Our Staff

Executive Director - Management

Audra Langley, Ph.D. is the Director of UCLA TIES for Families. Dr. Langley is a Clinical Psychologist and Professor of Health Sciences at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior and the UCLA DGSOM Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Langley also co-directs the UCLA Pritzker Center for Strengthening Children and Families and is the Child Welfare lead for the DMH UCLA Prevention Center of Excellence. Dr. Langley is an experienced clinician and researcher who specializes in culturally responsive, trauma and resiliency informed care for children and adolescents with post-... more

Director of Clinical Services - Management

Eugenia Hsu Tsao, Ph.D. is the Director of Clinical Services of UCLA TIES for Families and Training Director for our APPIC-approved Postdoctoral Psychology Program. Dr. Tsao is also the Department of Children and Families Services Project Lead at the Department of Mental Health – UCLA Prevention Center of Excellence. Dr. Tsao is a Clinical Psychologist who received her doctorate degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2003 and subsequent specialized training in developmental psychopathology and working... more

Clinical Psychologist, Director of Infant Mental Health - Management

Catherine Lippincott, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist at UCLA TIES for Families and is highly experienced in specialized services for children age 0-5 and children who have experienced interpersonal trauma, including physical and sexual abuse, neglect, and domestic violence. Dr. Lippincott is trained in a number of evidence-based programs, including Child Parent Psychotherapy, Parent Child Interaction Therapy, and Reflective Parenting Program. She is highly involved in the Infant Mental Health program at UCLA TIES for Families and recently completed the Napa Infant-Parent Mental Health... more

Associate Director of Infant Mental Health, Research Consultant - Management

Jill Waterman, Ph.D. was one of the initial developers of TIES for Adoption in 1995 (now UCLA TIES for Families) and currently is the Associate Director of Infant Mental Health, as well as a supervisor of psychology externs and postdoctoral fellows. She is Adjunct Professor Emerita in the UCLA Psychology Department and former Coordinator of the UCLA Psychology Clinic, the training clinic for UCLA’s top-ranked Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program. Dr. Waterman’s research involves long-term follow-up of children adopted from foster care and their families (many now adolescents and young adults... more

Program Analyst - Admin

Araceli Barajas has been part of the administrative staff at TIES since 2004. She completes the Department of Mental Health (DMH) billing functions for the TIES program. She is responsible for overseeing a comprehensive internal audit program that ensures effective controls for safeguarding PHI and ensures compliance with applicable federal, state and LACDMH regulations. Araceli manages the integration of custom content updates, including clinician & ancillary staff documentation templates and custom databases/reports, to be used for quality improvement, quality assurance, and research... more

Business Manager - Admin

Paisha Allmendinger received her MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management in 2013 and her BA in Economics from UCLA in 2004. At TIES, Paisha serves as the Business Manager, responsible for the financial and administrative operations of the organization. She has over 15 years of experience in administrative management at UCLA including diverse aspects of executive leadership, operations management, fiscal management, and strategic planning. As a first generation college graduate, Paisha has a great passion for education and volunteers her time with organizations that inspire underserved... more

Case Manager

Program Coordinator

Princess Addison graduated from UCLA in 2016 with a degree in Psychology. Typically the first point of contact at TIES, Princess is responsible for initiating the referral process for new and returning clients who are interested in services. Ms. Addison’s other duties at TIES include organizing, planning and supervising the operations of the L.A. County Department of Mental Health (DMH) contract to ensure compliance at local, state and federal levels, overseeing billing functions, and participating in implementing program policies and procedures to meet both University and DMH standards.... more

Staff Therapist

Brenda Pitchford, MSW/ASW received her undergraduate degree from UCLA in African American Studies and her graduate degree from USC School of Social Work. Her areas of interest are infant mental health and the impact of trauma on development and relationships. She received training in the following evidence-based practices: Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Structural Family therapy (SFT), Managing and Adapting Practices (MAP), UCLA TIES adoption-specific manualized treatment (ADAPT), and Seeking Safety. At TIES, she provides individual, collateral, family, and group therapy and conducts... more

Staff Therapist

Belveth Marroquin, MSW/ASW, earned a degree of Bachelor of Arts with majors in Law & Society and  Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2004 and received her master’s degree from the USC School of Social Work in 2011. She has been a staff therapist at UCLA TIES for Families since 2016, is a part of TIES Infant Mental Health (IMH) Team and is the Adoption Promotion Support Services (APSS) Mentoring Coordinator since 2018. She is experienced in trauma, including physical and sexual abuse,... more

Psychiatrist

Melita Daley, M.D. is a full-time faculty member and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the UCLA Semel Institute and graduated from the UCLA child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship program in 2002. Dr. Daley has extensive experience in the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents from high risk backgrounds, and worked for several years in an underserved area in California with children who had been placed in group homes, the foster care system, as well as Juvenile Hall. Dr. Daley also serves as the Medical Director of the UCLA Center for the Assessment and Prevention of... more

