Filipino Family Health Initiative

 Best practices for raising kids in the U.S. and Bridging the generation gap

Our Project


The purpose of this study is to examine the effects of a parent education program entitled, "The Incredible Years" on the Filipino community. The goal of this program to strengthen parent-child relationships and promote the social and academic success of our children. 


  • Filipino
  • A parent of a child age 8-12 years old
  • Living in Southern California


Please call (323)691-0529 or email at to learn more about this study and determine your eligibility. 

Benefits to you

You may learn positive parenting skills that can ultimately improve your child's behavior and success in school, prevent behavioral problems in children, and improve family communication and problem-solving. 

Benefits to society

The proposed research will provide important information on how parenting programs can prevent emotional and behavioral issues among Filipino youth. 

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Parent Testimonials: The Incredible Years

Short Version of Video

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About Us

Dr. Joyce Javier

 Joyce Javier, MD, MPH, MS  is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California.  She is a primary care pediatrician and physician scientist whose research over the past 16 years has focused on optimizing the well-being of Filipino American youth.  Her work has been funded by the National Institute of Health’s Eunice Kennedy National Institute for Child Health and Development and the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.  

Link to Publications

Team Kapwa

Team Kapwa  is a multidisciplinary team of health professionals and 

community partners  whose vision is to create a culture of mental health 

and healthy parenting in the Filipino community.  We are honored to be chosen for the first cohort of the  Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Fellowship, a national leadership program aimed at creating a culture of health for all.

Team Kapwa includes:

Joyce Javier MD, MPH, MS (leader), Dean Coffey PsyD,  Jed David MS, OT, Horacio Lopez MD,  Aviril Sepulveda OTD, OTR/L,  and multiple community partners/members.

Dean Coffey, PsyD

  Dr. Dean Coffey is a licensed clinical psychologist at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) with a faculty appointment as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of Southern California through the Keck School of Medicine of USC. As an Incredible Years Certified Agency Mentor, Dr. Coffey provides training and group supervision for parent group leaders.   

Aviril (Apple) Sepulveda, OTD, OTR/L

  Dr. Aviril (Apple) Sepulveda is a board-certified pediatric occupational therapist at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.  Apple recognizes the value of mental health in fostering families through advocacy and program development. She is also on the Board of Directors for 2020 Mom, a national nonprofit that bridges the gaps in maternal mental health through collaboration, education, and advocacy . 

Jed David, MS, OT

 Jed David is an Occupational Therapist at 

Childrens Hospital Los Angeles  and a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Fellow . Jed was born in 

Cebu, Philippines and was raised in the Los Angeles area. His hope is that the next generation of Filipino community members will continue to be connected to their Filipino roots and have a sense of kapwa.  

Horacio Lopez, MD

 Dr. Horacio G. Lopez is a board certified pediatrician practicing in the community of Historic Filipinotown. He completed his degree in medicine at the FEU-UNR Foundation in Manila, Philippines and has been practicing in Los Angeles for over 20 years.  Dr. Lopez is a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar and is involved in decreasing mental health disparities in Filipino families in Los Angeles. 

Kamil Bantol

  Kamil Bantol is a Research Assistant at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, assisting Team Kapwa in their work on Filipino American youth mental health. She is an incoming medical student and hopes to pursue medicine to address health disparities in the 

Filipino community.   

Community Partners

  • Asian Pacific Counseling and Treatment Centers/SSG
  • Filipino Cultural School
  • Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School
  • Kayamanan Ng Lahi
  • Precious Blood Catholic School
  • StanD
  • Search to Involve Pilipino Americans

News and Events

Upcoming Workshop: Center for Excellence in Research

DIVERSITY WEEK: Conducting Community-Based Participatory Research to Promote Health 

Equity in Diverse Populations

 January 16, 2019 | 12 - 2 PM | CHLA Dale Melbourne Herklotz Conference Room 


Crescenta Valley Weekly

Local Pediatrician Honored as a Hero 

by Mary O'Keefe



SC CTSI Alum Joyce Javier, MD, MPH, MS, is Honored as one of World's Most Influential Filipinas by Global Advocacy Organization By Paul Karon


Incredible Years Reunion

Location: Griffith Park

Thank you to all of our previous parents and community partners for coming! 

We hope everyone had a blast. 

Filipino Family Wellness: Community Conversations

In July 2017, we facilitated an community event at Children's Hospital Los Angeles to talk about mental health in the Filipino Community. Thank you to all who participated!

Kababayan LA

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