The Youth Stress and Mood Team
Joan Asarnow, PhD
Dr. Joan Asarnow is a Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences in the David Geffen School of Medicine and Director of the Youth Stress and Mood Program. Her current research, teaching, and clinical work focus on the development, evaluation, and dissemination of treatments for depression, self-harm, and suicide prevention in children and adolescents. Dr. Asarnow specializes in cognitive-behavioral and patient and family centered treatments and has done extensive work bringing evidence-based treatments to primary care and emergency department settings. Dialectical behavior therapy, a form of cognitive-behavioral treatment, is offered through the Youth Stress and Mood Program.
Nick Anderson, PhD
Associate Director, Post-doctoral Fellow
Dr. Anderson is a Postdoctoral Fellow and Clinical instructor working at the Youth Stress and Mood (YSAM) lab. At YSAM, Dr. Anderson has clinical treatment/assessment, supervision, and research duties. Dr. Anderson works in a clinical treatment capacity with families whose teens have a history of self-harm and/or suicide attempts. Dr. Anderson also conducts and supervises assessments for other research studies involving youth who have a history of depression or deliberate self-harm. His research interests are geared toward understanding the developmental and emotion dysregulation mechanisms in youth and adults who have a history of depression, non-suicidal self-injury, and suicide. Dr. Anderson received his Ph.D. from Kent State University and completed his clinical internship at the VA Northern California.
Veronica Barbery, LCSW
Veronica Barbery Mandelbaum is a licensed clinical social worker working as a supervisor and clinician for the Youth Stress and Mood Program. Veronica received her masters in Social Welfare from UCLA and has worked with and trained under Dr. Joan Asarnow for the past 11 years. Her passion is working with children, teenagers and young adults who are dealing with depression, anxiety, behavior problems and/or having trouble managing life transitions and stressors, within a cognitive-behavioral model. She also enjoys working as a clinician and assessor for the clinic’s various research studies involving youth with depression, a history of suicide attempts and/or deliberate self harm.
Melissa is a 3rd year Psychobiology major at UCLA with hopes of going to medical school after graduation. She is from Golden, Colorado and has been volunteering at the clinic since January 2015. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering at Ronald Reagan Medical Center, playing basketball, and exploring California.
Monika Lind attended film school at USC then toiled in the Hollywood trenches for five years. She escaped the movie business in 2013 and committed herself to a career in clinical psychology. In 2014, Monika earned a post-baccalaureate certificate in Preclinical Psychology at Northwestern University before returning to Los Angeles to work at UCLA's Youth Stress and Mood Program. Next up is a Masters in Psychology at the University of Oregon, after which Monika hopes to enroll in a clinical psychology doctoral program. Her research interests include mood disorders, eating disorders, and ADHD in adolescence.
I come from Alhambra, CA, and graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Psychology in 2014. I plan on studying emotion regulation in graduate school. I have been volunteering with YSAM since August 2014. In my spare time, I enjoy going to the gym, watching old movies, and trying new restaurants.
Timothy Zaki is a second year Psychobiology student at UCLA. He is from Mission Viejo, California and has been volunteering with the Youth Stress and Mood Program since October 2013. He loves interacting with people and understanding the connections between brain function and behavior, emotion, and cognition. Timothy is passionate about medicine and aspires to one day become a physician.
Jennifer L. Hughes, PhD
Jennifer L. Hughes, Ph.D., is a Clinical Instructor and Staff Psychologist in the University of Los Angeles, California Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior and the Associate Director of the UCLA Youth Stress and Mood Program. Dr. Hughes’ research explores the efficacy and effectiveness of psychosocial treatments for prevention and treatment of depression and suicide in youth. Dr. Hughes graduated from Baylor University in 2003, with a B.A. in Psychology and Child and Family Studies. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in 2010 and completed her pre-doctoral internship through the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, through two primary rotation sites: Southern Methodist University Counseling and Psychiatric Services and Children’s Medical Center Consult Liaison Psychiatry Service. During her time at UT Southwestern, Dr. Hughes worked closely with two leaders in the area of child depression, Drs. Graham Emslie and Betsy Kennard, on several landmark projects, including the Treatment of Adolescent Suicide Attempters (TASA) study, the Treatment of Adolescents with Depression study (TADS), and the Treatment of Resistant Depression in Adolescents (TORDIA) study. In addition, Dr. Hughes collaborated with Dr. Kennard to develop and test a relapse prevention intervention for youth depression. Dr. Hughes completed her postdoctoral fellowship under the mentorship of Dr. Joan Asarnow at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. In collaboration with Dr. Asarnow, Dr. Hughes’ current work focuses on suicide prevention, the treatment and prevention of youth suicide, non-suicidal self-injury, and depression, and dissemination of evidence-based treatments to the community. Dr. Hughes received a CHIPS (Child Intervention, Prevention, and Services) fellowship in 2012, attending the CHIPS Research Training Institute. Additionally, Dr. Hughes is the recipient of a Young Investigator Grant from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to adapt and test an intervention designed to prevent future suicide attempts in adolescent suicide attempters for use with youths engaging in non-suicidal self-injurious behavior, an at-risk group for later suicide attempts.
