Child FIRST

 

Child F.I.R.S.T.

Focus on Innovation and Redesign in Systems and Treatment

 
 


Program Director

Bruce F. Chorpita, Ph.D. is currently Professor of Psychology, at the University of California, Los Angeles. He received his Ph.D. in psychology from the University at Albany, State University of New York and held a faculty position with the Department of Psychology at the University of Hawaii from 1997 to 2008. From 2001 to 2003, Dr. Chorpita served as the Clinical Director of the Hawaii Department of Health's Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division. Dr. Chorpita is widely published in the areas of children's mental health services and childhood anxiety disorders, and he has held research and training grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, the Hawaii Departments of Education and Health, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation. He published a book on Modular Cognitive Behavior Therapy in 2007 with Guilford Press and recently published the MATCH-ADTC protocol, tested in the Child STEPs multi-site clinical trial.

Program Staff

Maya Boustani is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles. She received her PhD at Florida International University and completed her Internship at the University of Texas Health Science Center. Maya's research interests include collaborating with community partners to prevent adolescent risky behaviors among under-served communities using evidence-based practices.

Kalylin Wesley is the lab manager for the Child FIRST lab. Kaylin will receive her B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2017. She is currently completing a departmental honors thesis on mental health service utilization and family engagement in public schools. After her undergraduate career,  she plans to enroll in a doctoral program in Clinical Psychology and pursue a career in mental health intervention innovation and treatment evaluation research.

Graduate Students

Rachel Kim received her B.A. in Psychology from Tufts University in 2009. She is interested in the dissemination of evidence-based treatments in schools and communities and in designing culturally sensitive interventions to reduce gaps in mental health treatment for underserved populations. Rachel is currently completing her clinical internship year.

Karen Guan received her B.A. in Psychology, Music, and English from Swarthmore College in 2010. She is interested in the dynamic delivery of evidence-based mental health services for youth and families. In particular, her research focuses on the occurrence and management of exceptions in treatment, such as client emergent life events, and the impact of such exceptions on treatment integrity.

Todd Brown received his B.S. in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University in 2001 and his M.A. in Psychology from Pepperdine University in 2012. His interests are in examining and improving clinical decision making and in the dissemination of evidence-based practices to community settings.

Leslie Rith-Najarian received her B.A. in psychology from Harvard University in 2012. She is interested in knowledge translation and how treatment practices can be delivered by non-clinicians (parents, technology, self-guided practices) in order to produce longer-term outcomes in youth and college mental health programs.

Alayna Park received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2012. She is interested in innovative methods for disseminating and implementing evidence-based services for children in public mental health contexts, and for enhancing the effectiveness of mental health service systems.

Jennifer Gamarra received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania 2012. She is interested in the implementation of evidence-based treatments for youth in large-scale community mental health systems, as well as behavioral health literacy in low-income populations.

Resham Gellatly received her B.A. in Psychology from Boston University in 2010. Her research interests center around increasing access to mental health services by adapting evidence-based treatments for youth and families of diverse cultural backgrounds. She is especially interested in working with stakeholders in underserved communities to develop sustainable implementation supports.

Dana Saifan received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2014. She is interested in the implementation of evidence-based mental health services in public systems of care, to address health disparities and to better serve culturally and socioeconomically diverse youth affecfted by truama. 


 


 
   

 

Program Director | University of California Los Angeles | Department of Psychology