Lauren Brookman-Frazee, Ph.D. 

Associate Professor


Contact Information

Child and Adolescent Services Research Center (CASRC)
3020 Children's Way, MC: 5033
San Diego, CA 92123
T: (858) 966-7703 ext. 3587
F: (858) 966-7704


Dr. Brookman-Frazee received her PhD from the Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She completed her pre-doctoral clinical internship at UCSD and her post-doctoral fellowship at UCSD and the Child and Adolescent Services Research Center under the mentorship of Dr. Ann Garland.  Additionally, Dr. Brookman-Frazee completed an NIMH Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (K23) focused on enhancing delivery of evidence-based autism interventions in publicly-funded mental health services and a fellowship through the NIMH/VA-funded Implementation Research Institute (IRI) at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis. She has been a member of the UCSD faculty since 2007. Dr. Brookman-Frazee is currently an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego, Research Scientist at the Child and Adolescent Services Research Center, Research and Training Director at the Autism Discovery Institute at Rady Children’s Hospital – San Diego, and faculty in the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology and UCSD/VA Psychology Internship Training Program.

Research Interests

Research Focus

Dr. Brookman-Frazee’s current NIMH-funded research focuses on the development, adaptation, implementation, and sustainment of evidence-based interventions delivered in routine care settings. She is currently conducting a large-scale effectiveness/implementation study testing a package of evidence-based strategies for children with children autism spectrum disorder in publicly-funded mental health programs and examining factors associated with adoption, implementation and sustainment of the intervention. She is also conducting a large-scale observational study examining sustainment of multiple evidence-based practices fiscally mandated for implementation in children’s mental health services in Los Angeles County. Additional areas of research include research-community partnerships, clinician training/supervision, early developmental and social-emotional screening and intervention, and parent training and psychotherapy intervention process and outcomes.

Clinical Focus

Dr. Brookman-Frazee is a licensed clinical psychologist and board certified behavior analyst specializing in children with autism spectrum disorder and disruptive behavior problems. She provides clinical supervision and training to pre-doctoral psychology interns, practicum students, and staff therapists at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego in the Outpatient Psychiatry and the Autism Discovery Institute programs.


  • Garland, A.F. & Brookman-Frazee, L. (2013). Therapists and Researchers: Advancing Collaboration. Psychotherapy.
  • Brookman-Frazee, L., Stahmer, A., Lewis, K., Feder, J., Reed, S. (2012). Building a research-community collaborative to improve community care for infants and toddlers at-risk for autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Community Psychology, 40 (6) 715-734. DOI: 10.1002/jcop.21501.
  • Brookman-Frazee, L., Drahota, A., Stadnick, N., & Palinkas, L. A. (2012). Therapist perspectives on community mental health services for children with autism spectrum disorders. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 39(5), 365-373. DOI 10.1007/s10488-011-0355-y.
  • Brookman-Frazee, L., Drahota, A., & Stadnick, N. (2011). Training community mental health therapists to deliver a package of evidence-based practice strategies for school-age children with autism spectrum disorders: A pilot study. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 42, 1651-1661. DOI: 10.1007/s10803-011-1406-7
  • Brookman-Frazee, L., Taylor, R., & Garland, A.F. (2010). Characterizing community-based mental health services for children with autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 40, 1188-1201. DOI 10.1007/s10803-010-0976-0.
  • Garland, A.F., Brookman-Frazee, L., Hurlburt, M., Arnold, E., Zoffness, R., Haine, R.A. & Ganger, W. (2010). Mental health care for children with disruptive behavior problems: A view inside therapists' offices. Psychiatric Services, 61, 788-795. DOI:10.1176/
  • Brookman-Frazee, L., Haine, R.A., Baker-Ericzén, M., Zoffness, R., & Garland, A. F. (2010). Factors associated with use of evidence-based practice strategies in usual care youth psychotherapy. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 37, 254–269. DOI 10.1007/s10488-009-0244-9.
  • Brookman-Frazee, L., Baker- Ericzén, M., Stahmer, A., Mandell, D., Haine, R.A., & Hough, R.L. (2009). Involvement of youths with autism spectrum disorders or intellectual disabilities in multiple public service systems. Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 2, 201-219.
  • Brookman-Frazee, L., Garland, A.F., Taylor, R., & Zoffness, R. (2009). Therapist attitudes towards psychotherapeutic strategies in community-based psychotherapy with children with disruptive behavior problems. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 36, 1-12.
  • Brookman-Frazee, L., Haine, R.A., Garland, A.F. (2006). Measuring outcomes of usual care youth psychotherapy: Who and what to ask? Psychiatric Services, 57(10), 1373-5.