Dr. Michelle G. Craske
is Professor of Psychology, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, Miller Endowed Chair, Director of the Anxiety and Depression Research Center, and Associate Director of the Staglin Family Music Center for Behavioral and Brain Health, at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is also co-director of the UCLA Depression Grand Challenge. She has published extensively in the area of fear, anxiety and depression, including over 540 peer reviewed journal articles as well as academic books and several self-help books and therapist guides, and is on the Web of Science Most Highly Cited Researcher List. She has been the recipient of extramural funding since 1993 for research projects pertaining to risk factors for anxiety and depression among children and adolescents, neural mediators of emotion regulation and behavioral treatments for anxiety disorders, fear extinction translational models for optimizing exposure therapy, novel behavioral therapies targeting reward sensitivity and anhedonia, and scalable treatment models for underserved populations. As part of the Depression Grand Challenge, she developed the STAND program for screening, tracking and treating anxiety and depression. She is Editor-in-Chief for Behaviour Research and Therapy. Dr. Craske received her BA Hons from the University of Tasmania and her Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia.
Dr. Susanna Chang
is an Associate Clinical Professor of Child Psychiatry at the UCLA Semel Institute. Her clinical specialty centers on evidence based treatments for child anxiety, OCD, and tic disorders. Her research interests focus on novel treatments such as attention bias modification for youth with anxiety and OCD, as well as neurocognitive moderators of treatment response.
Victor C. Torres-Community Partnership Liaison
Victor Torres is the Associate Dean of Workforce Development and Non-Traditional Instruction at Imperial Valley College. Prior to 2017, he was a K-12 administrator for Imperial Unified School District where he initiated his collaboration with CALMA UCLA. His administrative leadership roles have provided an avenue for him to develop and implement mental health services and awareness campaigns at middle school, high school, and community college campuses. His interest in research stems from his passions in life which are: familia, educacion, cultura, comida y comunidad (family, education, culture, food, and community).
Dr. Bernardo Ng, Psychiatrist and Community Consultant
Dr. Ng was born in Mexicali, Mexico. He is a medical graduate from the University of Nuevo Leon in Mexico, who completed residency both at Texas Tech University and University of California, San Diego. Besides his private practice, his activities include the direction of the Sun Valley Behavioral and Research Centers in Imperial California and Centro Geriátrico Nuevo Atardecer in Mexicali, Mexico. Ng is President of the Asociación Psiquiátrica Mexicana, and Immediate past President of the American Society of Hispanic Psychiatry. He is also WPA Zone 2 representative. He has 100 publications, including 48 original articles, 34 abstracts, 11 book chapters, 4 handbooks, and 3 books.