Nastassia Hajal, PhD
Assistant Clinical Professor
Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
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.
- University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, B.A.
- Pennsylvania State University, University Park, M.S.
- Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Ph.D.
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
- 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