What is ADAPT?

The Adolescent Development and Preventive Treatment program (ADAPT) is a research clinic affiliated with Northwestern University, where Director Vijay Mittal, Ph.D. is a faculty member in the Department of Psychology and Department of Psychiatry, a Precept in the Northwestern Intradepartmental Neuroscience Initiative (NUIN) and an associate at the Northwestern Institute for Policy Research.  

The Lab has sites in Evanston and Chicago, and is also affiliated with the Chicago Early Intervention Network, a partnership between ADAPT Chicago and Christine Hooker's SNaP Lab at Rush University Hospital.  


ADAPT Chicago will continue to build upon many of the programs and projects at ADAPT Boulder, and we have also developed and continue to develop some new projects.  Currently we are recruiting participants for our research studies. For more information click here

The program is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, and support from Northwestern University.

The ADAPT research clinic works with individuals between the ages of 13 and 34 who might be at risk for developing a thought disorder.

The purpose of ADAPT is:

  • To develop a knowledge base for the prediction of future thought disorders in adolescents and young adults who have symptoms that may signal the early stage of such a condition.

  • To understand biological changes over time in people who develop such conditions.

  • To discover, design, and test new treatments.

  • To improve the way we identify risk for serious psychopathology, and way we assess it.