Team Member Spotlight Series: Meet Jonathan Heldt, MD

March 2, 2020

The STAND clinic’s supervisor with a love for traveling and new experiences

Jonathan Heldt, MD

Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior
Associate Program Director of Residency Education, Semel Institute
Clinical Psychiatrist, Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA

DGC Role

Jonathan is an attending supervisor for residents in the Screening and Treatment for Anxiety and Depression (STAND) clinic at UCLA. As part of the DGC’s Innovative Treatment Network, STAND uses a scalable platform, based on innovative technology, to identify individuals who could benefit from behavioral health interventions, and provide them with high-quality care. At the clinic, Jonathan directly supervises patient care and provides instruction to residents. In fact, having enjoyed his time at the clinic while completing his psychiatric residency training at the UCLA Geffen School of Medicine, he was honored to stay on as a supervisor.

STAND Inspires Jonathan

As part of the STAND clinic, Jonathan has seen first-hand the system’s focus to make a large-scale intervention that is scalable. Traditional models of mental health care are focused on one patient at a time. While this works for people who are able to access care, the current shortage of mental health care providers means that many people are left out. For this reason, it is essential to look at populations as a whole and use technology to deliver targeted interventions at a wider scale than has previously been possible. He is inspired by the fact that that this population-based approach does not mean that individual patients suffer, instead patients in the clinic receive high-quality care with the added advantage of access to longitudinal data to make the best treatment decisions.

Jonathan Feels His Best When He is Around Others

In order to take care of his mental health, he tries to stay in touch with family and friends as much as possible and makes a priority of finding time to see them.

When he is not at work you will see him…

Playing music and going to concerts, sampling the many cuisines that Los Angeles has to offer, playing board games, bike-riding, and traveling whenever he can. Among his favorite places to visit are Ha Long Bay, Cape Town, and the Amalfi Coast.

“In a world free from stigma, people would be free to seek help, to talk about their experiences, and to be proud of themselves for having battled against these disorders.”

Learn more about the UCLA Depression Grand Challenge Team Member Spotlight Series.