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Lauren Brookman-Frazee

Title(s)Professor in Residence, Psychiatry
SchoolHealth Sciences
Phone858-966-7703
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    BIOGRAPHY
    Dr. Brookman-Frazee is a Professor of Psychiatry at UC San Diego. She is also the Associate Director of the Child and Adolescent Services Research Center, Research Director at the Autism Discovery Institute at Rady Children’s Hospital, and Co-Director of the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. She completed her doctoral training at UC Santa Barbara and postdoctoral training at UC San Diego and the Child and Adolescent Services Research Center. Dr. Brookman-Frazee also completed a fellowship at the NIMH/VA-sponsored Implementation Research Institute. Her research examines methods to promote the implementation of evidence-based interventions in community service systems caring for children and reduce disparities in access to quality care.

    RESEARCH INTERESTS
    The overarching goal of Dr. Brookman-Frazee’s community-partnered research is to improve the effectiveness of community services for children with mental health and developmental challenges. In the area of autism services research, one of her major contributions has been to develop and test the “AIM HI” intervention for implementation in publicly-funded mental health services. Dr. Brookman-Frazee and her team completed a randomized community effectiveness trial in San Diego and Los Angeles Counties demonstrating the positive impacts of training community therapists to deliver AIM HI on therapist practice and child and family outcomes. In a subsequent trial being conducted throughout California, Dr. Brookman-Frazee’s team is currently testing the effectiveness of multiple implementation strategies paired with AIM HI on community therapist fidelity of AIM HI delivery and subsequent child symptom reduction. Additionally, she has linked study testing a cultural enhancement to AIM HI for Latinx families.

    A second major research area is focused on studying system-driven implementation of multiple evidence-based interventions for common childhood mental health problems in community mental health services. In a large, observational study, Dr. Brookman-Frazee and her colleagues are examining the sustainment of multiple interventions delivered through the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, the largest mental health department in the country. They are examining system, organization, and provider level factors that influence intervention sustainment. In a subsequent study, Dr. Brookman-Frazee and her colleagues are developing pragmatic measures for assessing community therapist delivery strategies common in evidence-based interventions for common children’s mental health targets (Trauma, Disruptive behaviors, Anxiety, Depression).

    CLINICAL FOCUS
    Dr. Brookman-Frazee is a licensed clinical psychologist and board certified behavior analyst specializing in parent mediated interventions for children with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental and mental health conditions. In collaboration with community partners, Dr. Brookman-Frazee developed AIM HI (“An Individualized Mental Health Intervention for ASD”) for delivery in community mental health services for children. A focus of her clinical supervision and research activities is on training mental health providers to deliver AIM HI and adapt psychotherapy for children with ASD and co-occurring mental health conditions.

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    Identifying Quality Indicators within Multiple EBP Delivery in Child Mental Health Services
    NIH/NIMH R01MH112536Jun 1, 2017 - Apr 30, 2021
    Role: Principal Investigator
    High School SUCCESS: Vocational Soft Skills Program for Transition-Age ASD Youth
    NIH R34MH111491Feb 15, 2017 - Dec 31, 2019
    Role: Co-Investigator
    1/2 Effectiveness of a Multi-Level Implementation Strategy for ASD Interventions
    NIH/NIMH R01MH111950Feb 1, 2017 - Jan 31, 2021
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Supported Employment, Cognitive Enhancement, Social Skills Program for ASD Adult
    NIH R34MH104289Sep 1, 2014 - Jul 31, 2017
    Role: Co-Investigator
    Sustainment of Multiple EBP's Fiscally Mandated in Children's MH Services
    NIH/NIMH R01MH100134Jan 1, 2014 - Dec 31, 2018
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Optimization of Fidelity Procedures for Pivotal Response Training in Autism
    NIH/NIMH R33MH097033Sep 1, 2012 - Aug 31, 2017
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Effectiveness and Implementation of a Mental Health Intervention for ASD
    NIH/NIMH R01MH094317Apr 5, 2012 - Jan 31, 2017
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Translating Autism Intervention for Mental Health Services via Knowledge Exchange
    NIH/NIMH K23MH077584May 1, 2007 - Mar 31, 2013
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Parent Empowerment &Interventions for Children w/Autism
    NIH/NIMH F31MH065219Sep 27, 2001 - Jun 30, 2004
    Role: Principal Investigator

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