Sheryl Kataoka MD, MSHS


Fellowship Training Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Professor In-Residence, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences

Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior

Member, CTSI

Community Engagement and Research Program (CERP)

Contact Information

Work Phone Number: (800) 825-9989

Mailing Address:

UCLA Wilshire Ctr, Suite 300
Los Angeles, CA 90095


Dr. Sheryl Kataoka is Professor-in-Residence in the UCLA Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, where she serves as the Training Director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship. She completed her Bachelors of Science at UCLA and medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. She returned to Los Angeles for her Psychiatry Residency training at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center during which she was also an APA Minority Fellow. She completed her child psychiatry fellowship training at the UCLA Semel Institute, and then launched her research career as an APA research fellow in the Program for Minority Research Training in Psychiatry when she examined the psychopathology. She continued her research training as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar and received her Masters of Science in Health Services Research from the UCLA School of Public Health. She is an investigator with the UCLA Center for Health Services and Society and the site PI for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network’s Treatment and Services Adaptation Center for Resiliency, Hope and Wellness in Schools.

As a child psychiatrist and health services researcher, Dr. Kataoka’s research has been dedicated to improving the access to and quality of mental health care for ethnic minority children and their families. She has documented racial disparities in unmet need for child mental health services nationally and over the past fifteen years, she has engaged in community-partnered research that merges evidence-based treatments with local knowledge about community populations and systems. These partnerships have led to innovative ways of delivering guideline-based mental health care in non-traditional settings, such as schools, and to new quality improvement efforts both locally and nationally, for youth with post-traumatic stress and depression. She has also been working to narrow disparities in health and mental health care through improving access to services in school-based health centers and improving the integration of mental health services in school-based primary care settings.


A selected list of publications:

