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What is the STAND at ELAC Research Program?

STAND is an all-in-one system of mental health care developed by UCLA researchers, currently in use at UCLA. STAND screens for symptoms of anxiety, depression and suicidality; matches you with the level of care that best meets your needs; and adapts care as your needs change. Through the STAND at ELAC Research Program, UCLA is conducting several research studies at ELAC with the goal of optimizing and enhancing STAND for community college students, bringing STAND to other community colleges, and ultimately improving mental health care for all kinds of communities.

Steps to participate

  1. Create an account and register: share basic information and learn more about the research study to decide whether you want to sign up (consent). (5-10 minutes)
  2. Share information about your history, life experience and answer questions about how you are feeling. (25 minutes)
  3. Meet with a member of the research team to learn about what program we recommend for you and the expectations for research participants. At the end of this meeting, you will choose whether or not to enroll. (45 minutes)
  4. Begin the research study with your personalized program which could include prevention services, a digital mental health program paired with coaching, or clinical services. 
  5. While receiving the personalized treatment, complete periodic surveys and tasks over the course of 40 weeks.

Join the STAND at ELAC Research Program

Eligibility criteria

  • Currently enrolled ELAC student, full or part-time
  • 18-40 years old
  • Able to understand informed consent and willing to follow study procedures
  • Able to maintain focus for various assessments
  • Either uninsured or on California Medicaid (Medi-Cal)
  • Able to privately access the Internet*
  • Individuals in the following situations are unable to participate:
    • Diagnosed with one of the following primary psychotic disorder or disorders requiring more specialized care (severe eating disorders, severe substance use disorders, uncontrolled medical conditions, etc.); marked cognitive impairment; or a severe neurological disorder
    • Using substances so frequently that they interfere with the ability to complete assessments or intervention
    • Currently treated by a mental health professional (such as a psychiatrist, psychologist, therapist, etc.) during time that treatment is offered through STAND and unwilling to fully transfer care to STAND.
    • Individuals who have previously utilized STAND at ELAC (standard or research program) services (i.e, wellness , digital mental health+coaching, or clinical).

If you are ineligible to participate in the STAND at ELAC research program, you may wish to explore the STAND Tips and STAND for All programs to see if they are a match. If you are an ELAC student, please also visit the Student Health Center website.

If you have any questions about the research study, email

*If needed, participants may request assistance in securing a laptop and/or private space at the ELAC Monterey Park campus. Requests can be made during registration or by contacting

Protocol ID: IRB#22-000205; UCLA IRB Approved; Approval date: 5/13/24; Committee: Medical IRB 3

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