Catherine Mogil, PsyD – Educational Manager
Dr. Mogil is an assistant clinical professor at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior in the David Geffen School of Medicine. She is a licensed clinical psychologist, serving as the director of training and intervention development for the Nathanson Family Resilience Center. She is also the director of the Family Development Project and the co-director of the Child and Family Trauma Service. Additionally, Dr. Mogil acts as a consultant for the National Military Family Association Operation Purple Family Retreats, the Uniformed Services University, and the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health.
Her recent research focuses on developing effective interventions for children and families in high-stress environments. 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, for school-age children with developmental disabilities, and for adolescents with autism spectrum and other disorders. She is certified in parent-child interaction therapy, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, and leadership education in neurodevelopmental disabilities. Dr. Mogil received her doctorate from Pepperdine University and completed her clinical internship at UCLA. She also completed a postdoctoral fellowship specializing in the prevention and treatment of child and family traumatic stress at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
Lauren Marlotte, PsyD
Dr. Marlotte is a licensed clinical psychologist who received her doctorate from the University of La Verne, where she studied clinical and community psychology. Dr. Marlotte completed a predoctoral clinical internship working primarily with underserved populations at an outpatient community mental-health center and juvenile hall. Dr. Marlotte also completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where she specialized in working with adolescents and their families. During her fellowship, Dr. Marlotte provided education on trauma-informed care, multicultural competency, somatic-based treatment modalities, psychological testing, crisis assessment and intervention, and nonsuicidal self-injurious behaviors. She earned her bachelor’s degrees from Occidental College in cognitive science and kinesiology and her master’s degree from the University of La Verne in clinical psychology.
Tom Babayan, LMFT
Mr. Babayan has served as a consultant and trainer for the National Intrepid Center of Excellence, the Los Angeles Department of Mental Health, the Los Angeles Unified School District, and the National Military Foundation on a variety of projects aimed at building resilience in military families and couples. He previously acted as lecturer and outreach coordinator, bridging school-age children and teens with available services, at the University of California, Irvine. Mr. Babayan holds dual master’s degrees, an MS in counseling from California State University, Long Beach, and an MFA in creative writing from the University of California at Irvine.
Blanca Orellana, PhD
Dr. Orellana is a licensed clinical psychologist who received her doctorate degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Orellana completed a clinical internship in trauma psychology, treating developmentally disabled children and other at-risk populations. As a post-doctoral fellow at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, she also received specialized training in the prevention and treatment of traumatic stress in children and families. Dr. Orellana has served on several projects focused on risk reduction and abuse prevention for at-risk youth and has additionally investigated best practices for treatment of this population.
Mary Fortson-Harwell, PhD, LCSW
Dr. Fortson-Harwell is a Trainer for the UCLA Division of Population Behavioral Health and Nathanson Family Resilience Center within the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. Dr. Fortson-Harwell holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Georgia and a PhD in International Conflict Management from Kennesaw State University, where she conducted research on post-conflict mental health. She is also a Behavioral Health Officer in the California Army National Guard. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Dr. Fortson-Harwell brings clinical experience working in grief and bereavement, refugee resettlement, transplant patient care, and experience working with foster youth and family preservation services.