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Personalized Treatment

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Personalized Treatment Study for
Severe Symptoms
Our psychology and psychiatry team will personally meet with you to develop and deliver a treatment plan specific to your needs. If the Mental Health Tracker indicates you are experiencing severe symptoms, a member from our STAND Clinic will immediately reach out to schedule you an appointment!

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All Treatments are Evidence-Based

Evidence-based treatment calls upon the best available research on treatment effectiveness, utilizes clinical expertise for proper symptom diagnosis, and takes patient information and preference into consideration. After in-person evaluations, our clinical team will choose from a number of evidence-based cognitive and behavioral strategies to help you, and may offer additional pharmacotherapy.
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Improve the field of mental health while getting the care you need.

The Personalized Treatment is part of a ten-month research study. Your information is kept confidential and will only be used for research purposes and to update your treatment. More information can be found here.
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Study Info Sheet

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FAQ


  • Are there any benefits or risks to participating in the study?
  • You may experience an improvement in your mental health symptoms by participating in this study. However, a response to the offered treatments cannot be guaranteed in any patient. Neither the degree nor the duration of such a response can be reliably predicted at this time. This study aims to expand medical knowledge and may improve future treatment of depression and anxiety.

    Possible risks and/or discomforts in this study may include: anxiety, discomfort and fatigue from answering questions about your mental health; quicker smartphone battery drain or data usage increase from the study apps and risk of confidential information disclosure. We will use our best efforts to protect your confidentiality (more information below).

  • How is my confidentiality protected?
  • We take your privacy very seriously. You will be assigned a unique study ID that will follow you throughout the course of the study. Study data containing your name or other information that could directly identify you is kept in secure, password-protected, and locked locations. Only individuals trained to protect your privacy will have access to identifying information.

    There are also steps you can take to protect your privacy. We will ask you to password protect your personal phone on which the study apps are installed, because some of the questions and tasks in this study might be related to sensitive information about your mood or mental health.

    If at any point during the study your responses are potentially concerning, your information will be forwarded to our clinical team for confidential review. A clinician will contact you to determine if there are safety concerns that require immediate help.

  • Will you have access to my academic records?
  • By consenting to participate in this study, the researchers will have permission to access your academic records for the duration of your enrollment at UCLA. This includes a record of courses taken, grades, declared major(s), degree outcomes, and admissions data including high school GPA or SAT scores. The researchers will use these data to examine academic performance, enrollment status, and demographics in all study participants. No further action is required on your part for us to collect these data.

  • How long will I be participating in this study?
  • The study lasts up to 40 weeks, or about 10 months. You and your therapist will meet weekly for, on average, 16 weeks. However, many people may not need the full 16 weeks, and others may need more. A re-evaluation will be conducted to determine whether you may need additional therapy. You will continue to complete your research assessments outlined in section “Research Protocol Details” for the remainder of the 40 weeks. If you continue to complete the study assessments, booster sessions might be offered to you if there is a clinical need (for up to 10 months from the time you began treatment).

  • What if I cannot commit the time needed?
  • We understand that you may not be available for several consecutive weeks in a row, and occasional flexibility of scheduling is of course permitted. However, should you no-show to a scheduled appointment 3 times over the course of the treatment, or cancel with less than 24 hours’ notice 3 times in a row, you will not be able to continue with the study.

Directions & Parking Information


Depression Grand Challenge Study Location:

740 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095

From the San Diego Freeway (405):

From the north, exit Wilshire East, or from the south, exit Wilshire at Westwood. Turn left on Westwood Blvd. and go straight past Le Conte Avenue (the street becomes Westwood Plaza as you enter the UCLA campus).

The closest parking lot to Semel is Lot JS on Stein Plaza. (Entrance for parking can be seen below.) Parking permits at Stein Plaza are available for $12. You will be given a parking voucher at the end of your visit that is valid at Lot JS.

Parking spot

Once you park at Stein Plaza, walk North on Westwood Plaza. The UCLA Medical Plaza is on your left; the Semel Institute/Department of Psychiatry is on your right. If you reach the cross street Charles E. Young Dr. S, you have gone too far.

