Kristin Cadenhead

Title(s)Professor, Psychiatry
SchoolHealth Sciences
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    Dr. Kristin Cadenhead a Professor of Psychiatry at University of California San Diego and an attending physician at both the Veterans Administration and the UCSD Medical Centers. She serves as an Associate Residency Training Director for the Department of Psychiatry and a Clinical Foundations Director for the School of Medicine. She is the Director of the Cognitive Assessment and Risk Evaluation (CARE) Program, a research and clinical program that focuses on early identification, intervention and prevention of serious mental illness. Dr. Cadenhead is the Medical Director of the Mental Health Primary Care clinic at the VA Medical Center. She received her BA degree in Biology/Psychology from Rice University in Houston, Texas. She then earned her medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. She completed her residency in Psychiatry and Fellowship in Schizophrenia research at UCSD.

    Research Interests

    Primary research interests include vulnerability markers in the schizophrenia spectrum of disorders (prodromal schizophrenia and schizotypal personality disorder) and the genetics of schizophrenia. Dr. Cadenhead is the Director of the “CARE” (Cognitive Assessment and Risk Evaluation) Program to study the early signs of psychosis in adolescents and young adults. Funded by the National Institutes of Health, the CARE program provides education and community outreach to the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, the San Diego Public Schools and other community health and physician organizations. The study is longitudinal and assesses clinical as well as physiologic and cognitive factors that may be predictive of developing schizophrenia. A major aim of the CARE program is to identify psychosis early so that it is possible to intervene earlier and perhaps prevent some of the devastating effects of schizophrenia. Dr. Cadenhead is also interested in the heritability of the information processing traits and participates in ongoing studies in normal twins. Dr. Cadenhead has expertise in the treatment of psychotic disorders and provides regular consultations.

    Clinical Focus

    The CARE Program provides clinical care to individuals who are developing the initial signs of a psychotic illness. The treatment philosophy includes a multidisciplinary approach with pharmacologic management, social services, stress management and psychoeducation as part of the program. Dr. Cadenhead is also the Director of the Psychiatry Primary Care Clinic at the SDVAMC. The Primary Care Clinic is staffed by psychiatry residents who provide both psychiatric and primary care to psychiatric patients while they are supervised by Attending Physicians in Psychiatry and Internal Medicine.

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    3/3-Cognitive Behavioral Social Skills Training for Youth at Risk of Psychosis
    NIH/NIMH R01MH105243Sep 26, 2014 - Jul 31, 2019
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Compensatory Cognitive Training in Clinical High Risk Latino Youth
    NIH/NIMH R34MH105247Sep 12, 2014 - Jun 30, 2018
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Inflammatory Biomarkers in First Episode Psychosis: A Mexico/US Collaboration
    NIH/NIMH R21MH102374May 1, 2014 - Apr 30, 2016
    Role: Principal Investigator
    6/9-Predictors and Mechanisms of Conversion to Psychosis
    NIH/NIMH U01MH081944Dec 1, 2007 - Sep 24, 2014
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Vulnerability Markers in the Prodrome and First Episode of Schizophrenia
    NIH/NIMH K24MH076191Sep 29, 2007 - Jun 30, 2013
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Vulnerability Markers in Prodromal Schizophrenia
    NIH/NIMH R01MH060720Dec 1, 1999 - Jun 30, 2005
    Role: Principal Investigator
    NIH/NIMH K20MH001124Apr 1, 1995 - Mar 31, 2001
    Role: Principal Investigator
    NIH/NIMH F32MH010072Jan 1, 1993
    Role: Principal Investigator

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