University of California, Riverside

School of Medicine

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Dr. Dennis B. Alters

Clinical Professor - Psychiatry

Dr. Dennis B. Alters

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Education and Training

  • Fellowship. Child Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego
  • Residency, Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego
  • Residency, Psychiatry, University of Louisville, Kentucky
  • Residency, Ophthalmology, University of Louisville, Kentucky
  • Residency, Surgery, Mt. Sinai Medical Center, Miami, Florida
  • M.D. University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, Florida
  • B.S., Chemistry, University of Miami, Miami, Florida


Dr. Dennis B. Alters, M.D. is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UC Riverside School of Medicine as well as a staff psychiatrist for the Riverside County Department of Mental Health.

Alters worked in private practice in the San Diego for nearly 30 years before coming to Riverside. During that time he also served as a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego. During that time he worked as an active, consulting or honorary staff member at a variety of San Diego area hospitals.

He is the founder of Wizard's Way Publications, a full-therapy management program for children ages 4 to 14 that combines cognitive, behavioral and psychodynamic treatments into a playful game like adult and child friendly format.

Alters earned his B.S. in chemistry and his M.D. from the University of Miami, Florida, and completed residencies in surgery, ophthalmology, psychiatry and child psychiatry.

His memberships include the American Psychiatric Association, the California Psychiatric Association, the San Diego Psychiatric Association, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the American Medical Association. He is a diplomate of both the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the American Board of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Research Interests

Alters' interest include psychotherapy techniques such as psychodynamic, cognitive, behavior, family systems, play, and art, psychopharmacology and inpatient, residential and outpatient psychotherapy for children, adolescents and families.

He also has performed outcome studies on the effects of the Wizard's Way program at home, schools, therapist offices and institutions. He also performed long-term field testing of the program in hospitals, special education classrooms, therapist offices and homes.


  • Gold Medal from The Fourth International Seminar on Learning Disabilities: Wizard’s Way® Community Mental Health Interventions, April 1998.
  • Psychiatrist of the Year, San Diego Psychiatric Society, 1992-93
  • Certificate of Appreciation for Exemplary Work, National Association of Social Workers, San Diego Health Council, 1987.

Selected Publications

  • Bergh O, Alters DB, Maletz L, and Södersten P. How effective is family therapy for the treatment of anorexia nervosa? European Eating Disorders Review. 14 (6). 371-373. 2006.
  • Alters, DB. Wizard’s Way: A Level I Intervention to Reduce Seclusion and Restraint. Child Welfare League of America, Residential Group Care Quarterly, 6 (3), 8-9. 2006.
  • Alters, DB. Developing an Intervention to Reduce Seclusion and Restraint, AACAP News 35: 162-163, 2004.
  • Alters, DB. American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Practice Parameters for the Prevention and Management of Aggressive Behavior in Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Institutions with Special Reference to Seclusion and Restraint. J Am Acad Child and Adoles Psychiatry, 41 (2), (suppl), 28, 62. 2002
  • Alters, DB, Wizard’s Way®: New Ways in Classroom Behavior Management and Consultation, Chair of Workshop, 2001 California Association of School Psychologists Annual Proceedings, Costa Mesa, Calif. 2001.
  • Alters, DB, Wizard’s Way®: New Ways in Child and Adolescent Therapy, Chair of Multimedia Workshop, 2000 American Psychiatric Association Institute Scientific Proceedings, Philadelphia, PA 2000.
  • Alters D, Alters B. Wizard's Way (multiple editions and versions). Wizard's Way Publications. 1991-2000, inclusive.

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