The Team

Melina Foden
Clinic Coordinator

Ms. Foden is a senior at UCLA majoring in psychology.

Bob Myatt Ph.D Robert Myatt, Ph.D.
Associate Director

Dr. Myatt co-authored the Children’s Friendship Training curriculum with Dr. Frankel and, since 1982, has led the Children’s Friendship child groups. Director of Clinical training at the Life Skills Treatment Program and Program Director of the Life Skills Training Program in San Fernando, California. 

Fred Frankel, Ph.D. Fred Frankel, Ph.D.
Program Founder

Dr. Frankel served as Director of the UCLA Parent Training and Children’s Friendship Program from 1982 to 2014. 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.

Cynthia Whitham Cynthia G. Whitham, L.C.S.W.

Cynthia Whitham, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, has been working with families at the UCLA Parenting & Children’s Friendship Program since 1986.

She is a Clinical Instructor in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the UCLA Semel Institute. Ms. Whitham has authored Win the Whining War & Other Skirmishes: A family peace plan and The Answer is NO: Saying it & sticking to it.

Jilly Chang Ya-Chih Chang, Ph.D.
Social Skills Group Supervisor

Dr. “Jilly” Chang has been associated with the UCLA Parent Training and Children’s Friendship Program since her UCLA student days, when she volunteered as a Research Assistant. Now faculty at Cal State University, Los Angeles, Dr. Chang serves as the Social Skills Group supervisor. Her research interests focus on social communication in children with autism and dissemination of evidence-based practices into home and school settings.