Victoria Ngo

Victoria Ngo

RAND Corporation

vngo@rand.org
Victoria Ngo is clinical psychologist and Behavioral Scientist at the RAND Corporation in Los Angeles. She has extensive expertise in developing, evaluating, and capacity building for evidence based treatments, including cognitive behavioral therapy for depression, anxiety, and trauma in diverse communities. She has led the implementation and dissemination of cognitive behavioral therapy intervention for several large scale community-partnered collaborative care projects for depression and anxiety in the United States targeting low-income, ethnic minority populations (Community Partners in Care and Reach Nola) and was funded by the National Institute of Mental Health to evaluate the adaptation and implementation of CBT for resource poor contexts in the U.S. (Los Angeles and New Orleans). For the past twelve years, she has been working in Vietnam to develop research and clinical training capacity and infrastructure and co-directed the NIH-funded Vietnam Children’s Mental Health Research Training Program, which established the first graduate training program in clinical psychology in the country. She also served as the Lead Scientific Consultant on a project focused on building clinical capacity for treatment of depression within the primary care system in Vietnam and is now integrating depression care into micro-finance services for poor rural Vietnamese women. Additionally, she is also developing depression programs for HIV clinics in Uganda. Dr. Ngo has also taken leadership roles in minority mental health policy efforts in the U.S., including membership in the State of Tennessee Mental Health Planning Council Cultural Competence Committee (2001-2004), and chairing the State Cultural Competence Committee Service System Task Group in 2004, which produced a strategic plan for the state of Tennessee. Internationally, she is also involved in the NIH Grand Challenges in Mental Health Initiative, which seeks to promote and support mental health services in low and middle income countries.