Shilpa Baweja, PhD, LCSW
Co-Director UCLA Parenting Program
Co-Director Children’s Friendship Program
Dr. Baweja is a Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. She is the clinic Co-Director for the UCLA Parenting Program for Children and Adolescents and the Children’s Friendship Program, an evidenced based social skills intervention.
She has been working with families at the UCLA Parenting Program and the Children’s Friendship Program since 2016.
- 1998 – University of California, San Diego; San Diego, California, B.S.
- 2001 – Columbia University; New York, New York, M.S.S.W.
- 2015 – University of California, Los Angeles; Los Angeles, California, Ph.D.
Research & clinical interests
Dr. Baweja specializes in the evaluation and treatment of children with attention deficits, high-functioning autism spectrum disorder, child trauma, and related behavioral difficulties.
Most recently, her research has examined the underlying risk factors that increase children’s susceptibility to peer rejection and bullying. Earlier in her career, she was part of the research team in the Treatment Studies for ADHD, Irritability, and Mood Disorders program at UCLA investigating effective pharmacotherapies for children and adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. She also worked on the implementation and dissemination of the Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) intervention, a skills-based, child group intervention that is aimed at relieving symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, depression, and general anxiety among children exposed to multiple forms of trauma.
Roles within the division/Fellowship
- Program Co-Director, UCLA Parenting Program
- Program Co-Director, Children’s Friendship Program
- Clinical mentor
- Lectures on topics related to behavioral parent training for children and adolescents; social skills for children with ADHD, ASD, and Anxiety; peer victimization