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Norweeta Milburn, PhD

Community Psychiatry

Child Psychiatry

UCLA Faculty

Dr. Milburn is a Professor-in-Residence in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the UCLA Semel Institute Center for Community Health and Director of Research and Evaluation at the Nathanson Family Resilience Center. She received her Ph.D. in Community Psychology from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor). Prior to coming to UCLA, she was an Associate Professor of Psychology at Hofstra University in New York and Assistant Director of the Psy.D. program in School/Community Psychology. Her research interests include homelessness, substance abuse, mental health and family-based behavioral interventions.

Dr. Milburn has been a principal investigator for National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) research on homeless adults and youth, and African American youth. She has examined paths into and out of homelessness, as well as the risk for HIV among homeless youth in the U.S. and Australia. She has designed and implemented a behavioral intervention for homeless adolescents at risk for HIV and their families, and she also has designed and tested recruitment strategies for behavioral substance abuse interventions. She has also served as a co-principal investigator on U.S. Department of Education (DOE) and NIMH investigations of coping and adaptation, and anxiety and depression in older African Americans, and as co-investigator on a number of NIMH grants including the training of the next generation of HIV investigators. She has numerous publications and presentations in the areas of homelessness, substance abuse, HIV/AIDS and mental health. She has been both a standing and ad hoc member of peer review committees at NIMH.

Dr. Milburn is a Fellow in the American Psychological Association (APA). She has been a member of the APA Committee on Children, Youth and Families, and recently chaired the APA 2009 Presidential Task Force on Psychology’s Contribution to End Homelessness. Her honors include being an inaugural member of the Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology and the Community, Culture and Prevention Science Award from the Society for Prevention Research.


Lightfoot, M. & Milburn, N.G. (2012). Common elements of family-based HIV interventions for adolescents. Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice, 1 (2), 120 – 133.

Milburn, N.G., Iribarren, F.J., Rice, E., Lightfoot, M., Solorio, R., Rotheram-Borus, M.J., Desmond, K., Lee, A., Alexander, K., Maresca, K., Eastmen, K., Arnold, E.M., & Duan, N. (2012). A family intervention to reduce sexual risk behavior, substance use and delinquency among newly homeless youth. Journal of Adolescent Health, 50 (4), 358 – 364. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2011.08.009. Epub 2011 Oct 26. PubMed PMID: 22443839; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3313467.

Rice, E., Tulbert, E., Cederbaum, J., Adhikari, A. B., & Milburn, N. G. (2012). Mobilizing homeless youth for HIV prevention: A social network analysis of the acceptability of a face-to-face and online social networking intervention. Health Education Research, 27 (2), 226 – 236. PubMed PMID: 22247453; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3303208.

Milburn, N.G. & Lightfoot, M. (2016). Improving the participation of families of color in evidence-based interventions: Challenges and lessons learned. In N. Zane, G. Bernal, & F. Leong (Editors), Culturally informed evidence-based practice in psychology. American Psychological Association: Washington, DC.


  • Research mentorship: Residents may assist in the preparation of manuscripts from ongoing projects and existing datasets.