Bonnie T. Zima, MD, MPH is Professor-in-Residence specializing in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Associate Director of the UCLA Center for Health Services and Society, and Associate Chair for Academic Affairs for the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences. Dr. Zima's research is dedicated to improving the quality of child mental health care, with priority placed on children enrolled in Medicaid-funded outpatient programs and underserved, at-risk child populations. Her research spans identification of high unmet need for mental health care among high-risk child populations, national pediatric hospitalization resource utilization and costs, the validity of national quality measures, pediatric integrated care models, pediatric workforce development, and application of technologies and clinical informatics to improve child mental health care.Her research has received all three national research awards from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP). In addition, Dr. Zima is a Member of the U.S. Child and Adult Core Set Annual Review Workgroup, Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services, Vice-Chair of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Council on Quality Care, standing member of the Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse Steering Committee for the National Quality Forum, and AACAP Committee on Research. She is a Consulting Editor for the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Deputy Editor for the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology, and Distinguished Fellow of AACAP and APA.
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Dr. Zima's earlier research was dedicated to examining high unmet need for mental health services among high-risk child populations. Her more recent work has focused on quality of care for children in the public mental health system. She led the first statewide study on quality of care for children receiving publicly-funded specialty mental health services in California, and is currently completing a study examining quality of care for ADHD in primary care and specialty mental health care within the nation's largest managed care Medicaid program.