Jessica Lin.

Jessica A. Lin, MD

  • Attending Physician, Division of Adolescent and Transition Medicine
  • Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



As an adolescent medicine physician, I specialize in eating disorders, reproductive endocrinology and contraceptive management. I focus on listening and meeting patients halfway while understanding that change doesn’t happen quickly. Sometimes it comes with time and a good partnership between physician and patient.

I grew up wanting to be a teacher and then discovered that if a child wasn't healthy, learning was very difficult for them. It made me want to help kids be as healthy and happy as possible in order to live life to their fullest potential.

My special interest is in patients who struggle with obesity, then end up losing weight unsafely and developing an eating disorder. I want to learn how to help these patients as much as possible.

In my research, I’m seeking how to balance caring for obesity and eating disorders. Also, I want to understand how to define obesity and what health at every size means.

In my free time, I like to hike, travel and spend time with family and friends.

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COVID-19 and eating disorder and mental health concerns in patients with eating disorders. Vitagliano, JA; Jhe, G; Milliren, CE; Lin, JA; Spigel, R; Freizinger, M; Woods, ER; Forman, SF; Richmond, TK. Journal of Eating Disorders. 2021; 9.

Access to care and worsening eating disorder symptomatology in youth during the COVID-19 pandemic. Spigel, R; Lin, JA; Milliren, CE; Freizinger, M; Vitagliano, JA; Woods, ER; Forman, SF; Richmond, TK. Journal of Eating Disorders. 2021; 9.

The Association of Malnutrition, illness duration, and pre-morbid weight status with anxiety and depression symptoms in adolescents and young adults with restrictive eating disorders: a cross-sectional study. Lin, JA; Jhe, G; Vitagliano, JA; Milliren, CE; Spigel, R; Woods, ER; Forman, SF; Richmond, TK. Journal of Eating Disorders. 2021; 9.

Trait mindfulness and cannabis use-related factors in adolescents and young adults with frequent use. Lin, JA; Harris, SK; Shrier, LA. Substance Abuse. 2021; 42:968-973.

The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Number of Adolescents/Young Adults Seeking Eating Disorder-Related Care. Lin, JA; Hartman-Munick, SM; Kells, MR; Milliren, CE; Slater, WA; Woods, ER; Forman, SF; Richmond, TK. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2021; 69:660-663.

Common and Emergent Oral and Gastrointestinal Manifestations of Eating Disorders. Lin, JA; Woods, ER; Bern, EM. Gastroenterology and Hepatology. 2021; 17:157-167.

Mindfulness-based interventions for adolescent health. Lin, J; Chadi, N; Shrier, L. Current Opinion in Pediatrics. 2019; 31:469-475.

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