Psychiatrist in La Jolla, California Claudio Demb, Psychiatrist

License: MD

Provider Gender: Male

Ages Served: 18-64

Appointments: In-office and Telehealth

Manages Medications: Yes

Psychiatrist in La Jolla, California Claudio Demb, MD

Claudio Demb, MD

Claudio Demb is a board-certified psychiatrist with vast expertise in the field of mental health. Claudio was born in Bahia Blanca, Argentina, amidst the backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean and open lands. He attended medical school at the National University of La Plata, Argentina. Claudio subsequently pursued a rotating internship at the Chaim Sheba Medical Center, Tel Aviv University in Israel, before relocating to the United States to complete his psychiatry residency at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. Following his training, Claudio worked as a medical director of inpatient psychiatry at Woodhull Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. In 1997, he transitioned to Cambridge, Massachusetts, to begin his career as a staff psychiatrist at Cambridge Health Alliance and a teaching position at Harvard Medical School. In these roles, Claudio provided clinical care to a diverse population, treating a full spectrum of mental health and psychiatric disorders.

As an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Claudio has contributed to medical education as a teacher for medical students and a supervisor for psychiatric residents and fellows. It is through the experience of his work that Claudio learned to have a full appreciation of the central role that the therapeutic alliance plays in the outcome of treatment. Taking the time to understand what is going on is key to standing on firm clinical grounds from where treatment goals can be articulated. Claudio relies on the Biopsychosocial formulation to arrive at a nuanced assessment of what brings a person to treatment. Biology alone rarely explains what is happening; psychology always looms large. That is why Claudio would almost always recommend psychotherapy. Even when medication is clearly indicated, the combination with psychotherapy yields the best results.

He is equally comfortable and competent in providing psychotherapy, using medication, or a combination of both. When it comes to medication, it is very important to have a clear diagnosis and a frank discussion of realistic expectations of what medication can achieve. Claudio knows that he is responsible for the prescription when it comes to psychopharmacology, but his goal is to have you as an active participant in the decision-making. Claudio has an empathic and open style; he is flexible and open-minded but firm and thorough at the same time. Claudio looks forward to getting to know you and helping you in your journey. In his free time, Claudio enjoys surfing, observing marine life, and running. He is also an avid reader of fiction and psychiatry-related literature.

Insurances Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Evernorth (Cigna)
  • Magellan
  • Managed Health Network (HealthNet)
  • MediNcrease Health Plans (MHP)
  • MultiPlan (PHCS)
  • Optum (UnitedHealthcare)
  • Partners Direct Health
  • Provider Network of America (PNOA)
  • Sana Benefits


  • Adoption/Foster Care
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • First Responders
  • Head Injuries
  • LGBTQ+
  • Men
  • Military/Veterans
  • Women


  • English
  • Spanish



Please use our online form to schedule an appointment with Claudio Demb. You can also call 925-282-1778 to have someone assist you.

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