Patricia Lester, MD

A board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist, Dr. Lester is 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. She co-developed the family-centered preventive intervention FOCUS which was designed to promote resilience and mitigate stress in families facing adversities such as natural disasters, medical illness, and military wartime deployments.

In addition to her role as the Co-Director of the UCLA CARES Center, Dr. Lester is the 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 also serves as the Director of the UCLA Division of Population Behavioral Health.