Our Team

Rebecca Ford-Paz, Ph.D.


Rebecca Ford-Paz joined the Center for Childhood Resilience in 2014. She has nearly 20 years’ experience in community/school mental health. Her work focuses on reducing health disparities by increasing access to evidence-based and culturally competent prevention/treatment interventions, building the capacity of community-based providers, and conducting community-based participatory research. 

Dr. Ford-Paz has a longstanding interest in Latino mental health, and she has partnered with community agencies to develop culturally responsive trainings on depression and suicide among Latino youth. She also works with community-based agencies to incorporate evidence-based practices and develop an evidence base for culturally relevant interventions. She is the founding co-chair of the Illinois Childhood Trauma Coalition’s Ad-Hoc Committee for Refugee and Immigrant Children and Trauma.

Dr. Ford-Paz is also an Attending Clinical Child Psychologist within Lurie Children’s Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and serves as Assistant Professor at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. She holds Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music degrees from Northwestern University; a master’s degree in Applied Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University; and a PhD in Clinical Psychology (Child Track) from DePaul University.

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