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. At the present time, we are preparing to implement research protocols involving aerobic exercise and targeted cognitive remediation. Prospective participants are welcome to be involved with one lab or both. Together with our participants and their families, we hope to combat serious mental illness and improve quality of life.