Kristin Bussell

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Although 'psychosis-like experiences' (PLEs) may reflect elevated risk for onset of serious mental illness, many individuals reporting PLEs are not truly at risk for developing clinical psychosis. Interview-based instruments that define and diagnose "clinical high risk" status attempt to distinguish between normative PLEs and attenuated symptoms indicating(More)
Brief self-report questionnaires that assess attenuated psychosis symptoms have the potential to quickly and effectively screen many people who may benefit from clinical monitoring or early intervention. The current study sought to examine and compare the criterion validities of attenuated symptoms screening tools with diagnoses obtained from the(More)
MS73, an ATPase regulatory subunit of the 26S proteasome in the moth Manduca sexta, is shown to be expressed at a high level only in muscles that are undergoing developmentally programmed cell death, or which are destined to do so. The amount of MS73 is increased by more than two-fold just before death in each of three different muscles that die at(More)
Despite practice guidelines recommending caregiver inclusion for assessment of mental health problems in adolescents, clinical high-risk (CHR) assessment tools that target attenuated psychosis symptoms rely solely on self-report. As many individuals in the clinical high-risk phase are expected to be adolescents, and programs of CHR research routinely(More)
Brief self-report screening can help facilitate early identification of individuals at risk for or in early stages of psychosis. Existing screening tools focus on self-reported attenuated positive symptoms to detect potential risk; however, parent reports may also be helpful for assessing symptoms, especially in younger patients. Recent evidence has shown(More)
BACKGROUND Youth with serious mental illness may experience improved psychiatric stability with second generation antipsychotic (SGA) medication treatment, but unfortunately may also experience unhealthy weight gain adverse events. Research on weight loss strategies for youth who require ongoing antipsychotic treatment is quite limited. The purpose of this(More)
The development of widely used interview tools has helped to standardize the criteria for a "clinical high risk" syndrome, thus enabling advances in efforts to develop interventions for this phase of illness. These assessments, however, are burdensome to administer and not likely to be adopted for widespread use. Scalable early intervention depends on the(More)
Psychosis risk assessment measures probe for paranoid thinking, persecutory ideas of reference, and suspiciousness as part of a psychosis risk construct. However, in some cases, these symptoms may reflect a normative, realistic, and even adaptive response to environmental stressors rather than psychopathology. Neighborhood characteristics, dangerousness for(More)
Although childhood trauma is generally considered to be a risk factor for later development of psychosis, the influence of trauma on the specific presentation of psychosis symptoms in high-risk and first-episode samples remains unclear. The current study aims to investigate the association of trauma with psychosis and psychosis-risk symptoms among patients(More)
OBJECTIVE Practice guidelines emphasize frequent clinical monitoring of patients at high risk for psychosis. No brief instrument assessing attenuated psychotic symptoms has been validated for this purpose. This study examined use of three self-report questionnaires, which were developed as psychosis risk screeners, for monitoring symptom severity in a(More)