Natalia Ramos, MD, MPH
UCLA Department of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences
Dr. Natalia Ramos is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine and a board-certified Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist. She also serves as Medical Director for the Child Psychiatry Consultation Liaison Service at UCLA Santa Monica. Dr. Ramos developed the EMPWR Program to deliver evidence-based individual, family, and group interventions to LGBTQ youth and their families. Interventions aim to improve teens’ positive functioning, strengthen useful skills, and mitigate existing stress and/or trauma. The EMPWR Program also provides crucial training in LGBTQ-affirming and sensitive mental health practices to psychiatry/psychology trainees and other providers.
Dr. Ramos has extensive experience working with LGBTQ populations in clinical, advocacy, and population research settings. In addition to her clinical work at UCLA, Dr. Ramos is actively involved in teaching and scholarly work both locally and nationally. Her research interests include LGBTQ heath disparities and resilience-focused interventions. Dr. Ramos has received funding from the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Junior Investigator Award as well as a Rapid Research Advances for Progress in Disparities (RRAPID) Mental Health.
Dr. Ramos holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) from the Harvard School of Public Health, where she worked with a team of national researchers at the Fenway Institute’s Center for Population Research. She completed her undergraduate education at Stanford University and received her Medical Degree from USC’s Keck School of Medicine, before completing her residency and fellowship training with UCLA. More >
Elizabeth Ollen, PhD, EdM
UCLA Department of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences
Dr. Elizabeth Ollen is a postdoctoral scholar at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. She specializes in treating youth and families who have experienced trauma and other stressors, with an emphasis on LGBTQ adolescents. Dr. Ollen leads program development for the EMPWR Program, which provides LGBTQ youth and their families with sensitive and affirming mental health care. She also provides clinical services at UCLA TIES for Families, where she focuses on same-sex couples fostering and/or adopting, as well as LGBTQ foster youth.
Dr. Ollen›s research interests include family and relationship dynamics among LGBTQ populations. She is currently involved in research and development of therapeutic interventions to foster resiliency among LGBTQ adolescents and their parents. Dr. Ollen has held several leadership positions at the American Psychological Association, including sitting on the Executive Committee of Division 44 (Society for the Psychology Student of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity), as well as APAGS' Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity. Prior to moving to Los Angeles, Dr. Ollen spent 5 years volunteering with a youth group in Boston serving low-income LGBTQ adolescents and young adults. Dr. Ollen earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Clark University. She also holds a master's degree in Human Development from Harvard University.
Jeanne Miranda, PhD
Dr. Jeanne Miranda is Assistant Director of the UCLA Center for Health Services and Society and a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences. She is a mental health services researcher who has focused her work on providing mental health care to low-income and minority communities. She holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from University of Kansas and completed post-doctoral training at University of California, San Francisco.
Dr. Miranda’s major research contributions have been in evaluating the impact of mental health care for ethnic minority communities. She conducted a trial of treatment of depression in impoverished minority patients at San Francisco General Hospital. Traditional care for depression was contrasted with traditional care supplemented by case management. Case management offered additional benefits for Latino patients but were not beneficial for African American and white participants. Her most recent NIMH-funded trial is a study of care for depression in low-income, minority women screened through county entitlement programs. She is an investigator in two UCLA centers focusing on improving disparities in health care for ethnic minorities. She directs community cores and an innovative research core focusing on translating lifestyle interventions (diet and exercise) for low-income and minority communities. She was the Senior Scientific Editor of “Mental Health: Culture, Race and Ethnicity, A Supplement to Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General,” published August 2001.
She became a member of the Institute of Medicine in 2005. Dr. Miranda is the 2008 recipient of the Emily Mumford Award for Contributions to Social Medicine from Columbia University. She is currently working with two community partners, TIES for Families and the Center for Adoption Support and Education to developed evidence-based care for families adopting older children from foster care. More >
Patricia E. Lester, MD
Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
Dr. Patricia Lester is the Jane and Marc Nathanson Family Professor of Psychiatry, Director of FOCUS (Families OverComing Under Stress) Program, Director of the UCLA Nathanson Family Resilience Center, and the Medical Director of the Family Stress, Trauma and Resilience Clinic. A board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist, Dr. Lester’s work has been 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. Over the last 8 years, she has led the successful large-scale implementation of FOCUS for the United States Navy and Marine Corps, as well as piloting at Army and Air Force sites. Dr. Lester oversees the on-line FOCUS learning center and evaluation programming, which utilizes web-based technologies to support program implementation at scale. She is well versed in the scientific and programmatic issues facing service members and their families, and serves as an advisor on the needs of military children and families across military, university and non-profit agencies. She co-directs the Welcome Back Veteran’s Family Resilience Center, which includes research trials on family centered preventive and treatment models for Veterans and National Guard and their families, as well as community level education and capacity building to enhance resilience in OEF/OIF Veterans. She currently receives support from the Department of Defense, the US Department of Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, the McCormick Foundation, and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. She has published more than 50 research articles and book chapters on the foregoing topics. More >
Sheryl Kataoka, MD, MSHS
Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
Dr. Sheryl Kataoka is Professor-in-Residence in the UCLA Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, where she serves as the Training Director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship. She completed her Bachelors of Science at UCLA and medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. She returned to Los Angeles for her Psychiatry Residency training at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center during which she was also an APA Minority Fellow. She completed her child psychiatry fellowship training at the UCLA Semel Institute, and then launched her research career as an APA research fellow in the Program for Minority Research Training in Psychiatry when she examined the psychopathology. She continued her research training as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar and received her Masters of Science in Health Services Research from the UCLA School of Public Health. She is an investigator with the UCLA Center for Health Services and Society and the site PI for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network’s Treatment and Services Adaptation Center for Resiliency, Hope and Wellness in Schools. More >
Catherine E. Mogil, PsyD
Dr. Catherine 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. More >
Audra Langley, PhD
Dr. Audra Langley is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. Dr. Langley is also the Director of Training for the LAUSD/UCLA/RAND Trauma Services Adaptation Center for Schools and serves as Chair of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network School Committee. Dr. Langley is a researcher and clinician who specializes in cognitive behavioral treatment for children and adolescents with PTSD, anxiety, and related disorders, and her work seeks to make evidence-based interventions available to all children in accessible settings, such as schools. Dr. Langley received her Ph.D. in Clinical Child Psychology from Virginia Tech and went on to specialize in CBT with children and adolescents during her internship at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute. She was the recipient of an NIMH-funded National Research Service Award to further her postdoctoral research training in the clinical evaluation of evidence-based treatments for childhood anxiety disorders through the UCLA Child OCD, Anxiety, and Tic Disorders Program, where she continues as a faculty member. Dr. Langley has served as investigator, trainer, clinician, and clinical supervisor on several clinic and school-based studies and trials treating ethnically and socioeconomically diverse children and adolescents with PTSD, anxiety, and OCD and has presented and published research papers on her work. More >