Araceli Barajas has been part of the administrative staff at TIES since 2004. She completes the Department of Mental Health (DMH) billing functions for the TIES program. As the Billing Assistant for TIES, Ms. Barajas processes a high volume of claims, organizes them and prepares regular reports.
Responsibilities at TIES include organizing, planning and supervising the operations of the L.A. County Department of Mental Health (DMH) contract to ensure compliance at local, state and federal levels, oversees billing functions, and participates in implementing program policies and procedures to meet both University and DMH standards.
Fanny Hoang is the Business Manager at UCLA TIES for Families and graduated from UCLA in 2013. At TIES, Ms. Hoang handles many business aspects of the program from fiscal management of budgets and contracts/grants, human resources and employee relations, strategic planning, to general administrative duties. Ms. Hoang was formerly Case Manager with TIES from 2013 to 2014 and hopes to continue to work on improving accessibility to services for children and families all over LA County through expansion of the TIES for Families program.
Allison graduated from USC in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. As a post-baccalaureate Allison first worked as a full-time research coordinator in the Child OCD, Anxiety, and Tic Disorders Program. Developing an interest in families and their response to stress, Allison joined TIES for Families in May 2015 as the first full-time research coordinator. Her role as a research coordinator is to lay the foundation for research to inform clinical practices within TIES. Allison will be pursuing her doctorate degree at Vanderbilt University in the Fall.
Alisa Chatprapachai, OTD/OTR
Melita Daley, M.D.
Melita Daley, M.D. is a full-time faculty member and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the UCLA Semel Institute and graduated from the UCLA child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship program in 2002. Dr. Daley has extensive experience in the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents from high risk backgrounds, and worked for several years in an underserved area in California with children who had been placed in group homes, the foster care system, as well as Juvenile Hall. Dr. Daley also serves as the Medical Director of the UCLA Center for the Assessment and Prevention of Prodromal States for the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents at high risk for psychosis. In addition, she teaches in the UCLA Tuesday Child Evaluation Clinic which sees children and adolescents from ages 3-18 years old for a wide range of both developmental disabilities as well as other psychiatric disorders including ADHD, Mood disorders, Psychotic Disorders, and Anxiety Disorders. Dr. Daley has recently been the recipient of a National Institute of Health Career Development award, two Narsad awards, as well as an Epilepsy Foundation of America award. She is a member of the UCLA Ethics Committee and she is board certified in both Child and Adolescent as well as Adult Psychiatry in both Canada and the United States.
Rebecca Luce James, MA, CCC-SLP
Speech and Language Pathologist
Rebecca Luce James, M.A., CCC-SLP received her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Northwestern University in December of 1999. She has worked in a variety of settings including independent non-profit special education schools for students with emotional disturbance, multidisciplinary clinics, and private practice. Her areas of special interest include the evaluation and treatment of childhood communication disorders including: speech delays/disorders, language delays/disorders, language-based learning disabilities and fluency disorders. At UCLA TIES for Families, Rebecca delivers screenings/evaluations for children at risk for speech and language difficulties, consultations for parents and staff, and provides speech-language therapy when the diagnosed communication delay/disorder has a negative impact on social emotional development. Additionally, Rebecca was trained in the 4-Digit Diagnostic Code for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and participates on the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum (FAS) team.
Audra Langley, Ph.D.
Audra Langley, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of UCLA TIES for Families, a Clinical Psychologist and Associate Professor at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior and the UCLA Medical School Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Langley is an experienced clinician and researcher who specializes in evidence-based treatment for children and adolescents with post-traumatic stress, anxiety, and related problems, and her body of work has sought to increase access to quality mental health interventions for underserved populations of children, including those involved in the child welfare system and school based mental health. Dr. Langley is the author of 4 treatment manuals. She is co-developer of an adoption-specific psychotherapy intervention, and consulted on adapting a school-based trauma intervention for youth in foster care. She has presented and published numerous research papers and trainings on her work.
Catherine Lippincott, Psy.D.
Licensed Psychologist, Associate Director of Infant Mental Health
Catherine Lippincott, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist at UCLA TIES for Families and is highly experienced in specialized services for children age 0-5 and children who have experienced interpersonal trauma, including physical and sexual abuse, neglect, and domestic violence. Dr. Lippincott is trained in a number of evidence-based programs, including Child Parent Psychotherapy, Parent Child Interaction Therapy, and Reflective Parenting Program. She is highly involved in the Infant Mental Health program at UCLA TIES for Families and recently completed the Napa Infant-Parent Mental Health Fellowship Program, an intensive, interdisciplinary training and mentoring program for professionals who work with children ages 0-5. In addition to providing individual, family and group psychotherapy at TIES, Dr. Lippincott leads parent and children support groups, conducts psychological testing, provides consultation, and supervises clinical psychology postdoctoral fellows and doctoral students.
