The ASAP Center team is dedicated to helping youth, families, and communities thrive.

Our Goals

Center programs aim to empower children, adolescents, young adults, and their families to recover from mental health problems and build lives they want to live. Through our Center, we train health and mental health care professionals in state of the art treatments for self-harm, suicide prevention, substance abuse, and depression among youth. To connect with our team, send us an email.

The ASAP Center is part of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), funded by the Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), US Department of Health and Human Services. Created by Congress in 2000, and with current funding through the 21st Century Cures Act, the mission of the NCTSN is to raise the standard of care and increase access to services for children and families who experience or witness traumatic events. As shown in the map below (NCTSN, 2018), as of November 2015 the Network included 79 funded members, 47 Organized Affiliate members (formerly funded sites), and 72 Individual Affiliates (individuals with previous or current associations with NCTSN sites). This network of providers, family members, researchers, and national partners is committed to improving the lives of children and families by enhancing care and using scientific advances to improve care and outcomes for children and families.

NCTSN Centers Across the Nation
UCLA & Duke National Center for Child Traumatic Stress (Category I)
UCLA-Duke ASAP Center for Trauma-Informed Adolescent Suicide, Self-Harm, and Substance Treatment and Prevention (Category II)
Treatment and Services Adaptation Centers (Category II)
Community Treatment and Services Centers (Category III)
Affiliate Member Organizations and Individuals

Our Team

ASAP Center Directors
Joan Asarnow, Ph.D.
The youth stress & mood program
David Goldston, Ph.D.
Center for the study of suicide prevention & Intervention

In addition to leading the ASAP Center team, Dr. Asarnow is the director of The Youth Stress and Mood Program at UCLA, and Dr. Goldston is the director of the Center for the Study of Suicide Prevention and Intervention at Duke University.

University of California, Los Angeles
Duke University
Co-Investigators & Personnel
Jeanne Miranda, Ph.D.
Steven Shoptaw, Ph.D.
Margaret Rea, Ph.D.
Kalina Babeva, Ph.D.
Sunhye Bai, Ph.D., MPH
Stephanie Ernestus, Ph.D.
Angela Tunno, Ph.D.
Adrienne Banny, Ph.D.
Nicole Heilbron, Ph.D.
Olivia Fitzpatrick, BA
Chaney Stokes, BA