Introducing the INSPIRE Clinic in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine and Stanford Health Care.

We offer recovery-oriented care for people experiencing early psychosis, including:

  • Medication management
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis (CBT-p) in both group and individual format
  • Social work support
  • Vocational/Educational support
  • Clinical trials

For referrals, please call our intake line at 650-498-9111

(If high school age or younger, please call LPCH intake at 650-723-5511)

Resources and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Who we are

Jacob S. Ballon, M.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Ballon is a board certified Psychiatrist who specializes in the treatment people with psychotic disorders including schizophrenia. He is the Director of the INSPIRE Clinic at Stanford which provides interdisciplinary care for people experiencing psychosis. Dr. Ballon completed his residency at Stanford in 2009 and a Schizophrenia Research Fellowship at Columbia University in 2011. His research interests focus on investigating the metabolic risks associated with psychotic disorders and their treatment.

Kate Hardy, Clin.Psych.D.

Dr. Hardy is a California Licensed Psychologist who has specialized in working with individuals with psychosis for over 15 years in both research and clinical settings. Dr. Hardy received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom. She has worked in specialist early psychosis services in both the UK and the US, including UCSF’s Prodrome Assessment Research and Treatment (PART) program, where she completed her post-doctoral fellowship, and as Clinical Director for the Prevention and Recovery from Early Psychosis (PREP) program. Dr. Hardy has significant experience in providing CBTp to individuals with early psychosis, and those at risk of developing psychosis, in both individual and group settings and integration of this clinical intervention to broader systems and staff teams. She has led multiple trainings and workshops in CBTp to a wide variety of audiences including community clinicians, psychiatrists, and families, and provides ongoing supervision and consultation in this approach. Dr. Hardy is also involved in the implementation of national strategies to increase dissemination of early psychosis models with the aim of bringing these cutting edge treatments to a broader population.

Steven Adelsheim, MD, FAACAP

Dr. Adelsheim is a child/adolescent psychiatrist and Director of the Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing, as well as Associate Chair for Community Engagement in the Stanford Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Adelsheim is the Medical Director for the Inspire Clinic on the Child/Adolescent side through Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Adelsheim works to support community behavioral health collaborative efforts locally, regionally, at the state level, nationally, and internationally. For many years Dr. Adelsheim has been developing and implementing early detection/intervention programs for young people in school-based and primary care settings, including programs for depression, anxiety, and early symptoms of psychosis.


Douglas L. Noordsy, MD

Dr. Noordsy is a Clinical Professor, Director of Sports Psychiatry, and psychiatrist on the INSPIRE Early Psychosis Clinic in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Noordsy was previously Professor of Psychiatry, Director of Psychosis Services and Investigator in the Psychopharmacology Research Group at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. His research interests include medication and psychosocial treatments for individuals with psychotic disorders, including those with co-occurring substance use disorders; methods to facilitate recovery and promote achievement of optimal outcomes for people with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder; rehabilitation and recovery interventions (including cognitive behavioral therapy and physical exercise); and methods to prevent progression of early psychotic disorders. He is particularly interested in the role of physical exercise for prevention of progression of early psychosis and for potentiating learning in CBTp and supported employment and education. Dr. Noordsy is a member of the Schizophrenia International Research Society, the International Early Psychosis Association, the American Medical Athletic Association, and the American Association of Community Psychiatrists, and is a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He is a member of the editorial advisory boards for Community Mental Health JournalCase Reports in Psychiatry, American Medical Athletic Association Journal, and The Journal of Dual Diagnosis. Dr. Noordsy was recognized with the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness in 2001.  

Nichole Olson, PhD

Dr. Olson is Clinical Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine.  Dr. Olson works in the INSPIRE Clinic for early psychosis providing individual and group Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for psychosis.  Dr. Olson also works in the Psychosocial Treatment Clinic, where she is a Dialectical Behavior Therapy provider and treats a broad range of clinic presentations.

Dr. Olson received her doctorate and Master’s degrees from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.  While at Northwestern University, Dr. Olson’s clinical focus was treating individuals with serious mental illness and she studied substance use and psychiatric illness in incarcerated populations.  Following graduate school, Dr. Olson completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Stanford University Hospital. 

Megan Baker, MD

Dr. Baker is a PGY5 and the 2nd year Community Track fellow in the Stanford Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship. She is interested in issues that affect the mental health of children, teens and families in our community, with a particular focus on foster youth and systems of care. She is an APA Public Psychiatry fellow and was recently selected for a new SAMHSA/AACAP Virtual Fellowship, which will provide mentorship to work on a system-of-care related project. She has trained in the bay area for medical school, with both residency and fellowship at Stanford.  She enjoys commuting by bike to work and going for longer rides on the weekends when time permits.

Kacy Bonnet, MD

Dr. Bonnet is a third year psychiatry resident and is interested in early intervention for psychosis and other mental illnesses. She is currently working with the Inspire team to put together resources and tips for current and future clients and families.

Laramie Duncan, PhD

Dr. Duncan conducts genetics research about psychiatric disorders. Collaborations with the INSPIRE team help to bridge the gap between genetics research and clinical practice.  She is an Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University and director of the Integrative Mental Health Lab (

Adriana Miu, PhD

Dr. Miu is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She treats individuals in the Psychosocial Treatment Clinic and INSPIRE Clinic. Her research focuses on implicit theories of personality and psychopathology. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, trying new food, and playing piano.

Melanie Fox

Melanie is a third-year clinical psychology doctoral student at the PGSP-Stanford Consortium. She is  interested in early diagnosis and assessment of anxiety, depressive, and psychotic-related disorders in children and adolescents.  

Emma Lucas, MSW, MPH, LCSW

Emma is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the Department of Social Work and Case Management at Stanford Health Care.  She received her MSW at the University of California, Berkeley and her MPH at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.  She has worked for several mental health and health care organizations providing therapeutic services and managing mental health and social service programs.  She has experience working in the areas of severe mental illness, trauma, substance abuse and eating disorders.