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Associate Director/Professor-in-Residence

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.


  • SB 82
  • Mental Health Services Act Outcome Measures Project


  • 2015 American Psychiatric Association 2015 Jeanne Spurlock Minority Fellowship Achievement Award
  • 2013 Distinguished Fellow, American Psychiatric Association
  • 2009 AACAP Sidney Berman Award for the School-Based Study and Intervention for Learning Disorders
  • 2003 American Psychiatric Institute for Research and Education Early Career Award, American Psychiatric Association
  • 1998 UCLA Gertrude Rogers Greenblatt Fellowship Award in Child Psychiatry

Selected Publications

  • Kataoka SH, Zima BT, Dupre D, Moreno K, Yang X, & McCracken JT. 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; 549-555.
  • Wells KB, Kataoka SH, & Asarnow J. Affective disorders in children and adolescents: Addressing unmet need in primary care settings. Biological Psychiatry, 2001: 49; 1111-1120.
  • Jaycox LH, Stein BD, Kataoka SH, Wong M, Fink A, Escudero P, & Zaragoza C. Violence exposure, posttraumatic stress disorder, and depressive symptoms among recent immigrant school children. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 2002: 41; 1104-1110.
  • Kataoka SH, Zhang L, & Wells KB. Unmet need for mental health care among U.S. children: Variation by ethnicity and insurance status. The American Journal of Psychiatry, 2002: 159; 1548-1555.
  • Stein BD, Kataoka S, Jaycox LH, Wong M, Fink A, Escudero P, & Zaragoza C. Theoretical basis and program design of a school-based mental health intervention for traumatized immigrant children: A collaborative research partnership. Journal of Behavioral Health Sciences and Research, 2002: 29(3); 318-326.
  • Kataoka SH, Stein B, Jaycox LH, Wong M, Tu W, Escudero P, Zaragoza C, & Fink A. A school-based mental health program for traumatized Latino immigrant children. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 2003: 42; 311-318.
  • Stein BD, Jaycox LH, Kataoka SH, Wong M, Tu W, Elliott MN, & Fink A. A mental health intervention for schoolchildren exposed to violence: A randomized controlled trial. JAMA, 2003: 290; 603-611.
  • Kataoka S, Stein BD, Lieberman R, & Wong M. Datapoints: Suicide prevention in schools: Are we reaching minority youths? Psychiatric Services, 2003: 54; 1444.
  • Stein BD, Jaycox LH, Kataoka S, Rhodes HJ, & Vestal KD. Prevalence of child and adolescent exposure to community violence. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 2003: 6; 247-264.
  • Dean KL, Stein BD, Jaycox L, Kataoka SH, & Wong M. Datapoints: Acceptability of asking parents about their children’s traumatic symptoms. Psychiatric Services, 2004: 55; 866.
  • Jaycox LH, Kataoka SH, Stein BD, Wong M, & Langley A. Responding to the needs of the community: A stepped care approach to implementing trauma-focused interventions in schools. Emotional & Behavioral Disorders in Youth, 2005: 5; 85-88.
  • Kataoka SH, Fuentes S, O’Donoghue V, Castillo-Campos P, Bonilla A, Halsey K, Avila JL, & Wells KB. A community participatory research partnership: The development of a faith-based intervention for children exposed to violence. Ethnicity & Disease, 2006: 16; 89-97.
  • Wells KB, Staunton A, Norris KC, Bluthenthal R, Chung B, Gelberg L, Jones L, Kataoka S, Koegel P, Miranda J, Mangione CM, Patel K, Rodriguez M, Shapiro M, & Wong M. Building an academic-community partnered network for clinical services research: The Community Health Improvement Collaborative (CHIC). Ethnicity & Disease, 2006: 16(Supp 1); 3-17.
  • Stein BD, Jaycox LH, Langley AK, Kataoka SH, Wilkins WS, & Wong M. Active parental consent for a school-based screening: Comparing distribution methods. Journal of School Health, 2007: 77; 116-120.
  • Stephan SH, Weist M, Kataoka S, Adelsheim S, & Mills C. Transformation of children’s mental health services: The role of school mental health. Psychiatric Services, 2007: 58; 1330-1338.
  • Kataoka S, Stein BD, Nadeem E, & Wong M. Who gets care? Mental health service use following a school-based suicide prevention program. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 2007: 46; 1341-1348.
  • Dean K, Langley AK, Kataoka SH, Jaycox LH, Wong M, & Stein BD. School-based disaster mental health services: Clinical, policy, and community challenges. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 2008: 39; 52-57.
  • Cuellar A, Kelleher K, & Kataoka S. Incarceration and psychotropic drug use by youth. Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, 2008: 162; 219-224.
  • Ngo V, Langley A, Kataoka SH, Nadeem E, Escudero P, & Stein BD. Providing evidence-based practice to ethnically diverse youth: Examples from the Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) program. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 2008: 47; 858-862.
  • Kataoka S, Langley A, Stein BD, Jaycox LH, Zhang L, Sanchez N, & Wong M. Violence exposure and PTSD: The role of English language fluency in Latino youth. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 2009: 18; 334-341.
  • Schoenbaum M, Butler B, Kataoka S, Norquist G, Springgate B, Sullivan G, Duan N, Kessler R, & Wells K. Promoting mental health recovery after hurricanes Katrina and Rita: What can be done at what cost. Archives of General Psychiatry, 2009: 66; 906-914.
  • Coker TR, Elliot MN, Kataoka S, Schwebel DC, Mrug S, Grunbaum J, Cuccaro P, Peskin MF, & Schuster MA. Racial/Ethnic disparities in the mental health care utilization of fifth grade children. Academic Pediatrics, 2009: 9; 89-96.
