John Piacentini, PhD
Dr. Piacentini is a board-certified clinical child and adolescent psychologist whose works focuses on the development and testing of effective treatments for childhood anxiety and related disorders. Dr. Piacentini has played a lead role in several major treatment studies for these disorders and has published over 300 research papers, many in leading medical journals, and chapters, and authored nine books. In addition to his role as the Director of the UCLA CARES Center, Dr. Piacentini is Professor in the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and Director of the UCLA Child OCD, Anxiety, and Tic Disorders Program. He has a long history of child and family advocacy and serves on Boards for several organizations, including, nationally, the Anxiety Depression Association of America, the International OCD Foundation, the Tourette Syndrome Association Behavioral Sciences Consortium (Chair), the Trichotillomania Learning Center, and, locally, the Santa Monica Education Foundation. In addition, he is current President of the American Board of Professional Psychology, and former President of the Society for Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.
Patricia Lester, MD
Dr. Lester is the Jane and Marc Nathanson Family Professor of Psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine, where she directs the Division of Population Behavioral Health within the Department of Psychiatry. 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, and the founding leadership team for the Pritzker Center for Strengthening Children and Families. Dr. Lester has sustained a career-long focus on developing and disseminating preventive interventions, practices, and policies that to 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.
R. Lindsey Bergman, PhD
Dr. Bergman received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from UCLA and joined the Department of Psychiatry soon after earning her degree. She is a researcher and clinician who specializes in the cognitive behavioral treatment for children and adolescents with OCD, selective mutism, and related disorders. Her work seeks to further understand, develop, and test interventions for anxious children, and is particularly interested in the use of mindfulness techniques in the treatment of anxiety. Dr. Bergman has received several research grants from the National Institutes of Health and other funding agencies to study the treatment of childhood anxiety and has written extensively on this topic.
In addition to her role at the UCLA CARES Center, Dr. Bergman is Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences in the David Geffen School of Medicine and Director of the Pediatric OCD Intensive Outpatient Program at the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA.
Lee Klosinski, PhD
Dr. Klosinski is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and received his doctoral degree in religion from Claremont Graduate University. His extensive administrative and research experience includes serving as Director of Programs for AIDS Project Los Angeles, Co-Investigator for the adaptation of two evidence-based prevention interventions for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Co-Director of the Development Core of the UCLA Center for HIV Identification, Prevention, and Treatment Services, and Project Director of two randomized control trials of behavioral interventions in South Africa.
In addition to his work with the UCLA CARES Center, Dr. Klosinski is the Senior Associate Director of the Nathanson Family Resilience Center and the Division of Population Behavioral Health.
Catherine Mogil, PsyD
Dr. Mogil has spent her career working with children of all developmental stages. She 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.
Dr. Mogil is a licensed clinical psychologist and Assistant Clinical Professor at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior in the David Geffen School of Medicine. In addition to her work at the UCLA CARES Center, Dr. Mogil serves as the Director of Training and Intervention Development for the Nathanson Family Resilience Center and the UCLA Division of Population Behavioral Health. She is also the Director of the Family Development Project and the Co-Director of the Child and Family Trauma Service. She is certified in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities.
Kate Sheehan, LCSW
Ms. Sheehan is a licensed clinical social worker and the Managing Director for the CARES Center. She previously worked at the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA with children, adolescents, and their families, and she led crisis intervention and prevention education efforts at the Santa Monica UCLA Rape Treatment Center. Her areas of expertise include attachment difficulties, trauma, depression, and eating disorders in addition to anxiety. She earned an MSW from Columbia University. She also holds an MA in Comparative Literature from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. She graduated with highest honors from the Sorbonne, and she is fluent in French though less fluent in Spanish. A practitioner of meditation, she has also had a yoga practice since toddlerhood when she was taught by her grandmother.
Ashley Jupin, MS
Ms. Jupin is the Director of Communications for the UCLA CARES Center, UCLA Nathanson Family Resilience Center, and the UCLA Division of Population Behavioral Health.
Monica S. Wu, PhD
Dr. Wu received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology and specializes in children and adolescents with anxiety and obsessive-compulsive and related disorders. She provides clinical care and conducts clinical research with these families, and has published numerous scientific articles and book chapters on pediatric anxiety and OCD. Dr. Wu is particularly interested in raising awareness about childhood anxiety and OCD, enhancing the accessibility of evidence-based care, augmenting existing treatments to achieve maximal patient benefit, and investigating the role families play in supporting these youth. In addition to her position at the UCLA CARES Center, Dr. Wu is a postdoctoral scholar and clinical instructor in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the UCLA Semel Institute.
Atkia Sadia is an intern with the UCLA CARES Center. Atkia is a graduate of UCLA and is currently a second year MPH Master’s student in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. She has various public health interests, such as adolescent health, environmental and health equity, maternal and child health, and reproductive health. Atkia also works as a coordinator in the UCLA Pediatric Residency Program.
Silvia is an administrative assistant with the UCLA CARES Center. Silvia is a graduate of UCLA where she earned a BS in Psychobiology. She has various areas of interest, including the development, dissemination, and implementation of evidence-based interventions in underserved communities. In addition to her work at CARES she also works as a program coordinator for the UCLA Child OCD, Anxiety, and Tic Disorders Program.
Diana Santacrose, PhD
Dr. Santacrose is a Clinical Psychology Fellow at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior in the David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Santacrose received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and completed her clinical internship at UCLA. She received specialized clinical and research training in the prevention and treatment of traumatic stress in children and families. Dr. Santacrose is interested in drawing on cultural and family strengths that promote resilience and buffer the impact of stress and adversity. Her research focuses on addressing health disparities among vulnerable populations using community-based participatory approaches to develop and evaluate trauma-informed and culturally sensitive preventions. She is involved in program development and evaluation to better serve children and families impacted by stress, trauma, and anxiety. In addition to her role at the UCLA CARES Center, Dr. Santacrose is a clinical fellow at UCLA TIES for Families, where she provides clinical services to children and families involved in foster care.
Natalia Ramos, MD, MPH
Dr. Ramos is a board-certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist and an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine. She specializes in stress and trauma in youth, with a particular interest in sexual and gender minority patients and medically ill patients. Dr. Ramos holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) in addition to her Medical Degree.
In addition to her work at the UCLA CARES Center, Dr. Ramos is the Medical Director of the Child Psychiatry Consultation Liaison Service at UCLA Santa Monica and Director of the UCLA EMPWR Program for LGBTQ Youth.
Special Thanks To
- Michelle Rozenman
- James Piacentini
- Meghan Moran
- Shellie West-Postal
- Jon Finck