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Our very own, Dr. Alan Breier is featured in the article "Lazarus Drugs" in The Scientist. Dr. Breier discusses Beta, one of our ongoing clinical research trials and the effectiveness of the compound LY500307 as treatment for schizophrenia.

""The program is "based on partnership and shared expertise,” said Breier. “It’s really a way that groups can work together and advance the development of new treatments.”"

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We are looking for passionate & dedicated individuals for our Life-Health Sciences Internships! Interested in learning more about metacognitive therapy or the effectiveness of rTMS in early psychosis and schizophrenia? 

Apply Today for a chance to expand your knowledge and experience and most imporantly work under our excellent Dr. Jen Vohs and Dr. Mike Francis!

 Click here to apply!


This just in! Our very own Dr. Alan Breier will be the featured speaker at the morning plenary for NAMI Indiana's State Conference on October 3, 2014 at the Indianapolis Marriott North.

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Exciting news: Nikki will be presenting a poster at the 9th Annual International Conference on Early Psychosis in Tokyo, Japan! Her poster presentation will feature, "The Prize is Right: A low-cost incentive intervention for first episode psychosis patient". The IEPA Conference will take place November 17-19 in Tokyo, Japan! Congratulations!


geared_for_good.pngIUPDP has joined the NAMI Awareness and Fundraiser through Geared for Good. This fundraiser is active now through October 15, 2014. Please check out the link, and join our team if you can participate. The purpose is to raise both awareness and donations, as we work on our own physical health for the next several months. Anyone and everyone is welcome to join our team, whether you walk, bike, run, or blade, log your miles towards our campaign to raise awareness for Mental Health!

Join our team here!

American-Psychiatric-Association-Logo.jpegGuess what?! The Prize is Right: A Low-Cost Incentive Intervention for First Episode Psychosis Patients poster has been approved for the 2014 APA Institute on Psychiatric Services (IPS) to be held in San Francisco, CA, October 30-Nov. 2, 2014.

More details to come soon!

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We are hiring!
Are you interested in working for the
Prevention and Recovery Center for Early Psychosis Clinic located at Eskenazi Health?
Well, you're in luck, we are looking for motivated individuals with outstanding qualifications to join our team!
Apply today for our Care Coordinator or Clinician positions.
Click here for further details!

We will have a booth at Key Consumer's Annual Mental Health Conference at Crowne Plaza in Indianapolis on September 12, 2014. Come raise awareness to fight stigma and support mental health!

This just in! A research data poster was accepted for the Society for Research in Psychopathology conference. This conference will be held in Evanston, Illinois, from September 18- September 21 at the Hilton Orrington. Shout out to everyone who helped!

Check it out here!

Everyone should come out to the Indianapolis Convention Center for the Minority Health Fair at the Black Expo! IUPDP will have a booth at the health fair promoting our clinic and research!
Come check us out between Thursday and Sunday 7/17- 7/20!
We'd love to see your smiling faces!!




On June 13, 2014, our own Dr. Francis will be presenting at the 17th Annual Mental Health Symposium hosted in Indianapolis. Dr. Francis will be giving an extraordianary presentation on, "Current Mental Health Research". This year's Mental Health Symposium will take place at Crowne Plaze at Historic Union Station in the heart of downtown Indianapolis. The theme for this year's symposium is "Building Resiliency in Our Most Vulnerable".

Find more information here.


  Lisa Dixon, MD, MPH Professor of Psychiatry Director, Center for Practice
  Innovations, New  York State Psychiatric Institute will be speaking about her
  work with OnTrackNY: An Innovative Intervention Program in First Episode
  Psychosis on June 2, 2014 from 10:30-12 in the IT building Room 252 located on IUPUI's campus on the corner of Michigan and West Street.


NAMI Indiana's annual conference is scheduled for Saturday, October 5th at the JW Marriott Hotel downtown Indianapolis! Dr. Radnovich will be presenting at 2:45 pm in an "Ask the Doctor" series on Schizophrenia. Register online here

Dr. Liffick presented a lecture entitled "A Quick Stroll Through the PARC" at Neurosurgery Grand Rounds and Neuroscience Grand Rounds September 4, 2013

Dr. Radnovich will be speaking at this year's Regional Integrative Mental Health Conference April 12-14 at West Baden Springs, IN.


Join us for Science Day at PARC for a presentation of our current research! Refreshments will be provided!

October 8-12 was Mental Health Awareness Week! IUPDP hosted an educational event open to the community on Thursday, October 11 at 6:00pm at the new IU Health Neuroscience Center to share information about early psychosis. Three guest speakers discussed topics such as why it is important to seek services during early psychosis, how families can help, and what services PARC (Prevention and Recovery Center for Early Psychosis) provides.

