About Debra A Hill, MD | Debra A. Hill, MD - Orange County

Private Practice

Adult Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, and Infant Psychiatry: 5/89 – present
Psychoanalysis: 7/96 to present.

Medical Licensure

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: Diplomat, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, September 1992 – Certificate #2993
Adult Psychiatry: Diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, March 1990 – Certificate #32437

Faculty Appointment

Original Issuance Date 9/30/1985

Board Membership

Volunteer Clinical Faculty, UCI Neuropsychiatric Institute, Adult Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Department, 2/19/90 – present.

Board Memberships

Board Member of the UCI School of Medicine Alumni Association 9-2011 to present.
Board Member of South Orange County Dive Club 9-2006 to present.


Training in Psychoanalysis:
Clinical Associate in Adult Psychoanalysis and Clinical Associate in Child and Adolescent Psychoanalysis, 9/91 – 7/96 – Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute
Fellow in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 7/87 – 7/89, UC Irvine Medical Center

Resident in Psychiatry, 7/85 – 7/87 – LAC/USC Medical Center

Internal Medicine, 7/84 – 7/85 – Long Beach VA/UC Irvine Program

Fifth Pathway:
UC Irvine/Long Beach Memorial Hospital, 7/83 – 6/84

M.D., December 1982 – Autonomous University of Guadalajara, Guadalajara, Mexico

B.S., Biological Sciences, 1978 – University of California at Irvine


Mejor Alumno (Best Student) – Given to top ten academic students in graduating medicine class of 350, 12/82

Radio Broadcasts

Interviewed for Live Radio Broadcast on KCSN by Phyllis Chase, MA, MFT on Program called, “Shrink Rap” about “Getting Beneath the Surface in Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis to Solve Problems: The Experience and the Process”, August 19, 2008 6:30 pm Radio Show


“Psychoanalysis of a Depressed Psychotic 9-Year-Old Girl with Multiple Developmental Delays,”
Presented at West Coast Child Psychoanalytic Meeting, La Jolla, California, September 24, 1994

“Complications of Divorce and Alleged Sexual Abuse in a 4-Year-0ld Girl – A Psychoanalytic Case Presentation,”
discussant – Judith Wallerstein, M.D., at the Impact of Divorce on Children’s meeting at St. John’s Hospital, Los Angeles, California, August 1993

“Psychoanalytic Case Presentation of a 5-Year Old Child,”
presented at the West Coast Child Psychoanalytic Meeting, Westwood, California, September 19, 1992

“Language Acquisition and Play Dialogue,”
presented together with Justin Call, M.D., and Susan Braunwald, Ph.D., at the 5th World Congress of Infant Psychiatry and Allied Disciplines, Chicago, IL, September 10, 1992

“Evaluation and Treatment of Physically and Sexually Abused Infants and Children in the Context of Legal Proceedings,”
presented together with Justin Call, M.D., at the Children’s Communication: Legal and Clinical Implications Conference sponsored by California Consortium for the Prevention of Child Abuse, The California Psychiatric Society, and the California Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Long Beach, California, April 2, 1992

“Play Dialogue Therapy” and “Block Play in Psychotherapy with Infants,”
presented at Specific Techniques in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Conference, CPC Laguna Hills Hospital, May 2, 1990

“Therapeutic Play Dialogue in the Mastery of Separation in a Twenty One-Month Old Child”
(video-tape Presentation), presented at American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, New York, October 13, 1989; and 4th World Congress of Infant Psychiatry and Allied Disciplines, Lugano, Switzerland, 9/22/89

“Impact of Divorce on Children”
one of three panel discussants, Dimension Cable Program, 9/89

“The Emergence of Syntax from Block Play during Psychotherapy with a Two-Year Old,”
presented at World Association for Infant Psychiatry and Allied Disciplines, Pacific Rim Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii, April 1988; and the Southern California Consortium of the Orton Dyslexia Society, 2nd Annual Conference, Los Angeles, California, April 1988.


Drown Foundation Grant for $10,000 (9-9-92) for study on “Language Acquisition and Block Play as Measure of Preverbal Syntactic Function in Infants 12 to 36 months of Age”


Wrote the Forward in Book called, Stung By “B’s” A Storybook on How to Survive Venomous Behaviors by Theresa Drinka and Jenni Synnes, copyright 2011 Bbalm Publishing, Wisconson “Computerized DSM-III Psychiatric Diagnosis,” IEEE Frontiers of Engineering and Computing in Health Care, CH 2058 – 6/84/0000-0266-0269, Mark Zetin, M.D., Danine Garber, Debra Hill, M.D., Chris Btasiak, M.S., and Eric Pierson

Research Projects

“Language Acquisition and Block Play as a Measure of Preverbal Syntactic Function in Infants 12 to 36 Months of Age,” 7/87 – 7/91
“Longitudinal Case Studies of Two Normal Mother/Infant Pairs,” 7/87 – 7/91

Special Recognition

Honoree: OC Spirit of Volunteerism Award 4-2012. http://spiritofvolunteerism.wordpress.com/?s=Debra+Hill Listed in the Orange Coast magazine as one of the best doctors in the field of psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry and psychoanalysis in 2001 and 2002 [The Best Doctors in America database includes approximately 30,000 doctors in more than 40 medical specialties and is compiled and maintained by Best Doctors, Inc. of Aiken, South Carolina. The doctors listed were selected as the top physicians in their fields in independent Peer-review evaluation conducted by Best Doctors, Inc.

Special Skills

Speak Spanish fluently.

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