Melissa Bernstein, PhD

ACTS Director


In her role at the Chadwick Center for Children and Families at Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego, Melissa Bernstein, PhD, serves as an Implementation Specialist on the Advancing California’s Trauma-Informed Systems (ACTS) initiative. She is a licensed psychologist and trained in providing evidence-based treatment for children who have experienced child abuse and neglect (Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy).

Her primary research interests include trauma informed care and systems-level change, treatment outcomes for youth who have experienced child maltreatment, and posttraumatic growth in children and adolescents.