Joseph R Mawhinney


La Jolla, CA


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About Joseph R Mawhinney, M.D.

Dr. Mawhinney did his undergraduate work at Georgetown University. He went on to St. Louis University Medical School with a special interest in psychiatry. Upon graduating in 1967, he entered the Air Force Flight Surgeon program and did his internship at Travis AFB. He served in Taiwan as the Base Medical Director. Dr. Mawhinney completed his Community and General Psychiatry residency in San Mateo County at Chope Hospital and his Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Coming to San Diego in 1975, he was Chief of the Children’s Inpatient Services for San Diego County Department of Mental Health for three years. During those years, he consulted with the Probation Department, Juvenile Court and the Department of Social Services.

He has been in private since 1979. During his career, Dr. Mawhiney has been involved with many community-based programs, including residential and day treatment programs. He has extensive experience with hospital treatment. Most recently, he has worked with two eating disorders programs in San Diego and done research on methamphetamine addiction with a UCLA/NIDA project.

As an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at UCSD, he has supervised residents in the General Psychiatry and Child Psychiatry programs.

He is a past president of the:
California Psychiatric Association
California Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
San Diego Psychiatric Society
San Diego Society for Adolescent Psychiatry

Currently, he is serving on the American Psychiatric Association Assembly Executive Committee.

He has had experience in dealing with most major psychiatric disorders as well as developmental disorders, autism spectrum, and Tourette’s disorder.

Education & Certifications

Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) – St Louis University School Of Medicine – 1967-06-01

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  • Cigna Commercial CA
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  • Tricare CA

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