Victoria L. Dunckley, M.D., is an integrative child and adolescent psychiatrist specializing in treating children with complex diagnoses and/or treatment-resistant conditions, using both conventional and complementary methods. She consults regularly with schools, multi-disciplinary treatment teams, and the courts, and is a speaker for parents’ groups and mental health trainings. Her clinical practice is divided between the private and public sectors in Orange and Los Angeles counties.
Dr. Dunckley’s work with difficult cases lead her to seek alternative and complementary interventions when usual treatments failed. By working with and learning from occupational and physical therapists, sensory integration specialists, nutritionists, endocrinologists, and functional medicine practitioners, her clinical expertise came to reflect a more integrated, holistic approach, including use of vitamins/minerals, herbal supplements, and antioxidants. She became especially interested on how manipulating a child’s external environment could produce profound changes on the internal one, and how that in turn could minimize not only symptoms, but also psychotropic medication use.After receiving a biology degree in 1992 at the University of California San Diego, Dr. Dunckley received her medical training at Albany Medical College in New York, then returned to the west coast for her psychiatric residency and child/adolescent fellowship at U.C. Irvine Medical Center. Since then, she’s worked in a variety of community mental health settings including residential treatment centers, group homes, and clinics catering to adopted children, transitional age youths, and Regional Center clients. In her private practice she has extensive experience treating tics/Tourette Syndrome, ADHD, bipolar disorder, attachment disorder, and PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). Whether in the private or public setting, she’s known for giving her patients and their families as much time as they need, and goes the extra mile to help each patient not just improve or get symptom relief, but achieve maximum potential. A Diplomate of both the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Dr. Dunckley is also a member of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Holistic Medical Association. Dr. Dunckley has written multiple articles on the unique challenges modern society poses to children’s mental health, and has a forthcoming book on how to mitigate the negative effects of electronic screens on brain, mind, and character development.