Meet Sungeun Melanie Lee, M.D., Ph.D.

Board-Certified Adult Psychiatrist in Encino, CA

Sungeun Melanie Lee, M.D., Ph.D.

Sungeun Melanie Lee, MD, PhD, is a board-certified adult psychiatrist at Adelpha Psychiatric Group in Encino, California. 

Dr. Lee graduated from Harvey Mudd College with a bachelor’s degree in Biology and a minor in Piano. After college, she pursued her medical training and research training through Keck School of Medicine and Caltech’s joint MD/PhD program. Dr. Lee studied the relationship between gut microbes and host inflammation as part of her thesis project, which was featured in Nature. She went on to pursue Psychiatry Residency training at UCLA-Resnick Neuropsychiatric Institute. Dr. Lee combines her research interest in the gut microbiome and her expertise in psychiatric illnesses and continues to be actively involved in research studies at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior.

Dr. Lee has experience treating patients with medications and psychotherapy for a wide range of psychiatric issues, including depression, anxiety disorders, OCD, PTSD, ADHD, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, addiction, and insomnia. Dr. Lee has training in Interpersonal Psychotherapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) and Psychodynamic psychotherapy to treat depression, anxiety disorders, interpersonal difficulties and OCD. Dr. Lee is fluent in Korean.