Prevention Training Center of Excellence - Leadership

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Patricia Lester, MD
Co-Director

Dr. Lester is the UCLA Jane and Marc Nathanson Family Professor of Psychiatry, Director of the Nathanson Family Resilience Center, and Medical Director of the Child and Family Trauma Service. Dr. Lester’s research and clinical work have been dedicated to the development, evaluation, and implementation of family centered prevention and treatment for families facing the impact of military deployments, traumatic events, and parental illness.

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Catherine Mogil, PsyD
Co-Director

Dr. Mogil is an Associate Clinical Professor at the Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA in the David Geffen School of Medicine. Working with children of all developmental stages, Dr. Mogil has been involved in several intervention development and translational research projects examining the efficacy of parent-assisted interventions for infants and toddlers in foster care, school-aged children with developmental disabilities, and adolescents with Autism Spectrum and other disorders.

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Rachel Linonis, MS
Director of Digital Solutions

Rachel Linonis serves as the Director of Digital Solutions and Innovative Technology for the Division of Population Behavioral Health. In this role, Rachel leverages her background in tech and applies it to healthcare, including: leading teams to develop and operationalize Telehealth (video and remote patient monitoring) innovations, as well as developing and integrating web-based behavioral health tools into various UCLA Health clinical service lines and online learning systems.

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Eraka Bath, MD
Associate Professor

Eraka Bath, M.D., is an assistant professor in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute in the David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Bath specializes in diagnostic assessment and forensic consultation with adolescents, with an emphasis on high-risk youth, including those with histories of trauma, juvenile delinquency and foster care placement. Dr. Bath has developed partnerships with the Los Angeles County Juvenile Court system and consults and provides training to the Juvenile Delinquency Court System and the Los Angeles County Department of Probation.

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Roya Ijadi-Maghsoodi, MD, MS
Assistant Professor-in-Residence

Dr. Roya Ijadi-Maghsoodi is an Assistant Professor-in-Residence in the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and an Investigator at the Center for the Study of Healthcare Innovation, Implementation & Policy within the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. Dr. Ijadi-Maghsoodi’s research concentrates on improving care for vulnerable populations in the community, including homeless families and high-risk youth with trauma.

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Jessica Jeffrey, MD, MBA, MPH
Associate Director

Dr. Jessica Jeffrey is a child and adolescent psychiatrist at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. Dr. Jeffrey is the Associate Director of the Division of Population Behavioral Health at the Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA. She is also the Lead Child Psychiatrist at UCLA Behavioral Health Associates. Dr. Jeffrey is interested in systems of health care delivery, quality improvement and family resilience research. She also has a strong interest in advocacy for improved child and adolescent behavioral health.

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Sheryl Kataoka, MD, MSHS
Professor-in-Residence

Dr. Sheryl Kataoka is Professor-in-Residence in the UCLA Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, where she serves as the Training Director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship. She is an investigator with the UCLA Center for Health Services and Society and the site PI for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network’s Treatment and Services Adaptation Center for Resiliency, Hope and Wellness in Schools. Her current projects include the Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) program. A school-based group and individual intervention designed to reduce symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and behavioral problems, and to improve functioning, grades and attendance, peer and parent support, and coping skills.

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Audra Langley, PhD
Assistant Professor

Dr. Audra Langley is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA. Dr. Langley is also the Director of Training for the Center for Resiliency, Hope, and Wellness in Schools and serves as Chair of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network School Committee. Dr. Langley is a clinician and researcher who specializes in cognitive behavioral treatment for children and adolescents with PTSD, anxiety, and related disorders, and her work seeks to increase school-based access to evidence-based interventions for underserved populations of children.

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Norweeta Milburn, PhD
Professor-in-Residence

Norweeta G. Milburn, Ph.D. is a Professor-in-Residence in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the UCLA Semel Institute. Her research interests include homelessness, substance abuse, family interventions and mental health. She has led studies that have examined paths into and out of homelessness, as well as the risk for HIV among homeless youth in the U.S. and Australia. She is currently adapting and testing a behavioral intervention for youth exiting the juvenile justice system and their families.

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Blair Paley, PhD
Clinical Professor

Dr. Blair Paley is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Her research and clinical work focuses on prevention and early intervention research, providing direct clinical services, and conducting training for community providers and the next generation of early childhood mental health professionals, all with the goal of supporting healthy development and well-being in young children and their families.

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Natalie Ramos, MD, MPH
Assistant Clinical Professor

Dr. Natalie Ramos is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine and a Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist at UCLA Health. Dr. Ramos sees pediatric and adult patients through Behavioral Health Associates (BHA), the Stress, Trauma, and Resilience (STAR) Clinic, and the Faculty Practice Group. She directs the EMPWR program for LGBTQ+ youth and is the Principal Investigator for a new study on resiliency classes for LGBTQ+ adolescents with depression and anxiety.