Iadarola Suzannah, Hetherington Susan, Clinton Christopher, Dean Michelle, Reisinger Erica, Huynh Linh, Locke Jill, Conn Kelly, Heinert Sara, Kataoka Sheryl, Harwood Robin, Smith Tristram, Mandell David S, Kasari Connie   Services for children with autism spectrum disorder in three, large urban school districts: Perspectives of parents and educators Autism : the international journal of research and practice, 2015; 19(6): 694-703.
Hydon Stephen, Wong Marleen, Langley Audra K, Stein Bradley D, Kataoka Sheryl H   Preventing secondary traumatic stress in educators Child and adolescent psychiatric clinics of North America, 2015; 24(2): 319-33.
Vona Pamela, Wilmoth Pete, Jaycox Lisa H, McMillen Janey S, Kataoka Sheryl H, Wong Marleen, DeRosier Melissa E, Langley Audra K, Kaufman Joshua, Tang Lingqi, Stein Bradley D   A web-based platform to support an evidence-based mental health intervention: lessons from the CBITS web site Psychiatric services (Washington, D.C.), 2014; 65(11): 1381-4.
Santiago Catherine DeCarlo, Lennon Jaclyn M, Fuller Anne K, Brewer Stephanie K, Kataoka Sheryl H   Examining the impact of a family treatment component for CBITS: when and for whom is it helpful? Journal of family psychology : JFP : journal of the Division of Family Psychology of the American Psychological Association (Division 43), 2014; 28(4): 560-70.
Kataoka Sheryl H, Podell Jennifer L, Zima Bonnie T, Best Karin, Sidhu Shawn, Jura Martha Bates   MAP as a model for practice-based learning and improvement in child psychiatry training Journal of clinical child and adolescent psychology : the official journal for the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, American Psychological Association, Division 53, 2014; 43(2): 312-22.
Wong Mitchell D, Coller Karen M, Dudovitz Rebecca N, Kennedy David P, Buddin Richard, Shapiro Martin F, Kataoka Sheryl H, Brown Arleen F, Tseng Chi-Hong, Bergman Peter, Chung Paul J   Successful schools and risky behaviors among low-income adolescents Pediatrics, 2014; 134(2): e389-96.
Nelson Bergen B, Chung Paul J, Forness Steven R, Pillado Olivia, Savage Susan, DuPlessis Helen M, Hayslip Whitcomb, Kataoka Sheryl H   Developmental and health services in head start preschools: a tiered approach to early intervention Academic pediatrics, 2013; 13(2): 145-51.
Santiago Catherine Decarlo, Pears Gillian, Baweja Shilpa, Vona Pamela, Tang Jennifer, Kataoka Sheryl H   Engaging parents in evidence-based treatments in schools: Community perspectives from implementing CBITS School mental health, 2013; 5(4): .
Ramirez Marizen, Wu Yuan, Kataoka Sheryl, Wong Marleen, Yang Jingzhen, Peek-Asa Corinne, Stein Bradley   Youth violence across multiple dimensions: a study of violence, absenteeism, and suspensions among middle school children The Journal of pediatrics, 2012; 161(3): 542-546.e2.
Kataoka Sheryl H   Fixing a broken system: the story of autism, one state at a time Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 2012; 51(8): 759-61.
Gudiño Omar G, Nadeem Erum, Kataoka Sheryl H, Lau Anna S   Reinforcement sensitivity and risk for psychopathology following exposure to violence: a vulnerability-specificity model in Latino youth Child psychiatry and human development, 2012; 43(2): 306-21.
Shetgiri Rashmi, Kataoka Sheryl, Lin Hua, Flores Glenn   A randomized, controlled trial of a school-based intervention to reduce violence and substance use in predominantly Latino high school students Journal of the National Medical Association, 2012; 103(9-10): 932-40.
Kataoka Sheryl, Langley Audra K, Wong Marleen, Baweja Shilpa, Stein Bradley D   Responding to students with posttraumatic stress disorder in schools Child and adolescent psychiatric clinics of North America, 2012; 21(1): 119-33, x.
Gudiño Omar G, Nadeem Erum, Kataoka Sheryl H, Lau Anna S   Relative Impact of Violence Exposure and Immigrant Stressors on Latino Youth Psychopathology Journal of community psychology, 2011; 39(3): 316-335.
Kataoka Sheryl, Jaycox Lisa H, Wong Marleen, Nadeem Erum, Langley Audra, Tang Lingqi, Stein Bradley D   Effects on school outcomes in low-income minority youth: preliminary findings from a community-partnered study of a school-based trauma intervention Ethnicity & disease, 2011; 21(3 Suppl 1): S1-71-7.
Nelson Bergen B, Chung Paul J, DuPlessis Helen M, Flores Lilia, Ryan Gery W, Kataoka Sheryl H   Strengthening families of children with developmental concerns: parent perceptions of developmental screening and services in Head Start Ethnicity & disease, 2011; 21(3 Suppl 1): S1-89-93.
Lizaola Elizabeth, Schraiber Ron, Braslow Joel, Kataoka Sheryl, Springgate Benjamin F, Wells Kenneth B, Jones Loretta   The Partnered Research Center for Quality Care: developing infrastructure to support community-partnered participatory research in mental health Ethnicity & disease, 2011; 21(3 Suppl 1): S1-58-70.
Shetgiri Rashmi, Kataoka Sheryl, Ponce Ninez, Flores Glenn, Chung Paul J   Adolescent fighting: racial/ethnic disparities and the importance of families and schools Academic pediatrics, 2010; 10(5): 323-9.
Kataoka Sheryl, Novins Douglas K, DeCarlo Santiago Catherine   The practice of evidence-based treatments in ethnic minority youth Child and adolescent psychiatric clinics of North America, 2010; 19(4): 775-89.
Langley Audra K, Nadeem Erum, Kataoka Sheryl H, Stein Bradley D, Jaycox Lisa H   Evidence-Based Mental Health Programs in Schools: Barriers and Facilitators of Successful Implementation School mental health, 2010; 2(3): 105-113.
Stein Bradley D, Kataoka Sheryl H, Hamilton Alison B, Schultz Dana, Ryan Gery, Vona Pamela, Wong Marleen   School personnel perspectives on their school's implementation of a school-based suicide prevention program The journal of behavioral health services & research, 2010; 37(3): 338-49.
Kataoka Sheryl H, Nadeem Erum, Wong Marleen, Langley Audra K, Jaycox Lisa H, Stein Bradley D, Young Phillip   Improving disaster mental health care in schools: a community-partnered approach American journal of preventive medicine, 2009; 37(6 Suppl 1): S225-9.
Shetgiri Rashmi, Kataoka Sheryl H, Ryan Gery W, Askew Lawren Miller, Chung Paul J, Schuster Mark A   Risk and resilience in Latinos: a community-based participatory research study American journal of preventive medicine, 2009; 37(6 Suppl 1): S217-24.
Kataoka Sheryl H, Rowan Brian, Hoagwood Kimberly Eaton   Bridging the divide: in search of common ground in mental health and education research and policy Psychiatric services (Washington, D.C.), 2009; 60(11): 1510-5.
Ngo Victoria, Langley Audra, Kataoka Sheryl H, Nadeem Erum, Escudero Pia, Stein Bradley D   Providing evidence-based practice to ethnically diverse youths: examples from the Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) program Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 2008; 47(8): 858-62.
Dean Kristin L, Stein Bradley D, Jaycox Lisa H, Kataoka Sheryl H, Wong Marleen   Datapoints: acceptability of asking parents about their children's traumatic symptoms Psychiatric services (Washington, D.C.), 2004; 55(8): 866.
Kataoka Sheryl H, Stein Bradley D, Lieberman Richard, Wong Marleen   Datapoints: suicide prevention in schools: are we reaching minority youths? Psychiatric services (Washington, D.C.), 2003; 54(11): 1444.
Stein Bradley D, Jaycox Lisa H, Kataoka Sheryl H, Wong Marleen, Tu Wenli, Elliott Marc N, Fink Arlene   A mental health intervention for schoolchildren exposed to violence: a randomized controlled trial JAMA : the journal of the American Medical Association, 2003; 290(5): 603-11.
Kataoka Sheryl H, Stein Bradley D, Jaycox Lisa H, Wong Marleen, Escudero Pia, Tu Wenli, Zaragoza Catalina, Fink Arlene   A school-based mental health program for traumatized Latino immigrant children Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 2003; 42(3): 311-8.
Kataoka Sheryl H, Zhang Lily, Wells Kenneth B   Unmet need for mental health care among U.S. children: variation by ethnicity and insurance status The American journal of psychiatry, 2002; 159(9): 1548-55.
Jaycox Lisa H, Stein Bradley D, Kataoka Sheryl H, Wong Marleen, Fink Arlene, Escudero Pia, Zaragoza Catalina   Violence exposure, posttraumatic stress disorder, and depressive symptoms among recent immigrant schoolchildren Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 2002; 41(9): 1104-10.
Wells K B, Kataoka S H, Asarnow J R   Affective disorders in children and adolescents: addressing unmet need in primary care settings Biological psychiatry, 2001; 49(12): 1111-20.
Kataoka S H, Zima B T, Dupre D A, Moreno K A, Yang X, McCracken J T   Mental health problems and service use among female juvenile offenders: their relationship to criminal history Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 2001; 40(5): 549-55.