Margot Barclay

Graduate Student
Clinical Psychology


Margot is a fifth-year doctoral candidate in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at UCLA. She received her B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis in 2017, where she completed an honors thesis in Dr. Joan Luby’s Early Emotional Development Program. After graduating, she spent a year conducting clinical research at Massachusetts General Hospital, followed by a year in Dr. Nim Tottenham’s Developmental Affective Neuroscience Lab at Columbia University. Margot’s current research seeks to identify early risk factors for youth psychopathology across multiple stages of development, with a particular emphasis on the family context. This work aims to elucidate modifiable factors that may serve as key targets of prevention and intervention, with the ultimate goal of better understanding risk-conferring and resilience-promoting processes among parents and children.

In addition to her research activities, Margot has provided individual and group therapy for children, adolescents, and young adults in academic medical centers and community mental health settings. Currently, she co-leads an adult dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) skills group and works as a therapist on a clinical trial focused on expanding access to evidence-based care for youth anxiety disorders.