The Center strengthens resiliency and mental health in partnership with communities. The Center houses UCLA clinical faculty that includes adult psychiatrists and psychologists, child and geriatric psychiatry specialists, and staff, including doctoral level social scientists, master's level statisticians, and research and administrative staff.

Our mission is to strengthen resiliency and improve the mental health of local and national diverse populations through rigorous research, effective programs, and partnering with consumers, children and their families, community-based and policy agencies.

Our Values

  • Community: collaborating with diverse partnerships to create an environment that promotes healthy development and well-being across the lifespan
  • Compassion: promoting respect, understanding and dignity towards persons and their families living in under-resourced communities
  • Creativity: using media, technology, and the arts to address stigma and engage populations
  • Communication: leveraging advances in mobile health technologies to improve access, engagement, and empowerment in mental health care
  • Commitment: dedicating effort and resources to engaging communities in all phases of research, from design to dissemination
  • Knowledge: employing rigorous partnered-research to promote a culture of health equity through two-way knowledge exchange and policy reform


Advancing Emotional Well-Being in America Conference
Advancing Emotional Well-Being in America Conference

Our center director, Dr. Kenneth Wells, and UCLA's Dr. Nazleen Bharmal with Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy on January 9, 2017

The One With Friends
The One With Friends

A play about two people living with depression who connect over the TV show Friends. Click Here to Learn More About this Research Project

New Editorial By Dr. Zima
New Editorial By Dr. Zima

Read Dr. Bonnie Zima's Editorial in the May 2016 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Children of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Community Partners in Care: Video Summary