Meet Our Team
The mission of the Bearden Lab and CAPPS Research Center is to improve the quality of life for individuals at risk for, and those suffering from, thought disorders such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, by discovering and sharing knowledge to advance prevention strategies and treatment methods. We pursue this mission through innovative, responsible research; excellence in patient care; educating students, mental health professionals, families, clients, and our community; and bridging the gap between research and clinical practice.
Dr. Bearden serves as CAPPS’ Program Director and Principal Investigator. She is an associate professor-in-residence in the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences with an appointment in the Department of Psychology, as well as being a licensed clinical psychologist. She is also a faculty member in theBrain Research Instituteand another of other centers at UCLAinvestigating the genetic and neurological underpinnings of developmental and psychiatric illness.Dr. Bearden received her PhD in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and completed postdoctoral fellowships in autism and psychosis research at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and at UCLA.
Dr. Bearden's research aims to understand genetic, cognitive... more
Administrative and Treatment Director
Ms. Zinberg serves as CAPPS’ Administrative Director, coordinating research operations at CAPPS, overseeing data collection and management. She is also the Treatment Director at CAPPS, supervising psychosocial treatment and case management of youth at high risk for psychosis and their families. Ms. Zinberg is primarily interested in exploring the influence of family factors on the development and exacerbation of prodromal and psychotic symptoms. This involves investigating the impact of families' behaviors on an individual’s symptoms and functioning. Additionally, she is interested in formulating and testing early intervention strategies related to the idea that prosocial family and interpersonal factors can be enhanced in a way that attenuates the course of a psychotic illness. Ms.... more
CAPPS Clinical Supervisor
Danielle received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and her MA in Clinical Psychology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Danielle is the Clinical Supervisor at CAPPS and a psychologist at the UCLA CHAMP child and adolescent mood program, also at the Semel Institute. She is the co-PI for the CHAMP Mindful Parenting and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy programs. Danielle previously completed her predoctoral and postdoctoral training at Semel Institute speciality clinics. Danielle's clinical interests involve working with teens and young adults who at high risk for or experiencing mood or thought disorders and their families. Her research focuses on stigma and evidence-based individual, family, and group interventions for these young... more
Dr. Burns is the Medical Co-Director of the CAPPS Program and the Director of the UCLA Thought Disorders Intensive Outpatient Program. She received a joint M.D./M.P.H. degree from the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine before entering the psychiatry residency training program at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. Dr. Burns has a strong interest in the pharmacological and non-pharmacological management of thought disorders.
CAPPS Clinical Assessment and Neuropsychological Evaluation Team
Dr. Adery serves as a CAPPS clinical and assessment supervisor as a Postdoctoral Scholar through the UCLA Department of Psychiatry, in addition to her role as a Clinical Instructor for the UCLA PEERS for teens social skills program. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Vanderbilt University and completed her predoctoral internship at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior in the Adolescent Serious Mental Illness track. Her work focuses on expanding treatment and intervention resources and investigating self, identity and community inclusion for adolescents at risk for psychosis.