People

Director

Director

Dr. Helen Lavretsky is a Professor In-Residence in the Department of Psychiatry at UCLA and a geriatric integrative psychiatrist with federally funded research program in geriatric depression and integrative mental health (NIMH, PCORI, and NCCIH) using mind-body interventions. She is a recipient of the Career Development award from NIMH and the NCCIH, and other prestigious research awards. Her current research studies include investigations of psychopharmacological treatment of geriatric depression, mild cognitive impairment and the use of Tai Chi and yoga for treatment and prevention of late-life mood and cognitive disorders. She is the Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and the Fellow of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, and the recipient of the Distinguished Investigator awards for research in geriatric psychiatry from the American College of Psychiatrists and the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry. She is the Semel Scholar in Integrative Mental Health and the Director of the Late-life mood, stress and wellness program and the Integrative Psychiatry clinic

Links
semel.ucla.edu/latelife
semel.ucla.edu/integrativementalhealth
uclahealth.org/integrative-medicine
www.ajgponline.org/article/S1064-7481(20)30439-5/fulltext

Faculty

Faculty

Faculty

Faculty

Dr. Katherine Narr is a Professor in the Departments of Neurology and Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA and a faculty member of the Ahmanson-Lovelace Brain Mapping Center, a neuroimaging program and resource within the UCLA School of Medicine. Dr. Narr's research has centered on using multimodal imaging, including structural, functional and diffusion imaging and proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy (1HMRS) to advance understanding of the pathophysiological mechanisms associated with depression, schizophrenia and other complex psychiatric conditions in adults and children. A primary focus of her current research includes targeting imaging predictors and correlates of rapidly acting therapeutic response in depressive disorders.

Statistician

Statistician

I am an applied biostatistician - I design studies, formulate hypotheses, do power calculations, analyze data, interpret and report results and write grants. I concentrate on data from medicine, public health, and biology; in particular, I have developed and applied novel statistical methods in mood disorders, Alzheimer's disease, memory and aging, traumatic brain injury, pediatric epilepsy, learning and communication disorders, and schizophrenia. I am fascinated by early neuroimaging and genomic biomarkers of these disorders that can be useful for designing preventive and treatment approaches. I have also worked in other fields such as environmental health and kinesiology, and I even have experience modeling stock markets! This variety is precisely what makes me passionate about statistics. That, and the people - I love meeting and talking to people about their projects and working closely with them to understand and visualize their data.

Postdoctoral Scholars

Postdoctoral Scholar

Beatrix is a postdoctoral scholar at the Department of Geriatric Psychiatry at the UCLA Semel Institute. After completing her BSc in biological psychology and MSc by research in neuropsychology at Maastricht University in the Netherlands, she earned her PhD (DPhil) at the Department of Experimental Psychology and the Centre for Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Brain (FMRIB) at the University of Oxford in England. Her expertise is in the field of neuroimaging and non-invasive electric brain stimulation. She has worked in the past with a variety of healthy patient populations investigating cognition, pain, and (neuro-)psychiatric symptoms. She was certified as a yoga teacher in 2016 and gained experience teaching yoga, breathing and meditation in different types of environments. Her interest in science-based holistic health approaches has led her to work with Dr. Helen Lavretsky. She also focuses and collaborates on the neural effects of mind-body therapies and medication in geriatric depression with Dr. Katherine Narr. Her general research interests are in the scientific exploration of the mechanisms of mind-body treatments, optimization of, and individual factors in treatment response.

Research Associates

Research Associate

Ashlyn Applegate (Tsung) is a staff research associate in the Late-life Mood, Stress, and Wellness Research Program at UCLA. She works primarily as a study coordinator for the OPTIMUM clinical research study for older adults with treatment resistant depression. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in Neuroscience at UCLA in 2017.

Research Associate

Michaela M. Milillo is the current Research Coordinator of the Late-Life Wellness Tai Chi Depression Study and Coordinating Manager of the Conference on Integrative Medicine & Mental Health. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 2018 with a degree in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience. After completing her postbac in the lab, Michaela plans to apply to psychology and neuroscience PhD programs to pursue a position in a multi-modal, interdisciplinary neuroimaging laboratory. She is interested in psychiatric research, with a particular interest in studying schizophrenia and psychosis as a whole.

Research Associate

Research Associate

Research Associate