The UCLA Pritzker Center for Strengthening Children and Families unites a multidisciplinary network across campus and throughout LA County to identify prevention strategies that safely reduce the need for foster care, while supporting equitable reform to our child welfare system.

OUR WORK

Collaboration is at the heart of the UCLA Pritzker Center. Our work comes to life through research, education, and partnership. As a bridge from UCLA and into neighborhoods across the region, we team with researchers and community leaders to boldly challenge and resolve systemic issues that have made Los Angeles County’s child welfare system the largest in the nation.

WORKING TO SUPPORT
FOSTER YOUTH AND FAMILIES

There are nearly 35,000 young people engaged in the child welfare services system in Los Angeles County, including more than 21,000 in foster care. Sadly, many children spend years in “the system,” moving from foster home to group home to foster home, and from one school district to another. Schools are the place where foster youth spend the majority of their day, but these schools are often not working optimally in collaboration with providers or parents. These challenges can result in persistent stress and uncertainty, leaving the child at risk for significant emotional and psychological trauma. Though well intentioned, few foster parents are equipped for the challenges faced by the children in their care.

With these opportunities for support in mind, the UCLA Pritzker Center is a hub for developing new ways to elevate the life trajectories of children and young people, with a focus on both prevention and intervention for those in the foster care system. Given the disproportionate number of youth in foster care who are Black, the Center is also a site for examining racial dynamics in foster care. Leaders at the UCLA Pritzker Center proactively and strategically link UCLA’s work to nonprofit agencies, K-12 systems, other education institutions, and government support services as we develop collaborative and innovative classroom support systems, family support services, and trauma and resiliency informed care.

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OUR STORY

Launched in January 2018, the UCLA Pritzker Center was made possible by a generous gift from the Anthony and Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation.

Tony and Jeanne Pritzker are Los Angeles philanthropists and leading supporters of UCLA who have made significant investments toward bettering the lives of foster youth and their families. With this vision in mind, the UCLA Pritzker Center has become a dynamic interdisciplinary venture that brings together a wide variety of UCLA resources and expertise to address the complex needs of foster youth and to create better prevention systems for families who are at risk of their children entering the foster care system. The Pritzker gift also establishes

The Pritzker Family Endowed Chair in Education for Strengthening Children & Families in the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, to provide faculty leadership for the Center.

The UCLA Pritzker Center acknowledges the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (the Los Angeles basin and So. Channel Islands). As a land grant institution, we pay our respects to the Honuukvetam (Ancestors), ‘Ahiihirom (Elders) and ‘Eyoohiinkem (our relatives/relations) past, present and emerging.


OUR TEAM

Our team is made up of a diverse network of multidisciplinary leaders from across the UCLA campus.

Tyrone Howard, PhD

Position: Director
Email: thoward@gseis.ucla.edu

Tyrone C. Howard is the Pritzker Family Endowed Chair in the School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA. He is the director of the UCLA Pritzker Center for Strengthening Children & Families, the UCLA Black Male Institute, and the UCLA Center for the Transformation of Schools. Professor Howard’s research examines race, culture, and educational equity. A native and former classroom teacher of Compton, CA, Professor Howard was named the recipient of the 2015 UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award, which is the university’s highest and most distinguished award for teaching excellence. Professor Howard was named an AERA Fellow in 2018, and during the last five years, Dr. Howard, the author of 6 books, and countless other publications, has been listed by Education Week as one of the most influential scholars in the nation informing educational policy, practice and reform.

Dr. Howard hopes for the UCLA Pritzker Center to work with UCLA and community partners to create system and policy change for our most vulnerable populations in Los Angeles County. The challenges that youth in care face are multifaceted and require multidisciplinary, caring, and systemic interventions, and the Center can play an instrumental role in eradicating the need for foster care. Under his leadership, he envisions the Center supporting children by identifying and utilizing accessible pathways to educational success, playing a preventive role in supporting families, and offering culturally responsive interventions to support families currently in care.


