Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program

Applications Due
September 30th, 2023

Dulce Madrid

COVID-19 Information

Natacha D.


, PhD

Assistant Clinical Professor


Dr. Emerson is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles. She earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Loma Linda University and completed both her clinical internship and postdoctoral fellowship at UCLA, specializing in Pediatric Psychology. Clinically, she provides psychological services to medically-complex patients across several outpatient clinics at UCLA including: pediatric hematology oncology, pediatric endocrinology, pediatric obesity, and adult pulmonology. She also co-directs the UCLA Pediatric Psychology Consultation-Liaison Service at the UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital and the Pediatric Psychiatry Consultation-Liaison service at UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center. Dr. Emerson’s research has spanned a wide range of topics including: self-efficacy, health disparities, family-based interventions for medically-ill children, Munchausen syndrome by proxy, medical ethics, and professional wellness.


2008 Occidental College; Los Angeles, California, B.A.
2010 Université Paris Déscartes; Paris, France, Maîtrise
2018 Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA, M. A., P.h.D.
2018 Predoctoral Clinical Psychology Intern, Pediatric Consultation-Liaison Track; UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, Los Angeles, CA
2019 UCLA Health Postdoctoral Fellow in Pediatric Psychology, UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, Los Angeles, CA

Research & clinical interests

Health Psychology (Hematology-Oncology, Endocrinology, Pulmonology, And General Pediatrics)
Adherence to Medical Treatments
Adolescent and Young Adults
Iatrogenic Medical Trauma
Family-Centered and Trauma-Informed Approaches to Managing Chronic Illnesses
Early Childhood
Health Disparities

Roles within the division/Fellowship

Associate Director, Pediatric Psychology Consultation-Liaison Service, UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital
Co-Attending, Pediatric Psychiatry Consultation-Liaison Service, UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center