Lucy Daniels Center Names New Clinical/Executive Director

By Trevor Osterhaus |
March 11, 2022 |
Dr. Emily Odjaghian

Dr. Emily Odjaghian will officially transition to her role as Clinical/Executive Director beginning March 14, 2022

Cary, NC, March 11, 2022– The Board of Directors of Lucy Daniels Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Emily Odjaghian as the organization’s Clinical/Executive Director. Lucy Daniels Center is the largest service provider of children’s mental health services in the Triangle area of North Carolina.

 ‘The Board of Directors of Lucy Daniels Center is excited that Dr. Emily Odjaghian has chosen to accept this leadership role at a key time for the Center and has the Board’s full faith and support, ” said Derek Watson, Chair of Lucy Daniels Center’s Board of Directors. “Dr. Odjaghian’s extensive knowledge of our mission along with years of experience working in a variety of roles serving children and families make her well positioned to lead our organization going forward. Her passion and commitment to our mission coupled with her deep knowledge of our work will enable her to plan effectively for the future, expand our programs, and introduce innovative approaches to serving children and families in our care.”

A licensed psychologist, Dr. Odjaghian first joined the Lucy Daniels Center in 2016 as a therapist in the Farley-Manning Family Guidance Service (FGS). She holds a certification as a Circle of Security Parent Fidelity Coach and has offered Fidelity Coaching to facilitators of the 8-week parenting curriculum as part of a LDC outreach program generously funded by the Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas. Additionally, Dr. Odjaghian has been the Team Lead for SecurePath, the Lucy Daniels Center’s outreach program for in-home therapeutic services for children in Wake County who meet greatest need. Prior to the Lucy Daniels Center, Dr. Odjaghian worked as a clinician in the San Francisco Bay Area offering child, parent, and family therapy to marginalized/underserved communities. 

“I am delighted and honored that the Board of Directors has selected me to lead the Lucy Daniels Center in its mission and vision to promote emotional well-being for children and families in North Carolina, said Dr. Emily Odjaghian. “It is a great privilege to continue the work and legacy of Ms. Josie Sawyer and Dr. Don Rosenblitt in guiding each program of the Lucy Daniels Center, including the Lucy Daniels School, Farley-Manning Family Guidance Center, SecurePath, and our outreach programs serving families beyond the Triangle.”

The founding Clinical/Executive Director of the Center, Dr. Don Rosenblitt added, “I would like to welcome and congratulate Dr. Emily Odjaghian into the role of Clinical/Executive Director.  Our entire staff is aware of her immense capabilities and dedication.  We owe a debt of gratitude to our Board, who have served the Center so well by making the choice for our leader so expeditiously and so wisely.”


About Lucy Daniels Center – Founded in 1989, Lucy Daniels Center is the largest nonprofit provider of mental and behavioral health services exclusively for children in the Triangle area, serving more than 700 children and their families yearly and provide more than 20,000 hours of direct mental health services to children from birth to age 12, the time of life when the most effective interventions are possible.