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Associate Director/Professor-in-Residence

Bonnie T. Zima, MD, MPH is Professor-in-Residence, specializing in child and adolescent psychiatry, Vice-Chair for Faculty Development, Associate Chair for Academic Affairs, and Associate Director of the UCLA Center for Health Services & Society at the UCLA-Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior.

Dr. Zima’s research is dedicated to improving the quality of child mental health care, with priority placed on children enrolled in Medicaid-funded outpatient programs and underserved, at risk child populations. Her research spans identification of high unmet need for mental health care among high risk child populations, national pediatric hospitalization resource utilization and costs, validity of national quality measures, pediatric integrated care models, pediatric workforce development, and application of technologies and clinical informatics to improve child mental health care. Her research has received all three national research awards from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP). In addition, Dr. Zima is a Member of the U.S. Child and Adult Core Set Annual Review Workgroup for Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services, American Psychiatric Association (APA) Council on Quality Care, Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse Steering Committee for the National Quality Forum, and AACAP Committee on Research. She is Consulting Editor for the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Deputy Editor for the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology, and Distinguished Fellow of AACAP and APA.

Projects

  • SB 82
  • MH2™ – Mobile Health for Mental Health
  • H3 – Healthy Minds, Healthy Children, Healthy Chicago Project Evaluation
  • The One With Friends Research Project

Awards

  • 2011 Distinguished Fellow, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • 2011 Elaine Schlosser Lewis Award for Research on Attention-Deficit Disorder, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, annual award for the best paper published on ADHD in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • 2008 Top Women Southern California Super Doctors, Los Angeles Magazine
  • 2005 Rieger Award for Scientific Achievement, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, annual award for “the most significant paper” in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Outstanding Mentor in Child Psychiatry, American Psychiatric Association (2004 – 2006)
  • 2003 Distinguished Fellow, American Psychiatric Association
  • 2003 Outstanding Mentor, Jeanne Spurlock Clinical Fellowship, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • 2002  Outstanding Mentor, Presidential Scholar Program, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • 2001 Catcher in the Rye Award, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • 1999 Outstanding Research Mentor Award, UCLA Department of Psychiatry
  • 1999 Early Career Health Services Research Award, American Psychiatric Association

Publications

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