What: Psychosis: Outcomes, Families, and Future Directions
Where: IU Health Neuroscience Center Auditorium GH 1030
355 W 16th St Indianapolis, IN 46202
When: 10/11/12 @ 6:00pm

NAMI Annual State Conference!

Small Changes, Big Impact: 

Positive Mental Health Outcomes Through Innovation, Practice and Science 

Took place October 6, 2012

8:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m.

Caribbean Cove, 3850 DePauw Blvd, Indianapolis, 46268


The Windsor Park Neighborhood Association Block Party!

The Second Annual Windsor Park Block Party took place from 4pm-11pm on Saturday, September 8th. The party was held on the 1200 block of Windsor Street between 12th Street and Commerce. The event hosted live music, food, drink, art and craft vendors, and a free bounce house and snow cones for the kiddos (10 and under). Admission is free to all, but donations are accepted and greatly appreciated. All proceeds help fund additional events and activities in Windsor Park.

WPNA seeks artists and crafters who would like to exhibit and sell their products. WPNA accepts booths from other local businesses, not-for-profits, and more (Please inquire if you want to participate!). 10×10 Booths are $25 each.


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CNN's Anderson Cooper did a segment on what it's like to live with Schizophrenia, where he did a simulation involving hearing voices. Just another way to raise awareness for those living with Schizophrenia everyday.

Check it out here!


NAMI promoted MTV's documentary show, True Life, which exposes the lives of young adults coming from a variety of backgrounds.

Watch True Life's: I have Schizophrenia

Dr. Mike Francis and Dr. Jen Vohs received NARSAD Young Investigator Grant award letters! The two-year grant project period will be January 15, 2014 - January 14, 2016.

  • Dr. Vohs's Grant Title: An Integrated Metacognitive Approach to Improve Insight and Outcomes in Early Psychosis
  • Dr. Francis's Grant Title: Cortical Activation and Cognitive Performance During Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation in First Episode Psychosis:  A Pilot Study

A big CONGRATULATIONS to our very own DR. MIKE FRANCIS on receiving 4 awards at the Resident Graduation Ceremony! 



William Fisher Award - Given to a graduating resident for excellence in clinical and academic performance. This award is selected by the Residency Training Committee.

Clare Assue Award - Given to the graduating resident who contributed the most to the education of other residents. This award is selected by residents currently in the program.

IPS Roeske Research Award -Given at graduation by the Indiana Psychiatric Society for excellence in psychiatric research. Selected by the Psychiatry Resident Research Committee.

Joseph Hingtgen Scholarly Award - Given at graduation to the resident with the best scholarly paper. Selected by the Psychiatry Resident Research Committee.


Dr. Jen Vohs' manuscript entitled "Metacognitive Mastery and Intrinsic Motivation in Schizophrenia" has been formally accepted for publication in The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease! Manuscript scheduled to be made publicly available around March 2014.

60 Minutes presents an inside look into the lives of those diagnosed with Schizophrenia:

NIH to fund collaborations with industry to identify new uses for existing compounds: 

Each award recipient will test a selected compound for its effectiveness against a previously unexplored disease or condition. The eight disease areas represented are alcohol dependence, Alzheimer’s disease, calcific aortic valve stenosis, nicotine dependence, peripheral artery disease, schizophrenia, and two rare diseases: Duchenne muscular dystrophy and the progressive lung disease lymphangioleiomyomatosis.

For more details about each project, please visit

The schziophrenia project, award recipient principal investigators and industry partners are:

The efficacy and safety of a selective estrogen receptor beta agonist (LY500307) 
Academic Partner: Alan Breier, M.D., Indiana University, Indianapolis
Industry Partner: Eli Lilly and Company

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Indiana CTSI to assist NCATS-sponsored drug study

July 9, 2013

The Indiana CTSI will provide support to one of the only nine researcher teams selected to participate in a new program from the National Institutes of Health that aims to identify new uses for drugs that have undergone significant research and development by industry, including safety testing in humans.

Alan Breier, M.D., Association for the Advancement of Mental Health Research and Education, Inc. and Indiana University Psychiatry Associates Professor of Psychiatry at the IU School of Medicine, will receive $1.2 million from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) for the first year of a $3.8 million three-year grant.

The Indiana CTSI will support the project through data management, sample processing and the study design. NCATS is the same center that oversees the award program supports the Indiana CTSI.

Dr. Breier received the highly competitive grant from the Discovering New Therapeutic Uses for Existing Molecules program to study estrogen as a treatment for schizophrenia using an unreleased drug developed by Eli Lilly and Co.

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