Dr. Howard is a product of Compton, CA. In addition to being a competitive person, and huge sports fan, he is also a proud father of four amazing young people. He and his wife are both former classroom teachers in the Compton Unified School District. In fact, his wife’s first teaching assignment was in the same Kindergarten school and classroom where Dr. Howard attended as a Kindergartner. 

Full CV here.

Tyrone Howard, PhD

Director

Audra Langley, PhD

Position: Co-Director
Email: ALangley@mednet.ucla.edu

Audra Langley, Ph.D. is a UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine Professor at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior and Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Langley’s body of research seeks to increase equity in access to quality mental health and wellbeing interventions for under-resourced populations of children, including those in schools and involved with the child welfare system. She is the Director of UCLA TIES for Families, an innovative interdisciplinary program for children in foster care, kinship care or adopted through foster care (ages birth to 25) and their families in Los Angeles County, working in close partnership with the Los Angeles County Departments of Children and Family Services and Mental Health. Dr. Langley has also served as Director of Training for the NCTSN-funded Trauma Services Adaptation Center for Resiliency, Hope and Wellness in Schools since 2003 and is faculty lead for Child Welfare with the DMH UCLA Prevention Center of Excellence. She is the author of 5 evidence-based interventions, including Bounce Back: Elementary School Intervention for Childhood Trauma, Support for Students Exposed to Trauma (SSET), ADAPT: Adoption-Specific Therapy to Help Adopted Children and their Families Thrive, and the recently released 2nd version of Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS).

Dr. Langley is proud of the UCLA Pritzker Center’s balanced investment in preventing children from entering child welfare AND intervening to elevate the life trajectories of children and young people already in foster care. She hopes the Center will continue to propel innovative, antiracist and LGBTQIA+ affirming synergy between UCLA and Los Angeles communities and child and family serving systems.

Dr. Langley enjoys hiking, travel, salsa dancing at family parties, and meaningful time with her wife and three incredible children.

Audra Langley, PhD

Co-Director

Todd Franke, PhD

Position: Leadership Team
Email: tfranke@g.ucla.edu

Dr. Franke is Professor in the Luskin School of Public Affairs, Department of Social Welfare.  Dr. Franke has 27 years of experience in conducting cross-sectional and longitudinal research in a variety of interconnected fields including child welfare, education, juvenile justice, mental health and adolescent violence. His experience includes data analysis (multivariate, predictive analytics, machine learning), data visualization, and linking large existing datasets together for the social good. Over the years Dr. Franke has worked on numerous evaluation projects in these areas and is currently co-editor of the American Evaluation association journal, New Directions in Evaluation. In the area of child welfare, he has done work on multiple levels including examining the child welfare system and the related systems involved in the lives of children and families (e.g, health, mental health, juvenile justice, education, housing), workers and worker training, as well as children and families. He has received over $90 million dollars in funding. He recently completed a study examining the link between children in out-of-home care and early childhood education through a project funded by the Administration for Children and Families. In addition to working with the Center of Excellence at UCLA around Trauma informed practice/training, Dr. Franke currently oversees the training provided to all new and current staff at the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services as well as the cross-training that is beginning to occur between county agencies and for service providers and families.

Full CV here.

