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Our Team


Patricia Lester, M.D.
Director, Nathanson Family Resilience Center
Jane and Marc Nathanson Family Professor of Psychiatry
Medical Director, UCLA Family Stress, Trauma, and Resilience (STAR) Clinic


Lee Klosinski, Ph.D.
Senior Associate Director

William Saltzman, Ph.D.
Associate Director


Norweeta Milburn, Ph.D.
Director of Research and Evaluation

Catherine Mogil, Psy.D.
Director of Training and Intervention Development
Director, Family Development Project
Clinical Director, UCLA Family Stress, Trauma, and Resilience (STAR) Clinic
Assistant Clinical Professor


Blair Paley, Ph.D.
Director, Early Childhood Core
Director, SEEDS Program
Clinical Professor

Jo Sornborger, Psy.D.
Director, Operation Mend-FOCUS Family Resilience Program

Director of Operations, FOCUS
Tom Strouse, M.D.
Senior Advisor
Professor, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
Member, Semel Institute (NPI)

Jessica Jeffrey, MD, MPH, MBA
Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor

Cara J. Kiff, Ph.D.
Project Director, FOCUS for Early Childhood with Military Families


Maegan Sinclair, MPH
Assistant Director of Research and Evaluation

Rachel Linonis, MS
Assistant Director of Innovative Technologies

UCLA Nathanson Family Resilience Center Team

Hilary Aralis, MS

Tom Babayan, M.S., LMFT
Clinical Specialist Supervisor

Marleen Castañeda
NFRC Coordinator

William Chiu, M.S.
Technical and Website Developer

Allison Clement, M.P.H.
Program Manager

Lauryn Cerrutti
Project Coordinator, FOCUS Early Childhood

Jolie Delja, M.S.
Research Coordinator, SEEDS Program

Melissa Duguay, M.A.
Psychology Intern

Margo DeCuir
Project Coordinator, FOCUS Early Childhood

Ruth Ellingson, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar

Stephanie Ernestus, PhD
Post Doctoral Scholar

Clare Gorospe
Research Coordinator, SEEDS Program

Sara Green, M.A.
Intervention Specialist

Nastassia Hajal, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Scholar

Ashley Jupin, M.S.
Director of Communications

Susana Lopez, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Scholar

Lauren Marlotte, Psy.D.
Lead Trainer

Sam Martinez
Administrative Specialist

Juan Muniz
NFRC Administrator

Jennifer Murano, Psy.D.
Model Supervisor

Terri Morgan, LMFT
Lead Trainer

Blanca Orellana, Ph.D.
Supervising Psychologist

Victoria Ponce
Clinical Training Coordintor

Alan Semaan
Data and Communications Specialist

Lauren Shapiro, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar

Kristin Shier, PsyD
Postdoctoral Scholar

Heidi Viramontes, MSW
Clinical Social Worker/ Home Visitor

John Weathersby
IT Support Specialist

Kathleen M. West, DrPH
STAR Behavioral Health Trainer

Kanchana Wijeskera, Ph.D.
Lead Trainer