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Congratulations to Dr. Kenneth Wells
on receiving a 2019 UCSF Innovators Award
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Live Screenplay Reading
Benefiting Young Storytellers
June 1st at 2pm at UCLA

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supporting Young Storytellers!
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Tedx Talk on Depression
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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.
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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

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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.

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Meet Our Team

Lingqi Tang, PhD

Dr. Lingqi Tang is a principal statistician who has been at the UCLA/NPI Health Services Research Center since 1998 and has worked on major center projects.  She received her Ph.D.…

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Bonnie Zima, MD, MPH

Bonnie T. Zima, MD, MPH is Professor-in-Residence in the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Associate Director of the UCLA Center for Health Services and Society.  Dr. Zima’s…

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Sheryl Kataoka, MD, MSHS

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…

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Minhxuan Tran, MPH

Minhxuan Tran is the project manager for the Mental Health Services Act Outcome Measures Project. Prior, she has worked in collaborative research and advocacy roles with the Orange County Strategic…

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Krystal Griffith, MPH

Krystal Griffith obtained her Bachelor’s of Science in Natural Science from Loyola Marymount University in 2010.  After obtaining her undergraduate degree she worked as a research assistant for almost three…

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Jeanne Miranda, PhD

Dr. Jeanne Miranda is Assistant Director of the Center and a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences. She is a mental health services researcher who has focused…

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Michael McCreary, MPP

Michael McCreary has worked on projects that involved using technology to improve children’s mental healthcare, evaluating the impact of coordinated physical and mental health systems, improving disaster resilience in communities…

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Rosalinda Cárdenas

Rosalinda Cárdenas graduated from UCLA with a BA in History.  Her role is to provide administrative support for affiliated center projects, and provide support for the Operations Core.

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Joseph Mango, MFA

Joseph Mango is the director of the arts program, HEArts, at the UCLA Center for Health Services and Society.  Within this role, Joseph has led a number of initiatives reducing…

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Lily Zhang, MS

Lily Zhang is a programmer and statistician at the UCLA Semel Institute’s Health Services Research Center. Zhang has expertise in programming, data management, and analytic methods such as random cross…

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Elyse Tascione, MA

Elyse obtained her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Eastern Connecticut State University and her Master of Arts in Psychology at Southern Connecticut State University. She has a wide range…

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Nancy Alfaro

Nancy Alfaro graduated with a BS in Biology from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has a variety of interests, including helping to increase access to legal, medical, and…

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Catherine Wilkerson

Catherine Wilkerson graduated from UC Davis in 2014 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology, Biology Emphasis. She has strong interests in computer science, information technology, cognition, and neuroscience. During…

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Bowen Chung, MD, MSHS

Bowen Chung, MD, MSHS is an Associate Professor-in-Residence in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, an Adjunct Scientist at the…

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Ivan Beas

Ivan Beas graduated from the University of California, Davis with a B.S. degree in Global Disease Biology in 2018. One of his interests includes the One Health concept, which takes…

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Armen Arevian, MD, PhD

Dr. Armen Arevian is Assistant Professor-in-Residence in the Department of Psychiatry at UCLA; Director of the Innovation Lab at the Semel Institute at UCLA; Director of the Translational Technology and Communications…

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Kenneth Wells, MD, MPH

Kenneth B. Wells, MD, MPH, is the David Weil Endowed Professor and Director of the Center for Health Services and Society of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior,…

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Elizabeth Bromley, MD, PhD

Elizabeth Bromley is a psychiatrist and medical anthropologist. She is Associate Professor in Residence in the Departments of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and Anthropology at UCLA. Sheis the Director of…

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Alanna Montero

Alanna Montero earned her Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). In the near future, she hopes to obtain a graduate level degree.…

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Alethea Marti, PhD

Alethea Marti is a linguistic anthropologist with a PhD/MA from UCLA and a BA in Cognitive Science from UC Berkeley. She conducts qualitative discourse analysis for Dr. Bonnie Zima’s Mobile…

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Alexander Young, MD, MSHS

Dr. Alexander S. Young is a psychiatrist and health services researcher. He is Professor at the UCLA Department of Psychiatry, Director of Health Services for the VA Mental Illness Research,…

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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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