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.

Carrie Bearden, Ph.D.

Center Director

Dr. Bearden serves as CAPPS’ Program Director and Principal Investigator. She is a professor 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 the Brain Research Institute and other centers at UCLA investigating 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 and neurobiological risk factors... more

Jamie Zinberg, M.A.

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

Danielle Denenny, Ph.D., M.A.

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

Laura Adery, Ph.D.

CAPPS Clinical Supervisor

Dr. Adery serves as a CAPPS Supervisor and Clinical Instructor 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.

Misty Richards, M.D., M.S.

CAPPS Medical Co-Director and Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Alaina Burns, M.D., M.P.H.
CAPPS Psychiatrist

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.

Gil Hoftman, M.D., Ph.D.

CAPPS Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Monica Done, M.S.

CAPPS Clinical Research Coordinator

Ms. Done is the CAPPS clinical research coordinator, managing research engagements and responsible for the organization and coordination, of research participants and students. Monica is primarily interested in exploring how culture affects the development of prodromal symptoms and psychosis. She is also interested in how anxiety and depression contribute to psychosis and is interested in creating a focus on having culturally appropriate training and treatments for diverse populations through the utilization of mobile health for underserved populations. She is also interested in using technology to enhance the study and treatment of mood symptoms through internet- based interventions.

Aarti Nair, Ph.D.

ABBRC Clinical Supervisor

Aarti Nair, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral scholar and clinical supervisor at the UCLA ABBRC program. She received her Ph.D. in neuropsychology from the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology in San Diego, CA. Dr. Nair obtained specialized training in pediatric neuropsychology as a postodoctoral fellow at UCLA's Semel Institute. She currently serves as the supervisor for neuropsychology assessments within our ABBRC and 22q11 research programs. Her primary research interests lie in multimodal imaging studies of social cognition across neurodevelopmental disorders. In 2018, she received a K99/R00 award to further her program of research on the neural basis of social cognition differences in youth with autism and psychosis - using functional, structural, and spectroscopy... more