Education & Training
Selected Honors & Awards
Functional Connectivity Deficits During Visual Working Memory in First-Episode Psychosis
Scientists specializing in the field of psychosis research have characterized schizophrenia as a syndrome of brain dysconnectivity. Visual working memory, an executive function that relies upon coordinated activity across distributed brain regions to support various cognitive operations, has consistently exhibited impairments in schizophrenia. Indeed, cognitive symptoms account for significant functional and...
New Research: Cognitive Impairments in the First-Episode Schizophrenia Spectrum
For individuals with schizophrenia, impairment in the ability to selectively focus attention on some environmental stimuli while ignoring others is associated with worse symptoms and poor functional outcomes. Moreover, these cognitive impairments are largely resistant to treatment through medication. To improve understanding of how dysfunction in the neural selective attention system contributes to these cognitive...
JAMA Psychiatry Study Links Cortical Brain Thinning to Development of Psychosis
In 2018, an international group of scientists founded the Enhancing Neuro Imaging Genetics Through Meta-Analysis (ENIGMA) Clinical High Risk for Psychosis Working Group to improve understanding of brain differences in individuals with clinical high risk for developing psychosis, who later develop a psychotic disorder, compared with those who do not. In an international multisite neuroimaging study published in JAMA...
Research in First Episode and Clinical High Risk Psychosis
EPINET: First-Episode Psychosis Research The UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital (WPH) Services for the Treatment of Early Psychosis (STEP) clinic is an outpatient program for the evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of people who may be experiencing early signs of a psychotic illness. STEP is one of 20 clinics across Maryland and Pennsylvania that will be included in an Early Psychosis Intervention Network...