Archive Tag: Treatment

A recent article by life science journalism outlet STAT features research by Michelle Craske, PhD (psychology and psychiatry professor at UCLA and co-director of the Depression Grand Challenge) on virtual reality as a treatment for anhedonia–an often overlooked symptom of depression that reflects a lack of ability to feel pleasure and joy. In her experiments, virtual reality is used to expose patients to pleasant scenarios, to retrain them to experience positive feelings.

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According to the California Department of Finance, the number of adults over 65 is expected to rise to 9 million by 2030 in California.  The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research recently published a study led by Janet C. Frank (faculty associate at the center) and co-authored by Kathryn G. Kietzman (research scientist at the center) that shows a gap will emerge between older adults needing behavioral health treatment and a health care workforce adequately trained to treat them.  The report provides policy strategies for policy makers, educators/license agreements, and safety net providers.

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An Associated Press article highlighted how universities and companies across the nation are developing smartphone technology to detect early signs of depression in younger generations. UCLA was amongst campuses highlighted in this sector overview.  The UCLA app referenced in the article is provided via the UCLA Depression Grand Challenge Screening and Treatment for Anxiety and Depression (STAND) program. STAND assesses whether students are experiencing symptoms of depression and offers immediate treatment options best fit for their needs.

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DGC Newsletter – Issue #7
Timing: Fall 2018
Topic: Innovative Treatment Network Component – Screening and Treatment for Anxiety and Depression (STAND) Program

Beginning in spring 2017, UCLA Depression Grand Challenge (DGC) started publishing a subscriber-based newsletter. Issue #7 focused on the Screening and Treatment for Anxiety and Depression (STAND) program, which is an integral part of the Innovative Treatment Network component.

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Hosting collaborators from the University of Oulu Center for Ubiquitous Computing
Christopher Douglas (UCLA)

On November 8 and 9, 2018, the Depression Grand Challenge (DGC) hosted collaborators from the University of Oulu.  Denzil Ferreira and his team from Oulu’s Center for Ubiquitous Computing – Dr. Aku Visuri, Dr. Yuuki Nishiyama, and Kennedy Asare – conferred with DGC members to formalize plans for using their smartphone-based behavior tracking platform in ongoing Read more