for people ages 13-17 (full criteria)
at Los Angeles, California
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Principal Investigator
by Bernalyn Ruiz-Yu, PhD



The present study will assess the feasibility and social validity of an adjunctive health promotion group for youth and clinical high risk for psychosis (CHR-P). Youth participating in treatment at the Center for the Assessment and Prevention of Prodromal Sates (CAPPS) will be invited to participate in a weekly, adjunctive, closed psychoeducation group focused on sharing health promotion strategies and increasing health behaviors (e.g. improved sleep habits, increased participation in physical activity).

The aim of the group will be to provide psychoeducation on lifestyle risk and protective factors for youth at risk for psychosis (i.e. experiencing subthreshold psychosis symptoms). Topics covered will include psychoeducation, goal setting, stress management, sleep, physical activity, substance use, and nutrition. Evidence-based strategies to decrease risk factors and promote protective lifestyle factors for mental illness will be reviewed. Group leaders will utilize a motivational interviewing approach to facilitate the group.

The group will complete nine weekly group sessions. The goal of our research is to 1) determine the feasibility of a novel group-based health promotion intervention, 2) assess the social validity of the group, 3) measure the effects of the intervention on stress, sleep, physical activity, substance use, and nutrition, and 4) measure preliminary effects on symptoms and functioning.

Official Title

Development and Feasibility of a Lifestyle Group Intervention for Youth at Clinical High Risk for Psychosis


Prodromal Schizophrenia, Psychosis, Psychological Disorder, Psychological Stress, early intervention, lifestyle intervention, clinical high risk for psychosis, health behavior, Schizophrenia, Psychotic Disorders, Mental Disorders, Health Behaviors Group


You can join if…

Open to people ages 13-17

  1. between 13 and 17 years old
  2. able to sign and provide informed consent (assent for minors)
  3. meet criteria for CHR-P using the Structured Interview for Psychosis-Risk Syndromes (SIPS).
  4. Must have a primary caregiver willing to participate who speaks fluent English

You CAN'T join if...

  1. current or lifetime DSM-5 psychotic disorder
  2. impaired intellectual functioning (IQ <65)
  3. history of neurological disorder
  4. traumatic brain injury (≥7 on TBI screening tool)
  5. significant substance use that makes CHR-P diagnosis ambiguous


  • University of California, Los Angeles
    Los Angeles California 90024 United States

Lead Scientist at UCLA


accepting new patients by invitation only
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University of California, Los Angeles
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Expecting 12 study participants
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