Team Member Spotlight Series: Meet Inna Arnaudova, PhD

March 17, 2020

The Innovative Network’s Program Manager strives to bring innovative science to the lives of everyday people.

Inna Arnaudova, PhD

Innovative Treatment Network Program Manager
Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

DGC Role

As the Innovative Treatment Network’s (ITN) Program Manager, Inna supervises the signature Screening and Treatment for Anxiety and Depression (STAND) including ongoing improvements to better serve its participants. She oversees data collection, which allows the Grand Challenge team to assess the effectiveness and scalability of DGC specific treatments. Inna also focuses on establishing and maintaining partnerships at the UCLA campus that are central for the successful adoption of STAND on campus. Inna joined the Depression Grand Challenge (DGC) in 2019 after working as a visiting scholar with Executive Committee Member Michelle Craske in 2013.

STAND Inspires Inna

Inna joined the DGC because she was inspired by its mission and ambitious goal to cut the global burden of depression in half by 2050. She finds it particularly exciting to translate scientific discoveries into practice and advance our understanding of depression and anxiety. She is inspired by ITN’s STAND system of care, particularly in the way it combines behavioral health technologies, research focus, and clinical expertise. She believes that STAND’s multi-dimensional approach could be the solution to high rates of undiagnosed and untreated mental health disorders.

Addressing mental health is not one-size-fits-all

Inna believes there is no single magic-wand solution to take care of mental health. Instead, it requires a comprehensive and personalized approach. As part of her personal practice, she prioritizes maintaining a healthy work-life balance. 

When she is not at work you will see Inna…

Experimenting with ingredients in the kitchen, or exploring small streets and local businesses in her neighborhood and in faraway destinations.

Inna envisions a future without mental health stigma where…

We can speak openly about our emotional experiences and psychiatric symptoms without fear of repercussions in our personal and professional lives.

“STAND brings theory and science to the everyday life of people struggling with anxiety and depression in an accessible and productive way, while advancing the potential of psychology and psychiatry to make a positive impact in the world.”

Learn more about the UCLA Depression Grand Challenge Team Member Spotlight Series.