Todd Franke, PhD

Leadership Team

Patricia Lester, MD

Position: Leadership Team
Email: PLester@mednet.ucla.edu

Dr. Lester is the Jane and Marc Nathanson Professor of Psychiatry at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior and David Geffen School of Medicine. She serves as the Vice Chair for Community Engagement, Director of the Division of Population Behavioral Health, Director of the Nathanson Family Resilience Center, Co-Director of the Center for Child Anxiety Resilience Education and Support, and part of the leadership team for the Pritzker Center for Strengthening Children and Families. She also serves as the Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health + UCLA Public Partnership for Wellbeing. A board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist, Dr. Lester’s research, administrative and clinical work have been dedicated to the development, evaluation, and implementation of family centered prevention and treatment for families and children facing trauma and adversity within community ecosystems and service settings. She co-developed the family-centered preventive intervention FOCUS (Families OverComing Under Stress) which was designed to promote resilience and mitigate stress in families facing adversity, trauma and loss. Over the last 12 years, she has led the successful large scale implementation of FOCUS as a public health continuum of preventive services to support military families facing deployments and other transitions for the Department of Defense, which has served over 1 million people. In Los Angeles County, Dr. Lester oversees a prevention learning management system (learn.wellbeing4LA.org) focused on the implementation of trauma and resilience informed practice across large systems of care. She also advises on the needs of military-connected children and families across military, university and non-profit agencies. She is currently a Co-Principal investigator NIMH R01 study to evaluate the longitudinal impact of adverse childhood events related to parental military service during early childhood on adolescent outcomes. Her work has been supported by the Department of Defense, the US Department of Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, National Institute for Mental Health, and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

Full CV here.

Patricia Lester, MD

Leadership Team

TAYLOR DUDLEY, JD

Position: Administrative Director
Email: dudley@gseis.ucla.edu

Taylor is the Administrative Director at the UCLA Pritzker Center for Strengthening Children and Families. Prior to working at UCLA, Taylor was the Children’s Deputy for LA County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, where she focused on policy reform relating to foster care, juvenile justice, women’s health , education, child care and immigration. Taylor is a licensed California attorney, and previously practiced with the Alliance for Children’s Rights, where she established and managed the first medical-legal partnership in the country serving children in foster care at LAC+USC Medical Center. Taylor aims to open the doors of UCLA to children and families across Los Angeles with the work offered by the UCLA Pritzker Center. Taylor was a babysitter and gymnastics coach as a high school student, and attributes these early experiences to her lifelong career working with children and families.

TAYLOR DUDLEY, JD

Administrative Director

Ruby Tucker

Position: Program Coordinator
Email: tucker@gseis.ucla.edu

Ruby Tucker is a recent alumna of UCLA class of 2019 with a degree in Sociology. While at UCLA, Ruby was a member on the UCLA Spirit Team as well as an intern for the UCLA Bruin Guardian Scholars Program. Her experiences at UCLA bridged together her love for sports as well as the foster youth community. Her passion for the Child Welfare System stems from her personal life experiences. Ruby is not only a former foster youth but she has also worked with the foster youth community for over four years. Her future goals include obtaining her Master’s degree in Public Health and working to effectively address the many health challenges children in foster care face.

Ruby Tucker

Program Coordinator

Cheyenne Cobb

Position: Communications Assistant

Cheyenne Catherine recently graduated from UCLA in 2020 with degrees in Communication Studies and Spanish. During her time on campus, Cheyenne was an active member of the Bruin Guardian Scholars Program, joining the student-led Executive Board and serving as a youth Counselor for the Bruin Guardian Scholars Academy Summer Program, where she was able to mentor foster youth entering their senior year of high school. Cheyenne joined Foster Nation’s Young Leader’s Collective in 2018 and served on the Communications and Mentorship Committees. Through a partnership with the non-profit organization Fostering Media Connections, Cheyenne was accepted as intern for the Television Academy’s 2020 Summer Intern Program. After the internship, Cheyenne was offered a full-time position and is now a Creative Assistant for Moonbug Entertainment, where she is dedicated to telling the stories of foster youth and their families in children’s television content. In September of 2020, Cheyenne co-founded the foster youth clothing and advocacy organization Jenni’s Flower, to continue her advocacy work and provide a platform for other foster youth to tell their stories.

