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posted February 17, 2017

This week, NFRC Director Dr. Patricia Lester joined the UCLA ISAP team as part of an NIH Fogerty Program. During the conference, Dr. Lester trained psychiatrists and trainees in the FOCUS (Families OverComing Under Stress) Model. UCLA's Dr. Erika Nurmi joined Dr. Lester and presented on childhood anxiety, OCD and Tic Disorders.  

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posted January 9, 2017

Last week, Dr. Patricia Lester and members of the UCLA NFRC team presented plans for the new Family Resource and Well-Being Center at the West Los Angeles VA. 

Learn more about the site visit and plans for the center in the UCLA Newsroom, by visiting

posted January 6, 2017

Yesterday, UCLA NFRC Leadership, including Dr. Patricia Lester joined UCLA Chancellor Gene Block, at left, U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald and other key partners for a site visit at the West Los Angeles VA to discuss ongoing revitalization efforts.

Learn more about this ongoing effort on the UCLA Newsroom, by visiting:

posted November 14, 2016

The UCLA NFRC is pleased to have partnered with the UCLA Luskin School of Social Welfare, US Vets, and California National Guard to present 'Women Who Serve,' a seminar highlighting the growing presence of women in the military. Learn more about this seminar and the panelists who shared their stories via the UCLA Luskin website (

posted September 30, 2016

On Friday, September 30th, the UCLA Nathanson Family Resilience Center was pleased to host Dr. William Nash. Dr. Nash toured the center and also presented on Moral Injury during a special STAR Seminar for over 50 guests.

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posted May 13, 2016

A resilience-building program for pediatric residents at UCLA was recently featured in the Wall Street Journal. The program was based on a new adaptation of the FOCUS model and many members of the UCLA Nathanson Family Resilience Center team assisted with the program planning and implementation.

Read the full article online here!

posted April 4, 2016

A new adaptation of FOCUS will be presented during the poster session at the Society of Pediatric Psychology 2016 Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA. The poster, authored by Kanchana Wijesekera, Ph.D., Brenda Bursch, Ph.D., and Patricia Lester, M.D., covers the core elements of the FOCUS model when implemented with pediatric patients.

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posted February 25, 2016

In an interview with US News & World report, NFRC Director Dr. Patricia Lester discusses the findings of a recent study on the FOCUS model.

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posted February 22, 2016

Recently graduate students at Texas A&M International University received training in the FOCUS model. Read the full article for more information! 

posted February 19, 2016

The UCLA Pediatric Residency Resilience Training Program, a pilot project funded by UCLA’s Healthy Campus Initiative and the Department of Pediatrics and developed in collaboration with the Semel Institute of Neuroscience and Human Behavior’s Division of Population Behavioral Health, uses an adaptation of the FOCUS model to help pediatric residents build on their current strengths and learn new skills that support their resilience.

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