Monday, September 23, 2019
When a family seeks mental health care for a child in their community, it should not be presumed that the treatment offered has been shown in research to be effective. There is further concern that the research on effective mental health care has often not included children from diverse racial, ethnic, or cultural backgrounds. Anna Lau, professor of psychology at UCLA, is a child psychologist working to integrate information from treatment research and community mental health providers to address this "research-to-practice gap.”
Anna Lau is a child clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research spans the areas of disparities in children’s mental health services, cultural variation in risk and protective factors for child psychopathology, and community implementation of evidence-based practices. Lau’s work on risk and protective factors for youth in immigrant families has guided her treatment research with Asian American and Latinx children. Another major research effort involves understanding factors that promote the use of evidence-based practices by therapists in community mental health clinics in Los Angeles County.