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Meet the PI Lecture January 19, 2018, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm WPIC Auditorium

Meet the PI Lecture

Cognitive Enhancement for Schizophrenia: Evidence, Mechanisms, and Implementation

 Shaun Eack, PhD
 David E. Epperson Professor of Social Work and
 Professor of Psychiatry
 University of Pittsburgh

Shaun M. Eack, PhD is David E. Epperson Professor of Social Work and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh.  His primary research focus is on the development, implementation, and evaluation of psychosocial treatment methodologies for persons with severe mental illness.  His recent work focuses on the application of Cognitive Enhancement Therapy, a neurocognitive and social-cognitive rehabilitation program, to persons with schizophrenia and autism spectrum disorders.  He has published papers on the efficacy of Cognitive Enhancement Therapy in both chronic and early course schizophrenia patients, and is now studying the neurobiologic effects of the treatment in both schizophrenia and autism.  In addition, he has published papers on factors affecting various psychosocial outcomes among individuals with schizophrenia, particularly quality of life and functional outcome.  Dr. Eack also maintains a broad interest in treatment dissemination and implementation, and has published papers on the development of the behavioral health workforce and implementation of standardized assessment. 

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this lecture, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the evidence base for cognitive enhancement approaches in schizophrenia.
  2. Describe the emerging evidence on neural mechanisms of cognitive remediation effects.
  3. Identify the current state of implementation of cognitive enhancement approaches in community practice, along with barriers and facilitators to dissemination. 

Continuing Education Credit:  The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.  Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  Other health care professionals are awarded .15 continuing education units (CEUs), which are equal to 1.5 contact hours.  In accordance with Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education requirements on disclosure, information about relationships of presenters with commercial interests (if any) will be included in materials which will be distributed at the time of the conference.  WPIC is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists.  WPIC maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.  This program is being offered for 1.5 continuing education credits. 

 For more information regarding this lecture, please contact Frances Patrick (