director of Veteran Family Wellness Center

Tom Babayan serves as the Director of UCLA/VA Veteran Family Wellness Center. Tom has been dedicated to supporting military and Veteran families since 2008, serving in a variety of roles. He began by delivering mental health prevention services to families and couples aboard Camp Pendleton before returning to Los Angeles to support the Veteran community. Tom pioneered the tele-delivery model of FOCUS (Families OverComing Under Stress), an innovative platform that uses video teleconferencing technology to deliver psychoeducation and training to Veterans and their families. He served as a consultant/trainer to numerous organizations serving Veterans including the National Intrepid Center of Excellence, UCLA Operation Mend, Los Angeles Department of Mental Health and the Los Angeles Unified School District. Tom is passionate about helping Veteran couples build resilience through skill building. Since 2017, Tom served as the Services Director for the Veteran Family Wellness Center before taking on the role of Director in 2021.