Katharine Marder, MD

Psychiatrist

Dr. Marder is a board-certified adult psychiatrist whose clinical focus is the treatment of depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, and obsessive-compulsive and related disorders. She has expertise in interventional psychiatry, including transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and electroconvulsive therapy (ECT).

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More about Katharine Marder, MD

Dr. Marder has always been interested in the big questions: Who are we? Why are we here? What is the meaning of life? She studied philosophy during college in the hopes of finding answers to these questions. While she didn’t find any clear answers, she learned that the experience of mental and emotional suffering is a common and uniquely painful part of the human condition. She chose to become a psychiatrist to try to alleviate some of this suffering.

Dr. Marder understands that the work she does with her patients can be challenging, so she strives to build a relationship based on mutual trust and respect. Her approach to treatment reflects the fact that each patient is a complex and unique individual with their own set of biological predispositions, psychological makeup, and social context. Finally, her treatment philosophy is highly collaborative. She believes that each patient is the ultimate expert on themselves and on their lives, so she works together with each patient to determine their individual treatment goals and to create a personalized treatment plan with those goals in mind.

Dr. Marder is particularly interested in using novel treatment modalities, like TMS and esketamine nasal spray, that can help people who have not benefited from medications. Unlike medications, which attempt to balance neurotransmitter levels, TMS and esketamine seem to work by increasing neuroplasticity. In doing so, they tap into the brain’s natural ability to change itself. She is excited to offer her patients safe and effective treatments that are truly new and different.

Personal Interests

Dr. Marder was born and raised in Sacramento, and, after spending some years in Southern California, is thrilled to call Sacramento home again! She loves that Sacramento is a truly diverse city with history, culture, lots of fun things to do, and incredible hole-in-the-wall restaurants. Between all of the trees and the American River Parkway, Sacramento is a naturally beautiful place to live, and she appreciates its proximity to other beautiful places, like Tahoe, Point Reyes, and Yosemite. Her hobbies include reading (especially the New York Times and all sorts of nonfiction books), meditating, traveling, spending time in nature, and spending time with her family. She also enjoys discovering new vegan restaurants and dishes!

Education & Experience

Dr. Marder completed her Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA, where she graduated summa cum laude. Her minors included Bioethics and Natural Sciences.

She received her medical degree from the University of California, Davis School of Medicine in Sacramento, CA. Awards included the American Medical Women’s Association Glasgow-Rubin Citation for Academic Achievement, the Helen McConnell Palthe Fellowship Award (Outstanding Medical Student Specializing in Psychiatry), and an Outstanding Medical Student in Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences award.

She completed her internship and residency at the University of California, Los Angeles Psychiatry Residency Training Program. During residency training, she began to realize just how often conventional treatment approaches are unsuccessful. Fortunately, in her final year of training, she had the opportunity to complete a year-long rotation in the TMS clinic at UCLA. She watched in awe as patients—most of whom had suffered for many years and had not benefited from other treatment options—recovered within weeks. This experience filled her with hope for her patients and with excitement for the future of psychiatry.

After completing residency, she joined the faculty at UCLA, where she was Medical Director of the Neuromodulation Clinic and an attending psychiatrist on the UCLA Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Clinical and Research Service. She focused on treating patients with TMS as well as medication management and psychodynamic psychotherapy.

Following her time at UCLA, she started a private practice where she treated patients with a combination of medication management and psychodynamic psychotherapy.

Certifications & Memberships

  • Member, American Psychiatric Association
  • Member, Clinical TMS Society
  • Member, Southern California Psychiatric Society
  • Certification in process, Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy- Integrative Psychiatry Institute

Publications

Lee JC, Corlier J, Wilson AC, Tadayonnejad R, Marder KG, Krantz D, Wilke SA, Levitt JG, Ginder ND, Leuchter AF. Subthreshold stimulation intensity is associated with greater clinical efficacy of intermittent theta-burst stimulation priming for Major Depressive Disorder. Brain Stimulation. 2021 July-August; 14(4): 1015-1021. doi: 10.1016/j.brs.2021.06.008

Corlier J, Tadayonnejad R, Wilson AC, Lee JC, Marder KG, Ginder ND, Wilke SA, Levitt J, Krantz D, Leuchter AF. Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Treatment of Major Depressive Disorder and Comorbid Chronic Pain: Response Rates and Neurophysiologic Biomarkers. Psychological Medicine. 2021 June 22;1-10. doi: 10.1017/S0033291721002178

Lee JC, Wilson AC, Corlier J, Tadayonnejad R, Marder KG, Pleman CM, Krantz DE, Wilke SA, Levitt JG, Ginder ND, Leuchter AF. Strategies for augmentation of highfrequency left-sided repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation treatment of major depressive disorder. Journal of Affective Disorders. 2020 Dec 1;277:964-969. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2020.09.011

Tadayonnejad R, Wilson AC, Corlier J, Lee JC, Ginder ND, Levitt JG, Wilke SA, Marder KG, Krantz D, Bari AA, Feusner JD, Pouratian N, Leuchter AF. Sequential multi-locus transcranial magnetic stimulation for treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder with comorbid major depression: A case series. Brain Stimulation. 2020 Nov- Dec;13(6):1600-1602. doi: 10.1016/j.brs.2020.10.003

Volle DC, Marder KG, McKeon A, Brooks JO, Kruse JL. Non-Convulsive Status Epilepticus in the Presence of Catatonia: A Clinically Focused Review. General Hospital Psychiatry. 2020 Nov 13;68:25-34. doi: 10.1016/j.genhosppsych.2020.11.008

Marder, K., Howell, E., Roberts, P., Godwin, Z., Bockhold, J., Sen, S., Tran, N. “Neutrophil Gelatinase-Associated Lipocalin Testing During Nephrotoxic Antimicrobial Therapy in Severely Burned Adult Patients.” UC Davis Medical Student Research & Poster Forum; March, 2014; Sacramento, CA

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