The Staglin Music Festival Center for the Assessment and Prevention of Prodromal States (CAPPS) is a clinical research center at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Behavior at UCLA. CAPPS specializes in identifying and treating adolescents and young adults (between the ages of 12 and 35) at high risk for developing psychotic disorders, in the “prodromal” phase of schizophrenia. CAPPS aims to protect vulnerable youth in hopes that the full- blown illness does not develop.  The majority of assessment and treatment services offered at CAPPS are free of charge. 

Efforts to reduce the rates of psychosis in youth are as critical as ever. Psychotic disorders continue to rank among the top ten causes of disability worldwide, causing tremendous suffering for both affected youth and their families. The research in this field is growing quickly thanks to our prodromal consortium across the United States and Canada.  The more our community stays informed and recognizes early signs in youth, the greater an impact we can have in decreasing suffering and disability.

CAPPS is funded by the Staglin Music Festival for Mental Health, the nation’s leading charity event aimed at finding ways to treat and ultimately cure mental illness through brain research, and grants from the National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH).

Director: 
Carrie Bearden, Ph.D.