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Aims & Structure


The STAND for Community Colleges Innovation Center builds on the UCLA Depression Grand Challenge's commitment to make new and better treatments available for those who need them, particularly for marginalized and vulnerable communities that are more often underserved by current systems.

The Center is focused on:

  1. Optimizing the effectiveness of the STAND model
  2. Optimizing implementation of STAND
  3. Exploring a sustainable pathway for California to implement STAND in more state community colleges


The Center carries out its work with the following structure:

Administrative Core

An administrative core, led by Michelle Craske, PhD, and Kate Wolitzky-Taylor, PhD, which oversees the operations of the Center, pilot study program, training of junior investigators, and sustainability planning.

    Senior Center Director, Administrative Core Co-Lead, Signature Project MPI

    Methods Core

    methods core, led by Denise Chavira, PhD, & Robert Gibbons, PhD, which supports the core and pilot research projects, implementation efforts, and innovative and synergistic collaborations that focus on increasing engagement of stakeholders.

      Senior Center Director, Administrative Core Co-Lead, Signature Project MPI

      Research Projects

      A series of research projects that, in conjunction with the administrative and methods cores, seek to fulfill the aims of the Center.


        We carry out the STAND aims with a research and support team from UCLA, University of Chicago, RAND, UT Austin, Northwestern, VA, and University of New South Wales. Meet our team.


        To ensure that the Center’s operations and approaches are responsive to the needs of community college students, we consult with four primary stakeholders:

        Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health
        East Los Angeles College


        UCLA Health Division of Population Behavioral Health
        California Community Colleges

        UCLA Tele Mental Health Hub

        CCC Chancellor's Office