Erika Nurmi, MD, PhD

Erika Nurmi, MD

Dr. Nurmi received her medical degree and doctorate degree from Vanderbilt University and her clinical training in adult, child and adolescent psychiatry from UCLA. She is currently assistant professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences in the UCLA Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Acting Deputy Chief of Mental Health for Greater Los Angeles VA Healthcare.

In both research and clinical practice, Dr. Nurmi specializes in obsessive-compulsive and tic disorders. She is the associate medical director of the UCLA Childhood OCD, Anxiety, and Tic Disorders Program and medical director of the Pediatric OCD Intensive Outpatient Program.

She is an active Tourette Association of America member, serving on the TAA Medical Advisory Board and as co-director of training in the UCLA TAA Center of Excellence.

Dr. Nurmi directs a molecular and computational genetics laboratory, investigating genetic contributions to mental illness vulnerability and response to treatment. Her recent work, supported by the NIH, NARSAD, IOCDF, and TAA focuses on unraveling the genetic susceptibility to obsessive-compulsive and tic disorders and genetic influences on treatment.

She enjoys sharing her passion for science and medicine by teaching trainees, clinicians, and the public. Dr. Nurmi’s aim is to integrate her roles as researcher, teacher and clinician, with the overarching goal of developing biologically based, individualized treatments for mental illness.