Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program

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Applications Due
September 30th, 2023

Dulce Madrid

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Natacha D. Emerson, 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
  • Self-Efficacy

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