Who We Are


With initial support from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the Psychosis-Risk and Early Psychosis Program Network (PEPPNET) started in September 2014 with a kick-off meeting of approximately 30 advocates, government agencies, researchers, and clinician experts engaged in the field of clinical high risk and early psychosis intervention, research, and service development.  Out of this initial meeting came the consensus that there would be great value in formalizing this network of experts on an ongoing basis in order to organize thinking around clinical best practices, training approaches and metrics, and to provide leadership to communities nationwide who are implementing early high risk and psychosis programs. Through a one-year grant from RWJF in 2015, Stanford’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences began organizing the development of an infrastructure to support PEPPNET in expanding clinical high risk and first episode psychosis program training, coordination, and awareness.

PEPPNET has convened a national steering committee of clinicians, educators, policy leaders, government agencies and researchers who are leading community implementation efforts for early psychosis and psychosis risk programs. Through regular meetings, multiple subgroups, a national listserve and website, PEPPNET supports the development and dissemination of evidence-based best practices and evaluation standards.

Steering Committee

PEPPNET is governed by a committee of national experts from the following institutions:

  • American Psychiatric Association
  • Columbia University
  • EASA Center for Excellence, Portland State University
  • Felton Institute
  • Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine
  • Mental Health America
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness
  • National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors
  • National Council for Behavioral Health
  • National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
  • One Mind Institute
  • PIER Training Institute
  • SMI Adviser, An APA/SAMHSA Initiative
  • Stanford Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences  
    (national convener and facilitator)
  • Stanford University Department of Anthropology
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
  • University of California at Davis
  • University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Department of Psychiatry
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of Psychiatry
  • Zucker Hillside Hospital