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Welcome to the UCLA Center for Health Services and Society

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


Collaborating with diverse partnerships to create an environment that promotes


Promoting respect, understanding and dignity towards persons and their families living in under-resourced communities


Using media, technology, and the arts to address stigma, engage populations, and promote empathy


Leveraging advances in mobile health technologies to improve access, engagement, and empowerment in mental health care


Dedicating effort and resources to engaging communities in all phases of research, from design to dissemination


Employing rigorous partnered-research to promote a culture of health equity through two-way knowledge exchange and policy reform


Dr. Armen Arevian interviewed on CBS Los Angeles
for his innovative UCLA mental health app, MyCoachConnect.
Click Here to Watch


Dr. Kenneth Wells Receives the 2018 Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health
Click Here to Read the National Academy of Medicine’s Press Release

Congratulations to Joseph Mango, Elizabeth Lizaola-Gillespie, Lily Zhang, and Dr. Bonnie Zima on their research paper–an innovative study that addresses depression stigma using a stage play inspired by the TV show Friends published in the June 2019 volume of the Behavior Therapist. Click Here to Read the Article


The Daily Bruin covered our recent Mental Health Awareness Event/Benefit Live Screenplay Reading of “James Dean America” that took place on June 1, 2019. Click Here to Read the Article



Congratulations to Dr. Bonnie Zima on being selected for the Child and Adult Core Set Annual Review Workgroup


Dr. Kenneth Wells receives the UCLA 2019 Lifetime Achievement in Education from the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences

In May 2019, UCLA HSS and Healthy African American Families produced the stage play We See You, Sis written by Dr. Kia Skrine Jeffers as part of our California Arts Research in the Arts grant. Visit the Website


Ethnicity & Disease Special Issue: Advances in Community Partnered Participatory Research: Behavioral Health and Beyond

Click Here to Read the Special Issue



Recent Published Articles

Research in the Arts

Photo Credit: Anthony Tran/Daily Bruin

Our HEArts (Healing and Education through the Arts) Program explores the effective use of patient narratives, media and creative arts (from operas to plays to films) to stimulate support, sharing and reflection among stakeholders to increase coping and compassion for mental illness.

Learn More about HEArts

Meet Our Team

Lingqi Tang, PhD
Principal Statistician
Center Staff, Statisticians
Bonnie Zima, MD, MPH
Associate Director/Professor-in-Residence
Center Staff, Faculty
Sheryl Kataoka, MD, MSHS
Associate Director/Professor-in-Residence
Center Staff, Faculty
Minhxuan Tran, MPH
Staff Research Associate
Center Staff, Research Staff
Krystal Griffith, MPH
Staff Research Associate
Center Staff, Research Staff
Jeanne Miranda, PhD
Associate Director/Professor
Center Staff, Faculty
Michael McCreary, MPP
Rosalinda Cárdenas
Center Administrator
Administrative Staff, Center Staff
Joseph Mango, MFA
Arts Director/Media Coordinator
Administrative Staff, Center Staff
Lily Zhang, MS
Senior Statistician
Center Staff, Statisticians
Kenny Sim
Elyse Tascione, MA
Staff Research Associate
Center Staff, Research Staff
Nancy Alfaro
Catherine Wilkerson
Staff Research Associate
Center Staff, Research Staff
Bowen Chung, MD, MSHS
Associate Professor-in-Residence
Center Staff, Faculty
Ivan Beas
Staff Research Associate
Center Staff, Research Staff
Armen Arevian, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor-in-Residence
Center Staff, Faculty
Kenneth Wells, MD, MPH
Center Director/Professor-in- Residence
Center Staff, Faculty
Elizabeth Bromley, MD, PhD
Associate Professor-in-Residence
Center Staff, Faculty
Alanna Montero
Staff Research Associate
Center Staff, Research Staff
Alethea Marti, PhD
Qualitative Researcher
Center Staff, Research Staff
Alexander Young, MD, MSHS

We opened the door for a real authentic partnership and it had equality and an opportunity for the community to sit at the table and be heard.

–Loretta Jones
Community Partner and Friend

Dr. Loretta Jones will be remembered as a true champion who has linked so many people and communities together and ensured that everyone had a seat at the table. We will continue to honor and celebrate her incredible, impactful, and important work.

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