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Research Study: STAND at ELAC Research Projects


Community college (CC) students suffer high rates of depression and anxiety in the face of daunting life challenges (e.g. housing and food insecurity) without adequate mental health resources. Funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, UCLA (led by faculty Michelle Craske and Kate Taylor) is conducting a series of research projects to optimize the effectiveness and implementation of STAND in a traditionally underserved community college student population, and explore pathways for sustainability and spread to other community colleges.

Signature project (sub-project: 5337): Finding & adapting the level of care. The STAND program approach involves three levels of care, and level of care is determined based upon responses to specific surveys regarding symptoms. In the signature project, we compare two different methods of determining and adapting to the appropriate level of care for each individual within STAND. Findings from this study may enable us to develop and implement better ways of providing personalized care in the future. (PIs: Craske & Taylor)

Project 1 (sub-project 5338): Increasing uptake of STAND. This project is designed to solicit student input iteratively across four years to develop and test engagement interventions that maximize recruitment and initial uptake of STAND at East Los Angeles College. (PI: Chavira)

Project 2 (sub-project 5339): Increasing uptake of STAND digital mental health program with coaching. This project examines treatment engagement, treatment satisfaction, symptoms, and functioning outcomes among Latinx students at East Los Angeles College (ELAC) receiving digital program with peer coaching in the STAND program to see what factors might increase engagement and improve outcomes. (PI: Taylor)

Project 3 (sub-project 5340): Prevent suicide and self-harm. This project seeks to: 1) enhance risk detection and provide opportunities to deliver “just-in-time” interventions to prevent suicidal/self-harm episodes; 2) evaluate the effectiveness of STAND with treatment tier/level assigned and adapted based on data-driven algorithms, as compared to symptom severity, on suicide/self-harm outcomes; and 3) enhance the effectiveness of STAND for suicide/self-harm prevention by augmenting STAND with a technology-enhanced suicide prevention intervention that combines intervention components with demonstrated benefits in prior research.

Pilot projects: In addition to the four above research projects, each year, the Center invests a pilot projects proposed by UCLA-based early career researchers.

Primary Goal

To enhance the implementation and effectiveness of various features of the STAND program in community college settings.

Anticipated Duration

While each research project has its own timeline, the primary research projects are expected to span the duration of the Center funding and pilot projects are expected to have a duration of one-year.

Number of Participants

More than 1,000 over all projects

Funding Source

National Institute of Mental Health