Youth Stress and Mood Program

The Youth Stress and Mood Program at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is dedicated to improving health and mental health in children and adolescents, and developing and evaluating treatments and services for depression and suicide prevention. Our program focuses on enhancing coping and stress management in children and adolescents, supporting families in caring for their children, and developing services to meet the needs of children and families.  The program has a number of federally funded research grants, provides clinical services, and involves collaborative work with community partners to strengthen community resources for depression and suicide prevention in youths. 

Directed by Dr. Joan Rosenbaum Asarnow, Professor in Residence in the department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA, the Youth Stress and Mood Program is currently engaged in multiple research studies that provide clinical care for children and adolescents presenting with depression, stress, suicide, and/or symptoms of mood disturbance.  Following an initial evaluation, we may be able to provide services for children  and adolescents, which may include individual or family-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.  There is no charge for services offered through our studies and eligible participants will instead be financially compensated for participation.

The program also offers educational and training programs. Two evidence-based treatments have been developed through the Youth Stress & Mood Program, both of which are listed in the National Registry of Evidence-Based Practices (NREPP) following review through the United States Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). These include: 1) a Depression Treatment Quality Improvement Intervention (DTQI), that emphasizes evidence based cognitive-behavior therapy for depression and includes resources for medication evaluations, management, and care manage to support a collaborative care model for depression, integrating evidence-based depression care through primary care settings; 2) the Family Intervention for Suicide Prevention (FISP), a cognitive-behavioral family treatment for youths after a suicide attempt or other suicidal episode, originally designed as an enhance mental health intervention in the Emergency Department, but adapted for inclusion in other clinical settings and as part of an outpatient program. Training is also provided in other forms of cognitive-behavioral treatments, dialectical behavior therapy, and other treatments.

For more information on our current research programs, or to participate in one of our studies, please call:  310-794-4962.

Joan Asarnow