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Avital Falk

Clinical Psychology Intern
Avital Falk

Ms. Falk is a Child and Adolescent Psychology track intern, which combines training in child and adolescent cognitive-behavioral, evidence-based therapies with clinical experiences treating adults. As an intern, she is supervised and mentored by faculty of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and serves on the clinical staffs of both the Child Study Center and Bellevue Hospital.

In addition to diverse clinical experience with inpatients and outpatients from both sites, and opportunities to specialize in focused, research based treatment modalities and assessment techniques, as an intern, she is also provided with a rich and extensive didactic program to augment the practical training.  

Further, Ms. Falk is working on her Dissertation on Gene-Environment Interplay for Childhood and Adolescent Antisocial Behavior.

Ms. Falk completed her Bachelor’s in Psychology with Honors at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a Ph.D. candidate in clinical psychology at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she also received her M.A. in Clinical Psychology.  Her graduate work at the UCLA Clinical Psychology Program includes research for her dissertation in which she is investigating the influence of monoamine-amine-oxidase-A (MAOA), callous-unemotional traits, and parenting on the development of antisocial behavior.

Ms. Falk completed externships at the Child and Adolescent Trauma Clinic at Harbor UCLA Medical Center and the Childhood OCD, Anxiety & Tic Disorders Program at Semel Institute, UCLA. She has experience in providing mental health services to children and children and adolescents with a range of disorders, including ADHD, OCD, PTSD and other anxiety disorders, as well as neuropsychological and psychodiagnostic assessments of children and families at the ADHD and Development Lab at UCLA.

Her research interests include investigating the influence of monoamine-oxidase-A (MAOA), callous-unemotional traits, and parenting on the development of antisocial behavior, as well as examining comorbidity between ADHD and anxiety disorders.  

Ms. Falk has co-authored articles published in Psychiatry Research and Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment. She has presented her research at several professional organizations including the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) and the International Society for Research on Child and Adolescent Psychopathology (ISRCAP).

Ms. Falk received training in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Modular Approach to Therapy for Children with Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, or Conduct Problems (MATCH protocol) and received certification in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT).

She is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Society for Research in Child Development. Ms. Falk has received numerous honors and awards including the UCLA Scientist Practitioner Award.