Faculty

Photo of Alice Kuo MD, PhD Alice Kuo, MD, PhD UC-LEND Program Director

Dr. Kuo is an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and of Health Policy and Management in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. She is a Co-Director of the Health Care Transitions Research Network (HCT-RN), an MCHB-funded network for key stakeholders in the field to connect, collaborate, promote research, and develop innovative projects that will increase understanding of the factors at the person, family, community, health system, and policy levels that influence population-level measures of life course outcomes.…

Photo of Rujuta Bhatt MD Rujuta Bhatt, MD UC-LEND Training Director – Pediatric Neurology

Dr. Rujuta Bhatt is a Pediatric Neurologist specializing in general pediatric neurology, autism, and related neurodevelopmental disorders. She is a Clinical Instructor in Pediatrics and Pediatric Neurology at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital and also a Behavioral Child Neurology Fellow working with Dr. Shafali Jeste within the UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment (CART) and the Jeste Lab.…

Photo of Jan Blacher PhD Jan Blacher, PhD UC-LEND Training Director – Education

Jan Blacher, PhD, is Distinguished Professor of Education and UC Presidential Chair in the Graduate School of Education, UCR. She is also Director of the SEARCH Family Autism Resource Center (SEARCH = Support, Education, Advocacy, Resources, Community, Hope). Dr. Blacher’s primary research interests include: the study of both the positive and negative impact of children with intellectual disability on the family, longitudinal studies of child developmental risk and the collateral effects on parents, the cultural context of disability (including autism), as well as the successful transition to early schooling for young children with autism spectrum disorder.…

Photo of Priyanka Fernandes MD, MPH Priyanka Fernandes, MD, MPH UC-LEND Public Health Faculty

Dr. Fernandes is a clinical instructor in the Department of Medicine and is Associate Program Director for the Preventive Medicine Fellowship at UCLA. She completed her medical school training in Mumbai, India, where most of the population was underserved and her initial interests in infectious diseases and preventive medicine began. She completed her residency training in pediatrics and fellowship training in pediatric infectious diseases and preventive medicine.…

Photo of Bobby Verdugo LCSW Bobby Verdugo, LCSW UC-LEND Training Director – Social Welfare

Bobby Verdugo, L.C.S.W, is a mental health therapist specializing in the treatment of anxiety and depressive disorders using cognitive behavioral therapy for adult and pediatric populations.  As program coordinator of the UCLA Anxiety Behavioral Research Program, Mr. Verdugo conducted various clinical research studies on the nature and treatment of anxiety disorders within primary care healthcare settings and has presented these findings nationally.…

Photo of Angela Reyes MPH Angela Reyes, MPH UC-LEND Coordinator
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