Dr. Nicholas Breitborde


Dr. Nicholas Breitborde is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at The Ohio State University and Director of the Early Psychosis Intervention Center (EPICENTER). EPICENTER is a clinical research center dedicated to supporting the recovery process of individuals with recent-onset psychosis through the provision of evidence-based treatments, community education, and family support.

Dr. Breitborde received his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles and completed his clinical internship at the Yale University Training Program in Clinical and Community Psychology. Following the completion of his doctoral program, Dr. Breitborde served as Project Director for the Specialized Treatment Early in Psychosis (STEP) Program at Yale University. He established the first EPICENTER clinical research center at the University of Arizona in 2010.

Dr. Breitborde has been awarded numerous prizes for his research on psychotic disorders, including the Charles Hughes Fellowship in Cultural Psychiatry from the Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture and the Michael Goldstein Distinguished Research Award from the UCLA Clinical Psychology Program. His research has been funded by the National Institute for Mental Health, the Institute for Mental Health Research, the Arizona Center for the Biology of Complex Diseases, the Ohio Department of Health, and the Foundation for Psychocultural Research.

Dr. Breitborde served as an expert international consultant for the University of Calgary consensus process for identifying the critical elements of care for individuals with first-episode psychosis. Currently, he serves as a Content Area Expert in Schizophrenia, Unipolar Depressive Disorders, Major Depressive Disorder, Bipolar Affective Disorder, and All-Cause Mortality for the Global Burden of Disease Study and is a founding member of the Global Burden of Disease Health Financing Collaborator Network. He is a member of the American Psychological Association Task Force on Serious Mental Illness and Severe Emotional Disturbances and a founding member of the Prodrome and Early Psychosis Program Network (PEPPNET)—a national committee designed to provide ongoing evaluation and review of evidence-based treatment components for individuals at clinical high risk for and experiencing first-episode psychosis.

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” Frederick Douglass