Speech and Language Pathologist

Rebecca Luce James, M.A., CCC-SLP received her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Northwestern University in December of 1999. She has worked in a variety of settings including independent non-profit special education schools for students with emotional disturbance, multidisciplinary clinics, and private practice. Her areas of special interest include the evaluation and treatment of childhood communication disorders including: speech delays/disorders, language delays/disorders, language-based learning disabilities and fluency disorders. At UCLA TIES for Families, Rebecca... more

Research Coordinator

Vanessa Perez graduated from UCLA in 2020 with a major in Psychology and a minor in Applied Developmental Psychology. While at UCLA, she worked as a research assistant in the CHILD FIRST lab, headed by Dr. Bruce Chorpita. As a research assistant, she examined different interventions aimed at increasing client engagement in mental health services and aided in exploring service equity in the Latinx community. Vanessa also conducted an independent research project examining whether the addressability of life stressors in therapy sessions differed depending on what type of treatment protocol a... more

Clinical Psychologist

Natalie Bencuya, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist with expertise in the areas of early childhood behavior problems and attachment, trauma and loss, and treatment of child anxiety. She received her doctorate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Bencuya received training in trauma-informed care during her doctoral internship at Children’s Institute, Inc. and her postdoctoral fellowship at UCLA TIES for Families. Prior to rejoining the TIES staff in 2020, she worked in a group mental health practice in Santa Monica. At TIES, she currently provides individual, collateral... more

Clinical Psychologist

Alycia Davis, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist at UCLA TIES for Families. Dr. Davis received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University. Dr. Davis completed her predoctoral clinical internship at St. John’s Child and Family Development Center in Santa Monica, where she worked with children, teens, and families in a school-based and community mental health setting. Dr. Davis specializes in providing trauma informed, empirically supported... more

Staff Therapist

Ahab Liskin, LCSW, earned a BA in psychology from UC Berkeley, an MSW from USC, and has been licensed since 2000. He has been a staff therapist and clinical supervisor at UCLA TIES for Families since 2007. He has worked with children and families in multiple settings, including Seneca Center (residential treatment in the Bay Area), DCFS Adoptions Division, LA Child Guidance Clinic Day Treatment and Early Intervention programs, and JFSLA. At TIES, he provides psychotherapy to children, families, parents, and groups. He is certified in multiple evidence based practices, including Child... more

Clinical Psychologist

Victor Rico, Ph.D. received his doctoral degree from The University of Texas -Austin in 2011. Dr. Rico completed his APA approved clinical psychology internship with Children’s Institute Inc., providing bilingual (English and Spanish) evidence-based outpatient mental health services to children and families, behavioral consultation in pre-school settings, and group therapy for men under the Project Fatherhood program. Dr. Rico continued his work in community mental health with Pacific Clinics East -Monrovia and Didi Hirsch Outpatient Mental Health -Inglewood, providing evidence-based... more

Clinical Psychologist

Martha A. Rios, Ph.D. received her doctoral degree from the USC Department of Psychology in 2005. Her areas of interest are parenting and behavioral services. Before joining the TIES staff, Dr. Rios worked in community mental health settings with high-risk children and families. At TIES, she conducts interdisciplinary consultation and psychological testing, leads support groups for children and parents, and provides individual, family and group psychotherapy both in English and Spanish. Dr. Rios also manages both In-home Behavioral Services and Therapeutic Behavior Services.

Rehabilitation Specialist, Educational Consultant

Lori Waldinger, M.A. is an Educational Consultant with UCLA TIES. She has worked with our project since 1998. She has a Master’s Degree and holds California teaching credentials in General Education and Special Education. She has special education teaching experiences in both public and in a non-public school setting. Since leaving the classroom in 1980, Ms. Waldinger has been in private practice as an advocate and educational consultant. In addition to her private practice, she provides direct educational and mental health support, consultation and advocacy services to the families and... more

Pediatrician

Claudia Wang, M.D. is an Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at UCLA and our TIES healthcare consultant. At TIES, she provides medical consultation for referred cases by reviewing available medical records, identifying possible additional medical information which may be sought in order to assist in the evaluation, providing a medical summary, and giving feedback to the providers. The pediatrician may be requested to attend a child's developmental assessment in order to see the child and discuss the caregiver's medical concerns. Dr. Wang's other interest is in child... more

Research and Program Development Manager

Matthew Ruderman, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who specializes in early childhood mental health, research and evaluation, bullying and victimization, preschool mental health consultation, and trauma-informed care. He received his doctorate in Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Ruderman completed his doctoral internship at St. John's Child and Family Development Center and his postdoctoral fellowship at UCLA TIES for Families. Before rejoining the TIES staff, he served as staff psychologist, supervisor, and trainer at a... more