Coping Skills clinical trials at University of California Health
2 research studies open to eligible people
Helping Families Pilot of a Family Resilience Program for Families Experiencing Homelessness
open to eligible people ages 8 years and up
The goal of this study is to pilot an adapted family resilience program among families with a recent history of homelessness in Los Angeles County and to assess for feasibility and acceptability. The investigators have adapted a family resilience program called Families Overcoming Under Stress (FOCUS), a trauma-informed intervention designed for families experiencing trauma, parental substance use, and homelessness. Our primary hypothesis is that the adapted family resilience program will be feasible and acceptable to families with a recent history of homelessness. Families that are eligible to participate in the study will be assigned to the adapted family resilience intervention. The intervention program consists of around 8-10 modules lasting up to one hour each. The program provides psychoeducation and teaches resilience skills including communication, problem solving, goal setting, and how to deal with stress. Families will be asked to fill out 3 surveys (one at the beginning of the program, one at the end of the program, and at 6 months follow-up). Some families may also be asked to participate in a hour long interview after the completion of the program for feedback on the program. At this time, all assessments and intervention are being conducted remotely due to the pandemic.
Intergenerational Transmission of Traumatic Stress
open to eligible people ages 3 years and up
Millions of U.S. parents have experienced trauma, putting them at risk for maladaptive parenting practices, which then confer vulnerabilities to their children. This study aims to enhance understanding of how parental emotional dysregulation associated with traumatic stress impedes effective parenting. The study employs neurophysiological methods (electroencephalogram; EEG) to address some of the challenges inherent in the study of emotion (particularly in trauma-exposed individuals) and to identify potential biomarkers of traumatic stress and response to intervention.
Our lead scientists for Coping Skills research studies include Nastassia Hajal, PhD Roya Ijadi-Maghsoodi, MD, MSHPM.