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Patricia Lester, M.D.

Director, Nathanson Family Resilience Center
Jane and Marc Nathanson Family Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Lester is the Jane and Marc Nathanson Family Professor of Psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine, where she directs the Division of Population Behavioral Health within the Department of Psychiatry.  She also serves as the Director of the Nathanson Family Resilience Center, Medical Director of the Family Stress, Trauma and Resilience Service (STAR), Co-Director of the Center for Child Anxiety Resilience Education and Support, and the founding leadership team for the Pritzker Center for Strengthening Children and Families.  Dr. Lester has sustained a career-long focus on developing and disseminating preventive interventions, practices, and policies that to support child and family resilience in the context of trauma and adversity.   Her research and leadership has focused on the study of translational and implementation processes needed to bring evidence based prevention to scale within systems of care and community settings