NASA-UCLA Behavioral Health Treatment Study

This study has concluded and is no longer open for recruitment.

This project aims to evaluate behavioral health treatment techniques that could be used with NASA astronauts on future exploration class missions where communication delay between earth and the spaceship will prevent the delivery of real-time behavioral care. We are conducting a randomized controlled trial at UCLA examining the efficacy, feasibility, and acceptability of asynchronous behavioral health treatment in comparison to real-time delivered psychotherapy among UCLA Health medical students, dental students, and employees with symptoms of anxiety, depression, or stress.

Eligibility Criteria

Individuals who are interested in receiving treatment for anxiety, depression, or stress may be eligible for the study if they are a UCLA Health medical student, dental student, employees or a graduate student in a STEM field, not currently suffering from a major medical condition, and are either un-medicated or stabilized on medication.

Screening Procedures

Interested UCLA Health employees and students should contact the study coordinator to schedule an eligibility screening. Eligibility involves answering some questions over the phone, and takes up to 40 minutes to complete.

Treatment Procedures

Eligible participants will be randomized to receive six weekly sessions of behavioral health treatment for anxiety and depression delivered either via a self-guided web-based program, or video-conferencing with a therapist. Assessments are conducted once prior to and once after treatment, and involve completing self-report questionnaires, a diagnostic evaluation, and completing behavioral lab tasks in the psychology department. Participation takes a total of 9 hours. Participants receive six weeks of free treatment and are compensated up to $215 for their completion of study procedures.

Study Personnel Contact

For further information about this project, contact:
Amelia Yang
(310) 825-5614
Principal Investigator
Raphael D. Rose
UCLA Department of Psychology
(310) 825-9048

Michelle G. Craske,PhD
UCLA Department of Psychology
(310) 825-8403

Protocol ID:IRB#16-001234 UCLA IRB Approved Approval Date: 03/02/2018 Through: 02/28/2019 Committee: North General IRB