You are here

Trainees & Interns

Post Doctoral Fellow

Elisa Brown Fuller
Post Doctoral Fellow

Elisa Brown Fuller is a postdoctoral fellow in the Nathanson Family Resilience Center at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior.  As a member of the Family Development Program, she provides psychotherapeutic support to parents of medically fragile infants who have been admitted to or graduated from the neonatal intensive care unit.  She attended Fielding Graduate University’s Ph.D. program in clinical psychology with a focus on parent infant mental health.  During her clinical internship at the Immaculata University Internship Consortium in Pennsylvania, she worked with underserved, ethnically diverse children and high-risk young mothers.  In her work with families, she emphasizes relationship-based interventions aimed at addressing relational difficulties and developmental trauma as a result of early childhood separation, abuse, or neglect.

Elizabeth (Liz) Ollen, PhD
Post Doctoral Fellow

Dr. Elizabeth Ollen is a postdoctoral scholar at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. She specializes in treating youth and families who have experienced trauma and other stressors, with an emphasis on LGBTQ adolescents. Dr. Ollen leads program development for the EMPWR Program, which provides LGBTQ youth and their families with sensitive and affirming mental health care. She also provides clinical services at UCLA TIES for Families, where she focuses on same-sex couples fostering and/or adopting, as well as LGBTQ foster youth. Dr. Ollen's research interests include family and relationship dynamics among LGBTQ populations. She is currently involved in research and development of therapeutic interventions to foster resiliency among LGBTQ adolescents and their parents. Dr. Ollen is has held several leadership positions at the American Psychological Association as part of Divsion 44 (Society for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity) and currently serves on the APA task force for revising the clinical guidelines for lesbian, gay, and bisexual clients. Prior to moving to Los Angeles, Dr. Ollen spent 5 years volunteering with a LGBTQ youth group in Boston. Dr. Ollen earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Clark University. She also holds a master's degree in Human Development from Harvard University.

Heather Bemis, PhD
Post Doctoral Fellow

Heather Bemis, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Nathanson Family Resilience Center (NFRC) at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. Her fellowship focuses on early childhood as a critical period for early intervention and developmental research. She is a family

interventionist for the Family Development Program, in which she serves vulnerable families with a baby born into the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital. In addition, she is developing a curriculum to bring a trauma-informed and family centered lens to the NICU environment.

Clinically, Dr. Bemis is trained in several evidence-based treatment approaches for children and families across a variety of populations and multidisciplinary settings, including medical systems. Her research focuses on coping, family interaction, and adjustment among families of children with medical illnesses, and in particular, the effects of socioeconomic disadvantage on these processes. Overall, her work aims to address social and healthcare disparities and to promote positive change at the individual, family, and institutional levels.

Dr. Bemis received her M.S. and Ph.D in Clinical Psychology from Vanderbilt University. She completed her predoctoral internship at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, in the Pediatric Consultation-Liaison track.  

Melissa Wasserman, PsyD
Post Doctoral Fellow

PsyD is a Postdoctoral Fellow specializing in tele-services for veteran families. Dr. Wasserman received her doctorate from Pepperdine University, where she studied clinical psychology. She completed her internship at the UCLA Semel Institute, where she received specialized training in assessment and intervention for families who have overcome traumatic experiences. Her research interests include intergenerational trauma and resilience with a special focus on military and veteran populations.

 

Minh-Chau Do, PhD
Post Doctoral Fellow

Minh-Chau obtained her doctorate in clinical psychology from San Diego State University/University of California, San Diego Joint Doctoral Program. Her post-doctoral fellowship with the NFRC focuses on working with various systems to disseminate the FOCUS model to increase resilience among families at high risk for experiencing trauma. She will work with systems such as the VA, the foster care system, and schools. Mihn-Chau previously worked at the Youth Stress and Mood Program (YSAM) with Dr. Joan Asarnow where she coordinated multiple clinical trials testing the efficacy and effectiveness of treatment protocols for adolescent depression and suicide. In graduate school, she worked at the Child and Adolescent Anxiety and Mood Program (ChAAMP) with Dr. Robin Weersing on clinical trials for youth anxiety and depression. One of her top priorities during her post-doctorate fellowship is to gain experience working with complex systems to develop a richer, more nuanced understanding of how to work effectively to improve mental health care for children and families. She hopes to continue her training in trauma, trauma-related conditions, and resilience, and to bridge this training with her prior experiences. Additionally, she is passionate about decreasing the stigma associated with mental illness, advocating for mental health parity, and working in a setting that allows her to be active in both research and clinical work.

Clinical Psychology Intern

Jessica L. O'Leary, MA
Clinical Psychology Intern

Jessica L. O’Leary, M.A. is a Clinical Psychology intern at the Stress, Trauma and Resilience (STAR) Clinic in the Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA.  Jessica is a Doctor of Philosophy candidate in Clinical Psychology at Clark University. Prior to pursuing her doctoral studies, she taught sixth grade at a public middle school in Los Angeles and completed a Master of Arts in Elementary Education at Loyola Marymount University. Jessica’s research interests center on how to foster resilience among urban youth, with an emphasis on emotion socialization and the role of caregivers. Her dissertation focuses on factors that protect urban youth from the deleterious effects of community violence. She is interested in empirically-supported care among underserved groups and is trained in various trauma informed and evidence based models.

Laura P. Minero, MA
Clinical Psychology Intern

Laura P. Minero, M.A. is a Clinical Psychology intern at the Stress, Trauma, and Resilience (STAR) Clinic  in the Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA. Laura is a Doctor of Philosophy candidate in Counseling Psychology at the University of Wisconsin where she was awarded the Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship and a research grant from the Latino Center for Leadership Development through SMU’s John Goodwin’s Tower Center for Political Studies. Her research and advocacy work parallels her clinical work as a bicultural and bilingual therapist focused on fostering strength and resilience among underserved populations across the lifespan. Laura has a passion for examining how policy impacts the lived experiences of undocumented immigrant, Latinx, and LGBTQ+ communities in hopes of being able to identify how to better serve these populations through more inclusive implementation of policy, teaching of clinical practice and distribution of services.