Melissa Bernstein, PhD
In her role at Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego, Melissa Bernstein, PhD, Directs the Advancing California’s Trauma-Informed Systems (ACTS) and Trauma-Informed Licensing Team (TILT) Initiatives. Her research centers around supporting systems in planning for, implementing, and sustaining Trauma-Informed change that aligns with best practice and science.
As a psychologist working with children, youth, and families impacted by traumatic stress, she has developed expertise in understanding child maltreatment and utilizing evidence-based practices at an individual, family, and system level, including Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Cognitive Behavior Therapy for youth with Problematic Sexual Behavior. She joined Rady Children’s Hospital in 2018 to support systems and organizations in planning for, implementing, and sustaining trauma-informed change that aligns with best practice and science.