Collaborators

Dr. Alvaro Camacho
graduated from Xavier University (Universidad Javeriana) School of Medicine in Bogotá, Colombia. He then finished his training in Psychiatry at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) where he obtained the Lewis Judd Award for excellence in research. In order to continue with his interest working with Hispanic/Latinos in underserved communities, Camacho pursued an MPH in Community Health Sciences from the UCLA School of Public Health and a Post-doctoral Fellowship in Epidemiology and Behavioral Medicine in the Department of Family & Public Health at UCSD.  Camacho is a non-salaried Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCSD. He is also the past Medical Director of Imperial County Behavioral Health and currently he is the Medical Director for Behavioral Health Services at Clinicas de Salud Del Pueblo, a FQHC that serves Imperial and Riverside counties. In this FQHC he pioneered the Integrated Care Program to reduce mental health disparities. He has published and participated in research projects in the areas of mood, anxiety, psychosis, substance abuse and health disparities among Hispanic/Latinos living in rural underserved communities. He has obtained several awards from the American Psychiatric Association and the American Psychiatric Foundation for improving quality of mental health care among rural Hispanic/Latinos.

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.

Ignacio Calderon
Graduated with a B.S. in Psychology from San Diego State University. His goal is to open a research center focused on undeserved Latinos living in rural communities and creating partnerships with academic institutions among the southern Mexican border in order to benefit Latinos on both sides.  

Dr. Araceli Gonzalez 
is an assistant professor at Cal State Long Beach. She has worked with children and parents with anxiety and depression for nearly 10 years. She continues to collaborate with CALMA to do research that will help families who are affected by stress and anxiety. ​