NASA-UCLA Behavioral Health Treatment Study

This project aims to evaluate behavioral health treatment techniques that could be used with NASA astronauts on future exploration class missions where communication delay between earth and the spaceship will prevent the delivery of real-time behavioral care. We are conducting a randomized controlled trial at UCLA examining the efficacy, feasibility, and acceptability of asynchronous behavioral health treatment in comparison to real-time delivered psychotherapy among UCLA Health employees and students with symptoms of anxiety, depression, or stress.

Eligibility Criteria

Individuals who are interested in receiving treatment for anxiety, depression, or stress may be eligible for the study if they are a UCLA Health employee or student, not currently suffering from a major medical condition, and are either un-medicated or stabilized on medication.

Screening Procedures

Interested UCLA Health employees and students should contact the study coordinator to schedule an eligibility screening. Eligibility involves answering some questions over the phone, and takes up to 40 minutes to complete. Please contact Aurora Oftedal, study coordinator, at email: or phone: 310-206-9191.

Treatment Procedures

Eligible participants will be randomized to receive six weekly sessions of behavioral health treatment for anxiety and depression delivered either via a self-guided web-based program, or video-conferencing with a therapist. Assessments are conducted once prior to and once after treatment, and involve completing self-report questionnaires, a diagnostic evaluation, and completing behavioral lab tasks in the psychology department. Participation takes a total of 9 hours. Participants receive six weeks of free treatment and are compensated up to $215 for their completion of study procedures.

Study Personnel Contact

For further information about this project, contact:
Amelia Yang
Principal Investigator
Raphael D. Rose
UCLA Department of Psychology

Michelle G. Craske,PhD
UCLA Department of Psychology

Protocol ID:IRB#16-001234 UCLA IRB Approved Approval Date: 8/25/2017 Through: 5/17/2018 Committee: North General IRB