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UCSD Outpatient Psychiatry Building
140 Arbor Drive, 4th Floor, San Diego, CA 92103
Phone: 619-543-7745    Fax: 619-543-7315

Who are we?
Kristin Cadenhead, M.D., is the director and principal investigator of the CARE Clinical and Research program.  Dr. Cadenhead, or one of her associates, will be available to review potential intakes to the program on weekdays between 8:30 and 5:00. 

The primary goal of the CARE Program is to identify and assess adolescents and young adults who are experiencing changes in their thoughts, behavior or emotions that might be associated with developing serious and/or disabling mental problems. 

Because it is not always clear what these changes in behavior mean, it is of primary importance to the CARE program that we avoid stigmatizing or labeling the individual. 

Early identification and intervention may help to delay or prevent the onset and decrease the severity of a serious mental illness.


  • Assessment

UCSD clinician who are experts in the study of serious mental disorders that affect adolescents and young adults staff the CARE program.  All participants in the CARE program will receive a complete diagnostic evaluation and treatment recommendations.

  • Research

The CARE program is supported by a research grant from the National Institutes of Health.  The primary goal of the research is to identify risk factors for the later development of mental illness, understand the causes of mental illness and begin treatment early to prevent long term problems and disability.

  • Treatment

Psychological and medical treatments to target symptoms and enhance coping strategies are available in the CARE program through both the research and clinical programs.  Ultimately, we hope these treatments will not only delay the onset and development of mental illness, but also decrease its severity and associated disability.


University of California, San Diego, Department of Psychiatry, 9500 Gilman Drive, Mail Code 0603 La Jolla, CA 92037-0603
Telephone: (858) 534-3684, Fax: (858) 534-7653, Electronic Mail: