Elizabeth Gong-Guy, PhD Executive DirectorEmail: email@example.com
Dr. Gong-Guy is the Executive Director of UCLA Campus and Student Resilience and Associate Clinical Professor in the UCLA Psychology Department. She oversees the UCLA Resilience Peer Network, supporting UCLA students in an unprecedented treatment research collaboration through the UCLA Depression Grand Challenge (DGC). Dr. Gong-Guy is a licensed psychologist with a lifelong commitment to community psychology and culturally accessible models of service delivery to under-resourced populations. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Stanford and her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at UCLA. As the former director of UCLA’s Counseling and Psychological Services, she oversaw the work of more than 50 psychologists, psychiatrists and social workers who provide treatment and prevention services to the 40,000 students at UCLA. She is past president of the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors, and she currently serves on the Jed Foundation Board of Advisors, the University of California Student Mental Health Oversight Committee, and directs the DGC Awareness & Hope Patient Advocacy Committee. She has a record of extended service on the University of California Student Health Steering Panel, the UCLA Consultation and Response Team, the UCLA Campus Violence Prevention Workgroup, UCLA’s Steering Committee on Sexual Violence Prevention and Response, and the UCLA Council on Diversity and Inclusion, and the UCLA Disabled Student Housing Appeals Board.
Allyson Pimentel, EdD Associate DirectorEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Pimentel is the Associate Director of UCLA Campus and Student Resilience and the Program Director of Mindful UCLA. She is a psychologist and long-term meditation practitioner and teacher who earned her bachelor’s degree from Brown University and her doctorate in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. Dr. Pimentel has been trained as a mindfulness facilitator at UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC). She has, in the past, taught mindfulness and mind-body approaches to mental health in hospital, corporate and community settings and now enjoys sharing mindfulness practices with UCLA students, faculty, and staff as a powerful self-care tool for personal and social transformation, resilience, and well-being.
Leslie Rith-Najarian Graduate Research AssistantEmail: email@example.com
I am in my 4th year as a clinical psychology PhD student at UCLA. I joined the RPN training team in Winter 2016, and have continued on because it is such a wonderful group of students and a meaningful program. My primary duties have been leading training seminars (to teach CBT concepts and guide practice of peer support group skills) and supervision of RPN students that are leading their support groups. I also am part of the Depression Grand Challenge treatment research planning team, and my own dissertation research focuses on effective implementation of online skills-based prevention programs.
Louise Dixon Graduate Research AssistantEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Louise Dixon graduated with a BA in Psychology from Wellesley College in 2013 and worked as a research coordinator in a dissemination and implementation science lab at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA. She is currently a second-year graduate student at UCLA and is interested in primary prevention of anxiety and traumatic stress disorders among high-risk communities, mental health promotion in trauma-exposed communities, and cultural constructs and their impact on posttraumatic stress disorder in Latino youth. Louise’s primary interest in RPN is providing supervision to peer support group leaders and promoting intervention sustainability.
Resham Gellatly Graduate Research AssistantEmail: email@example.com
Resham Gellatly is a doctoral student in the clinical psychology program at UCLA, where her advisors are Drs. Anna Lau and Bruce Chorpita. Her research interests center around increasing access to mental health services by adapting evidence-based treatments for youth and families of diverse cultural backgrounds in low-resource settings in local and international contexts. She is especially interested in working with stakeholders in underserved communities to develop sustainable implementation supports.
Bita Mesri Graduate Research AssistantEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bita Mesri is currently working toward her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at UCLA, where she has received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. She is a member of Dr. Michelle Craske’s lab, in which she investigates the role of avoidance in maintaining anxiety disorders. She hopes to improve treatment outcomes for individuals with anxiety disorders.
Jennifer Gamarra Graduate Research AssistantEmail: email@example.com
Jennifer Gamarra, M.A. is a clinical psychology doctoral student at UCLA. She is a member of Dr. Bruce Chorpita's Child FIRST Lab, which focuses on innovations to improve evidence-based systems and treatments for child mental health disorder. Currently, she is interested in mental health literacy, which is the degree to which individuals obtain and understand information about mental health disorders and their treatment. Her current research projects focus on caregiver mental health literacy, measure development, and interventions for improving mental health literacy. She is a group leader and training supervisor for RPN..