Max Gray CHAMP Research

Treatment Research

The philosophy of the UCLA Child and Adolescent Mood Disorders Clinic is to enhance clinical care for children, teens, and young adults and their families by conducting state-of-the-art treatment studies.

Max Gray CHAMP is currently looking for families interested in family-focused treatment for mood disorders.

Please visit the Research Projects links below or contact Anabel Salimian at (310) 906-0917 if interested in treatment studies.

Featured Studies

Child Bipolar Network

This is a naturalistic treatment and follow-up study of youth with bipolar spectrum disorders (BSDs) across four US sites of The Childhood Bipolar Network (CBN). CBN sites have expertise in diagnosing, assessing, and treating BSDs in youth. The primary aims of this study are to (1) identify and reliably diagnose youth (ages 9 to 21 yrs) with full bipolar disorder (BD) and BSDs, and (2) examine predictors (e.g., mood instability, inflammatory marker C-reactive protein) of clinical outcome over a 12 month period. Participating youth will initially complete a screening that includes a structured diagnostic interview and a baseline blood draw to measure inflammatory processes. Youth with BSD and parents (80 families) will be asked to participate in multiple follow up research visits with interviews, rating instruments, and questionnaires. Per established CBN guidelines, study psychiatrists will provide and track medication management and sites will also track psychosocial treatments. This study ultimately aims to further understanding of best practice pediatric BSD psychiatric and psychosocial treatments and development of a standardized and validated set of clinical tools for patient assessment, diagnosis, and tracking.

Project Contact: Anabel Salimian at (310) 906-0917

More information: Child Bipolar Network


UPLIFT is a family treatment program for teens and young adults (ages 13 – 25 years) who are struggling with problems with thinking, mood, and daily functioning – what we call psychosis risk syndromes. We are a network of seven university clinics doing research on effective treatments for young people with psychosis syndromes. We are inviting you to learn about psychosis syndromes and determine whether you and your family want to take part in our treatment and research program. There are seven universities involved (see Contacts), University of California, Los Angeles(UCLA), University of California, San Diego (UCSD), University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), University of Calgary (Calgary, Canada), Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital (Boston, MA), Zucker-Hillside Hospital (New York), and Yale University (New Haven, CT).

Project Contact: 310-206-3466

More information: UPLIFT