UCSD Cognitive Assessment and Risk Evaluation, PhD, Treatment Center in San Diego

Emerging and Early Psychosis Treatment Center

The UC San Diego Health Cognitive Assessment and Risk Evaluation (CARE) Program is designed for adolescents and young adults who are experiencing changes in their thoughts, behavior or emotions that might be associated with serious mental health issues. We offer young people (ages 12-30 years) and their families a wide range of help, treatment options and support. Our comprehensive program is meant to enhance daily functioning while allowing young adults to keep up with school, work, and their personal and professional responsibilities. By providing early identification of psychosis, our goal is to decrease the development of mental illness, as well as reduce its severity and improve overall functioning.

What could high risk for psychosis look like?

* A change in perception of objects (things looking or sounding different) * Hearing voices, seeing visions, experiencing strange sensations, or imagining things * Misinterpretation of events (feeling slightly suspicious about others at times) * Developing a preoccupation with new, unusual beliefs, or ideas about mind control * Behavior that is odd, eccentric, or strange * Deterioration in school or work functioning * Social withdrawal, isolation * Reduced concentration, attention * Sleep disturbance * Anxiety or irritability * Confused thinking

Treatment and Research Center

Led by Kristin Cadenhead, MD, our multidisciplinary team includes psychiatrists, psychologists and specialized therapists who are skilled in assessing and treating young people with psychotic illness. Our treatments are supported by evidenced-based research and aim to reduce the effects of emerging psychosis. We collaborate with patients, families, and existing primary providers, when present, to develop a treatment plan that best addresses your therapeutic needs.Treatment options: Clinical consultation * Comprehensive diagnostic assessment * Neuropsychological assessment * Intensive Outpatient Program * Pharmacologic management, including alternative/complementary medicine * Individual psychotherapy * Group psychotherapy * Multi-family support group * Family therapy * Supported employment/education services * Referrals to UC San Diego Health inpatient care
Call or Email UCSD Cognitive Assessment and Risk Evaluation for a free phone consultation now - (619) 577-4461


  • Years in Practice: 10+ Years
  • License No. and State: PSY25641 California


  • Accepts Insurance: Yes
  • Accepted Payment Methods: American Express, Cash, Check, Discover, Health Savings Account, Mastercard, Visa

Accepted Insurance Plans
  • Aetna
  • Alliance
  • Anthem
  • Blue Care Network
  • Blue Cross
  • Blue Shield
  • BlueCross and BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • Empire BlueCross
  • Fallon Health
  • Kaiser
  • Magellan Behavioral Health
  • Meridian
  • Optum
  • UCare
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • Out of Network
Verify your health insurance coverage when you arrange your first visit.

UCSD Cognitive Assessment and Risk Evaluation's Groups

College Readiness Group

A six week group that targets the specific needs of college aged participants who are interested in addressing demands of student life while managing symptoms of psychosis. The group gives participants a space where they can connect with others about how to navigate the academic and social challenges of college life.

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Substance Abuse Recovery Group

Dual-diagnosis treatment is vital to the recovery of many patients in the C.A.R.E program. This is a12-week substance abuse recovery group that will cover topics such as the psychological and physical effects of substance use, identification of triggers to use, coping skills, and the development of individualized relapse prevention plans.

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Teen group

The group is for teens who are struggling with some new and unusual experiences, potentially new onset psychotic symptoms as well as issues related to mood and anxiety. In the group we will explore how thoughts, feelings and behaviors are interrelated and how changes in one or all aspects can help us improve symptoms. We will also explore what it means to have a mental health diagnosis, learn about risk factors as well as what to do in crisis situations.

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  • Psychosis
  • Child or Adolescent
  • Bipolar Disorder


  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Medication Management
  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
  • Peer Relationships
  • School Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Testing and Evaluation
  • Transgender

Mental Health

  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Mood Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Thinking Disorders


  • Bisexual
  • Gay
  • Lesbian

Client Focus

Ethnicity: Hispanic and Latino, Other Racial or Ethnic Background
Alternative Languages: Armenian, Farsi, German, Spanish


  • Children (6 to 10)
  • Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13)
  • Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19)
  • Adults

Programs and Services

Out / Inpatient

  • Intensive Outpatient Program

Treatment Approach

Treatment Orientation

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Art Therapy
  • CBT for Psychosis
  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral and Social Skills Training
  • Culturally Sensitive
  • Dialectical (DBT)
  • Eclectic
  • Emotionally Focused
  • Family / Marital
  • Family Systems
  • Integrative
  • Interpersonal
  • Mindfulness-based (MBCT)
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Psychological Testing and Evaluation


  • Individuals
  • Family
  • Group
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2016
UCSD Cognitive Assessment and Risk Evaluation, PhD, Treatment Center in San Diego

UCSD Cognitive Assessment and Risk Evaluation

Treatment Center