Schizophrenia

Division of Schizophrenia & Related Disorders

Mission

The Division of Schizophrenia and Related Disorders is dedicated to the goal of achieving improvements in understanding and treating this devastating group of disorders.  Biological, psychosocial and pharmacological discoveries and perspectives are all viewed as critical to reaching this goal.

 

Research 

The Division of Schizophrenia and Related Disorders conducts research into the genetic and biological underpinnings of psychotic disorders.  Neuroimaging studies are carried out that examine the way in which the brain works and the areas of the brain activated by different symptoms or cognitive tests.  This research may help us to understand how these illnesses develop and to identify more effective treatment strategies.  In addition, we study and develop new and innovative pharmacological and psychosocial treatments to improve symptoms and enhance the quality of life for individuals with these disorders.  Treating the positive symptoms of schizophrenia (including hallucinations, false beliefs, and suspiciousness) addresses only one group of symptoms for individuals with schizophrenia.  New treatments aimed at bypassing problems with information processing and memory and reducing negative symptoms (problems with motivation and social withdrawal) are being developed and studied by researchers in the Division of Schizophrenia and Related Disorders.  Developing interventions for the many issues faced by individuals with these disorders  is important in improving outcomes.  Division researchers study how best to implement evidence-based practices in the pharmacological treatment of schizophrenia and related disorders.

 

Clinical Care 

We strive to improve the care for individuals with schizophrenia and related disorders by working with our community partners on implementing new, effective treatments in community settings.  We work with a large, national project to deliver excellent medication treatment to persons with mental disabilities participating in a study of promoting paid employment among those who wish to work.   

 

Education

We provide education to medical students, residents and new faculty members to improve their understanding of schizophrenia and related disorders and to  help them to develop a greater appreciation for the every day struggles faced by individuals and their family members coping with these issues.  We share with them the notion that the individuals with these disorders and their family members are often the best teachers.