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The Semel Institute is in the Center for Health Sciences (CHS) Building – unfortunately it has a fairly confusing layout. Please see the map (below) for CHS for directions once you’re inside Semel:

  • Enter the Semel Institute from the west entrance on Westwood Plaza. (As seen below)
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  • Walk all the way to the end of the hallway, turn left, then take your first right.
  • Take the H Elevators up to the 2nd floor
  • Look for the waiting room with glass doors as soon as you exit the elevator. A coordinator will meet you here at your appointment time.

Times of operation:


Monday-Friday, 9 am - 5 pm PST

Contact Us:


Please give us a call at (310) 872-4010* to an ITN clinic coordinator, or email us at STANDcenter@mednet.ucla.edu if you have any additional questions.

*This is not a 24-hour emergency line and it operates only during STAND clinic standard times of operation. If you have an emergency, please, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.

Treatments Offered


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a front-line evidence-based treatment for a wide variety of mental health problems including, but not limited to, anxiety disorders, mood disorders (like depression and Bipolar disorder), insomnia, eating disorders, psychosis, and trauma-related disorders. CBT is based on the cognitive-behavioral model, which states that our emotions are influenced by our thoughts, behaviors and urges, and (physical) feelings. The goal of CBT is for patients to develop tools needed to manage difficult emotions on their own; as such, CBT is time-limited, and most patients see significant improvement in as little as 8 sessions.


In the STAND Clinic, we select the components of CBT (which is often used as a multi-component treatment package) that will work best to treat your symptoms. After developing a good understanding of the problems you are experiencing and how they might tie together, your therapist will choose from among a number of evidence-based, cognitive and behavioral strategies. Below is a brief description of some of these strategies:

Behavioral Activation: this strategy aims to increase daily activities that give people a sense of joy and accomplishment. This treatment reduces depression symptoms by providing rewarding experiences andhelping to solve problems that get in the way of engaging in these activities.

Cognitive restructuring: This strategy helps individuals with anxiety and depression learn to think more flexibly, accurately, and helpfully. Individuals will learn skills to re-evaluate their thoughts in situations that contribute to negative emotions like anxiety and sadness.

Exposure: Exposure is arguably the most effective treatment for anxiety, and consists of confronting whatever it is that the person is afraid of. This might be specific situations, like speaking up in class; or it might be exposure to images, memories, thoughts, or physical sensations.

Mindfulness and acceptance-based interventions: The STAND Clinic utilizes behavioral interventions including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), as well as other mindfulness-based behavioral interventions ACT and other mindfulness-based strategies will teach individuals to observe and notice their emotions without making efforts to change them, and to learn skills for accepting emotion, tolerating it, and moving in a direction consistent with life values even while experiencing these emotions.

Other interventions may be selected for your individualized treatment plan to address issues such as sleep disturbances, difficulty experiencing pleasure, or extreme changes in mood. These will be discussed with your provider.

Meet the Team


Psychology

Michelle Craske, PhD: STAND Clinic Director
Kate Wolitzky-Taylor, PhD: Director of Clinical Services
Richard LeBeau, PhD: Associate Director of Clinical Services
Inna Arnaudova, PhD: Clinical Supervisor -Research Protocol
Elizabeth Gong-Guy, PhD: Clinical Supervisor –Campus Resource Liaison
Raphael Rose, PhD: Clinical Supervisor

Psychiatry

Scott Fears, MD, PhD: Medical Director
Ariel Seroussi, MD: Attending Psychiatrist
Jonathan Heldt, MD: Attending Psychiatrist
Juliana Gomez, MD: Attending Psychiatrist
David Krantz, MD, PhD: Attending Psychiatrist
Nelson Freimer, MD, PhD: Attending Psychiatrist

Clinical Psychology Fellows

Alex Tanner, M.A.
Inna Arnaudova, PhD
Aileen Echiverri-Cohen, PhD
Sheena Balolong Publico, M.A.
Richard Carapezza, M.A.

Psychiatry Fellows

Pat Baumgart, MD
Danielle Chang, MD
Amie Chen, MD
Igor Gurvey, MD
Michael Kanell, MD
Agnes Kwon, MD

STAND Clinic Staff

Nora Barnes-Horowitz, Clinic Coordinator