Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program

Applications Due
September 30th, 2023

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

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Nastassia

Hajal

, PhD

Assistant Clinical Professor
Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Biography

Dr. Nastassia Hajal is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the UCLA Department of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences in the David Geffen School of Medicine and the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. Dr. Hajal is a child clinical psychologist whose primary interests are in parenting and young children’s emotional development in the context of family stress and trauma.

Dr. Hajal is interested in translational work that bridges basic science on developmental psychopathology, parenting, and emotion with clinical research on the promotion of child and family resilience in the face of stress. She has a particular interest in studying caregiver emotional processes using novel methodology, including intensive and ecologically valid techniques (such as experience sampling methodology), affective neuroscience (such as EEG), and behavior genetic designs. Dr. Hajal’s involvement in translational work spans from the translation of basic science findings to develop and refine family-centered interventions, to integration of well-established approaches for implementation into large systems (e.g., UCLA Health System, Los Angeles Unified School District). She is currently working on an NIH-funded clinical trial of emotion regulation, biomarkers, and response to intervention in parents who have their own histories of childhood interpersonal trauma.

Dr. Hajal is a licensed clinical psychologist who supervises clinical psychology and child psychiatry trainees in the UCLA Family STAR (Stress, Trauma, and Resilience) Clinic, which focuses on the prevention and treatment of traumatic stress in children aged 0-25 and their families. She also serves as the Assistant Director of the Nathanson Family Resilience Center’s Early Childhood Core.

Education

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, B.A.
Pennsylvania State University, University Park, M.S.
Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Ph.D.
Research & clinical interests

Research & clinical interests

Child & family traumatic stress
Early childhood emotional development
Parental stress and emotion regulation
Intergenerational transmission of trauma
Roles within the division/Fellowship

Roles within the division/Fellowship

Supervisor, Family Stress, Trauma, and Resilience (STAR) Clinic
Assistant Director of Early Childhood Mental Health
Attending Psychologist
Nathanson Family Resilience Center
Assistant Director, Early Childhood Core
Lectures on such topics as interventions for young children