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Cara J. Kiff, Ph.D.

Project Director, FOCUS for Early Childhood with Military Families
Dr. Kiff is the Project Director for the FOCUS-Early Childhood Research Study at the UCLA Nathanson Family Resilience Center. She is a Clinical Psychologist whose work seeks to understand how childhood experiences of adversity predict the developmental course and treatment of anxiety and depression. Dr. Kiff’s work aims to understand how the interplay between biobehavioral predispositions and familial experiences (socioeconomic, adversity, parenting and trauma) influence the development of pediatric internalizing disorders. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from UCLA, her Master’s in Science from the University of Washington, and her Ph.D. in Child Clinical Psychology with a minor in Quantitative Psychology from the University of Washington. Dr. Kiff’s work has been supported by grant awards from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the American Psychological Association.