Noosha Niv, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist; CA License #PSY28157
Dr. Noosha Niv, founder of the Mind Matters Institute, received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology at UCLA and completed a NIDA postdoctoral fellowship at the UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs. She is currently the National Education Director for the VA Mental Health Centers of Excellence, the Director of the VA VISN 22 MIRECC Education and Dissemination Unit, and an Associate Project Scientist in the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences. She has led national efforts to disseminate and implement the latest evidence-based practices within the Department of Veterans Affairs as well as other settings in which Veterans receive care. Her training workshops have been attended by over 1000 VA clinicians nationally. Dr. Niv conducts clinical and health services research in family and couples therapy, psychosocial treatment for severe mental illness, and development of healthcare infomatics. A sampling of her publications, book chapters, treatment manuals, healthcare infomatics, and education products are available here.
Bonnie Zucker, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist; CA License #PSY20391
Dr. Bonnie Zucker received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from UCLA and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Zucker has served as Director of Adult Behavior Therapy Programs in the Department of Psychiatry at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and the Assistant Training Director of the UCLA Counseling and Psychological Services (UCLA-CAPS). Through these positions, she has trained numerous mental health trainees and professionals on a wide range of topics, including evidenced-based treatments for a variety of psychiatric disorders. She has also provided trainings to laypersons on topics such as stress management, insomnia, and mindfulness. Dr. Zucker currently works at the VA MIRECC where she collaborates on various research projects, as well as on the development of educational tools to help individuals with severe mental illness and their families. In addition, Dr. Zucker has a private practice with offices in Pacific Palisades and West Los Angeles (www.bonniezuckerphd.com).
Erika Van Buren, Ph.D.
Dr. Erika Van Buren currently serves as Vice President of Evaluation and Learning for First Place for Youth, where she is responsible for leading the design, utilization, and maintenance of the organization’s performance management system statewide. Dr. Van Buren received her doctorate in clinical psychology from UCLA. With over 20 years of experience, she has cultivated expertise in the areas of school and community mental health program development and evaluation, quality improvement and performance management practices, ethnic identity development and promotion, and culturally and linguistically responsive service delivery to children, youth and families. Prior to First Place for Youth, Dr. Van Buren served as Director of Research for the Family Service Agency of San Francisco and Director of the Division of Organizational Development for the DC Department of Mental Health. She has worked as a practitioner, consultant, and trainer in a variety of academic and community settings, including community mental health clinics, schools, youth development centers, and hospitals. Her contributions to the field of child and family mental health and child welfare can be found in technical and non-technical publications, book chapters, and television appearances.
Shirley Glynn, Ph.D.
Dr. Shirley Glynn received her doctorate in clinical/social psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1985. Dr. Glynn is a Research Psychologist at UCLA who has been conducting research on psychosocial interventions, especially family interventions, supported employment, and social skills training, to support recovery from schizophrenia and other psychotic illnesses for the past twenty years.
Mind Matters Institute,
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