David Sitzer



David Sitzer

Department Chair

  • Associate Professor

  • Campus:
  • Los Angeles, CA
Clinical Psychology
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
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Dr. David Sitzer earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Central Michigan University (CMU) after completing a pre-doctoral internship at Duke University Medical Center focusing on neuropsychological assessment, rehabilitation, and cognitive behavioral therapy. He completed his postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Division of Geriatric Psychiatry where his research focused on neuropsychological abilities and the improvement of daily functioning among the elderly and people with severe mental illness.

Dr. Sitzer joined the Chicago School of Professional Psychology at their Los Angeles campus in 2008 as the lead faculty for the Clinical Psychology program after serving as the Chair of the graduate psychology programs at the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University in Los Angeles. He has taught courses at CMU, San Diego Mesa College, and Argosy University, seminars at UCSD, and supervised the research and clinical work of graduate and undergraduate students.

Dr. Sitzer has provided both inpatient and outpatient psychological services at medical and psychiatric hospitals in the departments of neurology and psychiatry. He has worked in residential treatment facilities, rehabilitation centers, the Veterans Administration system, and community counseling centers. He has published research in the areas of identifying memory impairment, screening for cognitive impairment, psychosocial interventions for Alzheimer's disease, successful aging, and improving cognitive and daily functioning among people with severe mental illness.

Dr. Sitzer's current interests include integrating neuropsychological assessment with psychosocial interventions to improve the daily functioning of older adults and people with severe mental illness. His clinical practice focuses on providing neuropsychological assessment, cognitive rehabilitation, and cognitive behavioral therapy for older adults and people with severe mental illnesses. His current research focus is on the development of psychosocial interventions to improve cognitive and daily functioning of people with severe mental illness.

Education History
Degree Institution
BA Psychology San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
Ph.D. Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI
Professional Memberships
Role Organization
Member The International Neuropsychological Society
Member The National Academy of Neuropsychology
Member Americal Psychological Association
Member California Psychological Association
Member Los Angeles County Psychological Association
PY 21769
Community Involvement
Role Organization
Ad-hoc reviewer The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Ad-hoc reviewer International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Group Facilitator Alzheimer's Association
Speaker's Bureau Alzheimer's Association
Areas of Expertise
Area Expertise
Aging/Adult Development Alzheimer's/Dementias
Clinical Psychology / Mental Health Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Neuropsychology/Neuroscience Clinical Neuroscience

Sitzer, D.I., Twamley, E.W., Patterson, T.L., & Jeste, D.V. (2008) Multivariate predictors of social skills performance in middle-aged and older out-patients with schizophrenia spectrum disorders. Psychological Medicine, 38, 755-763.

McGurk, S.R., Twamley, E.W., Sitzer, D.I., McHugo, G.J., & Mueser, K.T. (2007). A Meta-Analysis of Cognitive Remediation in Schizophrenia. The American Journal of Psychiatry, 164, 1791-1802.

Depp, C.A., Moore, D.J., Sitzer, D.I., Palmer, B.W., Lebowitz, B.D., Jeste, D.V. (2007) Neurocognitive impairment in middle-aged and elderly adults with bipolar disorder: Comparison to schizophrenia and normal comparison subjects. Journal of Affective Disorders. Manuscript accepted for publication.

Moore, D.J., Sitzer, D.I., Depp, C.A., Montross, L.P., Reichstadt, J., Lebowitz, B.D., & Jeste, D.V. (2007) Self-administered cognitive screening for a study of successful aging among community-dwelling seniors: a preliminary study. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 22, 327-331.

Sitzer, D.I., Twamley, E.W., & Jeste, D.J. (2006) Cognitive Training in Alzheimer Disease: A meta-analysis of the literature. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 114, 75-90.

Professional Skills
aging, Alzheimer's, anxiety, chronic mental illness, health psychology, neuropsychology, Schizophrenia, testing issues