Cheyenne Cobb

Communications Assistant

Current Student Staff

Position: Fall 2020
  • Brittney Hun, Undergraduate
  • Leah Pinedo, Undergraduate
  • Flor Ramirez, Undergraduate
  • Taylor Thaxton, David Geffen School of Medicine
  • Mariam Khan, David Geffen School of Medicine
  • Cecilia Bobbitt, School of Law
  • Demontea Thompson, School of Education
  • Laura Liévano-Karim, Luskin School of Public Affairs
  • Nicole Yee, Undergraduate
  • Ingrid Mateos, Undergraduate

Current Student Staff

Fall 2020

Monique Corral, PhD

Position: Postdoctoral Scholar
Email: mocorral@ucla.edu

Monique Corral, PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow in education at UCLA. Dr. Corral’s research intersects education and social justice, with a focus on low-income students and communities of color. Currently, she is involved with a job opportunity mapping project focused on education and economic justice for high-poverty areas of Los Angeles. In the past, she also worked in social services as a case manager and program coordinator, connecting families to community resources and services, and in student services as a college and career counselor. She received her PhD in Education with a focus in Human Development and Psychology from UCLA. She also holds a master’s degree in Counseling with a focus in College Counseling and Student Services and a post-master’s certificate in Career Education and Counseling from California State University, Northridge, and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from UC Berkeley. She grew up in Los Angeles, enjoys video games, and has a K9 brother, Chewmo.

Monique Corral, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar

Monique Corral, PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow in education at...

Fanna Gamal, JD

Position: Binder Clinical Teaching Fellow
Email: gamal@law.ucla.edu

Fanna Gamal is a Binder Teacher Fellow at UCLA School of Law, with generous support from the UCLA Pritzker Center for Children and Families. Her writing and teaching focuses on the interchange between the welfare state and the carceral state, critical race theory, and clinical education. Her collaboration with the Pritzker Center seeks to identify and address the intersections of the Child Welfare System and educational stratification through direct representation, research, and community education. She was born in Khartoum, Sudan and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Fanna Gamal, JD

Binder Clinical Teaching Fellow

Fanna Gamal is a Binder Teacher Fellow at UCLA School...

Lisa Gantz, MD

Position: UCLA Pritzker Center Antelope Valley Child Health and Wellbeing Fellow

Dr. Lisa Gantz is the inaugural fellow for 2020-2021. Dr. Gantz, who is board-certified in both Pediatrics and Internal Medicine, received her undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California (USC), earned her medical degree at the Keck School of Medicine of the USC, and completed her internship and residency at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She recently joined LA County Department of Health Services (DHS) and provides clinical care to children and adults at the High Desert Regional Health Center in Lancaster and at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center in Sylmar. She also serves as Clinical Instructor for the Department of Pediatrics at UCLA. In addition to her clinical role, Dr. Gantz will work with DHS, the UCLA Center of Excellence (a partnership between UCLA Psychiatry and the LA County Department of Mental Health focused on trauma-informed care), and the UCLA Pritzker Center to support initiatives utilizing the medical home as a foundation for improving community engagement and response to trauma in the Antelope Valley region.

 

Lisa Gantz, MD

UCLA Pritzker Center Antelope Valley Child Health and Wellbeing Fellow

Dr. Lisa Gantz is the inaugural fellow for 2020-2021. Dr....

Tyrone Howard, PhD

Position: Director
Email: thoward@gseis.ucla.edu

Tyrone C. Howard is the Pritzker Family Endowed Chair in the School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA. He is the director of the UCLA Pritzker Center for Strengthening Children & Families, the UCLA Black Male Institute, and the UCLA Center for the Transformation of Schools. Professor Howard’s research examines race, culture, and educational equity. A native and former classroom teacher of Compton, CA, Professor Howard was named the recipient of the 2015 UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award, which is the university’s highest and most distinguished award for teaching excellence. Professor Howard was named an AERA Fellow in 2018, and during the last five years, Dr. Howard, the author of 6 books, and countless other publications, has been listed by Education Week as one of the most influential scholars in the nation informing educational policy, practice and reform.

