What is ADAPT?

The Adolescent Development and Preventive Treatment program (ADAPT) is a research clinic associated with the Department of Psychology and Department of Psychiatry at Northwestern University. 

The program is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, and support from Northwestern University.

The ADAPT research clinic works with individuals between the ages of 13 and 34 who might be at risk for developing a thought disorder.

The purpose of ADAPT is:

  • To develop a knowledge base for the prediction of future thought disorders in adolescents and young adults who have symptoms that may signal the early stage of such a condition.
  • To understand biological changes over time in people who develop such conditions.                                                                                                      
  • To discover, design, and test new treatments. 
  • To improve the way we identify risk for serious psychopathology, and way we assess it.

What is the Chicago Early Intervention Network?

Although Chicago is one of our nation's largest cities, to date, research and treatment for adolescents and young adults at-risk for developing serious mental illness in this region has been limited.  The Chicago Early Intervention Network was founded by ADAPT director Vijay Mittal, Ph.D. (Northwestern University) and Christine Hooker, Ph.D. (Rush University Medical) to provide a collaborative network of Illinois-based research programs dedicated to promoting early detection and developing and implementing novel early interventions to adolescents and young adults at risk for developing serious mental illness.  Cumulatively, Drs. Hooker and Mittal have decades of experience in working with adolescents and young adults at-risk for serious mental illness.  Together, our network is designed to employ this expertise to help participants and their families.  By combining our recruitment efforts and sharing a common battery of tests, our three sites (ADAPT Evanston, ADAPT Chicago, and Rush University Hospital) are able to work together to provide cutting edge assessments and empirically derived interventions.  For example, we are preparing to implement research protocols involving aerobic exercise and targeted cognitive remediation.  Together with our participants and their families, we hope to combat serious mental illness and improve quality of life.