Gus Alva, M.D., DFAPA

Pacific Neuropsychiatric Specialists Independent Physicians Association



  • Prior to founding ATP Clinical Research served as Associate Professor and Deputy Director of Clinical Research, in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, University of California, Irvine
  • Forensic Psychiatric Consultant, Orange County Superior Court
  • Distinguished Fellow, American Psychiatric Association
  • Diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry, Neurology and Geriatrics
  • Past-president, Orange County Psychiatric Society

Dr. Gus Alva is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and is boarded by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the American Board of Geriatrics. Dr. Alva is the founder and medical director of ATP Clinical Research, a premier private clinical research company focused on new treatments for a variety of neuropsychiatric conditions. Current studies involve the use of novel compounds for Alzheimer’s disease, Mild Cognitive Impairment, Major Depressive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia. Dr. Alva has been involved with the development of numerous medications for the aforementioned conditions, including extensive work in genetics, neuroimaging and cultural diversity associated with them.


Dr. Alva is a partner of Pacific Neuropsychiatric Specialists (PNS), which provides high quality psychiatric treatment for children, adolescents, adults and seniors. PNS stands out as being on the forefront of the mental health field through their multifaceted approach and psychiatric specialties. Individuals have complex needs for mental health. PNS enhances patient’s well-being through optimal care, medical consults, inpatient programs, partial hospitalization programs, long-term care and outpatient services. PNS integrates the latest advances in psychotherapy, TMS, scientific research, neurochemistry, clinical trials and psychopharmacology when treating individuals.


Dr. Alva is Chairman and Medical Director of Independent Physicians Association (IPA), which offers the largest, most comprehensive long-term neuropsychiatric service organization in California and is dedicated to providing the highest level of medical care to the elderly and related inpatient programs. The staff at IPA integrates the latest advances in a broad range of medical specialties for the treatment of patients at all levels of care, enhancing the quality of life to all served.


3151 Airway Avenue, Suite T-3
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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  • Gregg L. Friedman MD

    I had the pleasure of attending on of Dr Alva’s lectures. He is a wonderful speaker and his talk was very informative. I give him a 5 star excellent rating. By Gregg L. Friedman MD, Psychiatrist, Hallandale Beach, FL