Kathleen Nagaran obtained her Bachelor’s of Arts from the University of Arizona, double majoring in Psychology and Sociology, and her Master’s of Science in Clinical Psychology from California State University- Fullerton. She was a Staff Research Associate at the UCLA Center for Health Services and Society and was the project coordinator for the Pilot Trial for Adoption Specific Psychotherapy Treatment (ADAPT) Study with Dr. Jeanne Miranda and the Healthy Students and Families study with Dr. Sheryl Kataoka. Ms. Nagaran provided additional research support on the LA Trust Wellness Center and LAUSD projects under the direction of Dr. Kataoka. She also assisted on the Los Angeles County Community Disaster Resilience Project (LACCDR) led by Dr. Kenneth Wells.
The Los Angeles County Community Disaster Resilience project is a collaborative effort that aims to promote community resilience in the face of public health emergencies, such as pandemics and disasters.
Working with two community partners who provide mental health interventions for adoptive families (UCLA TIES for Families and the Center for Adoption Support and Education), we have developed a manualized psychotherapy intervention aimed at improving outcomes for children adopted from foster care, ages 5-14. We received feedback on our manualized therapy from the developers of several child mental health interventions, adoption researchers, adoptive parents, and adult adoptees, through a conference sponsored by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. We now have successfully piloted our manualized approach at UCLA TIES for Families and the Center for Adoption Support and Education.