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The Ohio State University Early Psychosis Intervention Center: OSU EPICENTER

As part of Ohio State Behavioral Health’s commitment to provide comprehensive mental and behavioral health services to our community, our professionals at EPICENTER provide specialized, phase-specific treatment for young adults early in the course of a psychotic illness, such as:

  • Psychosis NOS
  • Schizophrenia
  • Schizoaffective Disorder (with psychotic features)
  • Bipolar Disorder (with psychotic features)

Signs of these illnesses can include trouble with reality testing, paranoia, hallucinations, delusions, disorganization, odd behavior or thinking, isolation, emotional changes and difficulty with work or school.



How can EPICENTER help?

EPICENTER aims to reduce the impact of early psychosis through symptom alleviation and reintegration into the community. As with physical illness, treatment early in the course of a mental illness can lead to better outcomes. The longer the illness is left untreated, the greater the disruption to the person’s ability to meet the demands of transition into adulthood, including: school, work, meeting new people and becoming independent.

At EPICENTER, people have the opportunity to discuss their concerns, get practical support and participate in research studies.

Services Offered

Services offered:

  • Clinical Evaluation and Assessment
  • Individual Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Group Therapy
  • Medication Management
  • Metacognitive Remediation Therapy
  • Family Psychoeducation
  • Community Education

Benefits of Phase-Specific Care

Benefits of Phase-Specific Care

The goal of specialized, phase-specific care is to maximize the time spent with the individual and shorten their period of untreated psychosis. By tailoring our interventions to the needs of each person, we hope to facilitate greater community reintegration and to assist them in living productive and personally meaningful lives.

The benefits of participating in EPICENTER care are well-documented. Peer-reviewed evaluations have shown that receiving EPICENTER care is associated with numerous positive outcomes, including reductions in mental health symptoms, improvements in social and cognitive functioning, increased participation in competitive work and school and reductions in substance use.


Who is eligible for EPICENTER services?

Young adults between the ages of 15-35, who have experienced a first onset of psychotic symptoms within the last five years and are willing to travel to EPICENTER for clinical services, are eligible to participate.

Our Leaders

Our leaders


Nicholas Breitborde, PhD

Associate Professor - Clinical, Psychiatry and Psychology; Director and Principle Investigator, OSU EPICENTER

Dr. Nicholas Breitborde is an Associate Professor - Clinical of Psychiatry and Psychology.

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Aubrey Moe, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr. Aubrey Moe is a Postdoctoral Researcher and incoming Assistant Professor at the Early Psychosis Intervention Center (EPICENTER) in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at The Ohio State University. Dr. Moe received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Kent State University in 2015 and completed her pre-doctoral internship at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior in the adult serious mental illness track. 

Walter Stearns, MD

Assistant Professor - Clinical, Psychiatry

Dr. Walter Stearns is an Assistant Professor-Clinical of Psychiatry.

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