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The Bolster Project: An app to support caregivers to young adults with psychosis

The Bolster Project: An app to support caregivers to young adults with psychosis

The goal of the Bolster Project is to develop and test digital tools that supports caregivers of young adults with early psychosis. We are interested in examining whether Bolster, the mobile application we’ve developed, can support caregivers who are trying to support their loved one’s help-seeking and access to care. Participants in the study will be randomized to either receive Bolster or a collection of curated resources from advocacy and research organizations similarly designed to support caregiving.

Participants will be asked to complete questionnaires about their attitudes, levels of stress, and experiences with caregiving once at the start of the testing period, once at the midpoint (6 weeks) and once at the end of the testing period (12 weeks). They will also complete weekly brief questionnaires about their experiences and their loved one’s engagement in treatment. Participants will be randomized (2:1) to either receive the Bolster intervention or the curated caregiving-specific resources. The study is completed remotely. For completing all study activities during the 12-week testing period, participants will receive a $180 in Amazon Gift Cards.

To learn more about the study and sign up, any interested caregivers can visit https://www.bolsterproject.org/.

Participant Eligibility

To be eligible, participants must:
(1) live in the United States,
(2) be 18 years of age or older,
(3) own an iPhone, and
(4) be a caregiver of a young adult who is (a) age 15-35, (b) has experienced symptoms of psychosis with onset within the last 5 years, and (c) is NOT currently engaged in mental health treatment.


Erica Whiting
(206) 474-7794

Additional Study Details

Full Study Title
The Bolster Project: An mHealth app to support caregivers to young adults with psychosis

Study ID: #STUDY00013334
Start Date: 05/26/2021
End Date: 06/01/2024

Benjamin Buck, PhD (PI)
Dror Ben-Zeev, PhD
Maria Monroe-Devita, PhD
Kevin Hallgren, PhD
Jamie Snyder, PhD

Accepts Healthy Volunteers?

Study Site(s)

University of Washington

1959 NE Pacific St
Seattle, Washington 98195


Use the link below to send a message to the study coordinator, or call the number above to speak directly with a study representative.

I am interested in this research study.