Sheryl Kataoka MD, MSHS
Fellowship Training Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Professor In-Residence, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior
Community Engagement and Research Program (CERP)
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 Networks Treatment and Services Adaptation Center for Resiliency, Hope and Wellness in Schools.
As a child psychiatrist and health services researcher, Dr. Kataokas 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.