Victoria K. Ngo

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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 behavioral and social scientist at the RAND Corporation. Also a clinical psychologist, she has expertise in developing, evaluating, and implementing evidence-based treatments, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, for depression, anxiety, and trauma in diverse communities in the United States and abroad. Her research pays particular attention to solving implementation barriers in low-resource settings and using community-partnered approaches to increase access and quality of evidence-based mental health services for ethnic minorities and other underserved populations in low-income countries.

Ngo specializes in task-shifting evidence-based practices and integrating depression care into more accessible service settings, such as primary care, maternal health, and HIV service. She has worked to develop research and clinical training capacity and infrastructure in Vietnam, where she helped develop the first clinical psychology graduate program and led the first initiative to task-shift depression care to primary care providers. Her research currently focuses on integrating depression care into microfinance services to break the cycle of depression and poverty for economically disadvantaged women and studying implementation models for scaling up depression care. 

Ngo also 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 and chairing the State Cultural Competence Committee Service System Task Group and contributing to policy efforts to promote advancement of global mental health research and services. Ngo earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Vanderbilt University.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA

Recent Projects

  • Integration of Depression Care into Microfinance Services in Vietnam
  • Culture, Stress, and Coping in Vietnam and the United States
  • Integrating Depression Care into HIV Services in Uganda
  • Community Partners in Care Cognitive Behavior Therapy Implementation in Ethnic Minority Communities
  • Collaborative Care for Depression in Vietnam

Selected Publications

Ngo, V., Wagner, G., Nakasujja, N., Dickens, A., Aunon, F., & Musisi, S., "Effectiveness of antidepressants and predictors of treatment response for depressed HIV patients in Uganda.," International Journal of STD and AIDS., 0, 2014

Ngo V., Weiss B., Lam T., Dang T., Nguyen T., Nguyen M., "The Vietnam Collaborative Care for Depression Program: Development of depression care for Low / Middle Income nations.," Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, 28(3), 2014

Wells, K., Jones L., Chung, B., Dixon, E., Tang, L., Gilmore, J., Sherbourne, C., Ngo, V., et al, "Community-partnered cluster-randomized comparative effectiveness trial of community engagement and planning or program technical assistance to address depression disparities.," Journal of General Internal Medicine, 28(10), 2013

Ngo, V., Rubenstein, A., Ganju, V., Kanellis, P., Loza, N., Rabadan-Diehl, C., & Daar, A., "Grand challenges: Integrating mental health into the non-communicable disease agenda.," PLoS Med, 10(5), 2013

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), 2012

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, 2011

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), 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, 2008

Honors & Awards

  • Summa Cum Laude, University of California
  • RAND Silver Medal Award Recipient, RAND
  • Team Science Award, Association for Clinical and Translational Science and the American Federation for Medical Research