Project UPLIFT:

Using Practice and Learning to Increase Favorable Thoughts

Teaching participants the skills for managing and improving their mental health and quality of life.




NYU: Evaluation of Project UPLIFT for Hispanic-American adults with epilepsy

Study team:

  • Tanya Spruill, PhD (Principal Investigator, New York University)

  • Orrin Devinsky, MD (Principal Investigator, New York University)

  • Daniel Friedman, MD (Co-Investigator, New York University)

  • Anuradha Singh, MD (Co-Investigator, New York University)

  • Amanda Shallcross, ND (Co-Investigator, New York University)

  • Keith Goldfeld, DrPH (Co-Investigator/Biostatistician, New York University)

  • Jacqueline Montesdeoca (Research Assistant, New York University)

  • Nancy J. Thompson, PhD, MPH (Co-Investigator, Emory University)

Project identifier:
SIP 14-007  Managing Epilepsy Well (MEW) Collaborating Center

To address the unmet mental health needs of medically underserved Spanish-speaking adults with epilepsy, New York University will adapt UPLIFT for Hispanic adults with epilepsy. Project activities will include conducting focus groups with Spanish-speaking adults to understand how UPLIFT might be modified to account for cultural differences and to meet the needs of this group.  UPLIFT content will be modified as necessary, content will be translated, and the Spanish-version of UPLIFT will be tested to assess its effectiveness in reducing depressive symptoms in Hispanic adults with epilepsy.