Dr. Howard hopes for the UCLA Pritzker Center to work with UCLA and community partners to create system and policy change for our most vulnerable populations in Los Angeles County. The challenges that youth in care face are multifaceted and require multidisciplinary, caring, and systemic interventions, and the Center can play an instrumental role in eradicating the need for foster care. Under his leadership, he envisions the Center supporting children by identifying and utilizing accessible pathways to educational success, playing a preventive role in supporting families, and offering culturally responsive interventions to support families currently in care.


Dr. Howard is a product of Compton, CA. In addition to being a competitive person, and huge sports fan, he is also a proud father of four amazing young people. He and his wife are both former classroom teachers in the Compton Unified School District. In fact, his wife’s first teaching assignment was in the same Kindergarten school and classroom where Dr. Howard attended as a Kindergartner. 

Full CV here.

Tyrone Howard, PhD

Director

Tyrone C. Howard is the Pritzker Family Endowed Chair in...

Audra Langley, PhD

Position: Co-Director
Email: ALangley@mednet.ucla.edu

Audra Langley, Ph.D. is a UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine Professor at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior and Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Langley’s body of research seeks to increase equity in access to quality mental health and wellbeing interventions for under-resourced populations of children, including those in schools and involved with the child welfare system. She is the Director of UCLA TIES for Families, an innovative interdisciplinary program for children in foster care, kinship care or adopted through foster care (ages birth to 25) and their families in Los Angeles County, working in close partnership with the Los Angeles County Departments of Children and Family Services and Mental Health. Dr. Langley has also served as Director of Training for the NCTSN-funded Trauma Services Adaptation Center for Resiliency, Hope and Wellness in Schools since 2003 and is faculty lead for Child Welfare with the DMH UCLA Prevention Center of Excellence. She is the author of 5 evidence-based interventions, including Bounce Back: Elementary School Intervention for Childhood Trauma, Support for Students Exposed to Trauma (SSET), ADAPT: Adoption-Specific Therapy to Help Adopted Children and their Families Thrive, and the recently released 2nd version of Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS).

Dr. Langley is proud of the UCLA Pritzker Center’s balanced investment in preventing children from entering child welfare AND intervening to elevate the life trajectories of children and young people already in foster care. She hopes the Center will continue to propel innovative, antiracist and LGBTQIA+ affirming synergy between UCLA and Los Angeles communities and child and family serving systems.

Dr. Langley enjoys hiking, travel, salsa dancing at family parties, and meaningful time with her wife and three incredible children.

Audra Langley, PhD

Co-Director

Audra Langley, Ph.D. is a UCLA David Geffen School of...

Patricia Lester, MD

Position: Leadership Team
Email: PLester@mednet.ucla.edu

Dr. Lester is the Jane and Marc Nathanson Professor of Psychiatry at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior and David Geffen School of Medicine. She serves as the Vice Chair for Community Engagement, Director of the Division of Population Behavioral Health, Director of the Nathanson Family Resilience Center, Co-Director of the Center for Child Anxiety Resilience Education and Support, and part of the leadership team for the Pritzker Center for Strengthening Children and Families. She also serves as the Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health + UCLA Public Partnership for Wellbeing. A board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist, Dr. Lester’s research, administrative and clinical work have been dedicated to the development, evaluation, and implementation of family centered prevention and treatment for families and children facing trauma and adversity within community ecosystems and service settings. She co-developed the family-centered preventive intervention FOCUS (Families OverComing Under Stress) which was designed to promote resilience and mitigate stress in families facing adversity, trauma and loss. Over the last 12 years, she has led the successful large scale implementation of FOCUS as a public health continuum of preventive services to support military families facing deployments and other transitions for the Department of Defense, which has served over 1 million people. In Los Angeles County, Dr. Lester oversees a prevention learning management system (learn.wellbeing4LA.org) focused on the implementation of trauma and resilience informed practice across large systems of care. She also advises on the needs of military-connected children and families across military, university and non-profit agencies. She is currently a Co-Principal investigator NIMH R01 study to evaluate the longitudinal impact of adverse childhood events related to parental military service during early childhood on adolescent outcomes. Her work has been supported by the Department of Defense, the US Department of Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, National Institute for Mental Health, and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

Full CV here.

