Natalie Carlos Cruz, Psy.D. is a licensed psychologist who works in the Project Heal program at the University of Southern California University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. She provides clinical intake assessments, trauma informed psychological evaluations, and individual, collateral, family, and group therapy to children and families who have experienced traumatic experiences utilizing various evidence-based treatment models in English and Spanish languages. Dr. Cruz is a clinical supervisor to predoctoral interns and postdoctoral fellows in the field of psychology, and she provides various training didactics and seminars on topics related to diversity, grief, trauma, and professional development.
Clinical interests include addressing the needs who have experienced traumatic events, as well as death and non-death losses (e.x., complex abuse or neglect, immigration related trauma and loss, etc.)
Alliant International University
Cambridge Health Alliance/ Harvard Medical School
Children's Hospital Los Angeles - UCEDD, Clinical Child Psychology
Licensed Psychologist (CA), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Child Parent Psychotherapy, and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy Certified
National Latinx Psychological Association
Botello, R. & Cruz, N. (2018). The Psychological Shadow of Hazing: Mental Health Issues &Counseling. In Salinas, C. & Boettcher, M. Critical Perspective on Hazing in Colleges and Universities: A Guide to Disrupting Hazing Culture. New York: Routledge.
Meneses, V. & Cruz, N. (2017). A trauma-informed approach supports health and development in children and youth with spina bifida. Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine, 10(3-4):195-199.
Cruz, N. (2016). Grief, Resilience, and Healing During Emerging Adulthood. In McCoyd, J.L.M. & Walter, C.A., Grief and Loss across the lifespan (156-160). New York: Springer Publishing Company.
Childhood grief and trauma, diversity-related issues, immigration-related trauma