Prodrome Assessment Research and Treatment Program (PART)

The PART Program works with individuals between the ages of 12 and 35 who are either at risk for developing a psychotic disorder or who have had a recent onset of psychosis. We are also interested in studying healthy volunteers. Our goals are to learn how to predict future psychosis based on early warning signs, and develop treatments that can prevent psychosis or improve the course of the illness in those who have already experienced psychosis.  Some early warning signs include:

  • Unusual thoughts
  • Suspiciousness
  • Odd behavior
  • Ideas of special ability or identity
  • Distorted or changed perception of sights or sounds

In addition to offering comprehensive assessment and monitoring of symptoms and brain functioning, we are currently recruiting individuals into a clinical trial of a neuroplasticity—based computer training program designed to improve cognitive performance (e.g. improved memory, attention, concentration, organization, planning, etc) and functional outcomes. The brain fitness program we are currently testing has been found to improve cognition in people who have been diagnosed with schizophrenia for many years, but is still in the experimental phase for individuals who are at-risk or in the early phase of illness.  If you are interested in reading more about this study you can go to our website at: Prodrome Assessment Research and Treatment Program (PART) or you can call us at (415) 476-PART (7278).

In addition to our research studies, we are committed to helping young people and their families. We work very closely with our colleagues at the Langley Porter psychiatric Institute and our community treatment partners to meet our participants’ treatment needs.  Our staff will work with participants and their families to find a treatment plan that is informed by evidence based practices as well as consult with mental health care providers, as needed.

If you or a loved one is interested in learning more about our program, please contact us at (415)-476-PART (7278). We can also conduct a confidential phone screen to determine eligibility. The PART website, as well as our community partner’s website is listed below.


Laszlo N. Tauber Family Foundation
WHH Foundation
National Institute of Mental Health
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation


Carmen Chow, LMFT, Intake Clinician & Treatment Coordinator
401 Parnassus Avenue, Box 0984-PAR
San Francisco, CA 94143
415-476-7278 (phone)
415-476-7320 (fax)


Prodrome Assessment Research and Treatment Program (PART)

Prevention and Recovery in Early Psychosis


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