The Team

The Parenting and Children's Friendship program is directed by Fred Frankel; Cynthia Whitham, and Robert Myatt are Associate Directors.

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Fred Frankel Fred Frankel Director

Since 1982, Dr. Frankel has been the Director of the UCLA Parent Training and Children’s Friendship Programs. His current research interests are in extending his studies of the effectiveness of Children’s Friendship Training to community settings with different populations, including high-functioning autism, childhood obesity, ADHD and fetal alcohol syndrome.


Bob Myatt Ph.D Robert Myatt Director of Clinical training at the Life Skills Treatment Program and Program Director of the Life Skills Training Program in San Fernando, California. He is also Co-Director and Co-Founder of the Santa Clara Psychology Group.
Cynthia Whitham Cynthia Whitham Cynthia G. Whitham, L.C.S.W., Associate Director of the UCLA Parenting & Children’s Friendship Program, has been training parents for over twenty years. She is the author of two books, Win the Whining War & Other Skirmishes: A family peace plan and The Answer is NO: Saying it & sticking to it
Sarah Foster Program Coordinator.
Jilly Chang Jilly Chang Socials Skills Group Supervisor.