Neurocognitive Enhancement in a Vocational Services Program
This treatment research project is aimed at examining the utility of neurocognitive enhancement for individuals with mental disorders who are preparing to return to work. It is being conducted in collaboration with the Vocational Services team at the Frontenac Community Mental Health Centre.
STEPS: Structured Therapy to Enhance Purposeful Speech
This treatment project is being led by Katherine Holshausen in the CPD Lab. She is using an operant conditioning paradigm to increase the goal-directedness of speech of by inpatients with schizophrenia.
Several of our studies are focused on applying more rigorous experimental design and objective assessment of biobehavioural responses to the characteristics of severe mental illness in order to better understand what constitutes stigma and what are predictable responses to atypical behaviours. To date, we have used EEG, behavioural coding, and covert assessments of threat perception.
Speech Perception and Communication in Individuals with Auditory Hallucinations
In this study, a collaboration with Dr. Kevin Munhall in the Psychology Department at Queen's University, we are measuring receptive and productive speech mechanisms differences as a function of auditory hallucination status.
Chronic Psychiatric Disorders: Linking Genes to Functional Disability