Department of Psychology

Department of

Psychology

Department of

Psychology

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Christopher R. Bowie, PHD
Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry
Queen's University

Overview of Current Studies

Action-Based Cognitive Remediation

This study is funded by a "Healthy Minds Canada - Pfizer Canada- Sun Life Mutual" award and is aimed at examining the effectiveness of our newly developed form of cognitive remediation, which relies heavily on procedural learning and "everyday neuroplasticity" through activity scheduling and behavioural experiments that encourage engagement in more cognitively complex tasks. It is being conducted in collaboration with the Frontenac Community Mental Health Centre.

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Short-Term Executive Functioning Training

In this project, we are examining neurophysiological changes following an intensive, short-term trial of cognitive activation for individuals with mood or psychotic disorders.

Beyond Stigma

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.

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Chronic Psychiatric Disorders: Linking Genes to Functional Disability

This study, led by Ann Pulver, ScD, at John’s Hopkins University and funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, examines the genetic correlates of cognitive and functional deficits in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

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Remote Cognitive Remediation

We and other clinician scientists have demonstrated the efficacy and effectiveness of cognitive remediation for improving neurocognition and everyday functioning for those with chronic mental illnesses. Unfortunately, this treatment is not widely available or covered by most health care plans. We are trying to change that. We have a series of studies where we are using internet-based drills and practice along with asynchronous therapist communication through blogs and online videos.

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