Patricia Lester, MD

Leadership Team

Dr. Lester is the Jane and Marc Nathanson Professor of...

Todd Franke, PhD

Position: Leadership Team
Email: tfranke@g.ucla.edu

Dr. Franke is Professor in the Luskin School of Public Affairs, Department of Social Welfare.  Dr. Franke has 27 years of experience in conducting cross-sectional and longitudinal research in a variety of interconnected fields including child welfare, education, juvenile justice, mental health and adolescent violence. His experience includes data analysis (multivariate, predictive analytics, machine learning), data visualization, and linking large existing datasets together for the social good. Over the years Dr. Franke has worked on numerous evaluation projects in these areas and is currently co-editor of the American Evaluation association journal, New Directions in Evaluation. In the area of child welfare, he has done work on multiple levels including examining the child welfare system and the related systems involved in the lives of children and families (e.g, health, mental health, juvenile justice, education, housing), workers and worker training, as well as children and families. He has received over $90 million dollars in funding. He recently completed a study examining the link between children in out-of-home care and early childhood education through a project funded by the Administration for Children and Families. In addition to working with the Center of Excellence at UCLA around Trauma informed practice/training, Dr. Franke currently oversees the training provided to all new and current staff at the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services as well as the cross-training that is beginning to occur between county agencies and for service providers and families.

Full CV here.

Todd Franke, PhD

Leadership Team

Dr. Franke is Professor in the Luskin School of Public...

TAYLOR DUDLEY, JD

Position: Administrative Director
Email: dudley@gseis.ucla.edu

Taylor is the Administrative Director at the UCLA Pritzker Center for Strengthening Children and Families. Prior to working at UCLA, Taylor was the Children’s Deputy for LA County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, where she focused on policy reform relating to foster care, juvenile justice, women’s health , education, child care and immigration. Taylor is a licensed California attorney, and previously practiced with the Alliance for Children’s Rights, where she established and managed the first medical-legal partnership in the country serving children in foster care at LAC+USC Medical Center. Taylor aims to open the doors of UCLA to children and families across Los Angeles with the work offered by the UCLA Pritzker Center. Taylor was a babysitter and gymnastics coach as a high school student, and attributes these early experiences to her lifelong career working with children and families.

TAYLOR DUDLEY, JD

Administrative Director

Taylor is the Administrative Director at the UCLA Pritzker Center...

Ruby Tucker

Position: Program Coordinator
Email: tucker@gseis.ucla.edu

Ruby Tucker is a recent alumna of UCLA class of 2019 with a degree in Sociology. While at UCLA, Ruby was a member on the UCLA Spirit Team as well as an intern for the UCLA Bruin Guardian Scholars Program. Her experiences at UCLA bridged together her love for sports as well as the foster youth community. Her passion for the Child Welfare System stems from her personal life experiences. Ruby is not only a former foster youth but she has also worked with the foster youth community for over four years. Her future goals include obtaining her Master’s degree in Public Health and working to effectively address the many health challenges children in foster care face.

Ruby Tucker

Program Coordinator

Ruby Tucker is a recent alumna of UCLA class of...

Cheyenne Cobb

Position: Communications Assistant

Cheyenne Catherine recently graduated from UCLA in 2020 with degrees in Communication Studies and Spanish. During her time on campus, Cheyenne was an active member of the Bruin Guardian Scholars Program, joining the student-led Executive Board and serving as a youth Counselor for the Bruin Guardian Scholars Academy Summer Program, where she was able to mentor foster youth entering their senior year of high school. Cheyenne joined Foster Nation’s Young Leader’s Collective in 2018 and served on the Communications and Mentorship Committees. Through a partnership with the non-profit organization Fostering Media Connections, Cheyenne was accepted as intern for the Television Academy’s 2020 Summer Intern Program. After the internship, Cheyenne was offered a full-time position and is now a Creative Assistant for Moonbug Entertainment, where she is dedicated to telling the stories of foster youth and their families in children’s television content. In September of 2020, Cheyenne co-founded the foster youth clothing and advocacy organization Jenni’s Flower, to continue her advocacy work and provide a platform for other foster youth to tell their stories.

