcare for several years before becoming a Registered Nurse (RN), Public Health Nurse (PHN), & Board-Certified Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) through the UCSF School of Nursing.

During her time at UCSF she completed minors in Diabetes, Genomics, and Global Health, and co-created a new course for future healthcare providers about improving medical care for people with disabilities.

She worked as a PMHNP-BC with adults in Alameda County before joining Stanford.

Research interests include:
- Identifying & treating autoimmune biomarkers of psychiatric conditions
- Improving treatments for psychological trauma across the lifespan
- Developing anti-oppressive public health policies

Lisa currently resides in San Francisco with her family. She is originally from Santa Cruz, CA, which she enjoys visiting often.

Clinical Focus


  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Psychiatry/Mental Health

Honors & Awards


  • UCSF Chancellor's Award for Disability Service, University of California, San Francisco (2018)

Professional Education


  • Board Certification: Nurse Practitioner, American Nurses Credentialing Center (2019)
  • Internship: Cordilleras Mental Health Ctr San Mateo County (2019) CA
  • Professional Education: UCSF School Of Nursing (2019) CA

All Publications


  • Psychiatric Disorders: Are Infectious Agents to Blame? Psychiatric Times Yolken, R., Quanbeck, C., Shwartz, L. 2019