Community Psychiatry

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry


UCLA/VA Faculty

Dr. Roya Ijadi-Maghsoodi is an Assistant Professor-in-Residence in the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and an Investigator at the Center for the Study of Healthcare Innovation, Implementation & Policy within the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. Dr. Ijadi-Maghsoodi earned her undergraduate degree in biology from Iowa State University and her medical degree from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. She completed her general adult psychiatry residency and child psychiatry fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles. Following residency, she completed an Advanced Fellowship in Women’s Health (a VA/UCLA health services research fellowship) and earned a Master of Science in Health Policy and Management with a specialization in health services research at the UCLA School of Public Health.

Dr. Ijadi-Maghsoodi’s research focuses on improving care for vulnerable populations, including homeless families and high-risk youth with trauma. She received an AACAP NIDA Physician Scientist Program in Substance Abuse K12 award to focus on improving care for homeless families with parental substance use disorders. Dr. Ijadi-Maghsoodi is also interested in child mental health advocacy and serves on the Cal-ACAP Government Affairs Committee and as Vice President of the Southern California Society of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and provides asylum evaluations for Physicians for Human Rights.


Lai K, Guo S, Ijadi-Maghsoodi R, Puffer M, Kataoka S. Mental Health Integration in School Based Health Centers. Psychiatric Services. 2016. appi-ps.

Ijadi-Maghsoodi R, Todd EJ, Bath E. Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children and the Role of the Child Psychiatrist. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 2014 Aug; 53(8): 825-9.


  • Clinical electives: I attend on the Homeless Patient Aligned Care Team (H-PACT) at the West Los Angeles VA. Our team is an innovative multidisciplinary teaching team that includes primary care providers, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, and trainees focused on addressing the social determinants of health of homeless Veterans. There are clinical opportunities for residents interested in community psychiatry and/or homelessness, including opportunities for 3rd and 4th year clinical electives.

  • Research mentorship: I am working on several areas of research with potential collaborative and research opportunities. One area is focused on understanding the needs of homeless families with parental substance use disorders through qualitative interviews, and adapting a family resilience intervention using a community-partnered participatory research approach. Another project is focused on evaluating and delivering a classroom resilience curriculum to students in partnership with the school district. I am also involved with research investigating the health needs of commercially sexually exploited youth. Residents interested in homelessness research, research with vulnerable youth and families, child advocacy, or interested in providing volunteer asylum evaluations can contact me.

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