A predictive model for conversion to psychosis in clinical high-risk patients

Adam J. Ciarleglio, Gary Brucato, Michael D. Masucci, Rebecca Altschuler, Tiziano Colibazzi, Cheryl M. Corcoran, Francesca M. Crump, Guillermo Horga, Eugénie Lehembre-Shiah, Wei Leong, Scott A. Schobel, Melanie M. Wall, Lawrence H. Yang, Jeffrey A. Lieberman, Ragy R. Girgis

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Background The authors developed a practical and clinically useful model to predict the risk of psychosis that utilizes clinical characteristics empirically demonstrated to be strong predictors of conversion to psychosis in clinical high-risk (CHR) individuals. The model is based upon the Structured Interview for Psychosis Risk Syndromes (SIPS) and accompanying clinical interview, and yields scores indicating one's risk of conversion.Methods Baseline data, including demographic and clinical characteristics measured by the SIPS, were obtained on 199 CHR individuals seeking evaluation in the early detection and intervention for mental disorders program at the New York State Psychiatric Institute at Columbia University Medical Center. Each patient was followed for up to 2 years or until they developed a syndromal DSM-4 disorder. A LASSO logistic fitting procedure was used to construct a model for conversion specifically to a psychotic disorder.Results At 2 years, 64 patients (32.2%) converted to a psychotic disorder. The top five variables with relatively large standardized effect sizes included SIPS subscales of visual perceptual abnormalities, dysphoric mood, unusual thought content, disorganized communication, and violent ideation. The concordance index (c-index) was 0.73, indicating a moderately strong ability to discriminate between converters and non-converters.Conclusions The prediction model performed well in classifying converters and non-converters and revealed SIPS measures that are relatively strong predictors of conversion, comparable with the risk calculator published by NAPLS (c-index = 0.71), but requiring only a structured clinical interview. Future work will seek to externally validate the model and enhance its performance with the incorporation of relevant biomarkers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1128-1137
Number of pages10
JournalPsychological Medicine
Issue number7
StatePublished - May 1 2019


  • Clinical high risk
  • prediction model
  • psychosis prediction
  • schizophrenia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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