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 Trask  Emily Trask, Ph.D. 

Research Associate, UC San Diego

Contact Information

UC San Diego
Department of Psychiatry
9500 Gilman Drive (MC 0812)
La Jolla, CA 92093-0812
T: (858) 966-7703 x3618
F: (858) 966-7704


Emily Trask, PhD is a clinical psychologist, Research Associate at UC San Diego, and Adjunct Professor at the University of San Diego. Her research focuses on identifying the use and effectiveness of evidence based practice in a large county mental health service system. Her current work focuses on determining whether clinicians are using a common elements of evidence base practice approach, and the relationship to client satisfaction and outcomes.

Research Interests

  • Evidence-based practice
  • Usual care
  • Common elements of evidence-based practice
  • Effectiveness of mental health care in community settings
  • Trauma

Research Focus

Dr. Trasks’ research interests and experiences have focused on evaluating and implementing evidence-based practice (EBP) for youth in community settings. She has investigated whether children receiving county-based mental health services improved over the course of treatment and whether specific types of aftercare services helped prevent future rehospitalization among a sample of children who were hospitalized in San Diego County. She is currently examining whether clinicians are using practice elements associated with evidence based treatment (i.e., common elements), and if using common elements leads to a higher quality of care.

Clinical and Teaching Focus

Dr. Trask teaches courses on evidence-based psychotherapy and child psychopathology to undergraduate students with the goal of exposing students to evidence based practice early in their training. She also presents webinars at Rady Children’s Hospital (e.g., teaching students how to search for evidence-based practices).


Trask, E. V., & Garland, A. F. (2012). Are children improving? Results from outcome measurement in a large mental health system. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 39(3), 210-220.

Trask, E. V., Walsh, K., & DiLillo, D. (2011). Treatment effects for common outcomes of child sexual abuse: A current meta-analysis. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 16(1), 6-19.