Jane Diamond, LCSW
Jane Diamond, LCSW, is a therapist in the Youth Stress and Mood Program. She has had many years of experience at UCLA and other sites providing mental health services for children, teens and families, as well as teaching and providing clinical supervision. Her current role is to provide individual and group therapy for participants in the CARES study.
Jamie Bedics, PhD
Clinical Instructor, Psychologist
Jamie Bedics is an assistant professor of clinical psychology and director of the masters of science in clinical psychology training program at California Lutheran University. He is a clinical instructor and psychologist II at UCLA medical center. His primary area of research interest is in the process and outcome of psychotherapy for the treatment of suicidal behavior.
Jessica Wiblin graduated from New York University in 2012, with a B.A. in Psychology and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies. Currently, Jessica coordinates several ongoing studies within the Youth Stress and Mood Program. These studies focus primarily on the treatment and prevention of youth depression, non-suicidal self-injury, and suicide. Jessica is preparing to apply to graduate programs in Clinical Psychology, and in her spare time enjoys reading, baking, and playing soccer.
Gimel Rogers, M.A. is a graduate of Spelman College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, and is currently a third-year Clinical Psychology doctoral student at Pepperdine University. Gimel Rogers has worked with the 77th II Gang Reduction Youth Development Program, Young Peoples' Division in the African Methodist Episcopal church, and recently ended her second year practicum at Ventura Youth Correctional Facility where she provided therapy services. She is currently the senior research assistant to Dr. Judy Ho studying logistical and therapeutic barriers to treatment engagement for children and adolescents. Gimel is passionate about working with survivors of emotional, physical and sexual abuse within their recovery process. She is a motivational speaker, trainer, and consultant with over seven years of experience in presentations and conferences. She has recently presented at the Women in Leadership: Work-Life Balance conference on "Ethnically Diverse Women In Leadership and the Significance of Mentorship". She has been featured in the Emory University Public Health Magazine discussing HIV prevention and is an advocate for adolescent girls finding their voice. Gimel is excited about the opportunity to work with the YSAM program to continue to be an agent of change for adolescents. Gimel’s career trajectory will focus on stress, trauma and resiliency in youth and young adults.
Danny Lee is a graduate of the University of Southern California (class of 2014) with two bachelor degrees in Health and Humanity (B.A.) and Biological Sciences (B.S.) with honors. While a student at USC, Danny founded his school's first mental health advocacy and support organization, Free Minds United (freemindsunited.com). His team at Free Minds United hopes to reduce the stigma of mental illness through giving people a creative outlet to express their personal stories in an open, welcoming environment. His team has created a support network of peers who can counsel their classmates through many of life's anxieties and challenges. Free Minds United has now expanded to UCLA and UCSD and hopes to keep expanding to other colleges nationwide.
Danny also has extensive research experience, primarily in the biological sciences. In the Matthew Pratt laboratory at USC, he helped clone a plasmid that upon transfection can code for a system that targets proteins, like alpha-synuclein in Parkinson's disease patients, for degradation. In the Henry Sucov at the Keck School of Medicine, Danny has studied the biological mechanisms of calcification in epicardial cells using in-vitro techniques. Danny hopes to expand his research repertoire to include clinical research in mental health, a field which intensely fascinates him.
Danny is currently volunteering at the Didi Hirsch Suicide Prevention Hotline where he acts as a crisis counselor for people from all walks of life, including children and adolescents. In his spare time, he also tutors children and adolescents in various subjects, such as English, math, and science.
Danny will be starting medical school this upcoming summer to pursue his dream of developing a holistic practice, one that focuses on both the physical and mental health of the patient.
Samantha Moore graduated with her Masters in Clinical Psychology and is currently working as a Program Evaluator at a drug addiction treatment center. She is from Louisville, Kentucky and has been volunteering with the Youth Stress and Mood Program since August 2015. She is very interested in all areas of research, especially depression and it's treatment. In her spare time she enjoys reading, watching Netflix, and finding new restaurants to try.
Nicole is a fourth year psychobiology student at UCLA. She is from Ventura, California and has been volunteering with the clinic since January of 2014. She has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and is interested in pre-health. Her goal is to one day become a physician assistant.
My name is Sinead Torres, and I am a fifth year undergraduate student at UCLA. I was born and raised in sunny California, and previously transferred from Moorpark Community College as a pre-medical student. However after exploring the field of psychology and its various concentrations, I have developed a deep interest in neuropsychology, behavioral neuroscience, and abnormal psychology, and have plans to pursue a doctorate in clinical psychology in the near future. In my spare time, I enjoy running, hiking, reading, and watching health documentaries.
Brooke graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in History in 2004 and from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles with a Juris Doctorate in 2007. In her career as a practicing attorney, she worked in complex commercial litigation defense and eventually became a Deputy District Attorney for the County of Los Angeles. As a criminal prosecutor, Brooke prosecuted a variety of cases involving drugs and alcohol, domestic and family violence, murder and gang-related crimes. Through this process and her experience with the criminal justice system, she became increasingly curious about the role of mental illness in crimes of violence. Ultimately, Brooke decided to change careers and go back to school to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology with the intention of becoming a passionate advocate for those who struggle with mental illness. In her spare time, Brooke enjoys Iyengar yoga, hiking, knitting, drawing, reading, and spending time with her husband and cats.