Research with UCLA


Creative Care’s Research with the UCLA Department of Psychiatry

In October 2019, Creative Care established a formal research partnership with UCLA’s Department of Psychiatry. This collaborative relationship, led by Dr. Timothy Fong of UCLA and Dr. Farrah Khaleghi of Creative Care, is focused on understanding the clinical and administrative factors that impact mental health and addiction residential treatment outcomes.

In this research project, the specific goals and objectives are:

  • Increase the understanding and knowledge base of the clinical and administrative factors that lead to premature dropout from residential treatment.
  • Strengthen and advance clinical knowledge, skills and attitudes of treatment providers.
  • Promote a culture of advocacy and engagement that lead to the creation of products that improve the overall delivery of quality of care for addiction and mental health disorders.


About Dr. Timothy W. Fong, MD

Dr. Fong is a Professor of Addiction Psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA. 

He is the director of the UCLA Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship, a one-year program that provides clinical training in the management of addictive disorders.

He is also the co-director of the UCLA Gambling Studies Program.   The purpose of this program is to examine the underlying causes and clinical characteristics of gambling disorder in order to develop effective, evidence-based treatment strategies.   

Finally, he is faculty advisor to the UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative, a multidisciplinary effort to examine the full impact of cannabis on the body, mind and brain.


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