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Prevention Training Center of Excellence - Leadership

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Patricia Lester, MD
Co-Director

Dr. Lester is the Jane and Marc Nathanson Family professor of psychiatry in the Division of Population Behavioral Health at the Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA. She directs the Division of Population Behavioral Health. She also serves as the director of the Nathanson Family Resilience Center, medical director of the Family Stress, Trauma and Resilience Service (STAR), co-director of the Center for Child Anxiety Resilience Education and Support (CARES), and is on the founding leadership team for the Pritzker Center for Strengthening Children and Families. Dr. Lester serves as the director of the DMH-UCLA Prevention Center of Excellence and has sustained a career-long focus on developing and disseminating preventive interventions, practices, and policies that support child and family resilience in the context of trauma and adversity. Her research and leadership has focused on the study of translational and implementation processes needed to bring evidence-based prevention to scale within systems of care and community settings.

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Catherine Mogil, PsyD
Co-Director

Dr. Mogil is an associate clinical professor in the Division of Population Behavioral Health at the Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA. She directs the Family Stress, Trauma and Resilience (STAR) Clinic and the Family Development Program for NICU babies.  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 military families. As the director of the DMH-UCLA Prevention Center of Excellence, Dr. Mogil oversees the integration of a trauma and resilience informed practice into existing county systems.

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Rachel Linonis, MS
Director of Digital Solutions

Ms. Linonis is the director of digital solutions and innovative technology for the Division of Population Behavioral Health at the Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA.  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. Rachel oversees applications of technology as they relate to the DMH-UCLA Prevention Center of Excellence including online learning platforms and participant engagement.

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Eraka Bath, MD
Associate Professor

Dr. Bath is an associate professor in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA. 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 supports the training efforts of the DMH-UCLA Prevention Center of Excellence related to the Los Angeles County Juvenile Court system, Juvenile Delinquency Court System, and the Los Angeles County Department of Probation.

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Todd Franke, MSW, PhD
Professor

Dr. Franke is Professor in the Luskin School of Public Affairs, Department of Social Welfare.  Dr. Franke has 27 years of experience in conducting cross-sectional and longitudinal research in a variety of interconnected fields including child welfare, education, juvenile justice, mental health and adolescent violence. His is experience includes data analysis (multivariate, predictive analytics, machine learning), data visualization, and linking large existing datasets together for the social good.  Over the years Dr. Franke has worked on numerous evaluation projects in these areas. In the area of child welfare, he has done work on multiple levels including examining the child welfare system and the related systems involved in the lives of children and families (e.g, health, mental health, juvenile justice, education, housing), workers and worker training, as well as children and families. He has received over $90 million dollars in funding.  He recently completed a study examining the link between children in out-of-home care and early childhood education through a project funded by the Administration for Children and Families. In addition working with the Center of Excellence, Dr. Franke currently oversees the training provided to all new and current staff at the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services as well as the cross-training that is beginning to occur between county agencies and for service providers and families.

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Tyrone C. Howard, PhD
Professor

Tyrone C. Howard is professor in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies’ at UCLA.  Dr. Howard is also the inaugural director of the new UCLA Pritzker Center for Strengthening Children and Families, which is a campus wide consortium examining academic, mental health, and social emotional experiences and challenges for the California’s most vulnerable youth populations. He is also the former Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion. Professor Howard’s research examines equity, culture, race, teaching and learning. Professor Howard has published over 75 peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and technical reports. He has published several bestselling books, among them, Why Race & Culture Matters in Schools and Black Male(d): Peril and promise in the education of African American males. His most recent book, Expanding College Access for Urban Youth (Teachers College Press, 2016) documents ways schools and colleges can create higher education opportunities for youth of color. Dr. Howard is considered one of the premiere experts on educational equity and access in the country. Dr. Howard is also the Director and Founder of the Black Male Institute at UCLA, which is an interdisciplinary cadre of scholars, practitioners, community members, and policy makers dedicated to examining the nexus of race, class, and gender of school age youth. A native and former classroom teacher of Compton, California, Dr. Howard named the recipient of the 2015 UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award, which is the highest honor provided to teaching excellence at the university. In 2019, Dr. Howard was listed by Education Week as one of the 60 most influential scholars in the nation informing educational policy, practice and reform.

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

Dr. Ijadi-Maghsoodi is an assistant professor-in-residence in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and an Investigator at the Center for the Study of Healthcare Innovation, Implementation and Policy within the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. Dr. Ijadi-Maghsoodi supports the efforts of the DMH-UCLA Prevention Center of Excellence as they relate to improving care for vulnerable populations in the community, including homeless families, veterans, and high-risk youth with trauma.

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Jessica Jeffrey, MD, MBA, MPH
Assistant Clinical Professor

Dr. Jeffrey is a child and adolescent psychiatrist in the Division of Population Behavioral Health at the Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA where she is the associate director of the Division of Population Behavioral Health. She is also the lead child psychiatrist at UCLA Behavioral Health Associates. Dr. Jeffrey supports the DMH-UCLA Prevention Center of Excellence program efforts related to systems of health care delivery, quality improvement, and family resilience. 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. Kataoka is professor-in-residence in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA where she serves as 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 principal investigator for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network’s Treatment and Services Adaptation Center for Resiliency, Hope, and Wellness in Schools. Dr. Kataoka oversees the school-based initiatives for the DMH-UCLA Prevention Center of Excellence.

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Audra Langley, PhD
Professor

Dr. Langley is a 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. Her work seeks to increase school-based access to evidence-based interventions for underserved populations of children. Dr. Langley’s expertise supports the DMH-UCLA Prevention Center of Excellence training efforts related to foster youth and child and family services.

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Norweeta Milburn, PhD
Professor-in-Residence

Dr. Milburn is a professor-in-residence in the Division of Population Behavioral Health at the Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA. 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. Dr. Milburn provides support to the DMH-UCLA Prevention Center of Excellence program efforts related to homelessness and at risk populations.

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Blair Paley, PhD
Clinical Professor

Dr. Paley is a clinical professor in the Division of Population Behavioral Health at the Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior 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 wellbeing in young children and their families.  Dr. Paley leads the DMH-UCLA Prevention Center of Excellence early childhood programming and oversees the DMH-UCLA Early Childhood Fellowship.

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Natalie Ramos, MD, MPH
Assistant Clinical Professor

Dr. 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 resilience classes for LGBTQ+ adolescents with depression and anxiety. Dr. Ramos contributes to DMH-UCLA Prevention Center of Excellence training efforts for professionals working with children and teens.