Lauren Brookman-Frazee

Title(s)Professor, Psychiatry
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    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.

    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).

    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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    Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disorders Training Program
    Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) T73MC42027-01-00Jul 1, 2021 - Jun 30, 2026
    Role: Project Director
    Refining and Implementing Technology-Enhanced Family Navigation to Promote Early Access and Engagement with Mental Health Services for Youth with Autism
    NIH R34MH120190Aug 15, 2020 - Jun 30, 2023
    Role: Co-Investigator
    Adapting the PUENTE Program for Sustainment and Scale Up
    California Department of Developmental Services/ San Diego Regional Center Jul 1, 2020 - Jun 30, 2021
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Randomized trial of a leadership and organizational change strategy to improve the implementation and sustainment of digital measurement-based care in youth mental health services
    NIH R01MH119127Jun 1, 2019 - Apr 30, 2023
    Role: Co-Investigator
    Adapting an ASD Executive Functioning Intervention for Implementation in Children's Mental Health Services
    NIH K23MH115100Sep 11, 2018 - Aug 31, 2022
    Role: Mentor
    Identifying Quality Indicators within Multiple EBP Delivery in Child Mental Health Services
    NIH R01MH112536Jun 1, 2017 - Apr 30, 2021
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Adapting and Implementing an Integrated Care Model for Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Psychiatric Comorbidity
    NIH K23MH110602Apr 1, 2017 - Mar 31, 2021
    Role: Mentor
    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 R01MH111950Feb 1, 2017 - Jan 31, 2021
    Role: Principal Investigator
    2/2 Effectiveness of a Multi-Level Implementation Strategy for ASD Interventions
    NIH R01MH111981Feb 1, 2017 - Jan 31, 2021
    Role: Co-Investigator
    Evaluation of implementation factors for ASD services in school settings
    NIH K01MH109574Jun 1, 2016 - May 31, 2021
    Role: Mentor
    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 R01MH100134Jan 1, 2014 - Dec 31, 2019
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Optimization of Fidelity Procedures for Pivotal Response Training in Autism
    NIH R33MH097033Sep 1, 2012 - Aug 31, 2018
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Effectiveness and Implementation of a Mental Health Intervention for ASD
    NIH R01MH094317Apr 5, 2012 - Jan 31, 2018
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Research on Infant/Toddler Mental Health: Building a Community Partnership
    NIH R21MH083893Apr 15, 2009 - Mar 31, 2012
    Role: Co-Investigator
    Translating Autism Intervention for Mental Health Services via Knowledge Exchange
    NIH K23MH077584May 1, 2007 - Mar 31, 2013
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Integrating Evidence and Practice of Youth Psychotherapy
    NIH 3R01MH066070-02S1Sep 1, 2002 - Jul 31, 2007
    Role: Principal Investigator of Diversity Supplement
    Parent Empowerment &Interventions for Children w/Autism
    NIH F31MH065219Sep 27, 2001 - Jun 30, 2004
    Role: Principal Investigator

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