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What is UPLIFT?

Project UPLIFT is home-based, science-based program designed to treat depression in people with epilepsy. 

How does UPLIFT work?

Project UPLIFT provides group telephone delivery of a program to help you treat or prevent depression.  UPLIFT teaches you the skills necessary to manage your depression and low mood. Access to transportation is not an issue with UPLIFT because it is delivered directly to your home.  With UPLIFT, there is no stigma in seeking support for your depression since you can chose to remain anonymous, and the anxiety of having a seizure in public is also lowered.

UPLIFT stands for "Using Practice and Learning to Increase Favorable Thoughts." Project UPLIFT: preventing or treating depression in people with epilepsy.

UPLIFT is based on mindfulness and cognitive therapy, two techniques proven to help prevent and manage symptoms of depression. Often depression leads you to dwell on the past or to accept negative thoughts that impact your mood. UPLIFT can teach you to notice how your thoughts affect your mood, how to let go of problem thoughts, and how to pay attention to the present moment.

People who take part in the program go through 8 group sessions. They also do exercises at home between sessions.  Each telephone session lasts about one hour and is led by a two people, one with mental health training and one with epilepsy, and supervised by a licensed psychologist.



UPLIFT helps participants by teaching them the following skills:

  • Seeing the way thoughts affect mood and how to change those thoughts to reduce distress.    
  • Being able to modify thoughts in order to escape negative mood more often.   
  • Being able to identify the little differences between feeling tense and feeling relaxed.    
  • Practicing paying attention, noticing details, and focusing on information from a variety of senses.     
  • Practicing simple exercises to help stay in the present moment (breathing exercise and seeing and hearing meditation).
  •  Being aware of sounds and thoughts to help give more time to make decisions.
  •  Focusing on pleasure to counteract the tendency that comes with depression and focusing on the unpleasant.
  •  Seeing what can be done to maintain a better mood and to prevent from experiencing depressive thoughts following the conclusion of the program


Is UPLIFT available where I live?

 Emory University is currently training mental health providers to start UPLIFT in their state. We maintain a list of providers who have been trained in UPLIFT and have agreed to be contacted. Because UPLIFT requires supervision by a licensed mental health professional, UPLIFT is only delivered to residents in the stated where trained personnel have licenses.

Please feel free to contact the providersin your state using the list below to let them know that you are interested in the UPLIFT program.  If your state does not currently have a provider and you know someone who might be interested, please let them know about the provider training described below.


I am a health or mental health care provider and I am interested in UPLIFT for people with epilepsy. How do I start UPLIFT in my community? UPLIFT Dissemination Map

Emory University is currently providing free training for mental health care providers in select states to implement UPLIFT.

Participants receive all the materials necessary for their training and for the successful implementation of UPLIFT in their community. Trainees who complete the program will be able to train future facilitators at no charge, and receive Continuing Education (CE) credits through the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention at no cost.

Go to the UPLIFT Dissemination page for more information about the training.




Please contact us at 404-712-9267 or e-mail us at uplift@emory.edu




Current UPLIFT Trainees contact list.

State Name Organization Contact E-mail
Colorado Liza Tegillus HCP San Juan Basin Health Department lizatrig@gmail.com
Connecticut Carrie Erwin Yale Epilepsy Center Carrie.Erwin@ynhh.org
Florida Victoria Lawler Epilepsy Services of Southwest Florida vlawler@seizuredisorders.org
Florida Judy Siskind Epilepsy Foundation of Florida jsiskind@efof.org
Idaho Teri Crowther Care Providers Network of Idaho lightedpathwaysinc@gmail.com
Kansas James Townsend Epilepsy Foundation of Missouri and Kansas jtownsend@efha.org
Massachusetts Gaston Baslet Brigham & Women's Hospital gbaslet@partners.org
Maryland Paul Scribner Epilepsy Foundation pscribner@efa.org
Maine Ashley Soule Neurosciences Institute at Maine Medical Center soulea1@mmc.org
Michigan Andrea Thomas Henry Ford Hospital athomas9@hfhs.org
Minnesota Heather Harper MINCEP/University of Minnesota hharper10@umphysicians.umn.edu
Minnesota Kris Elvrum MINCEP/University of Minnesota kelvrum10@umphysicians.umn.edu
Missouri Cuba Davis Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City - Psychiatry Department csdavis@saint-lukes.org
New Hampshire Karen Secore Dartmouth-Hitchcock Karen.L.Secore@hitchcock.org
New York Alexandra Rutherfurd Epilepsy Foundation arutherfurd@efmny.org
Pennsylvania Carol Schramke Epilepsy Clinic at Allegheny General Hospital  CSCHRAMK@wpahs.org 
Texas Elizabeth Kent Epilepsy Outreach of Parkland Health and Hospital System ELIZABETH.KENT@phhs.org
Virginia Andrea Konig University of Virginia ak8xh@hscmail.mcc.virginia.edu




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