RP headshotRegina Pally, MD
Founder, C0-Director

Regina Pally is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst with a focus on parent-child relationships. She has been in practice for over 30 years, with a background in neuroscience. She is author of the book “Mind-Brain Relationship,” and co-author of “Clinical Perspectives on Reflective Parenting: Keeping the Child’s Mind in Mind.”

JG headshotJohn Grienenberger, PhD
Co-director, RPP Program Developer

Dr. Grienenberger is a clinical psychologist and attachment researcher who served as Clinical Director of PCH Treatment Center. He is also the former Director of the PCH Family Program and PCH Assessment Clinic. Dr. Grienenberger is the founder and program developer of the Reflective Parenting Program, a core component of the non-profit Center for Reflective Communities.  He has extensive experience in psychodynamic psychotherapy and mentalization-based individual and family work, and has trained hundreds of therapists in his mentalization-based model of treatment. Dr. Grienenberger recently created a Mentalization Based Treatment (MBT) track at PCH which serves emotionally dysregulated clients.

Dr. Grienenberger has authored numerous papers and presentations, and developed training programs in the areas of psychotherapy, attachment, mentalization, and parenting. He conducts trainings and presentations nationally and internationally. Most recently, he was awarded a major, multi-million dollar federal grant from NICHD to do a randomized control trial study of his mentalization-based intervention with at-risk families. He has a part-time private practice conducting psychological and psychoeducational testing as well as providing psychotherapy to children, adults, families, and couples.

Matt Albert

Matt Albert, EDD
Executive Director

Dr. Albert founded and ran New Los Angeles Charter Schools for over a decade. The schools are independent public charter schools serving 600 students in grades K-8. The students who attend the schools are almost entirely low income and non-White. Prior to founding New LA, Dr. Albert was a school administrator and high school teacher in Los Angeles. He holds a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of California, Los Angeles, an MA in political science from Columbia University, and a BA from the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Albert helped develop a school leadership certificate program at UCLA Extension and teaches a course on organizational leadership in the program. He is currently a member of the board at New Los Angeles Charter Schools. He lives in Los Angeles and has two school-age children.

NL headshotNatalie Levine,LCSW
Community Advisor

Natalie Levine has a Master’s in Social Work degree from University of California, Berkeley, and has advanced training certificates in Child Development, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, and School-Based Mental Health Services.  She has recently retired from the Family Service of Santa Monica, where she served as Clinical Director for the past 15 years, as well as a variety of other positions.   Throughout her 40 year career, she has had a strong commitment to the development and provision of high quality mental health services to at risk families, including consultation to community preschool and child care settings.  Ms. Levine has also participated in the development, training, and supervision of the Reflective Parenting Program.

Melissa Jacobs, PhD
Community Advisor