Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program

Applications Due
September 30th, 2023

Dulce Madrid
310-206-6721
DVMadrid@mednet.ucla.edu

COVID-19 Information

Patricia E.

Lester

, MD

Nathanson Family Professor of Psychiatry
Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Education

1982 – Middlebury College, B.A. 
1985 – Syracuse University, M.A. 
1993 – UC, San Francisco School of Medicine, M.D
1997 – UC, San Francisco School of Medicine, Psychiatry Residency
2000 – UCLA, Fellow in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Research & clinical interests

Dr. Patricia Lester completed undergraduate studies at Middlebury College and a MA in Creative Writing at Syracuse University.   She undertook her MD and psychiatry residency training at University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, and her child psychiatry fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles.  Following fellowship, she received a National Institute of Mental Health K-award.   At UCLA, Dr. Lester is the Jane and Marc Nathanson Family Professor of Psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine, where she directs the Division of Population Behavioral Health within the Department of Psychiatry.  She also serves as the Director of the Nathanson Family Resilience Center, Medical Director of the Family Stress, Trauma and Resilience Service, Co-Director of the Center for Child Anxiety Resilience Education and Support, and the founding leadership team for the new Pritzker Center for Strengthening Children and Families, an interdisciplinary collaboration for research, prevention and intervention efforts designed to prevent children from entering the child welfare system, and to support those within it.  Dr. Lester has sustained a career-long focus on developing and disseminating preventive interventions, practices, and policies that to support child and family resilience in the context of trauma and adversity.   Her research and leadership has focused on the study of translational and implementation processes needed to bring evidence based prevention to scale within systems of care and community settings, including the large scale, 12-year implementation of a tiered prevention program for the US military that has served over 1 million people.  This program has become a model in advancing a population health approach to the integration of prevention within communities, primary care, and schools.

Roles within the division/Fellowship

Vice Chair of Community Engagement, Semel Institute
Director of the Division of Population Behavioral Health
Director of the Nathanson Family Resilience Center
Director of FOCUS (Families OverComing Under Stress) Project
Co-Director, UCLA CARES (Child Anxiety Resilience Education & Support) Center
Medical Director of the UCLA Family STAR (Stress, Trauma And Resilience) Clinic at the David Geffen School of Medicine
Lectures on topics such as prevention medicine for children and families