Curley L. Bonds

Curley L. Bonds, MD, DFAPA
Medical Director

Dr. Curley Bonds is the Medical Director at Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services. After completing his undergraduate studies at Emory University, he earned his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine. He completed a residency in adult psychiatry at UCLA’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. Dr. Bonds remained on the fulltime faculty at UCLA for nearly a decade, where he served as the Director of the Consultation and Evaluation Service for the UCLA Center for Health Sciences. In 2005, he was appointed as Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU).  He continues to hold joint appointments as Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA and as Associate Professor at CDU.
Until March of 2010, Dr. Bonds worked as a supervising psychiatrist for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health where he was the Director of Quality, Academics, and Research for Community-Correctional Academic Programs. Dr. Bonds has won numerous teaching and advocacy awards including Chief Resident of the Year in 1996 and The Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in 2009. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a Fellow of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine.
In addition to managing a small private practice, Dr. Bonds actively serves as a community volunteer.  He is a board member for the AIDS Healthcare Foundation and the current president for the Emory College Alumni Board. He is also a member and frequent volunteer for the Urban Los Angeles chapter of NAMI. His work in the field has been deeply influenced by his experience of having a close family member receive treatment for and recover from a serious mental illness. His practice and research interests include psychosomatic medicine, bipolar illness, and eliminating cultural disparities in psychiatric care.