Geetha Gopalan received her doctoral training at the Columbia University School of Social Work in 2009. Dr. Gopalan’s interests focus on family-level interventions to improve youth mental health and reduce youth risk behavior, particularly for families with intensive service involvement and extreme psychosocial needs (such as those involved in the child welfare system). Since graduation from Columbia in 2009, she has participated in two NIMH-funded intervention research training institutes, the NIH Loan Repayment Program, a three-year, NIMH- funded National Research Science Award Individual Post-Doctoral Fellowship.  Dr. Gopalan was recently awarded a 2-year NIMH-funded research grant to refine and pilot-test task-shifting strategies to support the implementation of a family-focused, Evidence Based Practice (EBP) to reduce child behavioral difficulties in low-resourced child welfare settings.