PART Program
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The Prodrome Assessment Research and Treatment (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 (please see Eligibility for criteria). The purpose of our program is to:

  • Learn how to predict future psychosis based on early warning signs.
  • Understand how brain functioning changes over time in people who develop such conditions as compared to those who do not.
  • Develop novel interventions to either delay or prevent psychosis or improve the course of the illness in those who have already experienced psychosis.

Adolescence and young adulthood can be a time of great change as young people learn to meet new challenges. It can also become a time of distress and confusion when new experiences are overwhelming. PART is a place for people worried about recent changes in their thoughts, perceptions, and feelings. These changes may be difficult to describe to others and are often a source of concern for young people and their families.

Can schizophrenia be prevented? Research programs around the world, including PART, are trying to do just that, prevent schizophrenia from developing in individuals who are at-risk. Although we are not able to definitively prevent psychosis, we are learning more and more every day about factors that decrease one’s risk for developing psychosis.

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