Early Psychosis Intervention Center (EPICENTER)

Located at
The University of Arizona Medical Center - South Campus
(formerly UPH-Kino)
2800 E. Ajo Way
Tucson, AZ 85713

Appointment Phone: (520) 874-7531
EPICENTER Director: Nicholas Breitborde, PhD

EPICENTER provides specialized, phase-specific treatment for persons early in the course of a psychotic illness, such as Psychosis NOS, Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective, and Bipolar Disorder with Psychotic Features. Signs of these illnesses can include: trouble with reality testing, paranoia, hallucinations, delusions, disorganization, odd behavior or thinking, isolating, emotional changes, and difficulty with work or school.


As with physical illness, treatment early in the course of a mental illness, such as psychosis, can lead to better outcomes. The longer the illness is left untreated, the greater the disruption to the person's ability to meet the demands of transition into adulthood: school, work, meeting new people and becoming independent.   

EPICENTER aims to reduce the impact of early psychosis through symptom alleviation and reintegration back into the community. At EPICENTER, people have the opportunity to discuss their concerns, get practical support and participate in research studies.


  • Clinical Evaluations & Assessment
  • Family Education & Support
  • Cognitive Behavioral Group Therapy
  • Free Parking
  • Community Education

Benefits of Phase-Specific Care

The goal of specialized, phase-specific care is to maximize engagement and shorten the period of untreated psychosis.

By tailoring the interventions to this age group, we hope to facilitate greater community reintegration and return of previous functioning.


Individuals ages 15-35 who are early in the course of a psychotic illness and are willing to travel to EPICENTER for clinical services are eligible to participate. Additionally, individuals must have a family member who is willing to participate in the family education and support program.

Nicholas Breitborde, PhD
Dr. Breitborde is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Arizona and Director of the Early Psychosis Intervention Center (EPICENTER). 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.