Helpful Resources & Links

North American Programs for Youth at Risk for Psychosis 

UCLA CAPPS is a partner program in a research collaboration in service of High Risk or Prodromal Youth. The NAPLS-3 screening & monitoring study is funded under the collaborative UO1 mechanism of NIMH and is a collaboration among UCLA CAPPS, Calgary, UCSD, UNC, UCSF, Yale, Harvard, Emory and Zucker Hillside Hospital high risk programs.

The Early Psychosis Intervention Program Directory

The Adolescent Brain-Behavior Research Center (ABBRC)

The ABBRC serves 12-21 year olds with a diagnosis of schizophrenia, schizoaffective, or bipolar disorder (ABBRC flyer below).


Selected CAPPS & NAPLS Study Findings

Presentation of findings from a high risk study funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Family-Focused Treatment for Adolescents and Young Adults at High Risk for Psychosis: Results of a Randomized Trial

Towards a Psychosis Risk Blood Diagnostic for Persons Experiencing High-Risk Symptoms: Preliminary Results From the NAPLS Project

Stress exposure and sensitivity in the clinical high-risk syndrome: Initial findings from the North American Prodrome Longitudinal Study (NAPLS)

Comorbid diagnoses for youth at clinical high risk of psychosis

Depression and clinical high-risk states: Baseline presentation of depressed vs. non-depressed participants in the NAPLS-2 cohort

Sexual dimorphisms and prediction of conversion in the NAPLS psychosis prodrome

Relation of antipsychotic and antidepressant medication with baseline symptoms and symptom progression: A naturalistic study of the North American Prodrome Longitudinal Sample

Social cognition over time in individuals at clinical high risk for psychosis: Findings from the NAPLS-2 cohort

Severity of thought disorder predicts psychosis in persons at clinical high-risk

Omega-3 Fish Oil Clinical Trial

For more information about NAPLS research, see our 'Opportunities' tab.


UCLA Child & Teen Clinics 

UCLA Child and Adolescent Mood Disorders Program (CHAMP)
Provides evaulation for youth 7-17 years with bipolar and other mood disorders. Offers family therapy and medication management. Some individual and group therapies and parent support groups are available for those who qualify through CHAMP research clinic.

UCLA Youth Stress and Mood (YSAM) 
Provides treatment for depression and suicide prevention in youth (ages 7-18)

UCLA S.A.F.E.T.Y. Program 
This YSM program works with adolescents who have presented to the emergency room with a suicide attempt. This three-month program provides individual/family therapy and case management.

UCLA Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®)
Provides evidence-based group social skills interventions for youth (preschoolers to young adults)

UCLA Adult Clinics 

UCLA Aftercare Research Program
Provides intensive, evidence-based outpatient treatment to individuals 18 to 45 who have had a recent first episode of psychosis (i.e., within 2 years of illness onset). Treatment includes individual case management, group therapy, intensive support in returning to work and/or school, and antipsychotic medication.

UCLA Thoughts Disorders Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) 
Provides intensive, evidence-based outpatient treatment, including case management, groups, brief individual or family treatment, and psychiatry for adults 18+ with schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and other thought disorders.

UCLA Schizophrenia Clinic 
Provides outpatient treatment for adults 18+ with schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and other thought disorders.

UCLA Mood Disorders Clinic 
Treats adults with bipolar disorder, major depression, schizoaffective disorder, dysthymic disorder, and minor depression.

UCLA Anxiety Disorders Program (ADP)
Treats adults with anxiety and related disorders. A team of psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers will help you understand what triggers your anxiety, the feelings and thoughts that sustain it and the coping behaviors you engage in to avoid it. Medication management available. ADP also runs clinical trials exploring novel interventions.

UCLA Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®)
Provides evidence-based group social skills and relationship support for young adults

Mental Health Non-profits, Programs & Agencies

This non-profit's mission is to radically accelerate cures for brain illnesses and injuries by funding and fostering paradigm-shifting scientific research collaborations and initiatives. Dr. Bearden serves on their Scientific Advisory Board.

Annual Staglin/ONEMIND Music Festival for Brain Health
One of America’s most important fund-raising events for research on brain disorders.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Mental Health Research Association (NARSAD)

Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

PIER Training Institute 
Offers information and comprehensive certification programs on the PIER Model, an early intervention program for young people at risk for a severe mental illness, and Family Psychoeducation, a method for training families to work together with a mental health professional as part of a treatment plan.

PEPPNET National Steering Committee on High Risk Youth 
A collaboration of clinicians, educators, policy leaders, government agencies and researchers who are leading community implementation efforts for early psychosis and psychosis risk programs. Through regular meetings, multiple subgroups, a national listserve and website, PEPPNET supports the development and dissemination of evidence-based best practices and evaluation standards.


Recommended Readings

Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) Online Resource Center by the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) 
Provides reliable information for practitioners, policymakers, individuals, families, and communities, to enable more widespread adoption and utilization of early intervention programming for persons at risk for or experiencing a first episode of psychosis.

Strong365 Online Resources
Website guide and blog on wellness, mental health, and psychosis for teens and young adults. Showcases personal stories of finding acceptance, hope and inspiration through tough times. Strong365's mission is to redefine seeking help as a sign of strength.

Thought Disorders Information Guide

Raising Teens: A Synthesis of Research and a Foundation for Action by A. Rae Simpson

Suicide Prevention Guide

Physician’s Desk Reference

Information on Addiction & Help for Young People

Successful and Schizophrenic By Elyn R. Saks (Article)

Parenting Teenagers: Systematic Training for Effective Parenting of Teens (STEP)
By Don Dinkmeyer Sr.; Gary D. McKay; Joyce L. McKay; Don Dinkmeyer, Jr.

Uncommon Sense for Parents with Teenagers
By Michael Riera

Staying Connected to your Teenager: How to Keep Them Talking to You and How to Hear What They’re Really Saying 
By Michael Riera

Stop Negotiating with your Teen: Strategies for Parenting your Angry, Manipulative, Moody, or Depressed Adolescent
By Janet Sasson Edgette

Coping with Schizophrenia: A Guide for Families
By Kim Mueser and Susan Gingerich

Surviving Schizophrenia: A Family Manuel 
By E. Fuller Torrey

The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide: What You and Your Family Need to Know
By David J. Miklowitz

Bipolar Disorder: A Family-Focused Treatment Approach 
By David Miklowitz and Michael J. Goldstein

An Unquiet Mind
By Kay Redfield Jamison