Ahab Liskin, LCSW
Therapist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Ahab Liskin, LCSW, earned his MSW from USC in 1995, has been licensed since 2000, and has been a staff therapist and clinical supervisor at UCLA TIES for Families since 2007. He has worked with children and families in multiple settings, including Seneca Center (residential treatment in the Bay Area), DCFS Adoptions Division, LA Child Guidance Clinic Day Treatment and Early Intervention programs, and JFSLA. At TIES, he provides psychotherapy to children, families, parents, and groups. He is certified in multiple evidence based practices, including Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Managing and Adapting Practices (MAP), and Reflective Parenting Program (RPP). He has also had training in Seeking Safety, FOCUS, UCLA TIES adoption-specific manualized treatment (ADAPT), and provides grief/loss intervention group services (LIFT program) to prospective adoptive parents whose placements disrupted due to reunification. He provides outreach, consultation, and training to parents in the process of fostering and adopting. He is bilingual and provides services in English and Spanish.
Victor Rico, Ph.D.
Victor Rico, Ph.D. received his doctoral degree from The University of Texas -Austin in 2011. Dr. Rico completed his APA approved clinical psychology internship with Children’s Institute Inc., providing bilingual (English and Spanish) evidence-based outpatient mental health services to children and families, behavioral consultation in pre-school settings, and group therapy for men under the Project Fatherhood program. Dr. Rico continued his work in community mental health with Pacific Clinics East -Monrovia and Didi Hirsch Outpatient Mental Health -Inglewood, providing evidence-based treatment interventions to children, adolescents, and families. Specific areas of clinical and research interest include ethnic identity, sexual orientation identity, children and adolescents with post traumatic stress, and providing evidence-based interventions to community settings and underserved populations. At TIES, Dr. Rico provides individual and family psychotherapy utilizing evidence based treatment approaches such as CBT, TF-CBT, Triple P, Seeking Safety and MAP (Managing and Adapting Practice), conducts psychological testing and assessment, administers group and family clinical services tailored to the specific circumstances of foster and adoptive placement. Dr. Rico is also the Parent and Youth Mentor program coordinator, where experienced adoptive parents and successful former foster UCLA college students are matched with new adoptive parents and current foster/adoptive youth, respectively.
Martha A. Rios, Ph.D.
Martha A. Rios, Ph.D. received her doctoral degree from the USC Department of Psychology in 2005. Her areas of interest are parenting and behavioral services. Before joining the TIES staff, Dr. Rios worked in community mental health settings with high-risk children and families. AtTIES, she conducts interdisciplinary consultation and psychological testing, leads support groups for children and parents, and provides individual, family and group psychotherapy both in English and Spanish. Dr. Rios also manages both In-home Behavioral Services and Therapeutic Behavior Services. In addition, she manages our Adoption Promotion and Support Services (APSS) contract and facilitates the referrals from this contract.
Sheila Rouzitalab, B.A.
Sheila Rouzitalab graduated from UCLA with a degree in Psychology. At TIES, she processes new and returning client referrals and facilitates linkage to internal and external services to ensure clients’ concerns and needs are addressed. In addition, she coordinates the psychiatry clinic of Dr. Daley as well as the infant mental health clinic, and manages data for the ongoing TIES infant mental health research project. She is honored to work with the TIES families and enjoys being a "go-to" staff member to support the rest of the TIES team.
Eugenia Hsu Tsao, Ph.D.
Director of Clinical Services
Eugenia Hsu Tsao, Ph.D., is a Clinical Psychologist who specializes in developmental psychopathology and working with children and families where child trauma has occurred. She received her doctorate degree from the University of Nebraska. The focus of her internship at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and postdoctoral fellowship training at Harbor-UCLA was pediatric psychology and child abuse and neglect. Dr. Tsao joined UCLA TIES in 2004, and became the Director of Clinical Services in 2007. As the Clinical Director, she is the primary supervisor for our staff clinicians and interdisciplinary consultants. She is also the Training Director for our APPIC-approved Postdoctoral Psychology Program and primary supervisor and mentor for our postdoctoral fellows. She has experience in bringing and implementing evidence-based practices to a community mental health setting and closely collaborating with the outside agencies to creatively meet the multiple needs of vulnerable children from the child welfare system. Dr. Tsao has presented in the areas of child trauma, working with children in foster care and adoption.
Lori Waldinger, M.A.
Lori Waldinger, M.A. is an Educational Consultant with TIES. She has worked with our project since 1998. She has earned a Master’s Degree and holds California teaching credentials in General Education and Special Education. She has special education teaching experience and since leaving teaching in 1980, Ms. Waldinger has been in private practice as an advocate and educational consultant. She provides educational consultation and in-service trainings to TIES staff and clients. For TIES families, Ms Waldinger attends school-based meetings, participates in IEP meetings, and conducts school observations. She provides direct educational and mental health input and advocacy services to the families in the TIES project.
