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.
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.
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.
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.