The Youth Stress and Mood Program at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is dedicated to improving health and mental health in children and adolescents, and developing and evaluating treatments and services for depression, self-harm, and suicide prevention. Our program focuses on enhancing coping and stress management in children and adolescents, supporting families in caring for their children, and developing services to meet the needs of diverse children and families. The program provides clinical services, training and education, involves collaborative work with community partners and families to strengthen community resources for depression, self-harm, and suicide prevention in youth.
Directed by Dr. Joan Rosenbaum Asarnow, Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA, the Youth Stress and Mood Program offers the following services:
Our clinic provides evaluations and treatment for children and adolescents experiencing depression, difficulties regulating emotion, suicidal thoughts and behaviors, and self-injurious behaviors. The clinic accepts a variety of insurance policies, with some services available through research projects at no charge (see below).
The YSAM program is part of the SAMHSA-funded Center for Trauma-Informed Adolescent Suicide, Self-harm & Substance Misuse Treatment & Prevention (ASAP Center, Directed by Drs. Joan Asarnow at UCLA & Dr. David Goldston at Duke University). This Center offers extensive community training programs in evidence-based care for trauma, self-harm, and suicide prevention. The YSAM programs also offers training opportunities for externs, interns, post-doctoral fellows, with opportunities available for undergraduates interested in developing clinical research skills.
See www.asapnctsn.org for information regarding ASAP Center resources and trainings.
The YSAM program is and has been engaged in a number of research projects funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, CDC, the Agency for Health Care Research & Quality, and other organizations. This work aims to improve knowledge, care, and outcomes for youth and families.
Opportunities to participate in research vary over time. Current projects include:
Stepped Care for Suicide Prevention (NIMH). This randomized controlled trial evaluates two approaches for reducing suicide attempts and suicide attempt risk in adolescents and young adults within a large health system.
Project SAFE (American Psychological Foundation, APF). This project evaluates an innovative approach to youth evaluation that includes checks on how youth are doing in real time in their natural environments using an approach called ecological momentary assessment.
ASAP Center (SAMHSA). The ASAP Center reaches out to stakeholders including parents and youth, clinicians, and health and mental health program and policy decision makers with the goal of improving care and outcomes for children, adolescents, young adults, and families. This provides opportunities to participate in stakeholder interviews, focus groups, and forums aimed at improving care and developing products that will support improved care. The Center also includes: Advisory Boards composed of parents, youth/young adults, and other stakeholders; and partnerships with a broad range of health and mental health systems and community clinical settings providing health and behavioral health care.
Intake evaluations: Friday 3-6 pm
Sessions are scheduled throughout the week as needed
Telephone: For an appointment, please call Chase Venables at (310)-794-4962
Address: 300 UCLA Medical Plaza, Suite 3300 Los Angeles, Ca 90095
Email address: [email protected]