Victoria K. Ngo

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Associate Behavioral and Social Scientist
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in clinical psychology, Vanderbilt University; M.S. in clinical psychology, Vanderbilt University; B.A. in psychology, University of California, Davis


Victoria Ngo is a clinical psychologist and an associate behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation. She has expertise in developing, evaluating, and capacity building for evidence-based treatments for depression, anxiety, and trauma in diverse communities in the United States and abroad. Ngo has worked on several community-partnered studies of evidence-based interventions for depression and anxiety for underserved communities. She currently leads cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) training for several collaborative care projects and is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to evaluate the adaptation and implementation of CBT for depression in resource-poor contexts in Los Angeles and New Orleans. Since 2003, she has worked to develop research and clinical training capacity and infrastructure in Vietnam and is currently co-principal investigator (co-PI) of the Vietnam Children's Mental Health Research Training Program (funded by the National Institutes of Health) and co-PI of a NIMH R01 to study cross-cultural variability in stress and coping. Ngo also leads an initiative to build clinical capacity for treatment of depression within the primary care system in Vietnam. She has taken leadership roles in minority mental health policy efforts in the United States, 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 (2004). In Los Angeles, she worked with the Asian Pacific American Community Research Roundtable to support community research partnerships around mental health efforts. Ngo earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Vanderbilt University.

Recent Projects

  • Culture, Stress, and Coping in Vietnam and the United States
  • Community Partners in Care Cognitive Behavior Therapy Implementation in Ethnic Minority Communities
  • Collaborative Care for Depression in Vietnam
  • Depression and Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART) in Uganda

Selected Publications

Okello, E., Ngo, V., Ryan, G., Musisi, S., Akena, D., & Wagner, G., "Qualitative Study of the Influence of Antidepressants on the Psychological Health of Patients on Antiretroviral Therapy in Uganda.," African Journal of AIDS Research, 11, 2012 (forthcoming)

Weiss, B., Ngo, V., Dang, M., Pollack, A. Trung, L. et al., "A Model for Sustainable Development of Child Mental Health Infrastructure in the LMIC World: Vietnam as a Case Example," International Perspectives in Psychology: Research, Practice, and Consultation, 1(1):63-77, 2012

Ngo, V., Centanni, A., Wong, E., Wennerstrom, A. & Miranda, J., "Capacity for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Delivery in Resource Poor Disaster Impacted Contexts.," Ethnicity and Disease, 21(3):38-44, 2011

Weiss, B., Dang, H.M., Ngo, V., Pollack, A., Sang, D., Lam. T.T., Nguyen, M.L.T., Le, H.N., Tran, N., Tran, C. & Do, K., "Development of clinical psychology and mental health resources in Vietnam," Psychological Studies, 56:185-191, 2011

Mendel, P., Ngo, V., Dixon, E., Stockdale, S., Jones, F., Chung, B., et al., "Use of a Community Engagement Conference to Initiate a Community-Partnered, Randomized Trial for Depression Care Improvement in Underserved Communities.," Ethnicity and Disease, 21(3):78-88, 2011

Miranda, J., Hepner, K., Azocar, F., Greenwood, G., Ngo, V., & Burnam, A., "Development of a Patient-Report Measure of Psychotherapy for Depression.," Administration and Policy in Mental and Mental Health Services Research, 2009

Ngo, V., Asarnow, J., Lange, J., Jaycox, L., Rea, M., Landon, C., Tang, L., & Miranda, J., "Do Quality Improvement Interventions for Depressed Youth Result in Differential Outcomes for Ethnic Minorities: A Randomized Trial?" Journal of the American Academy on Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 48(9):955-956, 2009

Ngo, V., Langley, A., Kataoka, S., Nadeen, E., Escudero, P., Stein, B., "Providing Evidence Based Practice to Ethnically Diverse Youth: Examples from the Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) Program.," Journal of the American Academy on Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 47:858-862, 2008

Honors & Awards

  • Summa Cum Laude, University of California