  • Kataoka S, Rowan B, & Hoagwood K. Bridging the divide: in search of common ground in mental health and education research and policy. Psychiatric Services, 2009: 60; 1510-1515.
  • Kataoka SH, Nadeem E, Langley A, Jaycox L, Stein BD, & Young P. Improving disaster mental health care in schools: A community partnered approach. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 2009: 37(6S1); 225-229.
  • Shetgiri R, Kataoka SH, Ryan G, Askew LM, & Schuster M. Risk and resilience in Latinos: A community-based participatory research study. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 2009: 37(6S1); 217-224.
  • Stein BD, Kataoka SH, Hamilton AB, Schultz D, Ryan G, Vona P, & Wong M. School personnel perspectives on their school’s implementation of a school-based suicide prevention program: Voices from the classroom. Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research, 2009: 37(3); 338-349.
  • Langley AK, Nadeem E, Kataoka SH, Stein BD, & Jaycox LH. Evidence-based mental health programs in schools: Barriers and facilitators of successful implementation. School Mental Health, 2010: 2(3); 105-113.
  • Kataoka S, Novins DK, & Santiago C. The practice of evidence-based treatments for ethnic minority youth. Issue on Culture of Child Psychiatric Clinics of North America, 2010: 19(4); 775-89.
  • Shetgiri R, Kataoka S, Ponce N, Flores G, & Chung PJ. Adolescent fighting: racial/ethnic disparities and the importance of families and schools. Academic Pediatrics, 2010: 10(5); 323-9.
  • Nadeem E, Kataoka SH, Chang VY, Vona P, Wong M, & Stein BD.   The role of teachers in school-based suicide prevention: a qualitative study of school staff perspectives. School Mental Health, 2011: 3(4); 209-221.
  • Gudino OG, Nadeem E, Kataoka SH, & Lau AS. Relative impact of violence exposure and immigrant stressors on Latino youth. Journal of Community Psychology, 2011: 39(3); 316-335.
  • Nelson BB, Chung PJ, Ryan G, Du Plessis HM, Flores L, Archie G, & Kataoka SH. Strengthening Families of Children with Developmental Concerns: Parent Perceptions of Developmental Screening and Services in Head Start. Ethnicity and Disease, 2011: 21(3 Supp 1); S1-89-93.
  • Kataoka S, Jaycox LH, Wong M, Nadeem E, Langley A, Tang L, & Stein BD. Effects on school outcomes in low-income minority youth: Preliminary findings from a community-partnered study of a school-based trauma intervention. Ethnicity and Disease, 2011: 21(3 Supp 1); S1-71-77.
  • Lizaola E, Schraiber R, Braslow J, Kataoka S, Springgate BF, Wells KB, & Jones L. The Partnered Research Center for Quality Care: Developing infrastructure to support community-partnered participatory research in mental health. Ethnicity and Disease, 2011: 21(3 Supp 1); S1-58-70.
  • Shetgiri R, Kataoka S, Lin H, & Flores G. 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, 2011: 103(9-10); 932-940.
  • Nadeem E, Jaycox L, Kataoka SH, Langley AK, & Stein BD. Going to Scale: Experiences Implementing a School-based Trauma Intervention School. Psychology Review, 2011: 40(4); 549–568.
  • Gudino OG, Nadeem E, Kataoka SH, & Lau AS. 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); 306-321.
  • Kataoka S, Langley AK, Wong M, Baweja S, & Stein BD. Responding to students with posttraumatic stress disorder in schools. Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America, 2012: 21(1); 119-133.
  • Ramirez M, Wu Y, Kataoka S, Wong M, Yang J, Peek-Asa C, & Stein B. Youth violence across multiple dimensions: A study of violence, absenteeism and suspensions among middle school children. Journal of Pediatrics, April 2012.
  • Jaycox LH, Kataoka SH, Stein BD, Langley AK, & Wong M. Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools. Journal of Applied School Psychology, 2012: 28(3); 239-255.
  • Guo S, Kataoka SH, Bear L, Lau AS. Differences in school-based referrals for mental health care: Understanding racial/ethnic disparities between Asian American and Latino youth. School Mental Health, August 2013.
  • Nelson BB, Chung PJ, Forness SR, Pillado O, Savage S, Duplessis HM, Hayslip W, & Kataoka SH. Developmental and Health Services in Head Start Preschools: A Tiered Approach to Early Intervention. Academic Pediatrics, 2013: 13(2); 145-151.
  • Santiago CD, Kataoka SH, Cordova MH, Alvarado-Goldberg K, & Escudero P. Preliminary evaluation of a family treatment component to augment a school-based intervention serving low-income families. Journal of Behavioral and Emotional Disorders, October 2013.
  • Santiago CD, Pears G, Baweja S, Vona P, Tang J, & Kataoka SH. Engaging parents in evidence-based treatments in schools: Community perspectives from implementing CBITS. School Mental Health, 2013: 5(4); 209-220.
  • Santiago CD, Kataoka SH, Forness SR, & Miranda J. Mental health services in special education: An analysis of quality of care. Children & Schools, 2014: doi:10.1093/cs/cdu014.
  • Wong MD, Coller KM, Dudovitz RN, Kennedy DP, Buddin R, Shapiro MF, Kataoka SH, Brown AF, Tseng C, Bergman P, Chung PJ. (2014). A natural experiment of successful schools on risky behaviors among adolescents in low-income neighborhoods.Pediatrics134(2), e389-e396.
  • Vona P, Wilmoth P, Jaycox LH, Kataoka SH, Wong M, Langley AK, Kaufman J, McMillen J, Tang L, Stein BD.(2014). A Web-Based Platform to Support an Evidence-Based Mental Health Intervention: Lessons From the CBITS Web Site. Psychiatric Services65(11), 1381-1384.


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