Mental/Behavioral Health

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UCLA Health is dedicated to delivering excellent compassionate, inclusive and equitable care to support all of our patients, including our diverse LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning) community. While all UCLA team members care for all patients equitably, providers who have a particular interest and expertise in various aspects of care for the LGBTQ community have been designated with our "Rainbow U" LGBTQ Champion designation. These providers have also committed to pursuing ongoing education in caring for the LGBTQ population.

Below is a directory of UCLA Health primary care providers who regularly care for LGBTQ patients and have knowledge in LGBTQ health.*


Jessica M. Bernacki, PhD

Jessica M. Bernacki, PhD

Pediatric Psychology

Dr. Jessica Bernacki is a Staff Psychologist at the UCLA Medicine-Pediatrics Comprehensive Care Center (MPCCC). She completed her doctoral training in clinical psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; her psychology internship in the Department of Psychiatry at UCLA, and her fellowship in the Child Psychiatry Department at Stanford University. 

Cage Hall, MD, PhD

Cage Hall, MD, PhD

Psychiatry

Dr. Timothy McCajor Hall has more than twenty years of research, teaching, and community involvement in LGBTQ issues, beginning in college when he co-founded an LGBTQ student magazine and continuing in medical school when he was the only openly LGBT student in his class at UCSD. His PhD in anthropology, based on three years of fieldwork in Czech Republic, examined processes of sexual identity development, relationships, and mental health considerations among gay and bisexual men

Brandon S. Ito, MD, MPH

Brandon S. Ito, MD, MPH

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Dr. Brandon Ito is Assistant Professor of Medicine – Psychiatry at UCLA. Dr. Ito completed his Adult Psychiatry training at the University of California, San Francisco and fellowship training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the NYU Child Study Center and Bellevue Hospital where he served as Chief Fellow.

Liz Ollen, PhD, MA

Liz Ollen, PhD, MA

Pediatric Psychology

Dr. Elizabeth Ollen is the Clinical Director and Attending Psychologist for the EMPWR Program, which provides comprehensive mental health services for LGBTQ youth and adults. Dr. Ollen provides teaching and supervision to advanced trainees, provides direct clinical care to patients, facilitates the EMPWR Parent Resilience Class for parents of LGBTQ youth, and helps develop and deliver LGBTQ affirming training to the UCLA Health System. 

Natalia Ramos, MD, MPH

Natalia Ramos, MD, MPH

Psychiatry

Dr. Natalia Ramos is the Medical Director for the EMPWR Program, an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, and a board-certified Child, Adolescent, and Adult psychiatrist. Dr. Ramos oversees psychiatric evaluation and medication management for patients in EMPWR, as well as the EMPWR Teen Resilience Group, an 8-week therapeutic group that engages teens in learning cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) skills to manage identity-related stress and additional life stressors.


*This list is not comprehensive and continues to grow. If you are a provider at UCLA Health and would like to be listed, please fill out this request form.