Claudia Wang, M.D.
Claudia Wang, M.D. is an Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at UCLA and our TIES healthcare consultant. At TIES, she provides medical consultation for referred cases by reviewing available medical records, identifying possible additional medical information which may be sought in order to assist in the evaluation, providing a medical summary, and giving feedback to the providers. The pediatrician may be requested to attend a child's developmental assessment in order to see the child and discuss the caregiver's medical concerns. Dr. Wang's other interest is in child protection. She has been the Medical Director of the UCLA Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect Team since 1992 where her primary role is evaluating child abuse and neglect cases, which include prenatally substance exposed infants. She also focuses on education regarding child endangerment within the UCLA Medical Center and within Los Angeles County Department of Social Welfare. The TIES pediatrician's role is for consultation and unfortunately is not able to become the primary care physician for our TIES children.
Jill Waterman, Ph.D.
Director of Infant Mental Health
Jill Waterman, Ph.D. was one of the initial developers of TIES for Adoption (now UCLA TIES for Families) and currently is the Director of Infant Mental Health, as well as a supervisor of psychology externs and postdoctoral fellows. She is Adjunct Professor Emerita in the UCLA Psychology Department and former Coordinator of the UCLA Psychology Clinic, the training clinic for UCLA’s top-ranked Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program. Dr. Waterman’s research involves long-term follow-up of previous TIES clients (now adolescents and young adults), as well as evaluation, treatment and follow-up of prenatally exposed infants placed with foster parents who hope to adopt them. Dr. Waterman is author of 3 books on aspects of child trauma and numerous articles, and is the lead author of the manual for the clinical trial of ADAPT (Adoption-specific Therapy) currently being in a randomized trial. In addition, she is a practicing clinician specializing in treatment with parents and young children.
Joshua Wilson is a Youth Mentor Coordinator at UCLA TIES for Families.
Allison Brandt, Ph.D.
Dr. Brandt is currently a postdoctoral fellow at UCLA TIES for Families and specializes in working with children, youth, and families who have a history of trauma. She has expertise in cognitive behavioral therapy, parent management training, systemic family therapy, and acceptance/mindfulness-based therapies as well as comprehensive psychological assessment of children/youth. Dr. Brandt completed her predoctoral clinical internship at the UCLA Semel Institute with a focus on family-based treatment of trauma and pediatric psychology.
Barbara Caplan, MA
Barbara Caplan, M.A. is a psychology extern at UCLA TIES for Families and an advanced doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology PhD program at UCLA. Barbara's clinical and research interests involve understanding how families can best contribute to optimal adjustment in at-risk children, from infancy through adolescence. Specifically, she is interested in helping families to emotionally and behaviorally support children with a wide variety of mental health concerns, including anxiety, ADHD, aggressive or disruptive behavior and trauma exposure. She also has specific expertise in the evaluation and treatment of children with developmental disabilities such as intellectual disability and autism. At TIES, Barbara provides individual and family-based psychotherapy utilizing treatment approaches such as CBT, MAP (Managing and Adapting Practices), and Adoption-Specific Psychotherapy. She also conducts comprehensive psychological testing and assessment.
Debora Ganz, Ph.D.
Debora Ganz, Ph.D. is a postdoctoral psychologist at UCLA TIES for Families. She completed her clinical psychology training at Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. She has worked with children and families in multiple settings, including Therapeutic Foster Care, Elementary and High School Health Centers, Northwell Health’s Acute Inpatient Adolescent Unit, and Lifeline Center for Child Development’s Day Treatment Program for school-aged youth. She has published multiple articles on adolescent suicidality and substance use and completed her dissertation on the impact of early childhood experiences and family functioning on physical health outcomes. She supervises clinical psychology doctoral students, conducts interdisciplinary consultation and psychological testing, co-leads support groups for children and parents, and provides individual, collateral-parent and family therapy for youth of all ages.
Amanda Norona, MA
Social Worker Intern
Irene Tung, MA
Irene Tung, M.A., is an advanced doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at UCLA and a current psychology extern at UCLA TIES for Families. She has previously worked with children and families in a range of outpatient and school-based community mental health settings, including Providence Saint John’s Child and Family Development Center, UCLA Semel Institute, and the UCLA Psychology Clinic. At TIES, Irene provides individual, family, and group psychotherapy, conducts psychoeducational testing, and works with the Infant Mental Health Program where she provides developmental assessments and therapeutic home visits. Her clinical and research interests are in early intervention/prevention, parenting, and predictors of resilience for youth exposed to early adversity.