Cheyenne Cobb

Communications Assistant

Cheyenne Catherine recently graduated from UCLA in 2020 with degrees...

Current Student Staff

Position: Fall 2020
  • Brittney Hun, Undergraduate
  • Leah Pinedo, Undergraduate
  • Flor Ramirez, Undergraduate
  • Taylor Thaxton, David Geffen School of Medicine
  • Mariam Khan, David Geffen School of Medicine
  • Cecilia Bobbitt, School of Law
  • Demontea Thompson, School of Education
  • Laura Liévano-Karim, Luskin School of Public Affairs
  • Nicole Yee, Undergraduate
  • Ingrid Mateos, Undergraduate

Current Student Staff

Fall 2020

Brittney Hun, Undergraduate Leah Pinedo, Undergraduate Flor Ramirez, Undergraduate Taylor...

Monique Corral, PhD

Position: Postdoctoral Scholar
Email: mocorral@ucla.edu

Monique Corral, PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow in education at UCLA. Dr. Corral’s research intersects education and social justice, with a focus on low-income students and communities of color. Currently, she is involved with a job opportunity mapping project focused on education and economic justice for high-poverty areas of Los Angeles. In the past, she also worked in social services as a case manager and program coordinator, connecting families to community resources and services, and in student services as a college and career counselor. She received her PhD in Education with a focus in Human Development and Psychology from UCLA. She also holds a master’s degree in Counseling with a focus in College Counseling and Student Services and a post-master’s certificate in Career Education and Counseling from California State University, Northridge, and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from UC Berkeley. She grew up in Los Angeles, enjoys video games, and has a K9 brother, Chewmo.

Monique Corral, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar

Monique Corral, PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow in education at...

Fanna Gamal, JD

Position: Binder Clinical Teaching Fellow
Email: gamal@law.ucla.edu

Fanna Gamal is a Binder Teacher Fellow at UCLA School of Law, with generous support from the UCLA Pritzker Center for Children and Families. Her writing and teaching focuses on the interchange between the welfare state and the carceral state, critical race theory, and clinical education. Her collaboration with the Pritzker Center seeks to identify and address the intersections of the Child Welfare System and educational stratification through direct representation, research, and community education. She was born in Khartoum, Sudan and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Fanna Gamal, JD

Binder Clinical Teaching Fellow

Fanna Gamal is a Binder Teacher Fellow at UCLA School...

Lisa Gantz, MD

Position: UCLA Pritzker Center Antelope Valley Child Health and Wellbeing Fellow

Dr. Lisa Gantz is the inaugural fellow for 2020-2021. Dr. Gantz, who is board-certified in both Pediatrics and Internal Medicine, received her undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California (USC), earned her medical degree at the Keck School of Medicine of the USC, and completed her internship and residency at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She recently joined LA County Department of Health Services (DHS) and provides clinical care to children and adults at the High Desert Regional Health Center in Lancaster and at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center in Sylmar. She also serves as Clinical Instructor for the Department of Pediatrics at UCLA. In addition to her clinical role, Dr. Gantz will work with DHS, the UCLA Center of Excellence (a partnership between UCLA Psychiatry and the LA County Department of Mental Health focused on trauma-informed care), and the UCLA Pritzker Center to support initiatives utilizing the medical home as a foundation for improving community engagement and response to trauma in the Antelope Valley region.

 

Lisa Gantz, MD

UCLA Pritzker Center Antelope Valley Child Health and Wellbeing Fellow

Dr. Lisa Gantz is the inaugural fellow for 2020-2021. Dr....