Janelle Haider, MD


Dr. Haider is a Board-Certified Adult Psychiatrist who specializes in depression and mood dysregulation, anxiety and stress, and neuropsychiatry. She is also Board-Certified in Integrative Holistic Medicine and Board-Eligible in Neurology.

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While a medical student, Dr. Haider found no other rotations were nearly as interesting to her as those in the basic and clinical neurosciences. To her, these brain-based, “mind” fields get at the core of what it means to be human. Ultimately, she first trained in and practiced psychiatry and then further trained in and practiced neurology, and now together neuropsychiatry. The goal of this path has been to help bring together these fields and help support the neuropsychiatrically complex patient population.

Her style is extremely collaborative, warm, and flexible. She meets a patient where she/he/they are, working with them to refine their mental health goals, and then together charting a supportive and positive treatment path. She encourages whole-person care and strives to ensure every patient pursues an appropriate diagnostic work up during the initial evaluation process. She views having primary, preventive, and functional medicine care as paramount to achieve optimal brain health. For treatment, she blends short and long term, psychodynamic and CBT-informed psychotherapy with medication management and non-pharmacologic, holistic lifestyle strategies. She is honored to work with any patient who voices interest and motivation to pursue optimal nervous system health.

Dr. Haider is committed to offering a full breadth of diagnostic and treatment tools. She is pleased to offer both TMS and esketamine nasal spray as treatments for patients. These are well-established, well-tolerated, evidence-based and FDA-approved treatments that offer much needed tools to the chest of options for patients. Given more options such as these treatments, there are more possibilities for patients to have true relief, true healing.

Personal Interests

Dr. Haider is grateful to have lived in and traveled to many areas around the US and globe. But she greatly appreciates the unique and varied beauty of California and so sees the great fortune of being able to live in the southern California climate, which is so conducive to experiencing as much as one can via year-round outdoor activities. While she loves all that the city life of LA can offer, she was born and raised on a Midwest family farm. And so, she has a deep connection with all that open space and nature can offer one’s overall health and wellbeing.

During her time away from patient care, you may find her with family or friends on a day or longer road trip soaking in some of the local scenery – hiking or biking, at the beach or in the mountains, or just generally exploring. Or traveling even further, just to experience. She also strives to find her own optimal balance. No matter how busy she may be, not a day goes by without some focus on her own self-care and wellness. She is also a proud mother who hopes to instill these qualities in her children. Caring for animals too has always been part of her life. You may even request to see one of her tele-pet-therapists – a kitty and a pup – who cannot wait to meet new virtual friends in their home office.

Education & Experience

Dr. Haider completed her Bachelor of Individual Studies, graduating summa cum laude, from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

She received her medical degree from New York University in New York, New York.

She completed her Psychiatry Residency at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute in Los Angeles, CA. During her residency, she held a number of leadership positions such as Chief Resident for UCLA Geriatric Psychiatry and Chief Resident for UCLA Anxiety Disorders Clinic. She was also awarded the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Outstanding General Psychiatry Resident Award.

After several years of psychiatry practice, she then completed her Residency in Neurology from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA.

Since becoming an MD, she has held positions in clinical neuroimaging research, had academic roles in both psychiatry and neurology, worked at both private solo and group practices, as well as contributed to patient care at a multitude of other sites – from community low-cost mental health clinics to corrections facilities, for concerns ranging from “the worried well” to the severely mentally ill and neuropsychiatrically complex.

Her diverse experience includes working in private practice in Los Angeles at times as an Integrative Psychiatrist and after more training as an Integrative Neuropsychiatrist. She has experience treating all ages of patients ranging from pediatric to geriatric populations. Some of her practice locations have included Step-Up Program in Santa Monica, focusing on the intersection of serious mental health conditions and chronic homelessness; the UCLA Pediatric Pain Program, treating children to young adults with several organic or functional concerns; and as well as Telecare, providing care in various clinical and administrative roles that involved mental health rehabilitation and support to psychiatrically and neuropsychiatrically complex patients.

Most recently she has been offering telepsychiatry and in-person hybrid care within a large group outpatient practice at Lifestance (formerly Pacific Coast Psychiatric Associates) as well as assisting in on-demand triage intervention for a corrections population with Amwell.

Certifications & Memberships

  • Member, American Psychiatric Association
  • Member, American Academy of Neurology


Apostolova LG, Haider JM, et al. Critical review of the appropriate use criteria for amyloid imaging: Effect on diagnosis and patient care. Alzheimer’s & Dementia : Diagnosis, Assessment & Disease Monitoring 5 (2016) 15-22.

Pagano G, Tan EE, Haider JM, Bautista A, Tagliati M. Constipation risk is reduced by beta-blockers and increased by dopaminergic medications in Parkinson’s disease. Parkinsonism Reial Disord 2014 Nov 25. pii: S1353-8020(14)00435-0.

McMurtray AM, Liao A, Haider J, et al. Cognitive performance after lacunar stroke correlates with leukoaraiosis severity. Cerebrovasc Dis. 2007;24(2-3):271-6.

Wilde EA, Bigler ED, Haider JM, et al. Vulnerability of the anterior commissure in moderate to severe pediatric traumatic brain injury. J Child Neural. 2006 Sep;21(9):769-76.

Apostolova LG, Haider JM, Goukasian N, et al.Critical appraisal of the Appropriate Use Criteria: Effect on diagnosis and patient care. Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2015.

Haider JM, Goukasian N; Apostolova LG. Amyloid PET imaging as utilized in a clinical setting: A case series. Cedars-Sinai Research Day VI, Feb 2015.

Pagano G, Haider JM, Tagliati M. Prevalence of Non-motor Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease: A Systematic Review with

Meta-Analysis. Poster. Cedars-Sinai Research Day V. Jan 17, 2014.

Kim FH, Marangell LB, Trotter D, Wilde E, Haider J, et al. Cognition in Euthymic Bipolar Disorder Patients: Neuropsychological and Neuroimaging Correlates –ANPA– J Neuropsychiatry Clin Neurosci 18:252-255, May 2006.

Vann MO, Krull KR.Hunter JV, Haider JM, et al. Neurocognitive and academic performance in children with sickle cell disease: The relationship of MRI-defined stroke status and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder –Sickle cell meeting -April 11, 2005, Abstract #4

Haider JM; Vann MO , Krull KR; et al. Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome in the sickle cell population –Sickle cell meeting – April 11, 2005, Abstract #59

Haider JM, Kramer EL, Maguire GQ, et al. Problems with two automatic methods for SPECT-SPECT and SPECT-MRI volume matching. American Association of Physicists in Medicine, 2002. Abstract

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