Aaron Besterman, MD, is an Assistant Professor in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSD and Clinical Investigator at the Rady Children's Institute for Genomic Medicine. He works as an attending psychiatrist on intensive services at Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego. His primary research focus is on the integration of clinical genetics into psychiatry, focusing mostly on neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorders. He is interested in understanding how genomics can lead to more precise and effective treatments for youth with mental illness. His previous work has been on the implementation of genetic testing on an inpatient child psychiatry service as well improving the understanding of the neurobehavioral characteristics of rare neurogenetic conditions, such as Smith-Kingsmore Syndrome. Dr. Besterman completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in medical genetics and child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at UCLA. He completed adult psychiatry training at UCSF and an HHMI-NIH Research Scholarship at the NIMH Clinical Brain Disorders Branch.