Alejandro Alva, M.D., received his education at the California State University of Fullerton and the Autonomous University of Guadalajara Medical School. After he completed his education and training in Guadalajara, Mexico, he returned to California to finish his residency at the University of California Irvine. He presently is a board certified psychiatrist in both forensic medicine and psychopharmacology.
Prior to Dr. Alva’s work with Ocean Hills Recovery, he was involved in multiple endeavors including inpatient and outpatient work as well as clinical research in both Los Angeles and Orange counties. Dr Alva’s focus is on the latest treatments available for psychiatric disorders, as well as aspects of ethnicity and their correlation within pathological states. Dr. Alva has over 20 years experience in serving the medical community in various capacities; as a patient advocate, clinician, researcher and medical director. Dr. Alva’s expertise in child, adolescence, adult and geriatric psychiatry and his treatments in psychiatric disorders make him one of the nation’s most prominent psychiatrists.
Dr Alva is a member of multiple professional organizations, including the American Medical Association, the Orange County Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the California Psychiatric Association, the American Board of Forensic Medicine, the American College of Forensic Examiners, the American Board of Psychopharmacology, the California Hispanic American Medical Association, the New York Academy of Science, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American association of Hispanic professionals.
Lastly, Dr. Alva understands the critical need for more bicultural/bilingual mental health care professionals. Dr. Alva and associates understand the attitudes and barriers facing the different ethnic populations in need of mental health services and also have a mandate to implement educational awareness and programs to address the identified barriers. Dr. Alva is bilingual and bicultural, which are critical attributes in ensuring access to and providing quality mental health services to all of our community.