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)

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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.


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. 

Katherine Eisen, PhD

Dr. Eisen is a Clinical Assistant Professor and CA Licensed Clinical Psychologist working with the INSPIRE Clinic at Stanford.  Her research and clinical interest center on therapeutic interventions that support recovery for individuals living with serious mental illness, in particular for individuals with psychosis.  Dr. Eisen received her bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, and her PhD from the University of Connecticut, and completed postdoctoral training at Stanford University.  Before coming to the INSPIRE Clinic, Dr. Eisen worked for over 10 years as a psychologist on the acute inpatient units at Stanford Health Care.  Dr. Eisen is trained in CBT for psychosis (CBTp) and has worked with colleagues to train nursing and multidisciplinary staff, medical students, and residents to integrate CBTp informed, recovery-oriented approaches into their work with individuals with psychosis.  She provides both individual and group-based cognitive behavioral therapy.

Agnieszka Kalinowski, MD, PhD

Dr. Kalinowski is a Clinical Instructor and Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She has a MD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and PhD from Carnegie Mellon University as part of the Medical Scientist Training Program. She completed residency training in Adult Psychiatry at Stanford Medical Center where she was part of the Research Track and served as Chief Resident of the Acute Inpatient Unit during her final year of training. She currently provides clinical care for patients in the INSPIRE clinic and does translational research focused on understanding the underlying biology of psychotic illness.