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Dr Dunckley as seen onVictoria L. Dunckley, M.D, is an award-winning integrative child psychiatrist, author, speaker, and activist. She is a nationally-recognized expert on the impact of screen-time on brain health and development, and coined the term “Electronic Screen Syndrome” to describe how electronics can overstimulate and detune a child’s nervous system, causing mood, focus, sleep and behavioral issues.

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A frequent media commentator for print, radio, documentaries and TV, she has been interviewed on such outlets as the Today show, NBC Nightly News, Investigation Discovery, Hallmark Home & Family, NPR, and Fox News LA. She also blogs monthly for Psychology Today.

Dr. Dunckley’s groundbreaking book, Reset Your Child’s Brain: A Four Week Plan to End Meltdowns, Raise Grades and Boost Social Skills by Reversing the Effects of Electronic Screen Time has received praise from parents, health practitioners, educators, tech addiction experts, and child health organizations.

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To view Dr. Dunckley’s  June 2015 talk  “The Overstimulated Child” at the Commonwealth Club, click here.

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“Mental Wealth” by Victoria L Dunckley M.D.

 

 

 

 

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Victoria L. Dunckley, M.D.Victoria Dunckley MD
Integrative Child, Adolescent & Adult Psychiatry
Centre for Life, West Los Angeles

 


Mission statement: 

As an integrative psychiatrist, when I work with a patient, I look to see the whole person.  From that place, I help them explore their path to mental wellness by uncovering the mysteries that have been missed, and addressing mental, physical, social, developmental, and environmental issues.
Our ultimate goal is not just stability, but realization of full potential.  There is always a path, no matter how complicated or hopeless your situation might feel.
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Psychology Today Mental Wealth
“Mental Wealth” by Victoria L Dunckley M.D.

Mental Wealth aims to raise awareness of integrative or holistic methods that anyone can implement to optimize treatment, minimize the need for medication, and support healthy brain development in children, teens, and young adults. Over the years I’ve realized that addressing screen-time is often the missing link in successful treatment, so many of the articles focus on various aspects of “screens”: harmful physiological effects, mindful screen-management, and the benefits of restriction.

  • Why Social Media is NOT Smart for Middle School Kids
    Wondering why your middle schooler's social media use has ratcheted up your stress levels? Understanding the brain at this age can help you can take back control. ... read more
    Source: Dr D’s Mental Wealth blog on Psychology TodayPublished on 2017-03-26By Victoria L. Dunckley M.D.
  • Toward Integration: Mental Health Defined
    We're all familiar with mental health issues or symptoms. But what does a mental healthy brain look like? And how do we get there? ... read more
    Source: Dr D’s Mental Wealth blog on Psychology TodayPublished on 2017-03-03By Victoria L. Dunckley M.D.
  • Is Guilt Affecting How You Manage Your Child’s ScreenTime?
    Parental guilt can undermine the best of intentions when it comes to restricting children's screentime. Here's how to give guilt the boot. ... read more
    Source: Dr D’s Mental Wealth blog on Psychology TodayPublished on 2017-01-03By Victoria L. Dunckley M.D.
  • Autism and Screen Time: Special Brains, Special Risks
    Is your gut telling you that your child with autism has too much screen time? Here are 11 reasons why ASD kids are more vulnerable to screen time effects, including addiction. ... read more
    Source: Dr D’s Mental Wealth blog on Psychology TodayPublished on 2016-12-31By Victoria L. Dunckley M.D.
  • Managing Trump-Related Tears, Fears & Taunts in Kids
    Teachers across the country are reporting children are acting out deportation-related worries, ranging from fearfulness to bullying and feelings of separatism. ... read more
    Source: Dr D’s Mental Wealth blog on Psychology TodayPublished on 2016-11-11By Victoria L. Dunckley M.D.
  • Is the Tech Industry the New Big Tobacco?
    Taking a page from the Big Tobacco story can help us see how today's tech industries use tactics such as "create doubt and confusion" to keep us in the dark about health effects. ... read more
    Source: Dr D’s Mental Wealth blog on Psychology TodayPublished on 2016-09-30By Victoria L. Dunckley M.D.
  • Will Your Gamer Survive College?
    If you're concerned about your son's video game habits spinning out of control when he goes to college, you're right to be worried--but here's what parents can do. ... read more
    Source: Dr D’s Mental Wealth blog on Psychology TodayPublished on 2016-09-25By Victoria L. Dunckley M.D.
  • This is Your Child’s Brain on Video Games
    Playing video games presents an "evolutionary mismatch": a fight-or-flight response unaccompanied by a physical discharge of energy. So guess where all the energy goes? ... read more
    Source: Dr D’s Mental Wealth blog on Psychology TodayPublished on 2016-09-24By Victoria L. Dunckley M.D.
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Victoria L. Dunckley, M.D., is an integrative child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist with twelve years’ clinical experience in both the public and private sectors.  An active blogger for Psychology Today and speaker to both parents’ groups and clinicians, she emphasizes the impact of lifestyle factors on mental health, particularly the effects of overstimuling electronic screen media on mood, cognition, and behavior.  Dr. Dunckley has been interviewed on various television and radio programs regarding her integrative approach, and has contributed as a mental health expert for the Today Show and NBC News.  In 2011, Dr. Dunckley was named one of America’s Top Psychiatrists by the Consumer Research Council and won several patient care awards, including Vitals.com’s Patient’s Choice and Compassionate Doctor awards.

Boarded by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine, she consults frequently with schools, interdisciplinary treatment teams, and the courts, and specializes in working with children and families who have failed previous treatments.  By working closely over extended time periods with difficult cases, she uncovers issues that have previously been missed, and uses an approach that integrates traditional psychopharmacology with complementary strategies. 

A California native, Dr. Dunckley graduated cum laude with a biology degree at the University of California San Diego, then migrated to the east coast to receive her Medical Doctorate at Albany Medical College.  She returned to southern California in 1996, where she completed her adult psychiatry residency followed by her child/adolescent psychiatry fellowship at UC Irvine Medical Center.   A member of the American Holistic Medical Association, her practice became more holistic over time, addressing nutrition, utilizing natural supplements and herbs, and assisting patients with weight management.  

Areas of specialization include tics/Tourette Syndrome, reactive attachment disorder, weight issues related to medication, ADHD, sensory integration issues, trauma/abuse, and mood disorders including bipolar disorder.  Her practice is split 50-50 between children/adolescents and adults. 

In the public sector, she’s consulted with numerous community mental health organizations, working with the severely emotionally disturbed (SED) population in group homes, foster/adoptive placements, and residential treatment settings.  Currently she contracts with Westside Regional Center in Los Angeles, treating developmentally disabled (including autistic spectrum disordered) adults and children. 

Dr. Dunckley has a forthcoming book exploring the effects of interactive screen-time on mental health, and advocates use of an “electronic fast” to improve mood, raise grades, and boost social skills regardless of diagnosis.  You can read her blog on Psychology Today at www.psychologytoday.com/blog/mental-wealth.