The HiTOP effort is changing quickly, but currently includes:
1) A data-driven empirical framework for classification,
2) An international consortium of researchers working in the field, and
3) A network of clinicians interested in working with the framework in practice.
The Hierarchical Taxonomy Of Psychopathology (HiTOP) framework is an effort of nosologists from various mental health disciplines to improve the organization, description, and measurement of psychopathology. It hews closely to existing data. We expect that these insights will facilitate research and clinical practice, improving their precision, impact, and evidentiary basis. In fact, the system is ready for practical applications.LEARN MORE
Aims of our consortium are to (1) cumulate data to improve and extend the HiTOP system and (2) disseminate resulting information to researchers and clinicians. Ultimately, we aim to advance classification of psychopathology beyond the traditional diagnostic systems (e.g., DSM-5 and ICD-10).LEARN MORE
The HiTOP clinical network is an informal association of clinicians and researchers dedicated to learning about the challenges and opportunities of using a model like HiTOP in practice. We are open to any individual or organization who wishes to learn more about the HiTOP model, or who wishes to help the HiTOP consortium advance its mission of integrating the model into practice.LEARN MORE
The Clinical Translation Workgroup offered a six-hour workshop to provide training in applying HiTOP principles to clinical practice, including: how to assess and conceptualize symptoms though a HiTOP lens, how to integrate findings into treatment planning and monitoring, and how to apply principles to work with diverse and underserved populations.
Training included hands-on interactive discussion of cases, review of evidence and limits for the clinical utility of HiTOP relative to other systems, and practical considerations such as billing and reporting. Presenters were educators, clinicians, and researchers from the HiTOP consortium. The workshop will be available online soon and you can read more about it here.
Trainees who are interested in being included in HiTOP updates can add their details here.
We are working on formalising student membership, so this is a temporary solution. Many workgroups welcome trainees to join, the grant review scheme is open to trainees, and each year we will collate information on HiTOP researchers who are accepting graduate students in the coming year.
We have officially completed the inaugural revisionto the HiTOP framework, renaming the Substance Abuse construct to Harmful Substance Use. The full proposal and response to reviewers is available here: https://osf.io/zmscu/
It’s a small but mighty start to revising the framework, and we welcome and encourage other proposals. You can read the full details of the revisions process here: https://osf.io/2g3sr
The workshop will also review how to apply principles to work with diverse and underserved populations. Training will include hands-on interactive discussion of cases, review of evidence and limits for the clinical utility of HiTOP relative to other systems, and practical considerations such as billing and reporting. Presenters are educators, clinicians, and researchers from the HiTOP consortium.