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UCLA Grand Challenges Leadership

Michelle Popowitz, JD, MPH
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research and Executive Director, UCLA Grand Challenges

Maureen D’Angelo 
Content & Promotion Officer, UCLA Grand Challenges

Roger Wakimoto, PhD
Vice Chancellor for Research
Phone:  310-206-6734

Sustainable LA Grand Challenge Leadership

Cassie Rauser, PhD
Director of the Sustainable LA Grand Challenge


Depression Grand Challenge 

Nelson Freimer, MD
Director, Depression Grand Challenge
Maggie G. Gilbert Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
Director, UCLA Center for Neurobehavioral Genetics
Associate Director, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior 

Michelle Craske, PhD
Co-Director, Depression Grand Challenge
Professor and Vice Chair
Director, Anxiety and Depression Research Center (formerly Anxiety Disorders Research Center)
Department of Psychology, UCLA


Depression Grand Challenge External Partnerships

Depression Grand Challenge Media Contact
David Olmos
Director, News Strategy and Editing
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