Dr. Natalya Bogopolskaya is passionate about using her personal experiences at age seven, immigrating from Ukraine to San Francisco, to support young people experiencing adjustment challenges. A trilingual, nationally certified school psychologist with mastery of English, Russian, and French, Dr. Bogopolskaya employs a scientist-practitioner model, bridging research to practice in planning mental health coping strategies for stressors and adverse life events and resilience and growth after trauma. Her expertise also includes promoting protective factors and strengths for students, families, schools, communities, and faith-based organizations in New York City’s Harlem and South Bronx, North and Southwest Philadelphia, Baltimore, and in her current residence, Los Angeles.
Dr. Bogopolskaya earned a master’s from the Teachers College, Columbia University, and a doctorate in school psychology from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM). Her doctoral dissertation examined the relationship between resilience traits, posttraumatic stress disorder, and posttraumatic growth in suicide loss survivors. She is a member of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) Los Angeles Chapter Board. Natalya is a frequently featured consultant with L.A. Parent Magazine and a founding member of Youth SPRING Collaborative, using her expertise to provide information for families and educators through digital media seminars.