Opportunities within the UCLA Depression Grand Challenge


The Depression Grand Challenge (DGC) is a campus-wide initiative aimed at cutting the burden of depression in half by 2050. With sponsorship from UCLA, we are conducting a series of studies which will enable us to 1) identify the genetic, biological, cognitive, social and environmental factors associated with depression and 2) implement an innovative and comprehensive treatment strategy. Some of these studies will contribute to an unprecedented 100,000 person genetics study.

We are recruiting members to join our team for the following positions.

Resilience Peer Network Training

Summer 2020 enrollment is now closed

Training for the RPN is sequential and offered each quarter. Students who successfully complete the initial 3 quarters of training may advance to full certification as a Certified STAND Coach (CSC). STAND Peers are eligible to support participants in the STAND Program (Screening and Treatment for Depression and Anxiety) within the UCLA Depression Grand Challenge. STAND Peers can lead student support groups and provide one-on-one video-chat support for people receiving STAND digital treatment.

RPN I

The first quarter of training involves completing the STAND Digital Therapy modules and participating in weekly one-hour demonstration support group meetings to learn how the STAND program works. Students also attend experiential learning sessions to practice active listening, emphatic responding, motivational techniques, mindfulness practice, and cognitive behavioral strategies. The estimated time commitment for the first quarter of training is 4 hours per week. RPN I trainees who pass the Basic Skills post-test are invited to advance to RPNII.

RPN II

In the second quarter, RPN II trainees participate in weekly intensive role play supervision focusing on skills to support online therapy. RPN II trainees may complete training to provide individual orientation sessions for the STAND Program. The estimated time commitment for this portion of training is a minimum 2 hours per week.

RPN III

Advancement to RPN III requires mastery of core skills and content in RPN I and RPN II as demonstrated in the RPN supervisor's evaluation. RPN IIIs participate in training and supervision to provide 1-on-1 orientations for the STAND Program (minimum 2 hrs/week). RPN IIIs co-lead weekly demonstration support groups to train RPNI members (1.5 hrs/wk plus weekly clinical supervision 2 hrs/wk). Attendance for group facilitators is mandatory. You must commit to (a) facilitate a weekly demonstration support group and (b) participate in weekly group supervision. The estimated time commitment for RPN III is a minimum of 4 hours weekly.

Certified STAND Coach (CSC)

CSCs may (1) lead RPN support groups, and/or (2) provide one-on-one videochat coaching for mildly-to-moderately depressed and anxious individuals being treated in the STAND Program. CSCs assigned to these roles are required to continue in training and weekly supervision while they are actively serving students. CSCs devote a minimum of 4 hours per week while serving actively in the Resilience Peer Network, but they may serve up to 10 hours per week (with additional supervision) if their schedules permit. Certified STAND Coaches may be invited to serve as speakers and panelists for the Depression Grand Challenge to promote stigma reduction and share their experiences as STAND Peers.

Additional information on the STAND Program and Depression Grand Challenge can be found at: http://grandchallenges.ucla.edu/depression/.

The Resilience Peer Network (RPN) is a collective of UCLA undergraduate and graduate students trained to support fellow students. Our Resilience Peers are trained in active listening and empathic responding; boundaries, privacy, and ethics; applied positive psychology principles and resilience skills; motivational support to reinforce evidence-based treatment for stress, depression, and anxiety; and mindfulness approaches to resilience. More than 530 students have joined RPN for training and support since its inception in early 2016.

In partnership with the Screening and Treatment for Anxiety and Depression (STAND) Program offered by the UCLA Depression Grand Challenge, fully trained Resilience Peers become Certified STAND Coaches (CSCs) who can provide motivational support and encouragement to participants receiving the STAND Digital Therapy, an internet-based form of cognitive behavioral therapy. CSCs reinforce concepts taught in the STAND Digital Therapy through support groups and one-on-one video chats under close professional supervision.

SUMMER 2020 ENROLLMENT IS NOW CLOSED

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We currently have no undergraduate research positions available.

We currently have no SRA positions available.

We currently have no GSR positions available.

Please contact Dr. Eliza Congdon at econgdon@mednet.ucla.edu for inquiries about postdoctoral fellowships with the DGC

We currently have no Administrative Assistant positions available.

We currently have no positions available.

Contact Dr. Eliza Congdon at econgdon@mednet.ucla.edu to inquire about open positions.